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November 14, 2018


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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2018

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November 15
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Am On-Line, I Will Likely Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Knoxville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

November 17
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Nashville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Zine Fest Houston)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 18
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)
* If I Were In Evansville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Abingdon, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 25
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

November 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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December 7
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 8
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 9
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 11
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

December 13
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

December 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 22
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

December 23
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

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Events For January 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Matt Seneca on Amnesia: The Lost Films of Francis D. Longfellow #1.

* I saw Al this weekend; he looked well. We were roommates briefly 1000 years ago, friends before and after. As I was explaining to a friend how intense Al's fans were on the stairs of CAB someone stopped, yelled in my direction "Al Columbia is here!?!" And then ran back inside. "Like that," I said to my friend.

* not comics: this is just awful. I know she did some comics coverage as part of her feature writing.

* here's an exploration of the paper shortage's impact on comics publishing. I already saw this happen with a few books that were supposed to be at CXC not making it here. Also, the local paper increased its price. As much

* finally: "No, no, Aquaman."
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Edd Vick!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Brad Mackay!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Jen Vaughn!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Anders Nilsen!

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November 13, 2018


Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* above is from a Facebook post by Larry Gonick. I'm not sure I knew about the forthcoming Cartoon Biology book.

* I keep intending to make a stand-alone post about Conundrum's press announcement for Spring 2019, but since it still isn't done, I'll place a link in this column. That looks like it has a chance to be a strong group of books. Among those listed, I'm most interested in the Joan Steacy.

* finally: Damian Alexander's Other Boys is going to First Second via Robyn Chapman.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Incision.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Sara Ryan!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Doug Murray!

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November 12, 2018


Stan Lee, RIP

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An Initial Thought Or Two On Stan Lee's Passing

I don't have any personal anecdotes to share about the late Stan Lee. I know he didn't like the book I co-wrote about him, though it did come from a place of great affection.

imageLee's DNA is all over modern comics, to the extent that the way comics and comics creators approach things can frequently be traced back to something Stan wanted, or an ambition he had. The fact that comics are frequently boiled down to concepts -- where Fantastic Four is a "comic about family" instead of a a stupendously drawn science fantasy with endearing characters -- I might argue comes mostly from Stan and his desire to be a Hollywood ideas man.

I think Lee also perfected a way for fans to extend their relationships with a certain kind of comics story by presenting a second story marking their creation, with the comics' creators replacing the characters on the page as the heroes of the narrative. Eight-year-old Marvel readers wanted to be Spider-Man. 16-year-old Marvel readers wanted to be the guy drawing Spider-Man. Lee found a way to wink at readers that never felt like he was making fun of any potential serious devotion to the narratives.

It's also noteworthy that Lee had a hosting function with the work that unlike Walt Disney's similar efforts had to push against dismissive and disdainful attitudes about the material itself. As a kid in the 1970s with no comics-reading friends, it felt like Stan Lee was sticking up for me.

I could go on forever, and probably will. Lee's reluctance to advocate for his artists as co-creators isn't comics' original sin but is perhaps its most unnecessary and therefore extra-troubling. His not-unique orientation towards film and TV as a legitimizing force has had a unique ripple effect, not all of it good. His last years had significant elements of personal tragedy. There are lessons in those last three decades for every creator of anything.

As is the case for many comics creators and comics industry professionals, I owe Stan Lee. He is certainly one of those public figures that if he were absent from my life things would have turned out very differently. I appreciate his accomplishment and in ways both good and bad his example. Excelsior and RIP.
 
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Go, Look: Thomas Perrodin

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Go, Look: Johanna Schaible

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

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OTBP: Tongues 2

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rich Barrett on The Provocative Colette.

* this Tim Blake Nelson interview gets briefly into Watchmen, the difficulty of reading comics, and Joanie Caucus-era Doonesbury.

* here's one of those New Yorker profiles, this time on Olivier Schrauwen.

* the way the site is set up I don't have a good way to make note of ongoing art exhibits, but since I didn't list the opening of San Francisco's Ralph Steadman exhibit, I thought I'd at least mention it here.

* Tom Tomorrow notes that Twitter was engaged with Matt Bors' account late last week. I don't see how this stuff ends with no real threat of any sort of ban harming the company.

* Karama Horne talks to Keith Knight.

* finally: a reminder that CAKE exhibitor applications are open. That is one of comics' strongest exhibition rooms.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Carl Potts!

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