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February 21, 2018


Go, Listen: Emil Ferris On RIYL

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Bundled Extra: Marvel Re-Shuffles Deckchairs On The Helicarrier

I'm kidding. Come on! If this winter is going to last 37,000 days, I have to make jokes. Here's Graeme McMillan on Marvel's first line-shuffle of the CB Cebulski era.

imageHere's the thing, though. It's difficult not to kid the entertainment giant at least a little bit when 1) they call their new publishing shuffle a "fresh start" and the characters being used average about 45 years of publishing life, and 2) all the catchphrases and promises touting this new initiative sound exactly the same as the last half-dozen once-new initiatives. I'm not the worst with Marvel's characters and I'm not sure beyond a few obvious new characters narrowing the window I could tell you what year the accompanying art was made.

That doesn't mean I think failure is around the corner. Marvel's recent decisions, which I would call more conservative than progressive by a significant margin, should give them the kind of modest boost in the marketplace that comes when things are run with a steady hand, and might even get that extra boost that comes when talent plays to company strengths like the comic-book audience's general fondness for the Marvel characters. If the talent can execute, a new and improved same-old same-old could even buy Marvel enough time to find a special project or two that really works and allows a foundation around which the next few years of overall branding in publishing could be built: the next Marvel Knights, the next Marvels.

We'll see how damaged the system has become by June or July, I think.
 
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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Zongo-Era Mary Fleener One-Pager

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Happy 41st Birthday, Jason Das!

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Happy 78th Birthday, Congressman John Lewis!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Bryan Lee O'Malley!

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Happy 10th Birthday, Desert Island!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Kurt Ankeny!

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February 20, 2018


Go, Look: Kim Murton

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OTBP: Big Bonerz

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Rare Remote-Location Comics Editing Job Opens Up

Here. Lion Forge again, but a remote-location job is rare in comics period and perhaps doubly so in editorial.
 
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Go, Listen: Michel Fiffe On Process Party

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Katriona Chapman will have a big book in color out from Avery Hill this Fall: Follow Me In.

* veteran mainstream industry figure Danny Fingeroth is finishing up a Stan Lee biography to be published next year or late this year by St. Martin's Press. That should be interesting, if for no other reason than I think Danny has access to some written material nobody else has had.

* Kate Gavino will debut a graphic novel with Archaia later this year.

* I rarely laugh at a high concept, but I laughed at this one.

* finally: a new mini-comic from the great Oliver East is fantastic news even with almost no details beyond that.
 
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OTBP: I've Got 7 Solid Rules To Live By (So Far)

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through March 2018

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February 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 23
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 24
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This

February 25
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 28
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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March 1
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 2
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

March 3
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckey Comic Con)

March 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 17
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

March 23
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)

March 24
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Philly Comics And Cosplay)

March 25
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)

March 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

March 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Bellingham, I'd Go To This (BellCAF)

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Events For April 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Good-Looking Dylan Dog Pin-Ups

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Katie Skelly on specific elements within Belladonna Of Sadness. Sarah Horrocks on VS #1.

* I don't have anything to say about this artist or their art, but I wanted to experience the novelty of posting a story about cartooning in Turkey that didn't make me want to kill myself.

* Steve Foxe talks to Tee Franklin and Gail Simone.

* Paul Conny profiles the great Art Spiegelman on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

* finally, David Williams on a Mike Luckovich cartoon tackling the subject of Parkland.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Sarah Becan!

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February 19, 2018


Go, Bookmark: Limited Run The Empty Nesters Launches

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Festivals Extra: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) Soft Launches 2018 Exhibitor Registration

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Here's a public service message from the show with which I'm involved: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

CXC 2018 is soft-launching its 2018 exhibitor registration with links directly to the Google Form made available on this site, through direct e-mailing and on social media. Those forms can be tricky, but over 80 people thus far have been able to use:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPEFaZ_-47saRC3_uDaACrLobKgWR36nQb4Vb-ptbwEnWEVA/viewform

so try it as a scoop-up-and-replace if clicking through doesn't work.

This is for the Expo and Marketplace on September 29-30, our Saturday and Sunday of a show that begins Thursday morning, September 27. That's an 11-6 Saturday, 1-5 Sunday show. CXC Expo and Marketplace is curated and competitively so. We are working hard to focus on improving the exhibitor experience in 2018 by any and all means, and anticipate our best year yet.

Table costs and information through the docs link.

sneak of this year's logo provided by Kevin Czap, CXC 2018's featured illustrator and CXC 2016's Emerging Talent Award winner
 
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Go, Look: Borja González

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Go, Read: Two Lengthy Articles On Panther's Rage

imageAbraham Riesman at Vulture; David Brothers and Tucker Stone at TCJ. The thing that connects all three writers is none of them were old enough to read that serial on the stands.

I've never read anyone make the "first graphic novel" claim for Panther's Rage until Riesman, although that gets claimed for everything more than 20 pages that came out before 1980 so it makes sense that someone would. My memory is that it wasn't much different than the standard long serials of its day except unlike the Steve Englehart model there was no overt foreshadowing of future plot lines. Another thing that has in common with its time is how Killmonger's spiked straps represented a keener and more aggressive take on violence, a raising of the stakes that nearly every Marvel noodled with back then (Wolverine, ninjas, Punisher).

I still like how talky and weird Panther's Rage reads, especially today after a decade and a half of Mamet-style dialogue, and I like those ornate formal art flourishes that everyone else digs. I like that there were comic relief characters, and I like that the whole plot came out of people thinking through the narrative consequences in place. I also think it had dinosaurs, and I like dinosaurs, too.
 
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OTBP: Today Will Be Better

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