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July 19, 2019


Bundled Extra: Kevin

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I was happy to hear that Kevin Czap was going to collect Four Years through the Czap Books label. I admire the publisher and am twice as fond of the cartoonist; efforts in both areas helped Czap become the 2016 Emerging Cartoonist at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. The new book should be lovely-looking, too, in full-color and at over 40 pages. I recommend any and everything you find on the site I sent along a few questions for something to read on this Comic-Con Friday and Kevin was nice enough to reply. -- Tom Spurgeon

TOM SPURGEON: Was it the plan to publish at this time, with this much material had been created? I'm always interested in the exact reasons things happen at one time over another.

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KEVIN CZAPIEWSKI: I've been playing this one a bit by ear, making decisions as opportunity and necessity dictate. My original plan was just to serialize the story online, on my Patreon, and as mini-comics. Since there has been space available in the Czap Books schedule for the past several conventions, it made sense to use that chance to have my own work there. Over the past year I've released two issues of Four Years as small runs which are both sold out. I just finished the third issue and it ended up being more cost-effective to print them all together, and with SPX, CXC, and MICE coming up now would be the time to do it. It works out to being half of the overall story, and I think this package will give people a better overall experience.

SPURGEON: I know this has been a tough year for a lot of cartoonists; I think of our small press as a place for a lot of positives. How do things look from your perspective as a publisher, as a creator?

CZAPIEWSKI: Things have been pretty inwardly focused on both fronts for the past year or so as I work on making both my solo career as a cartoonist and Czap Books as an operation stronger and more resilient. I have a lot of worried thoughts about how the political atmosphere is dismantling some of the prospects of having a small business like this (for a minor example, I mean look at international shipping rates). Creatively it feels as exciting as it ever has, I'm seeing so much great work from newer names (new to me at least), and the cartoonists who I think of as being in my peer group are getting a lot of great opportunities. I guess my perspective in both cases is maturing.

SPURGEON: You had a really interesting statement or two about intergenerational differene and floated the argument at TCAF that it may be that younger cartoonists are due more respect. Is that fair, how would you like to see the broad range of cartoonists come together on those kinds of arguments?

CZAPIEWSKI: I'm not sure how true or fair it is, I just remember feeling that way at some point early on. When I pitched the panel I felt I didn't even need to necessarily be the moderator, it was just a conversation I wanted to see happen - a space to share perspective in good faith. To be perfectly honest, I've seen more good examples of how I wish things were in practice already than the opposite, which is usually just people sniping over Facebook. [Spurgeon laughs]

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Tales From Comic-Con '19; Notes From This Year's Show

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Below are some observations, news stories and links to same generated by Comic-Con 2019. The pictures are from last year's show.

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Go, Look: Jaws

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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

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Go, Look: Jim Aparo Charlton Cover Art

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Happy 47th Birthday, Jamal Igle!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Rupert Bottenberg!

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Happy 57th Birthday, John Kovaleski!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Luke McDonnell!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Richard Pini!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Bob Burden!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Terry LaBan!

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July 18, 2019


Bundled Extra: AdHouse Provides Details On New Kurt Ankeny Work

imageChris Pitzer and AdHouse Books announced July 15 the publishing details for their new collection featuring the works of cartoonist Kurt Ankeny: Pleading With Stars.

Due mid-September, Pleading will be a 184-page softcover priced at $19.95. Its ISBN13 is 9781935233527 and its Diamond order code will be JUL19 1426.

A partial PDF preview can be obtained here.

I'm a great fan of Ankeny's work, an am excited to see a book with a perfect publisher for taking that next step into comics' wider consciousness. I hope to see copies at SPX and CXC this Fall.
 
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Tales From Comic-Con '19; Notes From This Year's Show

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Below are some observations, news stories and links to same generated by Comic-Con 2019. The pictures are from last year's show.

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Up Through Thursday, July 17
* there's a good buzz for this year's San Diego show, at least from where I sit, despite or maybe because the changing shape of the various comics industries.

* Zdarsky and Loo go high-concept -- or the "please make a TV show" route if you're cynical -- with Afterlift. I like Zdarsky writing humor a lot, so i'll look at this for sure. At some point I'm going to sit down and trying to figure out industry veteran Chip Mosher as an editorial director, but this is not that day. That's a much higher profile creative team than most of what's been done so far with those comics.

* Jonathan Hickman and collaborators working on the X-Men comics is a big deal, just in terms of a potential point-and-buy prestige title with a still-potent amount of affection from different corners of its longtime readership. Its mega-story status is the story, at least this week. And then let's see where everything stands a few months in.

* okay, I should do better at this once I stop flying in airplanes. I'm also going to do a couple of comics publishing news stories as stand-alones that deserve then. See you tomorrow.


Up Through Wednesday, July 16

* one of the other giant shows on the world calendar, the one in Angouleme, announced a major exhibit/retropective featuring Yoshiharu Tsuge. That would be super-fun to see.

* it may be a rare announcement for the show, but it's legit comics news; Warren Ellis an Bryan Hitch team up on a Batman maxi-series.

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Go, Look: Amber Leigh

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* CAB 2019 has opened up exhibitor applications. They promise more table for a lower price per table, and encourage everyone who exhibits to submit panel programming idea. That is one of the strongest rooms in comics. Deadline July 31; show on November 2. I hope to be there!
 
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Go, Look: The Aaron Goodman Art Collection

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Ginseng Roots #1.

* otbp: Sally Cantirino comics available at Gumroad.com.

* win a residency, make a comic.

* I'm starting to get worried about the relative frequency with which individual The Nib cartoonists will be published once the new financial model settles in.

* it's great to see Kriota Willberg doing comics that move beyond the immediate injury element.

* finally: a bit of by request extra: that is a hell of a dollar amount for anything, and for a comic book it's worth a double chin nod full Our Gang reaction. Yow.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Wes Molebash!

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July 17, 2019


Tales From Comic-Con '19; Notes From This Year's Show

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Below are some observations, news stories and links to same generated by Comic-Con 2019. The pictures are from last year's show, except the one directly above which is like from 2011.

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* one of the other giant shows on the world calendar, the one in Angouleme, announced a major exhibit/retropective featuring Yoshiharu Tsuge. That would be super-fun to see.

* it may be a rare announcement for the show, but it's legit comics news; Warren Ellis an Bryan Hitch team up on a Batman maxi-series.

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Go, Look: Chantal Horeis

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into 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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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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If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Paul Buhle On Comics As Erotic Art

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