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May 22, 2018


The Results Post From Last Friday's Five For Friday On Con Purchases Is Up Now (Sorry)

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Art Spiegelman Named Winner Of MacDowell Medal

Congratulations to Art Spiegelman on news that he will receive the Edward MacDowell Medal during a ceremony in mid-August at the MacDowell Colony. The award is named by an assembled committee of same-discipline and related-interest peers: Alison Bechdel chaired a group that included Gene Yang, Hillary Chute and James Sturm.

An impressive list of past winners include Aaron Copland, Robert Frost, Georgia O'Keefe and David Lynch. All are awarded for an outstanding contribution to American culture. Spiegelman will be the 59th recipient. More information as available here.
 
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Go, Look: Dustin Weaver At Process Party

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Missed It: Box Brown Started A Patreon

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Here. The interesting things about Brown having one are 1) he's in the middle of a strong run with published work, 2) he hasn't had the same success with this platform despite that high profile -- at least not yet -- and 3) he's serializing his first graphic novel as an incentive.

There was a point at which I wondered if Patreons would become ubiquitous and while we're not there yet and there have been periods where they seem to have fallen out of favor we seem to be getting closer.
 
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Go, Look: Capitalism 101

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* no better news possible than that from Katie Skelly and Fantagraphics late last week, that there's a date and format and all the publishing stuff in place for a real-world version of an occasionally whispered collection of the artist's erotic comics, with the excellent name The Agency. That is some of the best material from a very talented and vital cartoonist. That the material is going to be in color is a dream come true for Skelly fans, of which I am one.

* missed it: Ebony Flowers and Hot Comb to Drawn and Quarterly for 2019 release.

* Eddie Campbell talked so casually at his TCAF panel about coloring From Hell, I didn't realize it was a news story.

* in case I haven't listed it here and you missed it: this is what 2019 at First Second looks like.

* Nintendo + Dark Horse = delay.

* finally: here comes another stab at the Supergirl concept. The costume breaks further away from other iterations I've seen.

 
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Go, Look: Kickily Paints Star Wars

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Go, Look: Mystic #26

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on All The Answers.

* does anyone want my Beguiling $10 gift certificate?

* not comics: I don't agree with a lot of specifics argued in this article, but very few writers attempt to explain the broad connections between the modern Hollywood eras '70s to '90s to now.

* industry veteran Rob Liefeld notes his particular manifestation of can't-draw-feet disease quickly spread to his peers.

* here is sensible-sounding advice from Steve Lieber on how to do portfolio reviews and art critiques. This may be especially helpful for dopes like me who get dragged into doing this and are completely unqualified to build a structure around which to do so.
 
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Happy 34th Birthday, Whit Taylor!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Mimi Rosenheim!


 
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May 21, 2018


Go, Look: Anabel Colazo

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Go, Look: Ann Ryan

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* folks are still giving to Milton Knight.

* can't say I'm dying to read a bunch of stories about folks' relationship to hair of all kinds, but an anthology like this is a good way to learn about way more Australian cartoonists that I recognize in that book's creators list.

* looks like the Secret Voice crowd-funder will be a go with one or two stretch goals hit.

* Julia Wertz's patreon is still in that growing stage. Last time I mention it, though. I'll plug a patreon, you know, if it's not already on my very short and inadequate patreon list.

* finally: I'm all for group efforts and seeing more Italian cartooning.
 
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Not Comics: Charles Tunnicliffe

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2018

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May 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This (LAZF)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 31
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This

*****

June 1
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near The Computer At 5 PM EST, I'd Watch This

June 2
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This

June 3
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 9
* If I Were Near Crouch's End, I'd Go To This (CECAF)

June 15
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes Con)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)

June 16
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes Con)
* If I Were Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes Con)
* If I Were Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)

June 21
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 22
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)

June 23
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)

June 24
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)

June 25
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 26
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 30
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

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Events For July 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Smog Emperor In The Woods

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Dueben talks to Tim Truman.

* not comics: if we're really going to play blockbuster jenga, the piece I'm avoiding is "Jack Kirby."

* not comics: this interview with longtime comics writer Mike Baron's prose publisher depresses the crap out of me with nearly every other word. Subjecting art to the political back and forth of the day diminishes art and politics. That book description where horrible tragedy is visited upon liberal celebrities so that conservatives can enjoy... I guess winning arguments with them? That just seems so sad to me. But as we may have a comics version sooner rather than later, it's worth our attention.

* I'm bookmarking this article to come back and read later so I can draw like Saul Steinberg.

* not comics: this article with obvious parallels to comics work-for-hire practices also depresses. Hard to believe that in the millions of dollars made there wasn't room for more money or a better outcome in some other way.

* finally: this story about Tom Beland doing a Black Panther comic-book cover strikes me as a little bit odd, as I haven't seen it at all and it's basically my job to see such things, but I like Beland and it's a sweet and important sentiment.
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, Sammy Harkham!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Mark Crilley!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Kim Deitch!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Neil Kleid!

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May 20, 2018


Go, Look: Lois Lane Always Had Compelling Covers

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Missed It: Graeme McMillan's 2016 Heat Vision Piece About Stan Lee As A Marvel Universe Character

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

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