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September 15, 2019


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

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

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Scott Dunbier!

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Happy 50th Birthday, John Ira Thomas!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Lance Tooks!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Isaac Cates!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Salgood Sam!

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September 14, 2019


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Theater Talk With Art Spiegelman And Al Hirschfeld


Cartoonist Kayfabe On Hero Illustrated #1


Agency In-House Cartoonist Profiled


Dave Sim And Colin Upton, Together Again


Todd McFarlane And Rob Liefeld On Cartoonist Kayfabe
 
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If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Tom Dougherty!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Mary Fleener!

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September 13, 2019


Two Of The Good Ones: This Year's CXC Will Mark $37,000 To Emerging Cartoonists By Smith & Iyer

We have the press release crowing about it. Festivals can be tough -- it's been one of those weeks in that world -- but one thing I wanted to underline coming into our fifth show is the consistent action and support Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer of Cartoon Books have shown the festival's Emerging Cartoonist award.

imageNot only has $37K gone from Jeff and Vijaya into the pockets of greatly promising artists, I think the cartoonists have been really well-selected: Katie Skelly (whose win made Frank Santoro cry), Kevin Czap, Kat Fajardo and Keren Katz (that's her art in this post). I think people will be similarly delighted by this year's winner as they have by those selected by that hard-working committee in the last several years. By focusing on a significant award to a single cartoonist, Jeff & Vijaya have been able to make a real impact on those cartoonists' lives, frequently pushing them past some career fussiness to a next stage -- however that is defined. It brings attention, and it brings a very real resource. I've enjoyed getting to know each of these artists and watching their art develop, in the very modest way I get to be involved as a kind of weird, shouting man on their behalf (the show is given out on the floor of our festival).

This is Jeff and Vijaya's achievement, though, and I'd like to personally thank them for it. We're at the beginning of a potentially tough comics cycle. At these times, I take strength and solace from people doing kind things that help others. So thanks, guys, and congratulations on Year #5 getting underway in two weeks and a day. I hope the past winners continue to feel the effect of this astounding act of generosity. I hope some of you out there reading might take a second to send Jeff and Vijaya a message as well. And I hope some of my siblings in comics press might consider running with the PR.
 
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Go, Look: Jayla Patton

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2019

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September 14
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 15
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)

September 16
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 18
* If I Were in Louisville, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Raleigh, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 21
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Huntington, I'd Go To This

September 26
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

September 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)
* If I Were In North York, I'd Go To This

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)

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October 3
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)

October 12
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)

October 18
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 19
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 20
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 25
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)

October 26
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Nashua, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)

October 27
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)

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Events For November 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Nick Anderson At GoComics.com

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the Jan Strnad and Richard Corben kickstarter for Mutant World needs some help to make a few additional rewards tiers. I'm a great fan of Richard Corben's work, and I remember this book being sturdy and handsome.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Gary Kwapisz!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Kent Worcester!

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