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June 22, 2018


OTBP: Relay

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DC Comics Goes Full Year Between Wal-Mart Plans

imageAt least I think it's been that long. The new initiative also features A-list talent and proven serials, but it looks like its distinguishing factors are a mix of exclusive new comics with older serials, plus a really aggressive plot point of approximately $5.

I think a lot of this will initially be discussed in vague industry-progression terms. I do think there's a market for a few comics publications that are priced as an add-on and that will also be sold in areas that haven't had a store since Marvel drove everything over a cliff in the mid-1990s -- I lived in a town like that for 11 years, and paper Shonen Jump killed there. If DC finds a way to make this one happen, that will be a good deal for them. I also hope the DC contracts from 2000-on have been such that the creators get paid a reprint fee, but I don't have any memory of those kinds of details from what little of I know of those contracts.

I imagine there will be conjectural pushback from the Direct Market. I don't think that's a single pie being divvied up. Period. I will forgive DM stores a more general frowny-face at a client base that will occasionally innovate in one market but seems determined to stay locked into the past with an existing one. That must kind of suck.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2018

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June 23
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 24
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 26
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

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July 1
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

July 7
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 12
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 13
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 14
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (NVS Panel At CCI)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)

July 28
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

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Events For August 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Follow: CXC Last Festival In North America To Try Investing Energy In Instagram Account

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this is the show with which I'm involved; hopefully we'll get some nice stuff up here
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Somnambulance.

* here's an NPR piece about all things Nancy: the strip's mini-resurgence under Olivia Jaimes and the masterful work of comics insight How To Read Nancy by those twin, grand gentlemen of comics Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. That seems like a nice way to close out the week.

* it's always a little bit distressing when you read a survey-type article on North American mainstream comics and as a group they seem like they could come out right now, a year ago, three years ago, 11 years ago, 22 years ago: take your pick.

* finally: any excuse to post this dumb photo.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Ali Farzat!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Phil Elliott!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Eric Reynolds!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Kevin Fagan!

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Happy 81st Birthday, RC Harvey!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Armando Gil!

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June 21, 2018


Go, Look: Jon #1-2

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By Request Extra: MICE Fires Up Major Art Auction

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MICE launches its on-line art auctions today, and has assembled a heavy-hitting line-up of past guests and favorite. The pieces to be auctioned are:

* Emily Carroll: page from her groundbreaking short story, His Face All Red.
* James Kochalka: unpublished inked page featuring Johnny Boo.
* Hartley Lin: art for a single-page comic from Pope Hats.
* Deb Lucke, two-sided page from The Lunch Witch.
* Josh Neufeld: "splash page" from The Influencing Machine.
* Nate Powell: original drawing of John Lewis
* Raul the Third: page from the Spongebob comic.
* Katie Skelly: page from My Pretty Vampire.
* Sara Varon: page from Bake Sale.
* Drew Weing: page from Set to Sea.

I have my eye on two of those myself.

After swelling in size and numbers the last few years, how shows will find ways to pay for themselves should remain a hot topic for the next half-decade.
 
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Go, Read: Wallace The Brave Profiled

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this strip reminds me of Franklin Fibbs a bit in that its virtues extend far past the positives of most early strips, even as there's progress to be made in general
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the 2018 iteration of the Press Play Fair is accepting exhibitor applications from now until July 1.

* Short Run will accept applications through July 31, and there is a travel grant. That's a show I use as an excuse to hang around in Seattle for a few days and see friends, because that is still an amazing city, but I was really taken with the quality of that show floor. I could have spent $2000.

* looks like Heroes will go June 14-16 next year.

* here's a full-blown Matt Maxwell rant about the state of shows and festivals using science fiction cons as an entry point; here's the post that inspired it.

* finally: I heard great things about all three shows that happened last weekend including that Heroes Con had one of their best Saturdays ever. For their next trick I would like all three to find their own weekends for next year; Heroes has already picked theirs, but they could get to choose first being the granddaddy.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Algeria Is Beautiful Like America.

* Here's a bunch of Rob Rogers firing links. I can't believe people think like this. I guess they do. Bill Clinton was a liar and I'm sure President Obama was, but a failed promise isn't a lie and there can be multiple liars. Really. It's its own thing. If we can't even parse the language the same way it gives me very little hope that arguing will ever solve anything. Of course, we have 20 years of the Internet now to know that as truth. Here's a fairly rational letter from a reader of the Times. There are no rules, really, but a vision for an editorial cartoonist that allows for a dissent is healthier for everyone. I say that as someone who rarely agrees with newspaper cartoonists, and worked on a newspaper staff with a heavy conservative slant. I don't know how making editorial cartoons collaborations or suggesting that a cartoonist's output is the same as the pieces written by an editorial board squares with anything short of a deranged history as to how newspapers best work. I'm glad to see the idea it was a single cartoon responsible debunked. This is much scarier. It's nice to see it projected on buildings, but this was a repudiation of an entire political point of view and of a way of doing cartoons that people have accepted for more than half a century. There wasn't a straw that broke this camel's back; that animal was skinned.

* finally: god save us all from entitled rich kids that can't function as human beings. Screw typing out his name. All love and support to the survivors.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Darryl Cagle!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Berke Breathed!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Steve Niles!

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June 20, 2018


Go, Look: Phileas Reid

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