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January 18, 2019


Go, Read: Tony Fitzpatrick On Absinthe Birds

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Go, Look: Brady Evans

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Collective Memory: Batton Lash, 1953-2019

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These are links to various mentions of the passing of cartoonist and illustrator Batton Lash, who died on January 12, 2019.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Primary Mentions

* Adam Freeman
* Alistair Robb
* Andrew Farago 01
* Andrew Farago 02

* Barbara Randall Kesel
* Bleeding Cool

* CBR
* Cecile Fleetwood
* Chad Cavanaugh
* Chip Mosher
* Clifford Meth

* Dan Conner
* David Lloyd
* Derf
* Don Simpson 01
* Don Simpson 02
* Don Simpson 03

* Georgia Ball

* ICv2.com

* Jamal Yaseem Igle
* Jann Morris-Penrod
* Jay Harper
* Jim Ottaviani
* Jim Pascoe
* Jim Treacher
* Jim Valentino
* Jim Wheelock
* Johanna Draper Carlson
* John Lustig
* Jon B. Cooke

* Margot Jackson
* Mark Evanier
* Mark Habegger
* Mark Wheatley
* Michael Aushenker
* Mike Kunkel
* Mike Olivares
* Mitchell Berger

* Paulette Powell
* Paul Levitz

* Rafael Navarro
* Ralph Mathieu
* Randy Reynaldo
* Rebecca Hicks
* Rio Herrera
* RL Crabb
* Rob Imes
* Russell Calabrese
* Ryan Claytor

* San Diego Reader
* Scott Shaw!
* Shannon Eric Denton
* Stephen Bissette
* Steve Conley
* Steve Saffel

* The Beat
* Tripwire

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Related Articles Of Substance

* Batton Lash Interviews The Wicked Witch 2014

* Chris Pitzer Photo From CXC 2015
* Comics Worth Reading Interview 2014
* Curled Up With A Good Book Interview 2009

* Exhibit A Press Web Site

* Lambiek.net Entry

* Moonlight Art Magazine Interview 2014
* Mr. Media Interview 2015

* The Karl Show Interview 2013

* Wikipedia Entry

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Go, Look: The Cost Of A Government Shutdown

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Assembled Extra: Comics Workbook Relaunching Site

Looks like we'll have a new Comics Workbook site in six weeks. It makes sense to have that site reboot itself every few years as much attention they spend on how exactly the basic models work on their behalf. I look forward to the result.
 
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If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2019

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January 22
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

January 23
* If I Am Near A Computer Or In SF, I'll Go To This

January 24
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 25
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 26
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This (Pasadena Comic Convention And Toy Show)

January 29
* If I Were In Toulouse, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

January 30
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

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February 1
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

February 2
* If I Were In Norfolk, I'd Go To This (NOICE)

February 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

February 7
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

February 14
* If I Were In White River Junction, I'd Go To This

February 16
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)

February 17
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)

February 19
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

February 22
* If I Were Near MSU, I'd Go To This (Comics Forum)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

February 23
* If I Were Near MSU, I'd Go To This (Comics Forum)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

February 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

February 26
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Bill Everett Pencil Drawings Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on a bunch of comics by Reilly Hadden. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #3. Andy Oliver on Chlorine Gardens. Johanna Draper Carlson on Is Kichijoji The Only Place To Live? Volume Five.

* Heidi MacDonald calls attention to a recent Hannah Berry article about Berry's financial situation over a three-year stretch, and the saving grace of a partner making wages to live on. I think this is the new mission that now that the literary value and cultural impact of comics is no longer in question: return as much money and support to the creative class as possible. That doesn't automatically mean the problem is solved; my guess is that no matter how many cartoonists see a return that allows their work to be supported there will be three others that wish it to be so. But as many cross that threshold, the better; and to push at the limits of sustainable return better lets us know what's possible.

* finally: DT Max profiles Nick Drnaso.
 
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January 17, 2019


Go, Look: Diigii Daguna

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Go, Read: Progressive Taxation: How Does It Work?

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this article about the impact that social media has on community spaces also would seem to have a lot to say about comics community spaces with an even less thorough commitment to space in the real world.

* PFC #6 is on. That gathering of top-level talent for camaraderie-generating comics-making and exercises is a wonderful way to orient your show towards the act of comics-making. Everywhere you look is an interesting cartoonist.

* here's a call for entries for a comics-related contest tied into the Lake Oswego Festival For The Arts.

* finally: Comic-Con fixture Pam Noles has a big-bags conversion business, complete with store. There is nothing I dislike about this story.
 
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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Gill Fox Covers

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Go, Look: Three Stooges Comic Book Photo Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on The Don Rosa Library Volume Eight. HW Thurston on Vanishing Act. Andy Oliver on My Father Was A Fisherman. Henry Chamberlain on Alpha: Abdijan To Paris.

* here's a story over at CBLDF using benign cartoons of Liz Climo's tagged by Tumblr as adult content that is not adult content, with blame put on the technology used and what many feel is an unfortunate decision to remove content of that type from the site in the first place. I have yet to read up on that whole thing, although I know that Tumblr fell out of favor with the majority of artists I know months and months and months ago.

* here's Comics MNT on the launch of an erotic series from BOOM!. I thought we'd have a lot more sexy straight-up superhero stories this decade. Something to look forward to, I guess.

* David Betancourt talks to David F. Walker.

* finally: the late Stan Lee and the not-really-her-name Olivia Jaimes share the industry person of the year survey honor at The Beat.
 
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January 16, 2019


Go, Look: Der-Shing Helmer

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Go, Look: Abortion Is Illegal In Lebanon, But That Hasn't Stopped Abortions

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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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OCT181745 DOG MAN GN VOL 06 BRAWL OF THE WILD $9.99
I am not finding very many comics at all this week, but post-holiday and post-SDCC time slots are difficult for my specific reading tastes. Shoot me any suggestions I'm missing, particularly if they're obvious. In the meantime, it's certainly noteworthy when Dav Pilkey drops a book in one of his sales-juggernaut series. I get asked about these comics by kids of friends more than any other series.

MAR180562 LOST GIRLS HC EXPANDED ED (MR) $49.99
JUL180943 RICK VEITCH THE ONE HC $29.99
NOV181784 ETERNAUT HC (CURR PTG) $49.99
Three newer/different editions of solid to excellent graphic novels, the kind a serious colleciton might have in its library. I have no idea if there's been backlash against Lost Girls, though it seems a candidate for that kind of analysis. It's nice having Rick Veitch back, generally. The Eternaut is on my reading table as we speak.

NOV180199 WICKED & DIVINE #41 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
NOV180200 WICKED & DIVINE #41 CVR B GANUCHEAU (MR) $3.99
SEP180696 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #3 (OF 4) CVR A ALLRED $3.99
SEP180697 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #3 (OF 4) CVR B TOMMASO $3.99
One recent sales and buzz stalwart and one project with a lot of interesting names attached. I think that's one away from the end for the Wicked & Divine gang. That's going to be a comic that comes up a lot 5-7 years from now with young mainstream and indy/genre creators.

MAY182059 KIRBY & LEE STUF SAID $24.95
I like the idea here -- a look at the creation of Marvel's 1960s comics based on the extensive on-the-record testimony and evidence-in-hand. It's all in the execution, of course.

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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: Clark Kent Into Superman Images

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Go, Look: Leonard Starr's Mysto

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alenka Figa on Fashion Forecasts.

* not comics: my brother Whit told me these are the tribute ads that were placed in Hollywood Reporter in honor of Stan Lee after his passing; Maggie Loesch (longtime Marvel Productions head), DC Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, the five main Avengers cast members, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Disney/Marvel. I'm not sure why I find that interesting, but I do.

* not comics: hey, it's a geek-related writing job! I don't remember which geek site this is but it sounds like one of the important ones.

* this kind of avoidance/swapping is par for the course in many American newspapers, but if you make promises about changes in content you might as well be held to the result.

* finally: LA Zine Fest applications end tonight at 11:59 PM. That's a June show.
 
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January 15, 2019


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Peter Kuper

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Go, Read: History Of Helioscope Twitter Thread From May I Think Of This Year But Oh God Who Knows

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Here. It's at least a half-year old, but I think the basic principles stand. This is the shared workspace in Portland. No idea where the industry goes from here but I think all non-publisher groups are important until that gets figured out. I find interesting the way the studio becomes modular when address certain kinds of financial opportunities: studio-wide creative projects, sketch projects by individual creators.
 
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Go, Look: George Herriman Illustrates Archy's Life Of Mehitabel

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* there's a Rufus Marigold collection coming. There was a point when I thought that print publishing would be dominated by webcomics efforts, which hasn't really come through.

* DD Degg walks us through a purge of strips at the Boston Globe, followed by a partial reprieve for many of the offerings.

* finally: it makes perfect sense to me that there'd be another version of the Ralph Reese/Byron Preiss effort One Year Affair, but I'm always amazed by how many thing I've imagined reprinted have been reprinted. I'm really running out at this point. I'm sure Byron Preiss did a collection back in the day.

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