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April 17, 2015


Go, Look: Dadu Shin

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Go, Look: A Selection Of Drawings By Cary Nord

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Go, Read: Public Facebook Thread On Exclusion Issues At Cons And Festivals

There's a Facebook thread here started by Stephen Bissette engaged with the issue of conventions, taking the view that those who don't make it into the shows are being excluded from those shows, that those that don't make it into shows in general are being generally excluded, and that some sort of reaction to that exclusion may be necessitated.

There's a lot to chew on in there, and I recommend it to anyone that wants to make money doing comics in the next ten years. I spoke up late from my own perspective, but the meat of it is a four- or five-message exchange between Bissette and Bill Kartalopoulos.
 
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Go, Look: My 22-Year (Artistic) Affair With Hillary

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Go, Read: Bart Beaty On Archie Comics For The Walrus

Bart Beaty's most recent book is Twelve-Cent Archie, a multi-faceted analysis of a significant chunk of Archie's publishing history. He writes about various aspects of those comics here, in an article that's been taken out from behind the publication's paywall.

I'm marking it for my own enjoyment as much as anything, as I haven't read the article yet, but Beaty is always solid and that book is fun. It seems like the perfect article for a Friday afternoon.
 
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Go, Look: My Lord And Master!

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Collective Memory: Herb Trimpe, RIP

imageCommentary and reaction around the Internet to the passing of the mainstream comics industry veteran Herb Trimpe (1939-2015).

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* Lambiek
* Personal Site
* Wikipedia Entry

Miscellaneous
* Brian Cronin Profile (2008)
* Cool Cover Profile (2008)
* Guest Editorial In New York Times Magazine (2000)
* Mark Evanier Profile (2006)
* Spotlight On Herb Trimpe (2011)
* Ungoliantschilde

Posted In Memory
* Biff Bam Pop
* Blastr
* Bleeding Cool

* CBR
* ComicBook.com
* Comics Alliance
* Comics Should Be Good

* Den Of Geek

* Hollywood Reporter

* International Business Times
* io9

* Jim Salicrup
* Johnny Bacardi

* Mark Evanier
* Mike Sterling

* Nerd Reactor
* Newsarama
* NY Post

* Observer

* Seiberton

* Tony Isabella

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OTBP: The Tragedy Series

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Collective Memory: MoCCA Festival 2015

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2015 edition of the MoCCA Arts Festival, held April 11-12 at Center548 and The High Line Hotel in NYC.

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Go, Look: Frank Frazetta B&W Ink Drawings

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Go, Read: Ron Richards' Farewell Message Re: Image

It's here. That went up yesterday. Richards' departure from the publisher is the second in as many weeks, with Jennifer De Guzman departing before him.

Richards' formal title was Director of Business Development, but he may have had his hands in a ton of pies at a company like that. I think of him as putting some general directives in place in terms of marketing, social media and big-show presence, and I assume he gets some if not a significant amount of credit for Image's mostly-successfuly, con-like Image Expos. The company has certainly grown over the last couple of years during the time that he's been on board.

I would assume that some people will put some stock in his naming the majority as praiseworthy rather than the entirety -- that even jumped out at me, and I'm pretty ignorant of anything going on at any of the companies in a way that would have me parsing phrases like that one.

It doesn't sound like he has any immediate plans. I wish him the best in terms of figuring that out.
 
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Go, Look: Astonishing Tales #1-4

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Collective Memory: DC Comics Leaves New York City

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Commentary and reaction around the Internet to the final closure of DC Comics' New York offices.

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* Tammy Brown
* TheAquamanShrine
* The Beat

* Walt Simonson

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If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Astonishing #3

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's a free sample of the kind of extras David Chelsea hopes will boost a Patreon campaign he's currently offering. I quite liked these.

image* the critic and historian Paul Gravett writes about Dell Comics. The biggest change in terms of how we see comics of the 20th Century between when I was in college and now is the consideration given a ton of comics outside the standard 20th Century narrative. Dell provided about as big a group of such comics as any source out there.

* David Betancourt profiles Shawn Kittelsen.

* Ken Parille would like to add to our understanding of the comics critic. Gross.

* remember when Spain drew Daredevil?

* finally, that is a lovely magazine cover. Someone needs to run an article on illustration and (loose-definition) comics and Holiday.
 
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Happy 80th Birthday, Jiro Kuwata!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Noel Tuazon!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Kazuichi Hanawa!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Jean-Pierre Gibrat!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Ben Dunn!

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April 16, 2015


Go, Read: PTSD, The Wound That Never Heals

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Friday AM: Cartoonist Ty Templeton Critical But Stable After Yesterday's Heart Attack

Brigid Alverson has her usual smart write-up here on Ty Templeton's condition and what people can do for the family. The cartoonist is in an induced coma and the family is waiting for his situation to stabilize. I was in the same place about four years ago; it's serious, but there's no certainty to the narrative from this point on although I would imagine everyone is hopeful and the idea that they're going to take him off as early as today is a good sign.

By the way, that's simply the best information I have going into the afternoon. I imagine there will be updates at the facebook account as necessitated by events.
 
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OTBP: The Rule

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Collective Memory: Herb Trimpe, RIP

imageCommentary and reaction around the Internet to the passing of the mainstream comics industry veteran Herb Trimpe (1939-2015).

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Institutional
* Lambiek
* Personal Site
* Wikipedia Entry

Miscellaneous
* Brian Cronin Profile (2008)
* Cool Cover Profile (2008)
* Guest Editorial In New York Times Magazine (2000)
* Mark Evanier Profile (2006)
* Ungoliantschilde

Posted In Memory
* Biff Bam Pop
* Blastr
* Bleeding Cool

* ComicBook.com
* Comics Alliance
* Comics Should Be Good

* Den Of Geek

* Hollywood Reporter

* International Business Times
* io9

* Johnny Bacardi

* Mark Evanier
* Mike Sterling

* Nerd Reactor
* Newsarama
* NY Post

* Observer

* Seiberton

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