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January 22, 2019


Go, Look: Jessica Seamans

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Go, Look: Benoit Preteseille

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2019

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January 23
* If I Am Near A Computer Or In SF, I'll Go To This

January 24
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 25
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 26
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This (Pasadena Comic Convention And Toy Show)

January 29
* If I Were In Toulouse, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

January 30
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

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February 1
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

February 2
* If I Were In Norfolk, I'd Go To This (NOICE)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

February 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

February 7
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Abingdon, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

February 14
* If I Were In White River Junction, I'd Go To This

February 16
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)

February 17
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)

February 19
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

February 22
* If I Were Near MSU, I'd Go To This (Comics Forum)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

February 23
* If I Were Near MSU, I'd Go To This (Comics Forum)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

February 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

February 26
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2019 Onward Listed Here

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OTBP: Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher Of Utopia

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Zack Soto has uploaded another Secret Voice installment, and that makes me happy.

* this description of Wolverine's powers now including hot claws makes me feel as if one problem with a lot of mainstream comics is narrative exhaustion. That's not a criticism of the creators involved, but man that's a lot of stories for a character that specific.

* Andy Oliver on Swim.

* Noah Berlatsky talks to Ariel Schrag.

* I'm late on everything, and writing comic books looks pretty hard, but delays in the first year on major titles is rough from a conventional wisdom industry institution perspective.

* finally: Rob Salkowitz looks at the DC superhero streaming service, including its approach to comics.
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, Jordan Shiveley!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Alex Ross!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Howard Mackie!

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January 21, 2019


Go, Look: Yannis La Macchia

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Go, Read: Is The Direct Market As Increasingly Screwed As Long-Time Commentators Seem To Believe?

Brian Hibbs chimes in on the state of non-returnability, and references a few recent articles from foundational Direct Market retailers we've also noted here at CR. It's a decent recap while getting in some insight from Brian's unique area of interest. Basically, the fundamental structure of the Direct Market of nonreturnable comics and comics-related products is under assault by entities that use it a cross-purposes in order to secure a slight, immediate advantage.

imageSo what to do? I'm not sure. One thing that's worrisome is that some of the adjustments have gone past people seeking short-term advantage and into people seeking a baseline of health. Things might get increasingly rigid from here. For instance it's believed many retailers have and will institute austerity measures on their ordering due to the inherent risk in over-extension involving poor product. That may help retailers from cutting their own throats, but it also makes the slow growth of a market working as it should almost impossible to reestablish.

I agree with Brian that something has to give. I might allow for content to be a bigger factor. I think the general quality of periodical publication is pretty terrible right now, especially the comic book series from Marvel and the licensed product work from other publishers. Working for Marvel and DC or for a toy that was a toy before it was a comic is not the top rung on the ambition ladder for a lot of creators, not anymore; it doesn't feel to some longtime observers to whom I speak like there's enough talent to support entire lines of comics, especially a quarter-century into multiple titles, constant relaunches and energy-diverting stops and starts. I think there a couple of hands left to be played -- if the writer Jonathan Hickman ends up in a mainstream gig soon, definitely note where -- but the best-case scenario is that the potential respite created leads to room for the reform of bad habits. It's hard to think one such miracle as that will happen, let alone two in close succession. Company to company, we're at the point it may be easier to conceive of the cessation of print than its rescue.
 
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Go, Look: Simon Roussin

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Angouleme Week Arrives With Emmanuel Guibert, Rumiko Takahashi, Chris Ware Your Grand Prix Finalists

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FIBD 2019 launches this week with three solid Grand Prix Finalists named six days ago, all boasting some level of popularity and sales success: Emmanuel Guibert, Rumiko Takahasi and Chris Ware.

I don't keep up with the ins and outs of the awards from year to year, but certainly that trio fulfills some of the general expressed hopes for a double-tiered voting system when the show moved in that direction. I would be happy for any of the three. That second link above should give vote details as to how that vote came together. Like many votes in comics, they were flattened a bit in terms of sheer numbers of those considered.

I also failed to post this year's official selection. That's the first step in designating several awards given out at the festival: a list of 40 to 45 book from which several awards finalists are named, including a tighter list dubbed the Essentials for that festival.

As usual, there's a bunch of interesting stuff on the list for a North American fan: Nina Bunjevac, Frank Santoro, Tom King/Mitch Gerards, Emil Ferris, Jeff Lemire, Jesse Jacobs and Nick Drnaso and a smattering of artists familiar from translation here. It does seem very male dominated broken down that way, which always needs to examined and discussed and potentially acted upon. I don't know that Santoro is the first English-language cartoonist to be nominated for work initially published in a language not the cartoonist's on, but it's a possibility.

Best of luck to all nominees and the winners announced this week.

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* Aile froide, Olivier Bocquet and Jean-Marc Rochette (Casterman)
* Alice dans le Sussex, Nicolas Mahler (L'Association)
* Andy, un conte, faits, Typex (Casterman)
* À travers, Tom Haugomat (Éditions Thierry Magnier)
* L'Arabe du futur Vol. 4, Riad Sattouf (Allary)
* Bezimena, Nina Bunjevac (Ici Même)
* Blue Giant Vol. 3, Shinichi Ishizuka (Glénat)
* Bolchoi Arena Vol. 1, Aseyn and Boulet (Delcourt)
* La Cantine, minuit Vol. 3, Yarô Abe (Le Lézard Noir)
* Charlotte impératrice Vol. 1, Matthieu Bonhomme and Fabien Nury (Dargaud)
* Les Chefs d'oeuvre, Lovecraft Vol. 1, Gou Tanabe (Ki-oon)
* Chroniques du léopard, Téhem and Appollo (Dargaud)
* Claudine à l'école, Lucie Durbiano (Gallimard)
* Courtes distances, Joff Winterhart [Ça et Là]
* Dansker, Halfdan Pisket (Presque Lune)
* Deux femmes, Song Aram [Ça et Là]
* Les Grands Espaces, Catherine Meurisse (Dargaud)
* Heimat, Nora Krug (Gallimard)
* Il faut flinguer Ramirez Vol. 1, Nicolas Petrimaux (Glénat)
* Indélébiles, Luz (Futuropolis)
* Istrati! Volume Two: L'écrivain, Golo (Actes Sud BD)
* Kimi le vieux chien, Nylso (Misma)
* Lune du matin, Francesco Cattani (Atrabile)
* Malaterre, Pierre-Henry Gomont (Dargaud)
* Moi, ce que j'aime, c'est les monstres, Emil Ferris, (Monsieur Toussaint Louverture)
* Peintures, guerre, Angel, la Calle (Otium)
* Pittsburgh, Frank Santoro [Ça et Là]
* Pline Volume Five: Sous les vents d'éole, Tori Miki and Mari Yamazaki (Casterman)
* Renaissance Volume One: Les Déracinés, Emem, Duval and Blanchard (Dargaud)
* Les Rigoles, Brecht Evens (Actes Sud BD)
* Royal City Volume Two: Sonic Youth, Jeff Lemire, (Urban Comics)
* Sabrina, Nick Drnaso (Presque Lune)
* Saltiness Vol. 3, Minoru Furuya (Akata)
* Servir le Peuple, Yan Lianke and Alex W. Inker, (Sarbacane)
* Sheriff of Babylon, Mitch Gerards and Tom King (Urban Comics)
* Sous la maison, Jesse Jacobs (Tanibis)
* Spirou: L'Espoir malgré tout Volume One, Émile Bravo (Dupuis)
* Sunny Sunny Ann!, Miki Yamamoto (Pika)
* Ted, drôle, coco, Émilie Gleason (Atrabile)
* The Artist Volume Two: Le cycle Éternelde, Anna Haifisch (Misma)
* Théodore Poussin Volume: Le Dernier Voyage, l'Amok, Frank le Gall (Dupuis)
* Le Vol nocturne, Delphine Panique, (Cornélius)
* Voyages en Égypte and en Nubie, Giambattista Belzoni Volume Two: Deuxième voyage, Grégory Jarry, Lucie Castel and Nicole Augereau (FLBLB)
* Wonderland Volume Three, Yugo Ishikawa (Panini Manga)
* Xibalba, Simon Roussin (2024)

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Go, Look: Gabo Illustrations

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Go, Look: Ellen Lindner's TCJ Diary

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Tom Kaczynski on The Drifting Classroom. It's an older review but a good one.

* the artist Steve Lieber collects all the convention portfolio advice he can into one place just in case you don't see him any time soon.

* not comics: things to buy. Well-designed t-shirt things.

* the writer Warren Ellis suggests a perfect format for his doing comics I've never heard any offer up as ideal before now.

* finally: congratulations to Robyn Chapman on her promotion.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Bob Weber Jr.!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Till Thomas!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mark Martin!

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I Did Not Know There Are Moomin Wipes, But Of Course There Are Moomin Wipes

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January 20, 2019


By Request Extra: Matt Lesniewski Art Sale

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Go, Look: Caroline Breault

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OTBP: The Collected Cyanide Milkshake

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Happy 51st Birthday, Gerry Alanguilan!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Bill Griffith!

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