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April 22, 2019


Go, Look: Elísabet Rún

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The LCP Is Now The LCSP: May Its Reign Be A Short Run

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It's probably time we start looking at micro-analysis of all of theses article about comics shops closing. We used to do this for Local Cartoonist Profile -- what kind of comics those that got those write-up were doing, where they were living. There are geographical nuggets of information and how those shops present themselves that are important with the shop closure pieces.

It seems to me we're seeing more stories about real estate costs hurting these ruggedly local merchants, and that the primary virtue of the stores in trouble are their community. I've always thought comics culture has made too much of the community aspect. I have never sought community at a comic book shop, but I have sought plenty of 1970s Jack Kirby at less than $2 a pop. Is a fan community of people looking at screen a fan community or a phone community? Who knows?

Two connecting to look for as well is few article about a catastrophic cause and more about the desire people have enjoy multiple career across a business lifetime. Expect a lot of retiree second businesses to have stapled paper involved somehow over the next 20 years. All bets are off if one of the extinction events finally rolls into plain view.
 
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Go, Look: FIGHT

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* it looks like the aggressive sales of the last several days may be in the past, but I'm sure Wayne Alan Harold could use any extra sales you might think of supplying given the recent sicknesses of P. Craig Russell's longtime publishing partner.

* Joyce Chin is about 75 percent to an initial goal involving coming down with a severe medical instance during C2E2. Please help if you can.

* Bill Mantlo's family has exhausted their resources taking care of the injured writer. This was depressing when we originally learned about it, and just sort of nauseating and awful for how much money has been earned in the last half-decade by work he co-created for Marvel with none of it diverted to improving his situation. Marvel could take care of this pretty easily, although there are the usual reasons why this can't happen that don't seem to matter when someone of sufficient standing decides they want them to happen.

Here is a place to help.
 
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Go, Look: Sergio Cariello

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2019

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April 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 25
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 26
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

April 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

April 30
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

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May 1
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Prairie Comics Festival)

May 5
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Prairie Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Pre-TCAF Programming)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)

May 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics Conference)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 18
* If I Were In Ontario, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Revolution)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics Conference)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 19
* If I Were In Ontario, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Revolution)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 23
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Zine Fest)

May 31
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Pop Culture Con)

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Events For June 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Boobs Aren't Binary

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* bundled extra: Bob Levin will someday soon write about Edward Gorey -- at least an introduction's worth.

* I know how Hollywood works enough to know I shouldn't even think this stuff is worth noting because it's inevitable, but I'm tired of Success Of Marvel articles the don't mention the comic book creators, primarily Jack Kirby. They didn't even provide names to the creators that drew Nick Fury as Samuel L. Jackson, an act of creation they deem important enough to single out. It is quite the achievement that Marvel's team turned some of those movies into franchises, but they wouldn't have been movies without being comics first. If I had to replicate one of those achievements to gain entry into heaven, I wouldn't have chosen Jack's. The idea that Marvel turned a bunch of lousy leads into real estate gold has been overstated. If Kevin Feige was talking to pop culture observers that somehow thought Billionaire in A Robot Suit helmed by Hollywood's most desired "we-want-this-guy-to-have-a hit" actors of the moment was a dog, he was talking to all the stupid ones and ignoring a bunch of those I kept running into that thought this pretty difficult to fuck up. That big a movie, maybe not, but some sort of jaw-dropping reversal of severe risk? Come on.

* it sounds like Graeme McMillan found that "we're going to make you the new Marvel or at least the next Netflix deal" article from a while back as dumb to the point of dishonesty as I did. That was so cynical and awful I had to sleep on a pile of NYRC books for three days just to stop barfing.

* finally: here's a nice story from that nice man Steve Duin about a nice-sounding comics store. Let's all sell the things we love.
 
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Happy 35th Birthday, Jacque Nodell!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Tadashi Matsumori!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Bryan Hitch!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Larry Mahlstedt!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Steve Englehart!

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April 21, 2019


Happy 54th Birthday, Teri Wood!

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April 20, 2019


Happy 45th Birthday, Didier Kassai!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Evan Dorkin!

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April 19, 2019


Kazuo Koike, RIP

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* it is so sad that anyone associated with billions of dollars of profit generation has to have family members go into debt for their primary care. Literally drunk bros in Vegas, some of the worst people on the planet, are more generous tipping people who stood near cards that came their way for a couple of hours than creative industry people are for an act of creation that provided them with untold riches. We are an awful people.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Mark McMurray!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Steve Schanes!

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Happy 94th Birthday, Jim Ivey!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Martha Thomases!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Max Riffner!

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