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April 22, 2018


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

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2018

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April 23
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

April 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

April 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

April 26
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 27
* If I Were In Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In South Texas, I'd Go To This (South Texas Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Saarbrücken, I'd Go To This (Symposium)

April 28
* If I Were In Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In South Texas, I'd Go To This (South Texas Comic Con)

April 29
* If I Were In Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In South Texas, I'd Go To This (South Texas Comic Con)

April 30
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

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May 1
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

May 2
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

May 3
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 5
* If I Were In Portsmouth, I'd Go To This (PCC)
* If I Were In Chattanooga, I'd Go To This (Chattanooga Zine Fest)
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were Anywhere In The World, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 6
* If I Were In Portsmouth, I'd Go To This (PCC)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This (northwestzinefest)

May 9
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

May 13
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)

May 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were In San Juan, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (MCCC)

May 19
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (ECBACC)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Swansea, I'd Go To This (Swansea Zine Fest)
* If I Were In San Juan, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (MCCC)

May 20
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In San Juan, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (MCCC)

May 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 26
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This (LAZF)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 31
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This

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Events For June 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 71st Birthday, Tadashi Matsumori!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Jacque Nodell!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Bryan Hitch!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Larry Mahlstedt!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Steve Englehart!

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FFF Results Post #500e -- To-Do List

On Friday, March 16, a select group of CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics You Believe Might Have Significant Merit That You Have Yet To Read." This is how they responded.

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Mário Filipe

1. L'Incal By Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius
2. Asterios Polyp By David Mazzucchelli (pictured above)
3. Ninja By Brian Chippendale
4. Multiforce By Mat Brinkman
5. Are You My Mother? By Alison Bechdel

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Bill Mauldin's 1950s and 1960s Editorial Cartoons (Past A Few)
2. Bootsie
3. Sir Bagby
4. Classic Dan Dare (pictured above)
5. Kudzu

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Oliver Ristau

1. Farmer Ned's Comic Barn by Gerald Jablonski
2. Tekkon Kinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto (pictured above)
3. Soldier X by Igor Kordey
4. Early Retirement by Mark Thomas Gibson
5. Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013 by M.K. Brown

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Michael Dooley

1. Shitty Watchmen, by Dave Baker and others
2. The Complete Crepax Volume Three: Evil Spells, by Guido Crepax
3. Crazy Quilt, Scraps and Panels on the Way to Gasoline Alley, by Frank King
4. The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Volume One: From Sherlock Holmes to A Clockwork Orange to Jo Nesbø, by Russ Kick
5. The Provocative Colette, by Annie Goetzinger (pictured above)

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thanks to those that participated; normal service will begin with #501 at a future date

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April 21, 2018


Go, Look: Baron Yoshimoto

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Go, Look: Liam Cobb

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If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Canoga Park, I'd Go To This

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Teri Wood!

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April 20, 2018


Go, Look: Sami Alwani

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Go, Read: Abraham Riesman On Jim Starlin's Cyclical Relationship With Marvel Comics

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Here. It is worth being reminded that many creators' complaints about the big companies aren't moral/ethical battles but concern issues of treatment and recompense.

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Go, Look: Jack Kirby Fourth World Cover Images

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Festivals Extra: Universal FanCon Pushes Show Back Citing They're Just Not Able To Put On The Show

The Beat has a reasonably straightforward write-up on the show pushing back a week out from its start date. No refunds. No firm date for the show.

imageThis is a focused bad thing in that people that planned to attend or to exhibit at this particular show almost certainly will suffer from sunk costs in terms of non-refundable travel costs, items made or prepared for the show, fees, and even time asked off or something similar. I assume there will be an effort to do a smaller show for those in town, and on-line connections extended to sellers that won't make it now, and I will try to promote those efforts here at CR in next week's Festival column. It doesn't necessarily sound like the kind of show readers of this site would attend in great percentages, but many of you were likely aware of it and attending a make-up show is a nice thing to do even if it's not completely your thing.

This is a general bad thing in that it underlines that these shows are hard, and kickstarted things of many types can be hard and elude completion. I've learned this as much as anyone the last few years and am still scrambling to get on track with a lot of make-up work to come afterwards at all of my jobs. I wish I had been less brash and started smaller and pushed harder to develop as we go and even when we have we've still learned that anything worth doing is going to go through growing pains that are going to extraordinarily painful to negotiate. Be Drawn and Quarterly, not Next Planet Over. Year twenty, not year one. Just having a smaller group of people involved makes any recovery easier, too, as will multiple back-up plans. My sympathy to everyone harmed.

Update: This twitter thread suggests there may be a nefarious element involved and thus this may not just be a failure of the organizers' collective will. That might help people leverage their credit cards into refunding, and it certainly needs to be part of the story moving forward.
 
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