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August 17, 2018


Five For Friday #510 -- Poistioning

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Five For Friday #510 -- Name Two Comic Strips You Like More Than The General Critical Consensus As You Perceive It, One You Like Just About The Same, And Two You Like Less; Use This Format. Include At Least One Modern Strip Whose Creator Is Still Alive

1. Franklin Hibbs
2. Pros And Cons
3. Little Orphan Annie
4. Lil' Abner
5. Pogo

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* I don't quite have the hang of Popula's comics section yet, but I guess they will be doing recurring features as part of it and one of them will be "Sex In Babylon" by section co-editor T Alixopulos.

* finally: Project Wonderful is gone. Here's an autopsy and a look ahead.
 
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If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I suppose I didn't all the way know for sure that Mike Mignola drew the Shadow, but I suspected this to be the case -- and I was right! There's a bunch of nice, random art out there right now. Gray Morrow convention art. A Mike Ploog Kull cover progression. A Ralph Steadman 1972 presidential campaign image.

* finally: everyone have a great time at Autoptic!
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Tom McLean!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, John Romita Jr.!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Andrew Helfer!

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August 16, 2018


Go, Look: Laurel Pettitt

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Gerard Jones Receives Several Years Prison Time + Supervised Release On Child Pornography Charges

imageHere's one of many stories out there -- this was a regional news story in the Bay Area (reports say Jones lives in San Francisco proper) as well as a comics industry one. The sentencing took place on the 14th.

Jones was investigated starting in September 2016 -- after attempting to upload a video of a child having sex with adults to YouTube -- and I believe interviewed in December and then arrested in January 2017. There are articles out there with different timelines than that one, although not remarkably different in terms of what has been at stake. This Bleeding Cool article pulls together the most salacious material, including a real-life encounter between Jones and a legal-aged teenager where contact was made between the two before the teenager turned 18. Jones originally made plans around building a plea claiming innocence, but pled guilty in April of this year to charges of distributing and possessing child pornography.

The one-time industry writer, comics historian and cultural historian is probably best known for his 2004 book Men Of Tomorrow, a history of comics that drew the strongest and most public lines to date between early comic-book publication and organized crime. Jones' comics scripting was prolific, but his notable work in that field was scattered over a number of titles rather than one or two hit efforts. With co-writer Will Jacobs and artist Tim Hamilton, Jones created a humorous spy title The Trouble With Girls, a well-liked indie title that ran several years into the early 1990s. Jones contributed a significant amount of narrative development to various 1990s supporting mainstream-company characters and the occasional lead, particularly at DC Comics but also at Marvel and Malibu.

A lot of attention post-arrest has been given Jones' contributions to the Malibu title Prime: a take on the Golden Age Captain Marvel concept that focused much of its attention on a developing hero-as-transformed-child theme.

Upon completion of his 72-month sentence, Jones will face 60 months of supervised release. He has been ordered to pay $10,200 so far, with more to come in the form of ordered restitution for his victims. That particular hearing is in October.

Jones will start his sentence on November 30.

He is sixty years old.

I know it's properly pleaded but yuck
 
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Go, Look: Integration Is A Bitch!

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* don't forget that the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is going to have a duplicates sale. My offer to put people up for the night still stands.

* this looks like an excellent show.

* you need to apply if you want to vote in the Harvey Awards. It wasn't difficult; I hope I'm allowed in.

* the Cupcake Award application process is live. Go work with Marnie Galloway and make a quality, debut mini for next year's CAKE. I am all about programs that give stuff to cartoonists.

* gotta love a man who makes his own convention booth.

* finally, Ben Sears is doing a bunch of shows to support his new book. I can't do comics shows as private events because I'd be running 43 posts for each show, but I liked his poster and wanted to run it. Sears is a really promising cartoonist and I think has fewer pages under his belt than we suspect. You should see him.

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If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near Cupertino, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Male Contraception Is Coming Soon

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Aaron Broverman talks to one of my all-time favorites, Yvan Alagbé. Dan Goff profiles Zach Weinersmith.

* John Seven on All The Sad Songs. Keith Silva on Dakota North. AJ McGuire on NOW #3.

* a contributor to the Jerusalem Report quit that gig in support of cartoonist Avi Katz, whom he does not know.

* Bill Kemp has written an article about the southern Indiana roots of Sid Smith that I can't read. Maybe you can!

* Jessica Rine takes a look at the Rex Babin exhibit in Sacramento and talks to some of the late cartoonist's peers for context.

* Yim Yee-king, RIP.

* finally: two great citizens of the comics world are looking to rent a house in Vancouver, if you can help out.
 
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August 15, 2018


Go, Read: Barry Pearl On Stan Lee Withholding Credit

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It's a nice collection of Lee's statements in press coverage of all types, giving some shape to that particular lack of generosity on several occasions. You can read the comments for a quick de-evolution in to Internet argument land including one point of view that asserts Lee was only defending himself against negative press by overstating his own case.

I don't think at this point a whole lot of people believe that this particular tendency of Lee's, corrected to a certain extent at a later point in his career, has much to do with the question of settling who did what on those comics. It's more about Lee's careerist impulses and how that kind of industry job was set up.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2018

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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
* If I Were Near Cupertino, 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
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, 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
* If I Were In London, 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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September 1
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 2
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

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

September 6
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 7
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 8
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCC)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Staple!)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCC)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 11
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 12
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 13
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 14
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 15
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 16
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Festival Day)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 21
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 23
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)

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Events For October 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* congratulations to Brian Fies.

image* Elisa Shoenberger picks some of the best artists working right now. Frank Santoro was really high on Jonas Goonface back at a PIX I attended, and I've enjoyed his work to date. He's on there.

* I like about half of these supposedly greatest of the X-Men comics. None of them are that sophisticated, but a lot of them are fun. I like some of the 1960s stuff, too, and loved the Thomas/Adams sentinels issues, for instance.

* gross.

* bundled extra: the next Mark Millar ready-made TV show comic, with the very talented Rafael Albuquerque. Some other articles written from the PR pick up on a claim made within the press material that Millar's current title reached certain sales points without noting that they were manipulated to some degree. That has long been a part of the Mark Millar experience.

* Caitlin Rosberg talks to the creative team behind Crowded.

* not comics: in case you missed this news, Anne Ishii is the best. Any organization would be lucky to have her.

* finally, a by request extra: a cartooning paper for Columbus, Ohio.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday Paul Gulacy!

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August 14, 2018


OTBP: Minor Leagues #6

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Go, Read: Tim Hodler And Eric Reynolds Talk About The ComiXology Originals Announcement At Length

Here. Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds makes three really good points in a rambling conversation (in a good way) with TCJ editor Tim Holder.

The first is that Amazon is so huge that they do things and there's a result and some of their biggest moves have had a devastating effect on entire populations. (What's different about Amazon is they are a big company that wants to exist within Seattle city proper as opposed to a nearby, smaller city the way Microsoft did.) The second thing is that comiXology seems to be a good citizen of comics -- it's important to say that, both for how that matters and how it might not. The third is that the POD quandary they're discussing really does sound insidious, if only accidentally so, and is the kind of unintentional consequence that we used to talk about in the most powerful days of Diamond as a distributor.

Kudos to Tim and TCJ for giving us that entire conversation and paying attention to those issues as an industry leader like Reynolds begins to form his thoughts around them.
 
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Go, Look: Why We Don't Use Chemical Weapons

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