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February 19, 2018


Go, Look: Keep Politics In Music!

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* I had the wrong link up for Steve Hamaker's second PLOX volume. Here's the right one. It's been corrected in the previous post. I hope Steve will forgive me and you will consider planting yourself somewhere in that rare Venn diagram for comics about gaming culture and comics about Columbus, Ohio.

* a fundraiser to print the late Mark Campos' last, semi-abortive at the printing and distribution phase work, Casino Sono and get it back out there is nearing its initial goal.

* does anyone else get the feeling that a recent adjustment in how content is presented at Kickstarter favors successful projects on the immediately searchable pages? I hope that's not the case. I mean, I would get the impulse, it's college graduation rates and how those are used, but it makes it hard for old-timey search and link people to get projects in need unless they come over the social media transom.

* here are some names I recognize with crowd-funding projects: Ally Shwed, Greg Baisden, Vera Greentea, Birdcage Bottom Books, Ron Marz and NYC Queer Comic Fair.

* finally: looks like the sale is still on at Spit And A Half.
 
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If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This

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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)

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: Jim Rugg Drawing The Black Panther

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* David Brothers and Tucker Stone on Panther's Rage. DW on Iceland. Todd Klein on The Flash #27.

* I am happy to read this super-broad essay about comics sales and approaches by the writer Chuck Dixon. I think it's great when any artist tries to understand the basic historical forces at work in their field. I think I would disagree with about 40 percent of it both in specifics and generalities, but 40 percent spread out all over the piece with no specific organization.

* George Elkind talks to Antoine Cossé.

* finally: this is a very nice story and reminder.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, William Messner-Loebs!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Jim Lawson!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Don Glut!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Gerry Shamray!

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February 18, 2018


Go, Look/Play: Dehors

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Not Comics: The Story Of Gidra

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mark Bodé!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Gahan Wilson!

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FFF Results Post #496 -- Publishers

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Publishers From Comics History You Have Enjoyed On Some Level. Name At Least One Person No Longer With Us And One Person Currently Working."

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Patrick O Watson

1. William Gaines (EC Comics) (pictured)
2. Georges Dargaud (Dargaud)
3. Mike Gold (First Comics)
4. Chris Staros (Top Shelf)
5. Seiji Horibuchi (Viz Media)

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Chris Arrant

1. Jeanette Kahn (DC Comics) (pictured)
2. Tony Lobito (Image Comics)
3. William Gaines (EC Comics)
4. Leyla Aker (VIZ Media)
5. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus)

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Rob Salkowitz

1. Denis Kitchen, KSP (pictured, with respondent)
2. Paul Levitz, DC Comics
3. Jim Warren, Warren Publications
4. Mike Friedrich, Star*Reach
5. Wally Wood (RIP), Witzend

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Oliver Ristau

1. Annie Koyama (Koyama Press)
2. Zainab Akhtar (Short Box)
3. Rita Fürstenau (Rotopol Press) (pictured, from site)
4. David Schilter (kuš!)
5. Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Gary Groth (Fantagraphics) (pictured)
2. Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press)
3. Peggy Burns (Drawn And Quarterly)
4. Martin Goodman (Timely/Atlas/Marvel)
5. Dylan Williams (Sparkplug)

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Marc-Oliver Frisch

1. Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press)
2. Bill Jemas (Marvel)
3. Annie Koyama (Koyama Press) (pictured)
4. Dan Nadel (Picturebox)
5. Klaus Recht (Williams Verlag)

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Buzz Dixon

1. William F. Gaines (EC Comics)
2. Cat Yronwode (Eclipse)
3. Deni Loubert (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
4. James Warren (Warren Publications)
5. Peggy Burns (Drawn And Quarterly) (pictured)

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Jeffrey A. Goodman

1. Richard Corben (Fantagor Press)
2. Gary Arlington (San Francisco Comic Book Company)
3. Pakito Bolino (Le Dernier Cri)
4. Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press + Pigeon Press) (pictured)
5. Don Donahue (Apex Novelties)

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Stephen Harrick

1. Deni Loubert (Renegade Press)
2. Gary Reed (Caliber Comics)
3. Zack Soto (Study Group) (pictured)
4. Andrew DelQuadro (215 Ink)
5. Dean Mullaney (Eclipse Comics)

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Mário Filipe

1. Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
2. Marcos Farrajota (Chili Com Carne / MMMNNNRRRG)
3. Georges Bernier, "Professeur Choron" (Éditions du Square)
4. Jean-Christophe Menu (L'Association/L'Apocalypse)
5. Dan Nadel (PictureBox) (pictured)

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Dave Knott

* William Randolph Hearst (King Features Syndicate)
* Annie Koyama (Koyama Press)
* Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics) (pictured)
* Tom Devlin (Highwater Books)
* Andy Brown (Conundrum Press)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus)
2. Jim Ottaviani (GT Labs) (pictured)
3. Joe Nozemack (Oni)
4. Bill Gaines (EC)
5. Mike Gold (First)

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Sterg Botzakis

1. Chris Pitzer (Adhouse Books) (pictured)
2. Annie Koyama (Koyama Press)
3. Craig Yoe (Yoe Books)
4. Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press)
5. William Gaines (EC Comics and MAD Magazine)

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thanks to those that participated; all art to its respective makers; all apologies for any unflattering photo from the CR archives

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February 17, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Mr. Fish Movie Trailer


The Late Mark Campos Profiled


Robert Crumb Playing Guitar


Riad Sattouf On The Arab Of The Futuref


Never Saw This 2017 Al Roker Interview Of Stan Lee
 
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OTBP: Normel Person Mini-Comic

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

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If I Were Near Burlington, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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Happy 48th Birthday, Hiroaki Samura!

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February 16, 2018


OTBP: Dark Age

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Molly Hayden profiles Reza Farazmand.

* Daniele Dacco on webcomic turned successful print work Chester 5000.

* here's a comic used as a presentational/informational tool, a variation of comics-as-journalism that has a huge upside.

* finally: new issue of Panel X Panel available with sweet Katie Skelly cover.
 
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Go, Look: Helena Covell

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