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June 20, 2019


Random Comics News Story Round-Up


 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Theo Ellsworth!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Nix!

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Happy 69th Birthday, John Workman Jr.!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Justin Norman!

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June 19, 2019


Go, Read: Happy Birthday, Pauline Kael, My Old Foe

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2019

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June 22
* If I Were in Gahanna, I'd Go To This

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July 11
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 26
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For August 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I'll be talking about CXC 2019 tonight. If you're in Columbus, please come join me. My public speaking has been iffy for about a year, so I may turn green and fall over and this could be way more exciting than usual as a result. Probably not, though. We have a fun list.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Dan Fraga!

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June 18, 2019


Go, Read: Simon Abrams Talks To Michael Kupperman

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Go, Listen: Robert Kirkman, Brian Bendis Explore Kirkman Manifesto With John Siuntres

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I suspect it's healthy to explore the manifestos and declarations of the past, both the aesthetic ones and the ones based on economic self-determination.
 
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Go, Look: The Most French-Looking Comic Ever

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Tegan O'Neil on Lorna.

* I think it's always good when successful people within comics choose to give back through their support of its charitable efforts, and I like David Steinberg, so this strikes me as an overall good. A significant criticism of Amazon more generally is that those that work for the company and its various divisions do not routinely participate that way.

* that's a funny cartoon by KAL, but it doesn't seem like something you'd invest with a lot of weight unless you're already inclined to be on one team or the other. The idea that political functionaries get a free pass on the uglier parts of what they're saying when the core parts of those jobs seem in question strikes me as very right now.

* finally, I have a reader suggesting via e-mail that artist Robb Phipps died two days ago. I am unable to confirm or deny, although that would be an odd thing about which to tell an untruth. Any condolences that might apply we share.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday, Dean Mullaney!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Caitlin McGurk!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Ryan Alexander-Tanner!

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Happy 41st Birthday, François Vigneault!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Wataru Yoshizumi!

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June 17, 2019


Go, Look: Marlin Shoop

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* a lot of charitable work or cartoonists involved with that kind of work at Charlotte's Heroes Con over the weekend.

* Team Cul De Sac reports a successful Friday night art auction on behalf of Parkinson's, and notes that next year will see a mix of personal and professional anniversaries that should make the auction a bigger deal than usual.

* most of the traditional comics charities were well-represented, like the CBLDF. Summer is a great time to do some general giving of the funds if you have them.

* folks were curious to see Dustin Harbin, he of the smashed face and the high-profile friends and allies list. They're at about $55K with those efforts, and it looked like Dustin was having a nice weekend sales-wise. I was relieved to see him; he adds a lot to the general comics culture.
 
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Go, Look: Davor Gromilovic Images Gallery

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Go, Listen/Missed It: Gil Roth Talks To Seth

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Greg Hunter on Clue: Candlestick #1. Sean Witzke on Thumbs #1.

* Ryan Place visits the MSU comic book archives and checks in with Randy Scott.

* DD Degg takes an informed walk through various reactions to the Times' decision to rid all editions of editorial cartoonists because of blowback from a freelancer's cartoon that made it into their paper in a way that brought with it some expressed regret. I firmly believe in comics as a powerful journalistic tool, I just wish there were more rigorous, exciting examples to toss out there. There also some statements that seem to want to re-argue Hebdo, or at least nod in the direction of its aftermath's affront to comics' received wisdom, if only from a no-respect angle. This, of course, is a terrible idea.

* finally: wow. That Patrick Dean is making art like this despite his recent ALS-related physical decline is awesome and inspiring. I hope it got a fine bid.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Bart Beaty!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Bill Sherman!

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