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September 20, 2018


Go, Look: Buttercup

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OTBP: GRIP

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Festivals Extra: Olivia Jaimes Confirmed For CXC 2018 (PR)

OLIVIA JAIMES TO APPEAR AT CXC 2018!
New Nancy comics sensation to attend first comics show since taking over Ernie Bushmiller's legacy newspaper comic strip... Jaimes headlines supplementary round of CXC guests including Keiler Roberts, Mark Siegel Dustin Harbin and Georgia Webber... The Columbus, Ohio-based show readies its fourth show for September 27-30.

image(Columbus, Ohio; September 17, 2018) -- Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) has announced Olivia Jaimes, the popular newspaper comic strip cartoonist responsible for Nancy, as a special guest for its comics festival in late September.

CXC 2018 will be the first major festival appearance for Jaimes, who took over the legacy feature in May 2018. The sharp contrast between Jaimes' efforts and then-recent Nancy strips brought a surge of attention to the cartoonist and the feature. Jaimes' Nancy mixes modern references with classic Bushmiller tropes involving formal play and multi-layered gag work.

Jaimes' appearance at CXC 2018 is sponsored by GoComics.

Jaimes will participate in one public panel on Sunday at 3:30 PM, and a pair of non-public events designed to mark the historical moment of the cartoonist's initial success. Cell phones and recording devices will be collected at the door of Jaimes' Sunday event and returned to their owners afterwards.

Those wishing for more details and developments are encouraged to watch and to follow the show's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

http://www.cartooncrossoradscolumbus.org
@cxcfestival
http://www.facebook.com/cartooncrossroadscolumbus

"We're incredibly excited to have a cartoonist of Jaimes' caliber at the show," said CXC Executive Director Tom Spurgeon. "The new Nancy is a deserved sensation and we look forward to celebrating this moment in Jaimes' career and in comics history."

Also attending the show in featured guest roles will be the cartoonists Keiler Roberts, Dustin Harbin, Mark Siegel and Georgia Webber.

Keiler Roberts will appear on Friday (the Koyama Press panel) and Saturday (both at her own table and in a spotlight panel) in support of her new book Chlorine Gardens and to help celebrate the presence of Annie Koyama and Koyama Press.

Dustin Harbin is another Koyama Press veteran, and will moderate the Koyama spotlight panel at 1:30 PM on Friday, September 28 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. 

He will appear at his own table at the Expo and Book Fair, Saturday-only.

First Second Editorial Director Mark Siegel will be in Columbus in support of his creative work, primarily his collaborative contributions to the Five Worlds series. He will twice appear at the Expo and Book Fair on Saturday: first in conversation with cartoonist and exhibiting guest Zack Soto, and then in a featured signing.

Georgia Webber is sponsored by Fantagraphics and will appear in support of her new release, Dumb: Living Without A Voice, with a related presentation on Saturday at the Expo/Book Fair.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit devoted to showcasing the best in comics and cartooning, promoting the city of Columbus as an international arts destination and assisting with the career development of young creators.

CXC's 2018 Festival is September 27-30.

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https://www.gocomics.com/nancy
http://www.georgiawebber.com
http://www.keilerroberts.com
https://dharbin.com
http://marksiegelbooks.com/
http://studygroupcomics.com/zacksoto/

http://www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.org
https://www.gocomics.com

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on How To Be Alive.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Bill Amend!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Tom Williams!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Coop!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Steve Ringgenberg!

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September 19, 2018


Go, Look: Nathan Cowdry

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Pickrodt Defamation Filing And Support Brief Cataloged On-Line

Here is a PDF of the complaint, excising pages two pages which were public-record style publication of the exact addresses involved: https://goo.gl/7HFCBa.

Please let me know if there's something in that document that remains troubling to publish on a site like this one.
 
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Go, Look: Christian Rex van Minnen

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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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JUL182097 PASSING FOR HUMAN GRAPHIC MEMOIR HC $28.00
Liana Finck is one of the funniest cartoonists and writers working, and this is only a second -- I think -- full-length book. I am greatly looking forward to devouring this.

imageJUL181751 TRENCH DOGS GN $18.95
JUL181748 BEST OF DON WINSLOW OF NAVY COLLECTION HC VOL 01 $29.95
Two from the Naval Institute Press' new comics initiative. The Trenchdogs one is crazy: think of that Joe Sacco World War I single-panel thing but with anthropomorphic and just scene after scene ending in terrible, madness-inducing violence. Some of you just smiled broadly at that description, and may god help you. The Winslow is a pretty standard Craig Yoe collection of the feature.

JUL181907 BLAMMO #10 (MR) $8.00
JUL180973 FRANKLIN RICHARDS FANTASTIC YEAR #1 $7.99
JUL181544 TRUE STORIES #4 (MR) $5.99
JUL181411 LUMBERJANES #54 $3.99
JUL181412 LUMBERJANES #54 SUBSCRIPTION DOZERDRAWS VAR $3.99
JUL180457 USAGI YOJIMBO #6 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN $3.99
JUN180516 MISTER MIRACLE #11 (OF 12) (MR) $3.99
JUN180517 MISTER MIRACLE #11 (OF 12) VAR ED (MR) $3.99
JUL180704 WILD STORM #17 $3.99
JUL180705 WILD STORM #17 VAR ED $3.99
JUL180850 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #1 (OF 4) CVR A ALLRED $3.99
JUL180851 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #1 (OF 4) CVR B TOMMASO $3.99
A solid week in comic-book comics, starting with Noah Van Sciver's dense, frequently compelling issue of Blammo! -- the best issue yet! It's worth every penny. I have no idea why any mainstream comic book would cost $7.99, but this one does. True Stories is more from Derf of the short-story variety. Lumberjanes I note the issue number. The next two are popular DC books -- and I like the Warren Ellis written Wildstorm when I see them, but why random issues like both of these have to have variant covers still confuses me. Finally, I'm curious about the Allred/Tommaso team-up on Dick Tracy, a character I've never terribly cared for.

MAY181234 OVER GARDEN WALL ONGOING TP VOL 05 $14.99
I got confused by the way this was coming out a few years back and haven't quite caught back up.

JUL181146 STAR WARS #54 $3.99
MAR180985 STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA HC VOL 01 $34.99
JUL181148 STAR WARS LANDO DOUBLE OR NOTHING #5 (OF 5) $3.99
How broadly and deeply appealing are the Star Wars characters? Can they carry this many series?

JUL182349 20TH CENTURY BOYS TP VOL 01 PERFECT ED URASAWA $19.99
You want all of Urasawa's material in your collection: just make sure what is new and what is repackaged material.

JUL181758 ANNIE SULLIVAN & TRIALS OF HELEN KELLER GN $12.99
JUL181759 ANNIE SULLIVAN & TRIALS OF HELEN KELLER HC GN $17.99
Joseph Lambert's beautiful book. Let's all hope we get more.

JUN181979 BE YOUR OWN BACKING BAND GN FULL COLOR EDITION $12.00
Liz Prince. Full color at that price point seems pretty good to me.

JUN181814 DOG MAN GN VOL 05 LORD OF FLEAS $9.99
JUL181575 BIG NATE GOES BANANAS TP $9.99
Two juggernaut series with a new edition on the same day.

JUL182220 CHARLESGATE CONFIDENTIAL HC $22.99
JUL188259 ILLEGAL HC GN $19.99
Know very little about either series but I like the covers and they look like sober efforts so I'd pick both up for a closer look.

JUN181570 LOOKERS EMBER #11 (MR) $5.99
JUN181587 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE (MR) $5.99
JUN181590 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181588 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE NUDE TORN (MR) $7.99
JUN181591 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE WINDY NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181585 LOOKERS EMBER #11 GGA HOMAGE (MR) $5.99
JUN181586 LOOKERS EMBER #11 GGA HOMAGE NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181576 LOOKERS EMBER #11 LUSCIOUS (MR) $5.99
JUN181577 LOOKERS EMBER #11 LUSCIOUS NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181571 LOOKERS EMBER #11 NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181579 LOOKERS EMBER #11 RED HOT (MR) $5.99
JUN181580 LOOKERS EMBER #11 RED HOT NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181583 LOOKERS EMBER #11 SEXY SPIES (MR) $5.99
JUN181584 LOOKERS EMBER #11 SEXY SPIES NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181581 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WORKOUT (MR) $5.99
JUN181582 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WORKOUT NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181573 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WRAP (MR) $5.99
JUN181574 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WRAP NUDE (MR) $7.99
How is this a good use of space and time?

MAY182026 SEA OF THIEVES TP $16.99
Noted that this is a gaming comic and we are starting to become awash in such comics.

JUL181916 CHECK PLEASE HOCKEY HC GN VOL 01 (OF 2) $23.99
Ngozi Ukazu's collegiate hockey romance makes its broader mainstream press debut. I'm looking forward to reading a bunch of these stories in one sitting.

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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, Look: Hadar Reven

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2018

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

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Downey, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Somerville, I'd Go To This (Ladies Con)

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

September 24
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

September 26
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

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
* If I Were In Brussels, 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)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

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October 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Colorado, I'd Go To This (Mesa County Libraries Comic Con)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (LAKES)

October 13
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (LAKES)
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This (Over Here Zine Fest)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

October 14
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (LAKES)

October 20
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Santa Rosa, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)

October 27
* If I Were Near Derry, I'd Go To This (ComicCity)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For November 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Crime Patrol #12

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on a pair of those DC in-house sort-of off-brand books.

* congratulations to those raising money to help those sued by Cody Pickrodt for defamation on reaching half of their initial goal.

* this article about a cancelled comic book series is interesting in part for all the times you don't get articles about cancelled comic book series. I do wonder about the size of the audience that is interested in how these series develop but isn't aware of the freelancing element, but that's a minor quibble. It doesn't speak very well about the general editorial direction at Marvel with a veteran editor in charge if they lose creative effort through editorial mishandling.

* finally: here's a conversation between Darryl Ayo, John P and Leela Corman about the value of getting older in comics
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Chris Wright!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Sarah Oleksyk!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Garry Leach!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Cynthia Martin!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Michael Tisserand!

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September 18, 2018


Go, Look: Cynthia Alfonso

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Ted Rall To Comics Industry On Response To Cody Pickrodt's Defamation Suit: You're Doing It Wrong

Here. It's an odd article processed through Rall's experiences suing and being sued.
 
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Go, Look: Tommaso Di Spigna

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