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August 20, 2018


Missed It: John Blair Moore, RIP

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Go, Look: Emmanuel Guibert In Japan

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Go, Look: birdstrips

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* just wanting to keep hitting the "send" button on this Jim Wheelock fundraiser. One of the futures I can see is dozens of crowd-funders for talented people that didn't work in comics long enough or perhaps didn't forge a relationship with a popular character.

* still a bit confused by the general donation/specific donation nature of this ask, but I will keep driving attention to it for as long as I'm able and/or convinced otherwise.

* last few days for a creative project we've looked in on several times.

* a person direct-texted me via twitter to promote their crowd-funder so I figure it must be important in some way or we have a prior relationship. If I look when I have time later and it's just another kickstarter, my apologies.

* finally: the Cooksey family could use a hand. This kind of unfortunate circumstance crowd-funder isn't something you see a whole lot of in comics, where I'm guessing a lot of people are living in close proximity to this sort of need. Still, need is need.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2018

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August 20
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 21
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

August 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

August 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 25
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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September 1
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 2
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 6
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 7
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 8
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCC)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Staple!)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCC)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 11
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 12
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 13
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 14
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 15
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 16
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Festival Day)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 21
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 23
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)

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Events For October 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Erik Nebel

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Tinderella. J. Caleb Mozzocco digs into the 32nd consecutive Mark Waid-written issue of Archie. I'm curious about that run myself.

* not comics: this Sean Collins piece on monumental horror images and film might have something to say to you about comics, I'm not certain. Comics isn't really good with jump scares because of the reader's ability to control timing and pacing, but it seems to me a lot comics have an indelible image of wrongness or two, particularly in the manga tradition.

* here are some images from a proposed Flaming Carrot/1960s Batman. I will always be fond of the way Bob Burden draws.

* I was asked by the author of this fundraiser to wait a few days before posting, and I'll do that, but if this event was close enough to your hart you don't need it contextualized by me, who am I to withhold information?

* it's harder for me to look at Tanino Liberatore's stand-alone image work now than it was when I was 13 and rubbing Mountain Dew on my gums first thing in the morning. There are definite issues right there with which one might engage. It sure looks vibrant, though, no matter the subject matter.

* finally: ten days until the Billy unloads some double-donations. It seems weird to some people that any organization would do that, but believe me when I say that storage costs are a very real thing for all of these institutions, and no one really needs more than one of anything.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Sean Kleefeld!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Daniel Torres!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Rina Ayuyang!

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Happy 89th Birthday, Marie Severin!

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August 19, 2018


Go, Look: The New York Times Vs. Batman

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Go, Look: Steven M. Johnson

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

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

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

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Happy 49th Birthday, Gene Ha!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Josh Cotter!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Stefano Gaudiano!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Adam P. Knave!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Josh Fialkov!

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FFF Results Post #510 -- Positioning

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Two Comic Strips You Like More Than The General Critical Consensus As You Perceive It, One You Like Just About The Same, And Two You Like Less; Use This Format. Include At Least One Modern Strip Whose Creator Is Still Alive." This is how they responded.

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Jamie Coville

1. Herman
2. Foxtrot
3. The Far Side
4. Bloom County
5. Krazy Kat [pictured]

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Franklin Fibbs [pictured]
2. Pros And Cons
3. Little Orphan Annie
4. Lil' Abner
5. Pogo

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Andrew Mansell

1. Johnny Hazard
2. Steve Canyon [pictured]
3. Doonesbury
4. Mallard Fillmore
5. Rose is Rose

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John Vest

1. Andy Capp [pictured]
2. Steve Roper & Mike Nomad
3. Chester Gould's Dick Tracy
4. Little Orphan Annie
5. Doonesbury

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Stephen Harrick

1. Jump Start
2. Broom-Hilda
3. Rhymes with Orange
4. Krazy Kat
5. Gasoline Alley

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thanks to all that participated; I took a pass on a few that named cartoonists instead of strips, which is why we have the sample list!

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August 18, 2018


If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

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

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