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October 22, 2019


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Frank Santoro

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Festivals Extra: A Chat With ReedPOP's Mike Armstrong

A few bits of hard news from can be found here. This includes second-year Keystone numbers, expected expansion at Javits for NYCC by 2021, and a brief discussion of NYCC more generally. A go-read.
 
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Go, Look: Sara Capello

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* I don't know how these kinds of lists work, but someone is or several someones are likely to get a sales boost by their appearance on one.

* I'm not a big fan of overlapping treatments of core material as a way to best exploit these popular characters, but we are certainly in the age of that now. I have a specific hope this is not what companies will do with large character libraries for the sake of emphasizing a few characters over a wide range. Make sense this will happen, though.

* this kind of thing is a big example of it, although I think DC's desire to kind of reoriented the core of their publishing efforts to all-ages standalone books is genuine.

* go, look: Drew Ford, Duane Leslie and Eva de la Cruz bring Steam to readers in the spring of 2020.

* finally: here's an old-school PR piece on a graphic novel due in early 2020. Don't see as many of those as you used to, except for a few significant books.
 
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Go, Look: Mary Blair Ichabod Crane Art

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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October 25
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go This

October 26
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Nashua, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Texas Book Festival)

October 27
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Texas Book Festival)

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

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November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

November 14
* If I Were In Toulouse, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Sveta Shubina Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* these lists are always a little weird, and I never quite know what to do with them. This one seems as smart and well-intentioned as any of them. I'm not 100 percent positive that Watchmen naturally drives people to political commentary and pop formalism. I think I might go with 1980s political allegory, maybe? Or just other accomplished comics.

* well, that's a major disruption in service. I hope admins out there have been backing up their content.

* I have almost no connection to Star Wars and even less to its related comics talent, but I am susceptible to seeing the amount of time involved -- I was a eight year old when the first movie came out -- and I frequently remember the number of people that have been lost between then and now.

* Katie Skelly talks to Kate Lacour.

* finally, Rob Salkowitz with a report on an increase in licensing European comics.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Steven Grant!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Jim Wheelock!

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October 21, 2019


Go, Look: Hermann Illustrations

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* you know how I like a crowd-funder featuring a modest ask on behalf of material with which I'm unfamiar.

* it's a good time to remind that the great John Porcellino is requesting your patreon support.

* here's the fundraiser for Fieldmouse Press to carry foward their 2020 season creating a safe space for critics and creators to work on stuff together. I think I've characterized that fairly.

* finally: is it my imagination, or is there not a lot of action in straight-up crowdfunders right now?
 
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Go, Look: Will Quinn

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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*****

October 25
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Nashua, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

*****

November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

November 14
* If I Were In Toulouse, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Ashlee Beadle

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Robert Boyd on Dispossession.

* CF Payne talking to Drew Friedman sounds pretty great.

* there are shows everywhere now.

* so does anyone now past a hunch or supposition what the current state of on-line dissemination of information might be? I get the sense that people have moved past various forms of social media communication to not putting anything out there at all, but I have no idea if my hunch is right.

* finally: it's funny because it's true.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Geof Darrow!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Steve MacIsaac!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Paul Levitz!

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October 20, 2019


Your 2019 Ringo Awards Winners

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It was a genial, affectionate awards program, that moved at a less-than-two-hours clip. Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (Hero Initiative) and a very surprised Louise Simonson (Dick Giordano) won the career-spanner prizes.

I participated in this year's program as a judge. I was flattered to be asked and was treated totally above-board.

Winners in bold.

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BEST CARTOONIST (WRITER/ARTIST)

* Echorise
* Enjelicious
* Terry Moore
* Sean Murphy
* Jim Woodring

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BEST WRITER

* Brian Michael Bendis
* Richard Dent
* Rylend Grant
* Jeff Lemire
* Scott Snyder
* Brian K. Vaughan

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BEST ARTIST OR PENCILLER

* Joe Bennett
* Shawn Daley
* Ezra Claytan Daniels
* Steve Ellis
* Ronilson Freire
* Dan Mora
* Dustin Nguyen
* Ryan Ottley
* Sean Phillips

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BEST INKER

* J.P. Mayer
* Mark Morales
* Ron Randall
* Fiona Staples
* Sana Takeda

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BEST LETTERER

* David Aja
* Arechan
* Taylor Esposito
* Jared K. Fletcher
* Todd Klein

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BEST COLORIST

* Tamra Bonvillain
* Steve Conley
* Matt Hollingsworth
* Rachel Smythe
* Dave Stewart
* Matt Wilson
* YaongYi

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BEST COVER ARTIST

* Travis Charest
* Nick Derington
* Dan Mora
* Sara Richard
* Alex Ross
* Fiona Staples
* Jim Woodring

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BEST SERIES

* Batman: White Knight, DC Comics
* Bitter Root, Image Comics
* Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Dark Horse Comics
* Blammo, Kilgore Books
* The Highest House, IDW Publishing
* The Immortal Hulk, Marvel Comics
* Venom, Marvel Comics

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BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

* Aberrant #4, Danger Zone
* Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, Dark Horse Comics
* Champions #24, Marvel Comics
* Klaus and the Crying Snowman, BOOM! Studios
* Swamp Thing Winter Special, DC Comics

*****

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

* The Ghost, The Owl, Action Lab Entertainment
* My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics
* Son of Hitler, Image Comics
* Upgrade Soul, Lion Forge
* Woman World, Drawn & Quarterly

*****

BEST ANTHOLOGY

* Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, DC Comics
* All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World, A Wave Blue World
* Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World, Black Crown/IDW Publishing
* Grief, Source Point Press
* Twisted Romance, Image Comics
* Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics

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BEST HUMOR COMIC

* Bluechair, WEBTOON
* Get Naked, Image Comics
* Love Advice from the Great Duke of Hell, WEBTOON
* MAD, DC Comics
* Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons, IDW Publishing

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BEST COMIC STRIP OR PANEL

* Amazing Spider-Man, Stan Lee/Larry Lieber, King Features Syndicate
* Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Andrews McMeel Universal
* Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, Andrews McMeel Universal
* Garfield, Jim Davis, King Features Syndicate
* Luann, Greg Evans, Andrews McMeel Universal
* Nancy, Olivia Jaimes, Andrews McMeel Universal
* Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis, Andrews McMeel Universal

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BEST WEBCOMIC

* Age Matters, Enjelicious
* Aztec Empire, Paul Guinan, Anina Bennett, David Hahn
* The Contradictions, Sophie Yanow
* Existential Comics, Corey Mohler
* Lavender Jack, Dan Schkade
* Luff, Arechan
* The Nib, various
* Nothing Special, Katie Cook

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BEST NON-FICTION COMIC WORK

* All the Answers, Simon & Schuster
* The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York, Abrams ComicArts
* Hey, Kiddo, Graphix
* I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation, BOOM! Studios
* Let's Make Comics!, Watson-Guptill
* Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics

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BEST KIDS COMIC OR GRAPHIC NOVEL

* Aquacorn Cove, Oni Press
* Be Prepared, First Second Books
* Jupiter Jet, Action Lab Entertainment
* The Nameless City: The Divided Earth, First Second Books
* The Prince and the Dressmaker, First Second Books
* Punk Taco, Adam Wallenta Entertainment

*****

BEST PRESENTATION IN DESIGN

* Absolute Sandman Overture, DC Comics
* Berlin, Drawn & Quarterly
* Madman Quarter Century Shindig, IDW Publishing
* My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics
* Only Living Boy Omnibus, Papercutz
* Persephone, BOOM! Studios
* Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise Gallery Edition, Abstract Studio/Graphitti Designs
* Yellow Negros and Other Imaginary Creatures, New York Review Comics

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FFF Results Post #519 -- Be A Clone, Be A Clone, And You Will Never Be Alone

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Favorite Close Copies Of Superman." This is how they responded.

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Mario Filipe

1. Superman from the Acme Novelty Comics.
3. Supreme.
2. True-Man.
4. Mr. Majestic.
5. Superdupont.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Mon-El.
2. Ultra-Man.
3. Hyperion.
4. Gladiator.
5. Public Spirit.

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Dave Sikula

* Bizarro
* Superduperman
* Hyperman
* Samaritan
* Super-Rabbit (aka Bugs Bunny)

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William Burns

1. Tom Strong
2. Majestic
3. Supreme
4. Bicycle Repairman
5. Mighty Mouse

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Buzz Dixon

1. Wonderman (original)
2. Captain Marvel
3. The Copperhead (serial)
4. Kon-el
5. A-Ko's dad (anime)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Supreme
2. Shazam
3. Sentry
4. Ultraboy
5. Homelander

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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*****

October 25
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Nashua, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

*****

November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

November 14
* If I Were In Toulouse, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 40th Birthday, Matthew Loux!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Mike Baehr!

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