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July 19, 2018


Go, Look: Meg Syverud

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The Beat: Zerocalcare Visa Odyssey Has Happy Ending

Nice story. I hope the cartoonist enjoys their weekend. I think we could be in for a run of visa stories over the next couple of years.
 
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Go, Look: Dan Berry Talks To Alex Assan

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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* first time I remember getting a warning from AMTRAK on the occasion of Del-Mar and SDCC taking place the same day. Plus business class is sold out. This should be interesting.

* twitter news of the evening -- the Julie Doucet book is out. Second twitter news of the evening -- so is the Lutes.

* the writer Gail Simone will be doing some line-wide shaping of the superhero material published by Lion Forge. There are a lot of superhero lines, and it's a very specific sub-genre, so I don't expect anything all that different or groundbreaking from this material. People like variations on the standard formulas, though, a lot. If Mark Millar can have 27,000 TV shows made out of his riffs on the standards, there can be a workable line from as sturdily funded and confident a company as Lion Forge.

* some of the noticeable absences in terms of movie announcements at CCI are being turned into a business story. I think the show will be fine only attracting 87 of the 89 things out there. In fact, I think the show would do fine attracting 40 of those 89 things. The desire of the studios to announce efforts at the convention have been actively tenuous for about six-seven years now, and with results mixed and the context constantly shifting there is bound to be some energy in the going/not-going area.

* DC will accept returns on regular-cover versions of its recent Batman/Catwoman wedding comics that came out right after plot points were revealed in a NYT preview article. I'm all for retailers getting a hand whenever one is offered and I'm sort of generally against those preview articles that talk breathlessly about plot points in superhero comics as if they were real-world events, so I guess I'm glad to hear this. I've long believed that serial superhero comics exist as delivery system for narrative updates more than as a pleasurable experience, and this kind of thing tends to confirm that way of thinking.

* I couldn't get this to load, but it's apparently video from last night's Preview Night. Speaking of energy, there is a lot in the exclusive toys part of the field, leading to adjustments from toy-makers, leading to complaints from fans and philosophical discussions as to how the exclusives should work. That's not my world, but I think this kind of mercantile judo has been a boon for some longstanding comics-related properties just as a way to goose them a bit in terms of attention.

* finally: I don't think I've seen preview articles on individual panels before.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2018

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

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

July 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 25
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 26
* If I Were In Montreal, 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)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

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

July 30
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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August 1
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 2
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 4
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 6
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

August 8
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 9
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 10
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 11
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Edinburgh, I'd Go To This

August 13
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 14
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 16
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 17
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 18
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 19
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 21
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 22
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 25
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Events For September 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: July 1970 Comic Cover Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on The Weatherman #1.

* Matthew Singer profiles the late, great John Callahan. Billie Brownstein talks to Rob Rogers. Michael Lindgren talks to Jules Feiffer. Kristy Valenti moderates Raina Telgemeier, Ellen Forney and Megan Kelso on process. Annie Mok talks to Ronald Wimberly.

* I haven't seen a significant number of Helsinki-related cartoons, but this is the one that stood out to me on first glance as well.

* here's the latest attempt at a campaign against those who work with people who like people who suck.

* just a killer photo on top of this exhibit-related profile of Bill Sanders. He looks like an editorial cartoonist from The Sweeney.

* finally, this list of essential baby books almost certainly has comics-makers of interest on it.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, John Kovaleski!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Luke McDonnell!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Richard Pini!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Jamal Igle!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Bob Burden!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Terry LaBan!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Rupert Bottenberg!

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July 18, 2018


Go, Look: The Holy Ghost

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NCS Announces Its First Comics Show For 2019

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They have a really good line-up, including Clowes and Trondheim. Some of the hyperbole strikes me as deeply unfortunate to the point of ignorance from a show on the same continent as the mighty TCAF, which obviously beat NCSFest to the punch by more than a decade in terms of having a European style festival in North America. We'll see, though. I like the confidence. NCS is very well-funded, and this show should be as well. Certainly no show has ever started with an asset that comes near to matching the legitimacy of the Reuben Awards. I hope to attend. Sounds great.
 
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Go, Look: Robin Hoelzemann

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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Here are some thoughts and links as to things I've seen or discussed on the convention floor and in the barrooms of Comic-Con International.

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* okay, I'm not down there yet, so clearly this is a case of a mis-post. I'm working in a hotel room in Burbank until 1 PM and then seeing family and catching up on family business like who gets to pay for what on that one thing and goddamn you to hell and you've always been like this. See you tomorrow, my fellow convention-goers.

* Preview Night is a huge night not just for what it adds to the Comic-Con schedule but for what it does distinct from the rest of what goes on: provides the jolt of energy that comes from a mad consumer rush concerning exclusive toys. I think it's that show's era of exclusive toys and merchandise the same way that the Twilight years were the show's era of Hollywood participation and anticipatory pop-culture madness. For some key attendees and their dreams for the show, San Diego Con is basically over 30 minutes in.

* what's out there...? the IDW/Marvel deal is interesting in a lot of foundational shift-your-perspective ways, especially for olds. For many older comics readers, the core Marvel Comics themselves were perfect reading for their years eight to twelve: they were complex without being complicated, had some degree of moral gravity without being mature in specific focus, and featured cool art depicting exciting things. It's also going to be interesting to some just in general that Marvel signed a licensing deal within publishing to match some of the quality licensing partnerships outside of comics that have been as much a part of Marvel's rise in general entertainment as any movie casting decision.

The cheeky question for a few of the think-about-comics crowd will be if IDW does this well, would Marvel consider abandoning the expensive infrastructure of a publishing company and do this with the supposedly adult definitely soap opera main line? I don't mean that as a prediction, because it is super-unlikely, but I think it may become a factor in measuring how effectively that traditional set-up performs moving forward. Marvel declaring that it needs to have an entirely different company put its characters into kids hands might even change how critics engage with the homegrown product.

* next year in Hellboy.

photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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MAR180037 DORK HC $19.99
Evan Dorkin is a very funny man and an under-appreciated cartoonist who made loads of funny, short comics during the first, long phase of his career, the majority of which are collected here. I own all of these comics and I'm going to buy them again.

MAY180759 CORTO MALTESE GN TANGO $19.99
This is one of the classic comics for which I just don't have a taste, but it seems to me that IDW's presentation in their series has been of a type that a lot of people have used these books to get on board.

MAR180085 HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 THE WILD HUNT $24.99
MAY180374 WITCHFINDER GATES OF HEAVEN #3 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
That Mike Mignola's world of comics gives us 1-2 things at the story every week is something that doesn't get talked about enough.

APR180309 LOEG III CENTURY TP (MR) $19.99
I don't know where this offering is on the timeline of this stuff being published, but I enjoyed the comics when I read them.

JAN180732 EAST OF WEST #38 $3.99
MAY180196 MAGE HERO DENIED #10 (OF 15) $3.99
MAY180845 AVENGERS #5 $3.99
MAY180852 IMMORTAL HULK #3 $3.99
MAY180795 LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5) $4.99
MAY180847 THOR #3 $3.99
MAY180854 TONY STARK IRON MAN #2 $3.99
I enjoy East Of West; it's stylish and weird and feels like work that wouldn't be possible in any other medium. The latest Mage series has improved as it has progressed; I would guess the 10th issue of 15 would have some narrative consequences given how the trades are done and how most series anticipate those collections. Looks like a big week for Marvel books that have experienced a relaunch of some sort. I've been underwhelmed thus far. I'm not sure why they're making that Captain Marvel book a limited series instead of a regular one. It might just be they're holding back to do a regular series to coincide with the forthcoming movies.

MAY181688 DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 09 THREE CABALLEROS RIDE $29.99
Hail, Don Rosa! Nine volumes!

APR181567 DULL MARGARET HC $29.99
This is the comics that involves the actor Jim Broadbent. I'd love to interview Broadbent, but I admit 9/10 questions would be about that amazing scene in Topsy Turvy where he browbeats the shit out of three performers. It looks like an interesting book, certainly worth a peek -- I will physically pick one up and look at it at this weekend's show. That's just like looking at it in a comics shop except for the enraged retailers.

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2018

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

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

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

July 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 25
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 26
* If I Were In Montreal, 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)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

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

July 30
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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August 1
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 2
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 4
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 6
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

August 8
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 9
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 10
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 11
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Edinburgh, I'd Go To This

August 13
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 14
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 16
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 17
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 18
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 19
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 21
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 22
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 25
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Events For September 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Daughter Of The Lillies

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