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April 20, 2018


Happy 44th Birthday, Didier Kassai!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Evan Dorkin!

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Go, Look: Sami Alwani

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By Request Extra: Direct Aid To Bill & Nadine Messner-Loebs

Here. The previous fundraiser was to a group in Michigan looking after the couple and other people in a similar state. I hope the writer and cartoonists gets the buffer the couple needs and that there will be some assistance to them in managing their affairs.
 
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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 21
* If I Were In Lucerne, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This (Dublin Comics Festival)
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (SDCF)
* If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This (LCCAF)

April 22
* If I Were In Lucerne, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (SDCF)
* If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This (LCCAF)

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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Go, Look: ZERO Adventure

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Gary Zidek talks to Jessica Campbell.

* not comics: Laura Hudson on Ready Player One and how its fantasy of the Internet as a safe, free place really works. I'm glad I'm old and missed any mention of the book and barely heard of the movie. I was a kid in the 1980s in the whitest, most cornfed suburban high school and even our relationships to pop culture were way more complicated and interesting than using its broadest elements as badges of imagined glory.

* I am pro new Nancy, although I get that it breaks sharply with any traditional values of Nancy and works differently, and I find legacy strips kind of gross as a general rule. I wish all the strips still produced like that were as odd yet immediately graspable. Also: I suspect that no one knowing the creator means that they are young, or are coming at this sideways from another career/pursuit, or both. Give them time.

* finally: how things are.

 
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April 19, 2018


Go, Listen: Jaime Hernandez On Virtual Memories

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* here's some more advance press for the ACE Universe show headed to ECCC-serviced Seattle. I think that's a pretty easy feature to seel a newspaper. One thing that discourages me about this becoming a competing model is that name is so terrible. It's like a hardware show name.

* just noticed that Wizard moved its Columbus show back to June from post-San Diego Con. I wonder if that means the show has done well enough that it's no longer on the rumored chopping block. Two years ago in particular that looked like a show they were running out there to return lousy attendance figures.

* there's been a lot of regional and local press coverage of smaller shows recently, but it's all celebrity guests and drooling-over-cosplay pieces so I'll pass.

* finally: TCAF TCAF TCAF. That's all my friends are talking about, anyway.
 
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If I Were In Lucerne, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Listen: Keren Katz On Process Party

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Jog on Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction Vol. 1. Rob Clough on the comics of Kevin Budnik. Françoise Mouly on Why Art?.

* congrats to Robert Meyers on his new position at Valiant.

* veteran industry and news/culture commentator Jeet Heer writes about his changing perspective on the character Apu from The Simpsons.

* bundled extra: The Beat has a preview of the next Shannon Wheeler effort, Memoirs Of A Very Stable Genius. I like the look of the art.

* finally: Abraham Riesman talks to Frank Miller about a sequence from The Dark Knight Returns whose approach is clearly yanked from Bernard Krigstein.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Steve Schanes!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Mark McMurray!

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Happy 93rd Birthday, Jim Ivey!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Martha Thomases!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Max Riffner!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Michael Dowers!

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April 18, 2018


Go, Look: Alii Bartoldus

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