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May 4, 2015


Go, Look: EC Comics Stories From The Fleagles

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A Quick, Personal Note Regarding Con Attendance

For the very meager worth receiving the news has to a few of you out there, I won't be attending this week's TCAF due to personal matters. I will also not be attending HeroesCon in June. This will make the remainder of my convention year (hopefully): CAKE, CCI, Autoptic (this one is the most iffy), SPX, CXC and CAB. That seems like a ridiculous number of shows for someone not doing many shows, but that's the world we live in now.

I regret not being on hand to celebrate Drawn & Quarterly's 25th anniversary and to see all the friends I don't see anywhere else but in Toronto, or those I see only rarely, period. I hope everyone has a great time in that first-class celebration of the best the art form has to offer and I'll hopefully see you up there next year and for many years to come.
 
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Go, Look: Steve Rude Draws Jack Kirby's Fourth World

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2015

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May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (Ratha Con)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were Near Basel, I'd Go To This (Fantasy Basel)

May 15
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were Near Basel, I'd Go To This (Fantasy Basel)

May 16
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Basel, I'd Go To This (Fantasy Basel)

May 17
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 23
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures 2015)

May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)

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June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For July 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Not Comics: Ted Nasmith's 1990 JRR Tolkien Calendar

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Noah Berlatsky could use your advice about crowd-funding.

image* Richard Bruton on BPM #1. Rob Clough on Trash Market. Sean Gaffney on Log Horizon: The Beginning Of Another World. Paul O'Brien on Guardians Of The Galaxy And X-Men: Black Vortex.

* not comics: LA is the new Brooklyn.

* I don't think it's accessible to everyone, but there's a rare Charlie Hebdo discussion here that involves both general sides of that whole mess talking to one another in civil terms.

* one of those people that either hides their name where I can't see it or figures everyone knows them talkes to Robert McLiam Wilson.

* Julia Wertz is going to start teaching comics, and writes about that a bit here. A longtime comics teacher, Dave Lasky, has an intensive coming up in June. Applications are due May 25 for the summer session of Frank Santoro's correspondence course.

* Chris Ware draws a catalog cover. John Paul Leon draws in homage to Jaime Hernandez. Mike Mignola draws The Penguin. Jill Thompson draws Dream and Death. John Thompson draws a cover; I always look at John Thompson's stuff and want to know more about John Thompson.

* here's an interesting post from someone that's trans about how to better portray trans characters in comics.

* finally, I always enjoy looking at a process post, even if it's just images that build to a final cover image.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Geoff Grogan!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Shaenon Garrity!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Alé Garza!

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May 3, 2015


Go, Read: Nate Patrin Interviews Ken Avidor

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Go, Look: Al Williamson At Atlas

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If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

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Happy 45th Birthday, Mark Coale!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Bill Sienkiewicz!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Dennis O'Neil!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Derek Kirk Kim!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Mell Lazarus!

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Happy 28th Birthday, Zainab Akhtar!

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FFF Results Post #416 -- Late To The Party

On Friday, CR readers were asked, "Name Four Comics On Which You Were Late To The Party, Liking Them Far After Most People Did Or Far After You Might Have Been Expected To, For Whatever Reason; Provide The Reason For #4." This is how they responded.

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Danny Ceballos

1. Red Colored Elegy
2. King-Cat Comics & Stories
3. Cold Heat
4. Kramers Ergot 4
5. I vividly recall the first time I saw that "holy shit, what is THIS?!" cover at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. I thought someone had snuck this weird book on the shelf as a joke. I would spend the next couple of months leafing through that copy before I finally bought it. Owning the book didn't help either, because each time I picked it up to read it seemed to morph into something I'd never seen before. I instantly loved some of those comics and viscerally hated others. Now, I don't know what I was thinking, because I love every square inch of it. That book is one of the greatest comics reading experiences of my life.

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Marty Yohn

1. Pogo
2. Steve Ditko's Dr. Strange
3. Conan the Barbarian by Barry Windsor-Smith
4. Akira
5. I don't appreciate much Japanese manga (wary after Pokemon and Dragonball Z), but when my son was younger, he borrowed the entire six volume set of Akira from our local library. He insisted I read it when he finished. I was taken aback by the scope and complexity of the story, and the detail of the artwork. I'm a little more open to manga influences these days.

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Philippe Leblanc

1: Les Cites Obscures
2: Sandman
3: B.P.R.D
4: Paul a Quebec
5: The first time I heard of Michel Rabagliati's book Paul a Quebec, I picked it up at the library. Being from Quebec City myself, I assumed I would enjoy it. Unfortunately, the settig (time period and town) is overwhelmingly present in the beginning, overpowering all like a very potent cheese. I couldn't stand the setting. It took me several years to revisit the book and found both the style and story to be quite pleasant.

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Oliver Ristau

1. Pushwagner's Soft City
2. Challengers of the Unknown
3. The Winter Men
4. Moomins
5. I've read the Moomins as a kid but I always found them to be clumsy and worse, boring. I was more into dynamic drawings back then, or what I thought of being dynamic, i.e. mainly John Buscema or Romano Scarpa. When the reprints of the London Evening News strips started in 2009 I wasn't too enthusiastic about the whole thing, but a magazine asked me for a review. It was then when I realized what a gem this series is and so I had to buy all the following collections. I'm still glad I did that review, otherwise I would still think of the Moomins as some roly-poly snore bores.

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John Platt

1. Sam Glanzman
2. Lee Marrs
3. Foolbert Sturgeon
4. Jaime and Mario Hernandez
5. I remember reading my first issue of Love & Rockets in about 1983 or 1984 when I was working (illegally) in a little hole-in-the-wall comic shop in Freehold, New Jersey (I was 13 or 14; it was child labor, but I got paid in comics, so it was okay). I don't think I was ready for it at the time. I dipped back in again and again over the years, but I always felt that I had missed the boat; I just couldn't get into the stories. A few years ago, a review copy of Locas landed in my lap. It was too big a dose and I couldn't absorb it all. This year I finally tried again, Damn. Damn, damn, damn. I could have been reading these guys all of these years? I hate my life.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. William Steig's Work Generally
2. Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec
3. Skippy
4. Dennis The Menace (Newspaper Version)
5. It took me a long time to appreciate Hank Ketcham's art, but when I did I was really taken with it and remain so today. I also needed to read a bunch of the early stuff, the opportunity for which the Fantagraphics collection effort provided. Weirdly, I never had a problem taking to the best of the Wiseman/Toole comic books.

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James Langdell

1. Julia Wertz's Fart Party-era comics
2. Master of Kung Fu
3. Simon & Kirby romance comics
4. Eddie Campbell
5. His early randomly presented wacky pages in US anthologies struck me as the sort of thing I usually enjoyed, but felt these didn't click -- which delayed by a few years reading Eddie's Bacchus, which became a favorite comic ever.

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Buzz Dixon

1. Stuck Rubber Baby
2. Krazy Kat
3. Little Nemo
4. Popeye by Elzie Segar
5. I grew up on the classic Fleischer Popeye cartoons and recognized the mysterious "Segar" was somehow responsible for them, but it wasn't until much, much later that I knew who he was or his remarkable contributions to the art of the comic strip. Popeye was still on the funny pages when I was a child, but as good as Bud Sagendorf was, the particular/peculiar magic that was found in Segar's original stories wasn't there. At that time the first reprints of Segar's work were long gone from the public sphere, of course, and it was many, many decades later that I finally began encountering them, first in short run reprints and finally in the gorgeous Fantagraphics collection.

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May 2, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Luz Says He Will No Longer Draw Muhammed


Gopulu, RIP


2014 Comic Book For Beginners Video


Song From Fun Home, Performed In 2014


Art Spiegelman In Support Of His Exhibition


Scott McCloud In Torino
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from April 25 to May 1, 2015:

1. A magazine notes some calls for cartoonists in North American and Australia to be assassinated for depictions of Muhammed, in projected lone-wolf scenarios.

2. Charlie Hebdo comes back into the news on several fronts. Multiple authors express their distaste for honoring Charlie Hebdo with an award for free speech at the PEN Awards, and multiple author express their distaste with the decisions made and opinions expressed by that original group of authors.

3. Copies of Maus were pulled from bookstore shelves in anticipation of legislation against Nazi-related imagery.

Winner Of The Week
Alison Bechdel

Losers Of The Week
Many DC Comics creators, under the way the program for compensating for character use is executed, as per this article.

Quote Of The Week
"Although Kickstarter's terms of use stipulate that any creators unable to satisfy the terms of their agreement with their backers might be subject to legal action, no sane attorney would initiate a class-action suit on a contingency-fee basis against insolvent creators, and no sane backer would ante up the necessary legal fees." -- Gideon Lewis-Kraus

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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Today Is Free Comic Book Day; All Hail The Comics Shop

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I hope most of you will join me in visiting a local comic book store today. This is their Free Comic Book Day promotion, and I'd say more than half of the shops do something. In most cases with the stores that do something, that something will involve various "free" comics to which these stores have access. I'd recommend three or four, but really you should pick up whatever you want that your store makes available.

Instead, let me encourage you to also just appreciate your comic book store today, or comic book stores that you visit in the course of the year if you don't have one nearby. The fact that these devoted shopkeepers have outlived a lot of their cousins in related pop-culture endeavors is an amazing thing. The bulk of the great comics I've read in my lifetime passed through one of these stores. I love them all, at least a little bit.
 
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Go, Look: Stripped Film Now On Netflix

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Announced here. I enjoyed the documentary even while disagreeing with some of its basic arguments; it's going to become an important historical document for the number of people it caught on film at various key points in their careers. I'm also interested in the fact that a work like this has to kind of chase platforms... there are literally people who have put off watching this until it has come to the platform of their choice, in this case the popular streaming-service aspect of Netflix as it exists right now.
 
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If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

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Happy 49th Birthday, Jared Gardner!

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