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March 21, 2019


Go, Look: Ori Toor

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Go, Look: Simon Gane For Burning Sky Brewery

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* an ECCC report from alt-weekly giant The Stranger. I heard that the security was a pain, that the show is generally solid after some years when early-year attendees weren't as happy with it, and that they've kept up their choice to separate aspects of the show.

* Eric Powell hits the road. My memory is he is very entertaining.

* we really need to stop making speculation on fictional characters' sexual preference into full-bore news stories. By the way, stay away just in general: this has the most obnoxious load-in noise I've ever heard from a web site.

* finally: the SDCC Masquerade rules are out there now.
 
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OTBP: Gene Colan: Visions Of A Man Without Fear

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not sure where this popped up in my linking activities, but it's a good one
 
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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2019

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March 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (Swan Con)
* If I Were in Sebastopol, I'd Go To This

March 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (Swan Con)
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Heroes Dutch Comic Con)

March 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Heroes Dutch Comic Con)

March 25
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

March 26
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 28
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

March 30
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

March 31
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)

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April 1
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

April 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 4
* If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

April 5
* If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sonoma, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

April 6
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

April 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

April 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 11
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 12
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 13
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

April 14
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

April 16
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 17
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

April 19
* If I Were In Rhinebeck, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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)

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

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Events For April 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Danger Is Our Business #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Mysteries Of Love In Space #1.

* Ben Towle dives deeply into a Smokey Stover strip that appeared in A Christmas Story.

* I am all for honorable and ethical businesses in comics and the role they play, but this article about a new comics endeavor apparently inspired by industry veterans dreaming of one more potential Netflix payday was so openly crass that Sausage Man, Man of Sausage might not make it to the end without puking. There does also seem to be a bit of a collective industry eye roll in some semi-private spaces at Bill Jemas' involvement, rare in that that kind of disapproval rarely gets expressed where folks see it.

* go look at Will Dinski's resume.

* finally: follow Jason's example and live-draw every few decades.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Marek Bennett!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jeff Lemire!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Mark Waid!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Emi Gennis!

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March 20, 2019


Go, Look: Zero Civilian Casualties

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By Request Extra: Three From Brian Canini And Drunken Cat

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Here. I don't know if it's true or not, but I've had the sense this year that we've seen a shift from the boutique publishers to micro publishers like Drunk Cat. That wold make some sense give the number of small press shows April to September.

At any rate, this is a modest ask from a publisher with the work already complete. Consider supporting this one or one of the crowd-funder covering similar territory.
 
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Go, Look: Images By Khoi Pham

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* by request extra: Julia Gfrörer has a Patreon now. That's a highly-skilled, very interesting cartoonist and one that deserves widespread support.

* Evan Narcisse talks to David F. Walker.

* Gary Tyrrell points out the underlying value in the crowd-funders Shaenon Garrity and her creative partners put together.

* finally: Ryan Cecil Smith has boots to recommend.
 
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All-Time Comics Bogeyman Fredric Wertham Was Born On This Day In 1895

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March 19, 2019


OTBP: Fantagraphics Spring Sale This Week

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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image* this news article about DC doing a Frank Miller/JR JR year one of Superman book this summer has a significant supply of story hooks. The creators are at interesting points in their careers, the character has a high-profile within the comics line, the idea of bring attention to a project like this one with book-publishing type strategies bears watching, the whole idea of where this project will sit. with similar stories at the same company might be a bit nerdy for most but it's something that still has some weight. I'm sure there are a dozen more. I figure how this book works on audiences will drive a lot of its impact. That sounds banal, but comics has a long history of manufacturing event-type comics and rules for their success have yet to be set in stone.

* Derik A Badman points out new books from mighty Fremok.

* here's the talent line-up for the Diane Noomin-edited Drawing Power, out in September and much-anticipated: Rachel Ang, Zoe Belsinger, Jennifer Camper, Caitlin Cass, Tyler Cohen, Marguerite Dabaie, Soumya Dhulekar, Wallis Eates, Trinidad Escobar, Kat Fajardo, Joyce Farmer, Emil Ferris, Liana Finck, Sarah Firth, Mary Fleener, Ebony Flowers, Claire Folkman, Noel Franklin, Katie Fricas, Siobhan Gallagher, Joamette Gil, J. Gonzalez-Blitz, Georgiana Goodwin, Roberta Gregory, Marian Henley, Soizick Jaffre, Avy Jetter, Sabba Khan, Kendra Josie Kirkpatrick, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Nina Laden, Miss Lasko-Gross, Carol Lay, Miriam Libicki, Sarah Lightman, LubaDalu, Ajuan Mance, MariNaomi, Lee Marrs, Liz Mayorga, Lena Merhej, Bridget Meyne, Carta Monir, Hila Noam, Diane Noomin, Breena Nunez, Meg O'Shea, Corinne Pearlman, Cathrin Peterslund, Minnie Phan, Kelly Phillips, Powerpaola, Sarah Allen Reed, Kaylee Rowena, Ariel Schrag, M. Louise Stanley, Maria Stoian, Nicola Streeten, Marcela Trujillo, Carol Tyler, Una, Lenora Yerkes and Ilana Zeffren. Wow.

* finally, new work this year from November Garcia.

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Go, Look: Jason Sholtis

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Isha Bhattacharya talks to Nicole Marie Burton. John Adcock talks to Ron Ferdinand.

* not comics: this succinct NYT article on the rhetorical judo that Netflix in announcing their decision to cancel the virtuous but asserted-to-be-low-rated One Day At A Time is interesting to note. We're at a high point for maximizing profit in all facets of every commercial endeavor but also for valuing the virtue of decisions of support that are much more difficult to quantify. Comics will have to deal with this as well on more occasions, with the same construction of logic that a single line of licensing for Guardians Of The Galaxy could probably pay for two dozen low-selling but admirable comic books. Why make everything pay for itself when there's so much to be developed?

* finally: Barry Pearl on Empire Of Monsters.
 
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Happy 57th Birthday, Michael Jantze!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Willie Schubert!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Sergio Ponchione!

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March 18, 2019


Go, Look: Juliette Vaast

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Go, Read: Russ Maheras On Visiting Steve Ditko

Here. I'm not sure it's our healthiest collective impulse to want to know this much about the late Hall Of Fame cartoonist's studio arrangement, but I imagine this will satisfy many people's curiosity.
 
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