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February 22, 2018


Go, Look: Paula Bulling

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OTBP: The Sweeper & The Bad Eggs

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I don't personally endorse all of the OTBP comics I mention; they are for you to discover, but I've yet to be disappointed by a Ben Sears effort
 
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Go, Listen: Lauren Weinstein On Virtual Memories

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Go, Look: C'Mon, America! Lay Down Your Arms!

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through March 2018

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February 23
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 24
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This

February 25
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 28
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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March 1
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 2
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

March 3
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckey Comic Con)

March 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 17
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

March 23
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)

March 24
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Philly Comics And Cosplay)

March 25
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)

March 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

March 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Bellingham, I'd Go To This (BellCAF)

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Events For April 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Various Black Panther Cover Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* best single line of publishing news I've read in months: Chuck Forsman to Faber & Faber.

* if I'm reading this twitter thread correctly, some of those involve with the kids comics store Little Island Comics are re-opening store. That is a good thing and hopeful in all the ways Chris describes.

* I'm sort of fascinated by the Wet Hot American Summer comic book project because it seems like there's 3X the amount of film in existence for the project than really needs to exist. Put another way, there's not exactly unexplored territory compared to other shows and concepts that get this done for them. Graeme McMillan names the creative team.

* let's all open graphic novel libraries.

* finally: it didn't enjoy much of a life here despite its cast and the return of Gus Van Sant to higher profile narrative filmmaking, but perhaps the John Callahan biopic will find its audience in Europe.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Andy Diggle!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Eamon Espey!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Doug Allen!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Clifford Meth!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Alec Stevens!

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February 21, 2018


Go, Look: Bastien Vives On Instagram

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OTBP: Bird Comics

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Go, Listen: Emil Ferris On RIYL

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Bundled Extra: Marvel Re-Shuffles Deckchairs On The Helicarrier

I'm kidding. Come on! If this winter is going to last 37,000 days, I have to make jokes. Here's Graeme McMillan on Marvel's first line-shuffle of the CB Cebulski era.

imageHere's the thing, though. It's difficult not to kid the entertainment giant at least a little bit when 1) they call their new publishing shuffle a "fresh start" and the characters being used average about 45 years of publishing life, and 2) all the catchphrases and promises touting this new initiative sound exactly the same as the last half-dozen once-new initiatives. I'm not the worst with Marvel's characters and I'm not sure beyond a few obvious new characters narrowing the window I could tell you what year the accompanying art was made.

That doesn't mean I think failure is around the corner. Marvel's recent decisions, which I would call more conservative than progressive by a significant margin, should give them the kind of modest boost in the marketplace that comes when things are run with a steady hand, and might even get that extra boost that comes when talent plays to company strengths like the comic-book audience's general fondness for the Marvel characters. If the talent can execute, a new and improved same-old same-old could even buy Marvel enough time to find a special project or two that really works and allows a foundation around which the next few years of overall branding in publishing could be built: the next Marvel Knights, the next Marvels.

We'll see how damaged the system has become by June or July, I think.
 
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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Zongo-Era Mary Fleener One-Pager

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rachel Davies on Red Winter, while here's Austin English on formative 'zines.

* not comics: every teacher leaves an impression. RIP, Mr. Cline.

* stolen right from Frank Santoro's Comics Workbook site is this survey article about female cartoonists hard at work in Colombia. Man, there are so many cartoonists out there it's not even funny.

* here are four cartoonists on their favorite unsung black history heroes.

* finally: Noah Van Sciver, what kind of pens do you use?
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Jason Das!

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Happy 78th Birthday, Congressman John Lewis!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Bryan Lee O'Malley!

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Happy 10th Birthday, Desert Island!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Kurt Ankeny!

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