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October 19, 2018


Go, Look: Sheets

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

I'm sure there are stories I'm missing, but Kate Beaton shutting down one of the five great comics of the 21st Century, the singular and funny Hark! A Vagrant, with a gracious thank you and a promise to keep the archives up, should get this column's sole attention and every other award and sign of respect and gratitude this industry and all its attendant communities can generate. I'm sorry I hadn't noticed until a couple of days ago.

I hope Kate Beaton does whatever she wants for as long as she wants to do it, and I am grateful I was an active comics reader while she was making this work. What a thrill. Thank you, Kate.
 
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If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2018

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October 20
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Santa Rosa, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Quebec City, I'd Go To This (Quebec City Comiccon)

October 21
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Quebec City, I'd Go To This (Quebec City Comiccon)

October 22
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (MCM Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Paris)

October 27
* If I Were Near Derry, I'd Go To This (ComicCity)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (MCM Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Paris)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (MCM Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Paris)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 31
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

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November 1
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 3
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 4
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 09
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NC Comicon: Bull City)

November 10
* If I Were In Santa Rosa, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NC Comicon: Bull City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This (Asheville Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Kent, I'd Go To This (Kent Comic Arts Festival)

November 11
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NC Comicon: Bull City)

November 13
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

November 14
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Knoxville, I'd Go To This

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

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

November 20
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To Thishttps://twitter.com/m_tisserand/status/1031621047769096192

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

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Events For December 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Adventures Of Hiram Hick

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Kim Jooha talks to Patrick Kyle.

* Greg Hunter on Latinx Superheroes In Mainstream Comics. Daniel Semanas on Roly Poly. Mel Schuit on Garlandia.

* Abraham Riesman explores the Bullseye character, prominently featured in the third season of the Daredevil TV show.

* my favorite writer about comics Bob Levin returns to a fruitful subject from his writing past: Dan O'Neill.

* finally: how cartoonists are processing the Jamal Khashoggi story. I'm a sucker for these kinds of stories.
 
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Happy 71st Birthday, Giorgio Cavazzano!

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October 18, 2018


Anthea Bell, RIP

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Annette Lapointe on Roaming Foliage.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Sam Henderson!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Christian Hoffer!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Larry Pickering!

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October 17, 2018


OTBP: Dan Zettwoch Dogs Playing Poker Print

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Go, Listen: Dan Berry Talks To Ben Sears

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Go, Look: Aubrey Beardsley Illustrations

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I'm certainly not smart enough to even begin to vet the math, but this twitter autopsy of writer Chuck Wendig's firing asserts that in general negative tweets may come from accounts that aren't actually people and accounts that pay attention to key opinion-leaders in whatever limited world viewpoint we're talking to find cues as to who they might attack. That could make for routine pushback against Internet controversy firings.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Bill Holbrook!

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Happy 44th Birthday, David Heatley!

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October 16, 2018


Go, Look: As Before, So Behind

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A Personal Message From This Site To You

imageI'm going to be messing around A LOT with my social media use for the next two months. This will probably involve various stabs at deactivating Twitter, or Facebook, perhaps, or shifting the use I get out of various platforms.

I don't like these virtual places as outlets for human interaction. I think most of them have curdled in the same way message boards did about 15 years ago. At the same time, I'm kind of tied to them as a way of gathering information. That information is very Balkanized, and I admit to some confusion as to why. I know a lot of people that put stuff out there on one platform and just sort of expect that everyone sees it. In the last year or so, I even see people discussing information that is no longer the place it was as people delete and move on. That's weird!

My other problem is that once these platforms are available to me I tend to spend a lot of time on them telling dumb jokes, making lazy commentary and arguing with people for whom the phrase "Life Is Too Short" was invented. I think this has for the last few years been at the expense of writing I could do for the site.

I have no idea where I'm going to be on the other side of this -- I may capitulate and return; I may make permanent some changes -- but I should have things figured out by my 50th birthday in mid-December. 50! That's 43 years in regulation, seven and counting of overtime. Life is a blessing.

It may be the only way I learn what's going on with you. The site will continue to run, and I hope more effectively now that I'm shaking things up to see where they might settle into place.
 
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Go, Look: All The Sad Songs Excerpted

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Ezra Claytan Daniels working with Ben Passmore is an exciting pairing, and a great get by Fantagraphics for a summer book whose appeal should extend deep into Fall. Passmore in particular is set up for a strong 2019 with I believe work on the way from multiple publishers. I also think I recall Fanta having been in the running for Daniels' current Lion Forge work when Upgrade Soul was making the rounds, but I could be wrong about that.

* according to this post, Bill Griffith's next project is a biography of Ernie Bushmiller.

* it took until the fourth issue of the relaunch for the new MAD to make news, with this pointed commentary riffing on Ed Gorey's most famous comic. I've found a couple of things I've read in the relaunched publication as kind of toothless, celebratory satire ("we're making fun of you because we love you a lot"), so I was happy to see this comic. Wanted: more like.

* finally: Eric Powell returns to The Goon, an Indy and Eisner favorite.
 
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OTBP: Fielder

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Go, Look: A Colored Rupert Page

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the writer Chuck Wendig addresses issues surrounding his abrupt, recent firing from a Marvel Star Wars title for unrelated Internet activity of a political nature.

image* a victorious Paul Karasik declares "Mission Accomplished" in this photo, regarding a beautiful Charles Addams mural discussed here returned to a place of visual access and general, reasonable platform suitability. Man, what a good-looking mural.

* one of those sites that posts old photos of certain cities and/or regional areas at certain periods of time has unearthed and posted a photo of Gary Arlington.

* bundled extra: here for download is a sampler of 2019 First Second books. That's an expansive line now, some sorting is required.

* aw, crap, I missed Jason Lutes at the Boston Book Festival. The prepared part of Jason's appearances at these show is first rate. If you get a chance to go, go.

* festivals extra: looks like CAB is a Sunday show this year, which I mention because some of you may be dopes like me that aimed at a Saturday arrival and departure for that weekend rather than a Sunday like a normal person that checks dates. Just double-check, is all I'm saying.

* finally: hard to imagine a better teacher for a SAW intensive than Leslie Stein.
 
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