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March 22, 2019


Go, Look: Nearly-Decade Old Lorena Alvarez Site

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Collective Memory: Emerald City Comic-Con 2019

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2019 edition of Emerald City Comic Con, held March 14-17 in and around the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Con Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* The Beat ECCC19 Index
* The Stranger

Facebook
* ECCC Facebook Presence

News Stories And Columns
* KGMI
* KING5
* KIRO7
* Q13 Fox
* Seattle Times
* Seahawks.com
* Seattle Times 01
* Seattle Times 02
* SYFY

Photos
* Bleeding Cool
* Seattle PI Gallery

Twitter
* Sam Sykes

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Go, Look: Jack Teagle's Paintings

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Missed It: Oh The Places You'll Boldly Go Wins Its Copyright Challenge On First Amendment Basis

imageHere's the best article I've read about the court win enjoyed by Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go! in terms of explaining how elements of the book -- a mash-up of the Dr. Seuss post-graduation gift and the general creative endeavor that is the Star Trek franchise -- match up to various copyright issues and claims. I'm not familiar enough with the Glenn Hauman/Ty Templeton/David Gerrold work to know if this were more directly comics in a formal sense if there would be any changes in this analysis, but I don't think so. My broad experience is that despite the awfulness of having work disrupted this way, any court challenge where a judge looks closely at these issues frequently ends up being a boon to free speech and expression. I would imagine there are a lot of works like this one that may fall short of meeting an exact definition of parody but function in a way to still be protected.

As the article notes, this is a next step -- and likely last one -- to a decision made back in 2017 that brought about a reformulation of the case on slightly different grounds. The suit was filed in Fall 2016.

Congratulations to those victorious. I hope publisher ComicMix came out of this okay in terms of financial cost and/or any penalty from this lengthy scheduling disruption, and that they'll alert the work's perceived audience more directly if money is needed to alleviate such circumstances -- perhaps in terms of people buying the work in question.
 
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If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2019

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March 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (Swan Con)
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Heroes Dutch Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (BuckeyeCon 2019)

March 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Heroes Dutch Comic Con)

March 25
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

March 26
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 28
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

March 30
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

March 31
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)

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April 1
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

April 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 4
* If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

April 5
* If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sonoma, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

April 6
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

April 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

April 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 11
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 12
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 13
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

April 14
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

April 16
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 17
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

April 19
* If I Were In Rhinebeck, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 25
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 26
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

April 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

April 30
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Events For April 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Not Comics: Paintings By Andrew Wyeth

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Go, Look: Steve Alphonse

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ken Parille on Alvin Buenaventura's Private Stash.

* congratulations to Tim Seeley on his new gig as managing editor at Heavy Metal. He succeeds Rantz Hoseley.That could be a great and valuable market for a lot of comics-makers.

* Jenny Robb informs that the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum just received a bunch of work from the late Oliver Harrington. My memory is that for the detail he would pack into his work, Harrington worked at a deceptively small scale.

* finally: congratulations to Miriam Libicki. Libicki is a very interesting comics-maker and that program will be lucky to have her.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Jay Stephens!

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Happy 90th Birthday, Mort Drucker!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Sophie Goldstein!

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March 21, 2019


Go, Look: Ori Toor

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Go, Look: Simon Gane For Burning Sky Brewery

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* an ECCC report from alt-weekly giant The Stranger. I heard that the security was a pain, that the show is generally solid after some years when early-year attendees weren't as happy with it, and that they've kept up their choice to separate aspects of the show.

* Eric Powell hits the road. My memory is he is very entertaining.

* we really need to stop making speculation on fictional characters' sexual preference into full-bore news stories. By the way, stay away just in general: this has the most obnoxious load-in noise I've ever heard from a web site.

* finally: the SDCC Masquerade rules are out there now.
 
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OTBP: Gene Colan: Visions Of A Man Without Fear

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not sure where this popped up in my linking activities, but it's a good one
 
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Go, Look: Danger Is Our Business #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Mysteries Of Love In Space #1.

* Ben Towle dives deeply into a Smokey Stover strip that appeared in A Christmas Story.

* I am all for honorable and ethical businesses in comics and the role they play, but this article about a new comics endeavor apparently inspired by industry veterans dreaming of one more potential Netflix payday was so openly crass that Sausage Man, Man of Sausage might not make it to the end without puking. There does also seem to be a bit of a collective industry eye roll in some semi-private spaces at Bill Jemas' involvement, rare in that that kind of disapproval rarely gets expressed where folks see it.

* go look at Will Dinski's resume.

* finally: follow Jason's example and live-draw every few decades.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Marek Bennett!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jeff Lemire!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Mark Waid!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Emi Gennis!

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March 20, 2019


Go, Look: Zero Civilian Casualties

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By Request Extra: Three From Brian Canini And Drunken Cat

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Here. I don't know if it's true or not, but I've had the sense this year that we've seen a shift from the boutique publishers to micro publishers like Drunk Cat. That wold make some sense give the number of small press shows April to September.

At any rate, this is a modest ask from a publisher with the work already complete. Consider supporting this one or one of the crowd-funder covering similar territory.
 
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