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July 29, 2015


So One Week Past The Launch Of The CR Patreon And My Entire World Of Comics Has Changed

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Above is a version of Dustin Harbin's logo for the forthcoming The Comics Report, a new web publication made possible by this site's Patreon campaign. Any consideration you can give it at this late date I'd greatly appreciate. Here is this site's longer piece on what we're trying to do.

I should have the zero issue of The Comics Report out near this week's deadline if not right on it. It's been since the TCJ with the David Mazzucchelli and Ivan Brunetti covers that I tried to put together a comics magazine in less than one week's time, and back then I had a lot of stuff in the can and a lot less on my plate otherwise. Still, I think #0 will be a quality read, I think it will facilitate our finding a basic template, and I think the #0 status will allow that issue to focus on a couple of artists that maybe don't always receive the kind of attention they should. It's all Batman starting with issue #1, so don't get comfortable.

I'm getting visual help from Jessica Campbell on the first few issues because she is a quality human being and I will have more fun browbeating her into accepting payment than anyone else I know that's good with InDesign.

I have never been good at the beginning of anything, but I hope to come close with this and appreciate in advance what I hope is your patience in finding a magazine that has the best chance of what we want it to do over the long haul. I'm very excited.

We took notes last weekend from an editorial board made up of random Comics Reporter readers, I thought you folks came up with a lot of great ideas.
 
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Go, Look: Shintaro Kago As Referenced On Tumblr

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Please Tell Me About Any August 2015 Releases

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It's a deliciously lazy month, and I'd love to hear about comics you know will be arriving on shelves during that 31 days.

It's harder and harder to tell these days when exactly US books are coming out -- there are a few August 2015 entries on Amazon that will be out in shops today. Any help is appreciated. I want to drive some attention to next month's books.
 
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Go, Look: Kirby Collage Pieces

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By Request Extra: Pat Moriarity Could Use Some Extra Sales

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Due to a minor but work-interrupting injury to his wife, the great cartoonist Pat Moriarity could use a doubling up of his monthly income for the next eight weeks or so. If you've ever wanted to buy something from him now is the time. He keeps original art for sale here and here. His originals are super-great looking, so if you're in the mood, avail yourself. You'll be doing a good thing for one of comics' finest citizens.
 
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Go, Look: Splash Pages From Giant-Size Marvel Comics

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2015

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July 28
* If I Were In Riverview, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

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August 1
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 2
* If I Were In Bristol, I'd Go To This (Rob-Con)
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 6
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This

August 7
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)
* If I Were In Dover, I'd Go To This (Dover Comic Con)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 9
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

August 14
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This (Dublin Zine Fair)

August 16
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This (Dublin Zine Fair)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 29
* If I Were In Auckland, I'd Go To This (Auckland Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 30
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Midnight Tales

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Johanna Draper Carlson on Love Stage!! Vol. 1. Emilia on The Photographer. James Kaplan on Wolf #1.

* I don't have much interest in alternative versions of well-known superheroes, but I'm sort of intrigued by how popular they are considering that the core properties in some cases are weaker than they've been in and the use of alternative versions more and more frequent.

* this article is pretty typical of hardcore fan derision for constant reboots of Spider-Man, and the perception that this keeps these corporate characters from developing, as opposed to that just being a part of being a corporate character. I do think that the spread of these character across several titles for several years and constantly rejiggering them for a specific audience really weakens the characters for anything except short term, broad media projects. I'm not sure the owners really care about anything but, though.

* not comics: I'm not usually one for writing-advice posts, but this one from Mark Evanier about emotional controls seemed pretty well-stated to me, if your interest in writing involves being prolific in a way that leads to various professional opportunities.

* Michael Cavna looks at some Cosby cartoons.

* Abhay Khosla wonders out loud at the support writers are showing artists in an age where writers are well-treated at the artists' expense. This site did mention the variou structural choices made by companies that put artists into a bad position in terms of being followed by readers, although we didn't go very far down that road. It seems obvious to me if you want to produce so many issues a year and stress the transference of story elements to film and TV that writers are going to be treated as primary talent at times, but maybe it deserves additional exploration as if nothing is obvious.

* Tim Young talks to Lucy Knisley. Brian Cronin talks to Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander. Paul Gravett profiles Sung-Hee Kim.

* finally, Gary Tyrrell addresses a critic of Dean Trippe's long-delayed crowd-funding fulfillment.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Lovern Kindzierski!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Nick Gazin!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Baru!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Ted May!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Gail Simone!

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July 28, 2015


Go, Look: Teaching Comics

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Go, Look: I'm A Cop! #2

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Go, Look: Original Art For Uncle Bob's Mid-Life Crisis

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

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Go, Look: Strange Suspense Stories #19

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I'm grateful to Sean Kleefeld to cover the Patreon. To be clear, if I make a certain amount of money, I really do hire columnists to cover areas in which I'm weak. That would have to be a level at which I wouldn't mind failing to take home the 1000 an issue a full bank of columnists would cost, even if I were being super-cheap about it.

image* Todd Klein on Storms At Sea. Rob Clough on Miseryland. Todd Klein on Superman #41.

* this profile of besieged Malaysian cartoonist Zunar is pretty open about the fact that the hysterical reaction to his work by government officials has made him a worldwide arts celebrity. Thanks, jerks.

* this isn't comics, but it's horrible. The thing is, we live in a culture that if these folks were caught the cry would go up against serious punishment because it would be seen as an overreaction. I think it's deliberate, ugly act of harassment and constitutes a public danger by taking cops off of the street for duration of the prank.

* animated Cerebus. Do they even offer portfolios anymore?

* finally, David Robertson takes up for Al Williamson, an artist who frequently worked in commercial contexts where he was under-appreciated.
 
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Happy 34th Birthday, Miriam Libicki!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Will Pfeifer!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Jon J Muth!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Jim Davis!

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July 27, 2015


Go, Watch: A Hans Rickheit Short Starring Cochlea & Eustachia


 
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