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November 28, 2014


Go, Read: Illustration Art Series Of Posts On The Art Of Richard Thompson

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(1, 2, 3, 4, and potentially although not quite yet 5)
 
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Go, Read: Article On Zunar's Customers Facing Potential Discovery Via Credit Card Records

There's a breezy but seems pretty straightforward article here about the basic surrounding one strange element of the latest police-led hassles facing cartoonist Zunar. The artist used a Malaysian pay portal to process credit card payments for a new book that has since come under fire. When police authorities asked for the records of those that bought the book, the company apparently went, "Uh... sure, okay" and forked them over. This article suggests the reasons why this might have happened and some of the potential consequences.

That whole mess strikes me as an ugly affair, and it's difficult to see the timing of Zunar finally winning in court from the 2010 series of fiascos and then a couple of weeks later enduring a new round of harassment and not make the easy mental connection between those two things. I wish Zunar an ultimately positive outcome, and while I know it's not in his nature to stop fighting I wish he didn't have to.
 
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If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2014

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November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Lisbon, I'd Go To This

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Lisbon, I'd Go To This

*****

December 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

December 4
* If I Were Near São Paulo, I'd Go To This

December 5
* If I Were Near São Paulo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

December 6
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near São Paulo, I'd Go To This

December 7
* If I Were Near São Paulo, I'd Go To This

December 9
* If I Were Near A Computer, I'd Think About Live-Streaming This

December 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

December 13
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

December 28
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 30
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Space Heroes Portfolio

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Ani-Imo Vol. 1. Randy Z. Ochoa on Just The Tips. Chris Sims on Ody-C #1. Glen Weldon on The Secret History Of Wonder Woman.

* psyched to hear I'll have something to do in Hartlepool that isn't visiting the Andy Capp statue. As always, best of luck to any new comics business owner.

* here's an article on the performance space aspects to Meltdown Comics, and how successful they've been. One thing I like about what they've done there is I don't know one person for whom this added element has changed how they describe Meltdown int terms of it being a comics shop -- this is appropriate, because it really hasn't changed a whole lot in the period of the time since this other element of their business has become successful.

* some nice person named Justin talks to Abigail Blackman.

* finally, it only set a record within its category (Hugo Pratt art), but almost a half-million dollars for a piece of art related to comics is nothing to sneeze at. And really, don't sneeze when there's a bunch of original art around.
 
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Happy 83rd Birthday, Tomi Ungerer!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Mark A. Nelson!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Dale Crain!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Francois Boucq!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Jerry Ordway!

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November 27, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone In The US!

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what Donald Duck teaches us is commitment
 
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Your 2015 Les Prix D'Angouleme Category Selections

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The Angouleme Festival has announced its various category selections eligible for its prizes at the 2015 festival, beginning in late January. There are four categories: La Sélection officielle (books of the year), La Sélection Patrimoine (historical/archival), La Sélection Jeunesse (books aimed at young people), and La Sélection Polar (crime/detective).

There were a ton of artists familiar to North American English-language audiences on this list including Chris Ware, Gilbert Hernandez, Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki, Charles Burns, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Greg Rucka, Luke Pearson, Tom Gauld, Lynda Barry, Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Dennis O'Neil and a ton more I'm likely missing because I only have eyes for Turkey today. That's not getting into French-language and manga artists with whom North Americans are familiar through translation. That makes for a very friendly to North American comics readers selections list in a year with a US festival president (Bill Watterson).

Congratulations to all those receiving this honor, and good luck in the final tally.

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La Sélection officielle

* L'arabe du futur Vol. 1, Riad Sattouf (Allary)
* Autel California: Face A- Treat me nice, Nine Antico (L'Association)
* Barthélémy: l'enfant sans age, Simon Roussin (Cornélius)
* Beta... Civilisations Vol. 1, Jens Harder (Actes Sud -- L'An 2)
* Blast Volume Four: Pourvu que les bouddhistes se trompent, Manu Larcenet (Dargaud)
* Building stories, Chris Ware (Delcourt)
* Calavera, Charles Burns (Cornélius)
* Cet été-là, Mariko Tamaki et Jillian Tamaki (Rue de Sèvres)
* Le chef de Nobunaga Vol. 4, Takurô Kajikawa et Mitsuru Nishimura (Komikku)
* L'enfer en bouteille, Suehiro Maruo (Casterman)
* Hommes à la mer, Riff Reb's (Soleil)
* Julio, Gilbert Hernandez (Atrabile)
* K.O à Tel-Aviv Vol. 2, Asaf Hanuka (Steinkis)
* Lastman Vol. 6, Balak, Mickaël Sanlaville et Bastien Vivès (Casterman)
* Little tulip, François Boucq et Jérôme Charyn (Le Lombard)
* Locke & Key Volume Six: Alpha et Oméga, Gabriel Rodriguez et Joe Hill (Milady)
* Love in vain, Mezzo et Jean-Michel Dupont (Glénat)
* Lune l'envers, Blutch (Dargaud)
* Magasin général Volume Nine: Notre-Dame-des-Lacs, Régis Loisel, Jean-Louis Tripp (Casterman)
* Max Winson Volume One: La tyrannie, Jérémie Moreau (Delcourt)
* Mes cent démons !, Lynda Barry (Çà et là )
* Moderne Olympia, Catherine Meurisse (Futuropolis -- Musée d'Orsay)
* Un océan d'amour, Grégory Panaccione et Wilfrid Lupano (Delcourt)
* L'or et le sang Volume Four: Khalil, Merwan, Fabien Bedouel, Maurin Defrance et Fabien Nury (Glénat)
* Panthère, Brecht Evens (Actes Sud BD)
* Que la bĂȘte fleurisse, Donatien Mary (Cornélius)
* Saga Vol. 3, Fiona Staples et Brian K. Vaughan (Urban comics)
* Sukkwan island, Ugo Bienvenu (Denoël Graphic)
* Sunny Vol. 1, Taiyô Matsumoto (Kana)
* Ulysse, les chants du retour, Jean Harambat (Actes Sud BD)
* Vermines Volume One: Le retour de Pénélope, Guillaume Guerse et Marc Pichelin (Les Requins Marteaux)
* Les vieux fourneaux Volume One: Ceux qui restent, Paul Cauuet et Wilfrid Lupano (Dargaud)
* Voir des baleines, Javier de Isusi (Rackham)
* Vous ĂȘtes tous jaloux de mon jetpack, Tom Gauld (éditions 2024)
* Yekini, le roi des arènes, Lisa Lugrin et Clément Xavier (éditions Flblb)

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La Sélection Patrimoine

* Pogo Vol. 1, Walt Kelly (Akileos)
* San Mao, le petit vagabond, Zhang Leping (Fei)
* Sandman Vol. 4, Neil Gaiman et Collectif (Urban Comics)
* Sex & Fury, Bonten Tarô (Le Lézard noir)
* Gilles la jungle, Claude Cloutier (La Pastèque)
* Green Lantern & Green Arrow, Neal Adams et Dennis O'Neil (Urban Comics)
* Histoire de la Sainte-Russie, Gustave Doré (Editions 2024)
* La malédiction de Rascar Capac Vol. 1, Hergé et Philippe Goddin (Casterman)
* Capitaine Albator Intégrale, Leiji Matsumoto (Kana)
* Daredevil par Frank Miller, Frank Miller, Klaus Janson (Panini)

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La Sélection Jeunesse

* Au pays des lignes, Victor Hussenot (La Joie de Lire)
* Boule à zéro, Volume Three: Docteur Zita, Ernst et Zidrou (Bamboo)
* Légendes de la garde, Volume Three: La hache noire, David Petersen (Gallimard)
* Passe-passe, Dawid et Delphine Cuveele (La Gouttière)
* Quatre sœurs, Volume Two: Hortense, Cati Baur et Malika Ferdjoukh (Rue de Sèvres)
* Les royaumes du Nord Vol. 1, Clément Oubrerie et Stéphane Melchior (Gallimard)
* Caterina, Volume One: Le gang des chevelus, Alessandro Tota (Dargaud)
* Emile et Margot, Volume Four: Merci les montres!, Olivier Deloy, Anne Didier et Olivier Muller (BD Kids -- Bayard)
* Hilda et le chien noir, Luke Pearson (Casterman)
* Karton, Volume One: Taméus Trognebarde, Uwe Heidschötter et Patrick Wirbeleit (BD Kids -- Bayard)
* Seven deadly sins Vol. 5, Nabaka Suzuki (Pika)
* Le temps des mitaines, Anne Montel et Loïc Clément (Didier Jeunesse)

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La Sélection Polar

* Fatale, Max Cabanes et Doug Headline (Dupuis)
* Gotham Central Vol. 1, Michael Lark, Ed Brubaker et Greg Rucka (Urban Comics)
* Moi, assassin, Keko et Antonio Altarriba (Denoël Graphic)
* Petites coupures à Shioguni, Florent Chavouet (Philippe Picquier)
* Wet Moon Vol. 1, Atsushi Kaneko (Casterman)

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Go, Look: Dreadful Wind And Rain

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Festivals/By Request Extra: Geek OUT Reaches Goal

Despite having two avenues through which to approach the story, I did not figure out that there was a group organizing a crowd-funder to help fuel a "super queer comic con" in New York City next year until Brigid Alverson told me. Thank you, Brigid. I think that would be a fine and potentially quite successful addition to a suddenly heavy NYC convention landscape. If that sounds like something you could make use of as an attendee or an exhibitor, you might think about following the links provided and making a donation.
 
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Go, Look: A Very Chagrin Falls Thanksgiving

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By Request Extra: Digital Manga Shifts Gears After Tezuka World Failure; Want Funding For Ludwig B

imageAfter a big-failure with a massive, all-encompassing crowd-funder featuring a massive number of smaller, lesser-known Osamu Tezuka projects, Digital Manga has regrouped and announced a new strategy, project to project, with more modest goals. Here's the first one. More importantly perhaps, is that they have made a lower amount of money necessary to get actual physical copies of the books they're offering. They're off to a good start, and we'll see if it catches.

I don't have enough of a feel for crowd-funding to kind of declare this one free of the troubles that plagued their last one beyond those easy-to-spot elements. I'd be interested in someone recrunching the numbers, particularly in light of claims of institutional costs last time around that I have to imagine would still be there. There is still very much an outreach to the "cause" of having these books published, which I find typical of the vast majority of crowd-funders and believe is part of the basic appeal. I suspect this one, at least, will have a much better chance of succeeding. One cynic wrote me wondering if the timing of the move over the holiday weekend was meant in part to avoid easy scrutiny from vacationing writers, so there may still be some trust issues involved.
 
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Go, Look: Frank Frazetta Came The Dawn Illustrations

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Go, Read/Freely Download: Judenhass, By Dave Sim

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this lengthy Short Run report by Rob Kirby is worth pulling out of the Collective Memory link list and presenting in this column.

* there's not a whole lot left on the convention calendar -- next week is CALA, which I hope to attend -- but as was the case back in August there are some store signings, many tied into the holidays, that are likely of interest. I can't imagine living in Seattle and not wanting to see Robert Williams on behalf of the new collected Zap, for instance. Although they're not as large event to event as the convention and don't get the press relative to their influences, store signings have made a comeback from a time when they were only intermittently done. It's a much healthier landscape, too, because both the comics stores and the regular bookstores seem to have more than enough events made available to them, to the point where you're starting to get art galleries and performance spaces snapping up an appearance here and there.

* I have not heard back from Comic-Con on a question sent their way if they might extend their disassociation with this aggressive tweeter in terms of his volunteering with the show to an outright ban on attending the show. I'll let you know when I have an update. It's a brand new world. You know that I used to think that the day of on-line aggression and weirdness would burn itself out around 2003 or 2004, as the Lords Of The Basement (like me) that emerged in the mid-1990s finally got accustomed to the shock of not having their every opinion supported? Never have I been more wrong.

* finally, speaking of shows, performance venues and galleries, here's a show taking place over the next three days in a performance space/gallery. I found that one by accident, and I wonder if there aren't a number of smaller shows like this in the French-language or other European scenes right now. There seems to be shows of every size everywhere.
 
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Go, Look: Bernie Wrighton Illustrating Frankenstein

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Barney Tobey Cartoons

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Tim O'Shea reports on the passing earlier this Fall of the talented artist André Coelho. He was 35.

image* Brian Nicholson on Understanding Nicotine. Shaenon Garrity on Gen Manga. R. Fiore on recent works by Joe Sacco and Ted Rall. Sarah Boxer on The Secret History Of Wonder Woman. Marc Singer on Pax Americana. Ben Towle on a bunch of different books about comics.

* my favorite reaction from a cartoonist to the decision in Ferguson, Missouri was Warren Craghead's.

* go here to see video Jeff Newelt took of Dick Cavett and Al Jaffee talking cartooning in the back of a limo.

* Michel Fiffe Greyshirt pages.

* this flashed across my twitter in I think more than one tweet, but I could only find the one when I went back through my links -- Matt Hollingsworth presents Hawkeye issue color art without the line art. I liked looking at that.

* this show looks pretty great. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it looks pretty great.

* Steve Sunu talks to Mike Richardson. Whit Taylor talks to the folks behind Dog City Press. Chris Arrant talks to Christopher Sebela. Matt Santori-Griffith talks to Bernard Chang.

* finally, I wish George Pratt visited my school.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Jonathan Rosenberg!

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