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April 24, 2019


Go, Listen: Scott Edelman Talks To Steve Stiles

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Go, Look: The Dum-Dum Dance x Five

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases From Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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NOV180723 FULL BLEED COMICS & CULTURE QUARTERLY HC VOL 03 $25.00
I haven't jumped into bed for a long weekend with the Full Bleed hardcovers, but I love that they exist in a period where most writing about comics is on the low-end of on-line permanence. The more projects that leave you scratching your head about their unlikely nature, the better off all of us are. It's been a while since I've read a Morrison and he's been good for at least one fun one once a decade since Amazing Heroes.

imageFEB190137 CRIMINAL #4 (MR) $3.99
FEB190470 ACTION COMICS #1010 $3.99
FEB198467 DIE #2 4TH PTG (MR) $3.99
FEB198468 DIE #3 3RD PTG (MR) $3.99
I like Criminal as a serial, and it may be one of a handful of well-conceived offerings of that type this entire century to date. If there were a dozen more comics like it out there, I'd have actual books on my bookshelves. I enjoy these Superman comics by Brian Michael Bendis, although it's not a priority buy just because my general tastes are elsewhere now. I'd love a cop TV show and a sitcom this generally accessible and solid, for sure. Die is running up the multiple editions and the subsequent printings that indicates an indy-genre hit, and we're due one with a gaming theme given the resurgence of that world in recent years.

FEB191405 PHOEBE & HER UNICORN GN VOL 09 UNICORN BOWLING $9.99
The Phoebe & Her Unicorn books are a regular buy from me, both familiar and completely idiosyncratic like my favorite 1970s high concept strips in paperback form.

FEB192023 WE DIG WORMS SC $6.99
FEB192022 STINKY SC NEW PTG $6.99
There may be one or two more of these books from the deeper parts of the TOON catalog. But the ones I see offered here are solid efforts. You want all the comics Eleanor Davis ever does.

JAN191911 ART OF PLOOG HC VOL 02 $49.00
JAN191912 ART OF PLOOG LTD S&N HC VOL 02 $275.00
I don't always know who the hell is buying certain art-book projects, but I can figure out the kind of person who would want one in this case, because that includes. I wish I lived in a different tax bracket to facilitate an easy buy for work like this. You don't have to own everything, though, and I will check this out in public-copy form at some future date and really enjoy that, too.

JAN191933 PHANTOM COMP DAILIES HC VOL 15 1957-1958 (RES) $60.00
I would have made the Plug the image, but I could find a flat cover. I hate those three-quarters angles ones, and I'm not even sure I know why. I love with equal passion the Wilson McCoy era of Phantom, a crudely solid adventure strip that's 10 percent from the land of loopy people. I laugh at least once every 50 pages.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Frederic Tuten

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2019

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

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
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

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May 1
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Prairie Comics Festival)

May 5
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Prairie Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Pre-TCAF Programming)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)

May 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics Conference)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 18
* If I Were In Ontario, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Revolution)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics Conference)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 19
* If I Were In Ontario, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Revolution)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 23
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Zine Fest)

May 31
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Pop Culture Con)

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Events For June 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Missed It: John Siuntres Talks To Eric Powell In March

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Dominic Umile profiles Box Brown.

* we're all still following Prairie Pothole, right? I don't all the way have sense of it yet. I'm definitely sticking around, though.

* here's a trailer for Comic Shop Country. I'm as happy to use a comic shop measurement of this great nation as I am anything else.

* with TCAF right around the corner, most of the Spring line form Conundrum Press is about to go live. We should also see this Joey Weiser cover out there soon.

* I liked this poster.

* this situation isn't the same as what might be happening in comics at any one time, but the idea of a middle-person making more money than creative certainly is, and it's one to which I'm sympathetic.

* finally: sometimes I lose track of links but it can't ever hurt to look at an Anya Davidson comic.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Warren Craghead!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Devlin Thompson!

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April 23, 2019


Go, Look: Howard Chandler Christy

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Mark Waid Provides Update On His Comicsgate-Related Case

Here. Waid seems pretty happy with this recent development.

Me, I never feel safe about lawsuits until those involved have been retired for ten years and/or perhaps passed away. There have been a lot of bad decisions made in a lot of courtrooms, and this will likely continue intermittently until the end of time.

I do think this particular update gets at the heart of what I worry after in this recent case and a few others like it, the idea that there's a righteous threat for people to oppose that should keep people from expressing opinions within an artistic community. A negative opinion of someone shouldn't be conflated with an unfair outcome, ever. It's two very different things, with different standards.

At any rate, I hope this case goes away sooner rather than later.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Daddy And The Pie

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Brian Heater talks to Lauren Weinstein.

* not comics: can hardly wait until the superhero movies go away so that we can go back to enjoying completely original films with plots that never repeat themselves.

* in defense of this photo, a 2011 photo may be appropriate given that it's also the last year I read a sort-of complete survey of that year's comics.

* finally: Steve Pfarrer talks to Peter Vey.
 
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Happy 77th Birthday, Edmond Baudoin!

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April 22, 2019


Go, Look: Elísabet Rún

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The LCP Is Now The LCSP: May Its Reign Be A Short Run

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It's probably time we start looking at micro-analysis of all of theses article about comics shops closing. We used to do this for Local Cartoonist Profile -- what kind of comics those that got those write-up were doing, where they were living. There are geographical nuggets of information and how those shops present themselves that are important with the shop closure pieces.

It seems to me we're seeing more stories about real estate costs hurting these ruggedly local merchants, and that the primary virtue of the stores in trouble are their community. I've always thought comics culture has made too much of the community aspect. I have never sought community at a comic book shop, but I have sought plenty of 1970s Jack Kirby at less than $2 a pop. Is a fan community of people looking at screen a fan community or a phone community? Who knows?

Two connecting to look for as well is few article about a catastrophic cause and more about the desire people have enjoy multiple career across a business lifetime. Expect a lot of retiree second businesses to have stapled paper involved somehow over the next 20 years. All bets are off if one of the extinction events finally rolls into plain view.
 
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Go, Look: FIGHT

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* it looks like the aggressive sales of the last several days may be in the past, but I'm sure Wayne Alan Harold could use any extra sales you might think of supplying given the recent sicknesses of P. Craig Russell's longtime publishing partner.

* Joyce Chin is about 75 percent to an initial goal involving coming down with a severe medical instance during C2E2. Please help if you can.

* Bill Mantlo's family has exhausted their resources taking care of the injured writer. This was depressing when we originally learned about it, and just sort of nauseating and awful for how much money has been earned in the last half-decade by work he co-created for Marvel with none of it diverted to improving his situation. Marvel could take care of this pretty easily, although there are the usual reasons why this can't happen that don't seem to matter when someone of sufficient standing decides they want them to happen.

Here is a place to help.
 
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Go, Look: Sergio Cariello

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Go, Look: Boobs Aren't Binary

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* bundled extra: Bob Levin will someday soon write about Edward Gorey -- at least an introduction's worth.

* I know how Hollywood works enough to know I shouldn't even think this stuff is worth noting because it's inevitable, but I'm tired of Success Of Marvel articles the don't mention the comic book creators, primarily Jack Kirby. They didn't even provide names to the creators that drew Nick Fury as Samuel L. Jackson, an act of creation they deem important enough to single out. It is quite the achievement that Marvel's team turned some of those movies into franchises, but they wouldn't have been movies without being comics first. If I had to replicate one of those achievements to gain entry into heaven, I wouldn't have chosen Jack's. The idea that Marvel turned a bunch of lousy leads into real estate gold has been overstated. If Kevin Feige was talking to pop culture observers that somehow thought Billionaire in A Robot Suit helmed by Hollywood's most desired "we-want-this-guy-to-have-a hit" actors of the moment was a dog, he was talking to all the stupid ones and ignoring a bunch of those I kept running into that thought this pretty difficult to fuck up. That big a movie, maybe not, but some sort of jaw-dropping reversal of severe risk? Come on.

* it sounds like Graeme McMillan found that "we're going to make you the new Marvel or at least the next Netflix deal" article from a while back as dumb to the point of dishonesty as I did. That was so cynical and awful I had to sleep on a pile of NYRC books for three days just to stop barfing.

* finally: here's a nice story from that nice man Steve Duin about a nice-sounding comics store. Let's all sell the things we love.
 
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Happy 35th Birthday, Jacque Nodell!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Tadashi Matsumori!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Bryan Hitch!

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