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June 18, 2019


Go, Read: Simon Abrams Talks To Michael Kupperman

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Go, Listen: Robert Kirkman, Brian Bendis Explore Kirkman Manifesto With John Siuntres

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I suspect it's healthy to explore the manifestos and declarations of the past, both the aesthetic ones and the ones based on economic self-determination.
 
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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2019

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June 22
* If I Were in Gahanna, I'd Go To This

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July 11
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

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

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Events For August 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Most French-Looking Comic Ever

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Tegan O'Neil on Lorna.

* I think it's always good when successful people within comics choose to give back through their support of its charitable efforts, and I like David Steinberg, so this strikes me as an overall good. A significant criticism of Amazon more generally is that those that work for the company and its various divisions do not routinely participate that way.

* that's a funny cartoon by KAL, but it doesn't seem like something you'd invest with a lot of weight unless you're already inclined to be on one team or the other. The idea that political functionaries get a free pass on the uglier parts of what they're saying when the core parts of those jobs seem in question strikes me as very right now.

* finally, I have a reader suggesting via e-mail that artist Robb Phipps died two days ago. I am unable to confirm or deny, although that would be an odd thing about which to tell an untruth. Any condolences that might apply we share.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday, Dean Mullaney!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Caitlin McGurk!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Ryan Alexander-Tanner!

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Happy 41st Birthday, François Vigneault!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Wataru Yoshizumi!

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June 17, 2019


Go, Look: Marlin Shoop

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* a lot of charitable work or cartoonists involved with that kind of work at Charlotte's Heroes Con over the weekend.

* Team Cul De Sac reports a successful Friday night art auction on behalf of Parkinson's, and notes that next year will see a mix of personal and professional anniversaries that should make the auction a bigger deal than usual.

* most of the traditional comics charities were well-represented, like the CBLDF. Summer is a great time to do some general giving of the funds if you have them.

* folks were curious to see Dustin Harbin, he of the smashed face and the high-profile friends and allies list. They're at about $55K with those efforts, and it looked like Dustin was having a nice weekend sales-wise. I was relieved to see him; he adds a lot to the general comics culture.
 
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Go, Look: Davor Gromilovic Images Gallery

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Go, Listen/Missed It: Gil Roth Talks To Seth

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Greg Hunter on Clue: Candlestick #1. Sean Witzke on Thumbs #1.

* Ryan Place visits the MSU comic book archives and checks in with Randy Scott.

* DD Degg takes an informed walk through various reactions to the Times' decision to rid all editions of editorial cartoonists because of blowback from a freelancer's cartoon that made it into their paper in a way that brought with it some expressed regret. I firmly believe in comics as a powerful journalistic tool, I just wish there were more rigorous, exciting examples to toss out there. There also some statements that seem to want to re-argue Hebdo, or at least nod in the direction of its aftermath's affront to comics' received wisdom, if only from a no-respect angle. This, of course, is a terrible idea.

* finally: wow. That Patrick Dean is making art like this despite his recent ALS-related physical decline is awesome and inspiring. I hope it got a fine bid.
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, James Andre!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Pauline Martin!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Hilary Barta!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Chance Browne!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Bart Beaty!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Bill Sherman!

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June 16, 2019


Go, Look: Emily Glassmeyer On Udo J. Keppler

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* I don't pay a ton of attention to PR efforts, but it seems like the Jonathan Hickman-directed X-Men re-launch has been successful in alerting the core audience about the noteworthiness of the new titles. That's a lot of the initial battle these days, with the audience reduced and kind of restless and ready to be told what to buy.

* speaking of things I don't have, I also don'td have a taste for the inner mechanics of today's comics publishers, but I've had two different people point towards internal pressure at DC between traditional forms and all of the books they've agreed to over the last two years as something that will come to a head. Batman is still undefeated as of this morning's blog post, but I could see that changing. Why not?

* finally, the creators working with, around and as writer Bendis are taking a shot at the Legion Of Super-Heroes concept. That seems like one of the super-strong, hard to beat concepts, the "teenage superheroes from the future" one, but DC has always had a hangup about adhering to stories past their expiration date.
 
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If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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