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February 19, 2018


Go, Bookmark: Limited Run The Empty Nesters Launches

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Festivals Extra: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) Soft Launches 2018 Exhibitor Registration

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Here's a public service message from the show with which I'm involved: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

CXC 2018 is soft-launching its 2018 exhibitor registration with links directly to the Google Form made available on this site, through direct e-mailing and on social media. Those forms can be tricky, but over 80 people thus far have been able to use:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPEFaZ_-47saRC3_uDaACrLobKgWR36nQb4Vb-ptbwEnWEVA/viewform

so try it as a scoop-up-and-replace if clicking through doesn't work.

This is for the Expo and Marketplace on September 29-30, our Saturday and Sunday of a show that begins Thursday morning, September 27. That's an 11-6 Saturday, 1-5 Sunday show. CXC Expo and Marketplace is curated and competitively so. We are working hard to focus on improving the exhibitor experience in 2018 by any and all means, and anticipate our best year yet.

Table costs and information through the docs link.

sneak of this year's logo provided by Kevin Czap, CXC 2018's featured illustrator and CXC 2016's Emerging Talent Award winner
 
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Go, Look: Borja González

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Go, Read: Two Lengthy Articles On Panther's Rage

imageAbraham Riesman at Vulture; David Brothers and Tucker Stone at TCJ. The thing that connects all three writers is none of them were old enough to read that serial on the stands.

I've never read anyone make the "first graphic novel" claim for Panther's Rage until Riesman, although that gets claimed for everything more than 20 pages that came out before 1980 so it makes sense that someone would. My memory is that it wasn't much different than the standard long serials of its day except unlike the Steve Englehart model there was no overt foreshadowing of future plot lines. Another thing that has in common with its time is how Killmonger's spiked straps represented a keener and more aggressive take on violence, a raising of the stakes that nearly every Marvel noodled with back then (Wolverine, ninjas, Punisher).

I still like how talky and weird Panther's Rage reads, especially today after a decade and a half of Mamet-style dialogue, and I like those ornate formal art flourishes that everyone else digs. I like that there were comic relief characters, and I like that the whole plot came out of people thinking through the narrative consequences in place. I also think it had dinosaurs, and I like dinosaurs, too.
 
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OTBP: Today Will Be Better

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Word Made Official: Toonseum Closing Its Physical Space, Hoping To Regroup And Re-Energize

Pittsburgh's ToonSeum will close its physical space on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh at end of business on Friday. The building has been there for nearly a decade, according to that local report, one of many specialty museums in a crowded, local market. Pittsburgh has long been a general space for museums due to its tradition of rich regional patronage. ToonSeum was started in 2007 by Joe Wos, who left in 2014. John F. Kelly was named executive director in 2016.

The museum pledges a turnaround period focused on education meant to ignite and reinforce the local cartooning community, and plans to get into a more affordable space on year from now.

It's unclear until the rest of the story unfolds a year and more from now what this means in general. Comics has enjoyed such smashing victories in its culture's goals of become relevant as pop creation and legitimate as a source for literary work that stories like these are often seen as unique incidents working against the flow of history. However, the specific narrative for comics museums has a much rockier 21st Century. Pittsburgh is a curious comics town, festooned with comics-makers and supported by solid to great retail but without much of an impact at the city's arts and entertainment core. Kelly's real-world executive background is surely to be tested in the months ahead. All luck to him and his board.
 
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Go, Look: Keep Politics In Music!

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* I had the wrong link up for Steve Hamaker's second PLOX volume. Here's the right one. It's been corrected in the previous post. I hope Steve will forgive me and you will consider planting yourself somewhere in that rare Venn diagram for comics about gaming culture and comics about Columbus, Ohio.

* a fundraiser to print the late Mark Campos' last, semi-abortive at the printing and distribution phase work, Casino Sono and get it back out there is nearing its initial goal.

* does anyone else get the feeling that a recent adjustment in how content is presented at Kickstarter favors successful projects on the immediately searchable pages? I hope that's not the case. I mean, I would get the impulse, it's college graduation rates and how those are used, but it makes it hard for old-timey search and link people to get projects in need unless they come over the social media transom.

* here are some names I recognize with crowd-funding projects: Ally Shwed, Greg Baisden, Vera Greentea, Birdcage Bottom Books, Ron Marz and NYC Queer Comic Fair.

* finally: looks like the sale is still on at Spit And A Half.
 
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If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Jim Rugg Drawing The Black Panther

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* DW on Iceland. Todd Klein on The Flash #27.

* I am happy to read this super-broad essay about comics sales and approaches by the writer Chuck Dixon. I think it's great when any artist tries to understand the basic historical forces at work in their field. I think I would disagree with about 40 percent of it both in specifics and generalities, but 40 percent spread out all over the piece with no specific organization.

* George Elkind talks to Antoine Cossé.

* finally: this is a very nice story and reminder.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, William Messner-Loebs!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Jim Lawson!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Don Glut!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Gerry Shamray!

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February 18, 2018


Go, Look/Play: Dehors

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Not Comics: The Story Of Gidra

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mark Bodé!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Gahan Wilson!

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FFF Results Post #496 -- Publishers

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Publishers From Comics History You Have Enjoyed On Some Level. Name At Least One Person No Longer With Us And One Person Currently Working."

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Patrick O Watson

1. William Gaines (EC Comics) (pictured)
2. Georges Dargaud (Dargaud)
3. Mike Gold (First Comics)
4. Chris Staros (Top Shelf)
5. Seiji Horibuchi (Viz Media)

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Chris Arrant

1. Jeanette Kahn (DC Comics) (pictured)
2. Tony Lobito (Image Comics)
3. William Gaines (EC Comics)
4. Leyla Aker (VIZ Media)
5. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus)

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Rob Salkowitz

1. Denis Kitchen, KSP (pictured, with respondent)
2. Paul Levitz, DC Comics
3. Jim Warren, Warren Publications
4. Mike Friedrich, Star*Reach
5. Wally Wood (RIP), Witzend

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Oliver Ristau

1. Annie Koyama (Koyama Press)
2. Zainab Akhtar (Short Box)
3. Rita Fürstenau (Rotopol Press) (pictured, from site)
4. David Schilter (kuš!)
5. Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Gary Groth (Fantagraphics) (pictured)
2. Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press)
3. Peggy Burns (Drawn And Quarterly)
4. Martin Goodman (Timely/Atlas/Marvel)
5. Dylan Williams (Sparkplug)

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Marc-Oliver Frisch

1. Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press)
2. Bill Jemas (Marvel)
3. Annie Koyama (Koyama Press) (pictured)
4. Dan Nadel (Picturebox)
5. Klaus Recht (Williams Verlag)

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Buzz Dixon

1. William F. Gaines (EC Comics)
2. Cat Yronwode (Eclipse)
3. Deni Loubert (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
4. James Warren (Warren Publications)
5. Peggy Burns (Drawn And Quarterly) (pictured)

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Jeffrey A. Goodman

1. Richard Corben (Fantagor Press)
2. Gary Arlington (San Francisco Comic Book Company)
3. Pakito Bolino (Le Dernier Cri)
4. Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press + Pigeon Press) (pictured)
5. Don Donahue (Apex Novelties)

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Stephen Harrick

1. Deni Loubert (Renegade Press)
2. Gary Reed (Caliber Comics)
3. Zack Soto (Study Group) (pictured)
4. Andrew DelQuadro (215 Ink)
5. Dean Mullaney (Eclipse Comics)

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Mário Filipe

1. Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
2. Marcos Farrajota (Chili Com Carne / MMMNNNRRRG)
3. Georges Bernier, "Professeur Choron" (Éditions du Square)
4. Jean-Christophe Menu (L'Association/L'Apocalypse)
5. Dan Nadel (PictureBox) (pictured)

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Dave Knott

* William Randolph Hearst (King Features Syndicate)
* Annie Koyama (Koyama Press)
* Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics) (pictured)
* Tom Devlin (Highwater Books)
* Andy Brown (Conundrum Press)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus)
2. Jim Ottaviani (GT Labs) (pictured)
3. Joe Nozemack (Oni)
4. Bill Gaines (EC)
5. Mike Gold (First)

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Sterg Botzakis

1. Chris Pitzer (Adhouse Books) (pictured)
2. Annie Koyama (Koyama Press)
3. Craig Yoe (Yoe Books)
4. Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press)
5. William Gaines (EC Comics and MAD Magazine)

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thanks to those that participated; all art to its respective makers; all apologies for any unflattering photo from the CR archives

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February 17, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Mr. Fish Movie Trailer


The Late Mark Campos Profiled


Robert Crumb Playing Guitar


Riad Sattouf On The Arab Of The Futuref


Never Saw This 2017 Al Roker Interview Of Stan Lee
 
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OTBP: Normel Person Mini-Comic

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

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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