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December 10, 2016


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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2017

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December 11
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)

December 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 30
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 31
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

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2017
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January 1
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

January 21
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

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Events For February 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 38th Birthday, Jason Leivian!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Chaz Troug!

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Happy 96th Birthday, Dan Spiegle!

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I have also seen December 12 as the date of Mr. Spiegle's birth
 
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December 9, 2016


Go, Look: Paris In The Summer

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The 2017 Angouleme Festival Prize Selections Are Up

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I'd start here and work you way through the pop-ups that come when you use the "Prix et Palmares" link in the left-hand column. There are still some 2016 lists lurking around in there, so be careful.

I'll do a full list myself for this site Monday or Tuesday.

Congratulations to the many members of a strong North American contingent with whom I'm friends. Congratulations to all people, all contingents, whether I know you or not.
 
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Missed It: Brooklyn's BookCourt To Shut Down

I think Derf had this on his Facebook feed, because it escaped my attention entirely that key indie bookstore BookCourt in Cobble Hill is closing down. A bookstore will rise in its place, but it won't be the same for many of those customers and the community served.

Two things. One is I think it's likely that retail of all kinds will have a shorter life moving forward, which will change comics culture as a successful shop will be one that lasts 15 years rather than 40. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it will be different. The other is times may be tough for any business that doesn't have huge profit margins, and anything that depends on folks' loyalty above simple economic forces.
 
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Go, Look: The Jaundiced Eye

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Pair Of Excelsior Awards Short Lists Released

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The Excelsior Awards announced their short lists this week. That's an awards program selected by school students, sort of like a few of the awards given out at Angouleme but in this case I believe constituting the entire program.

The older kids (11-16 years old) picked:

* Audubon: On the Wings of the World, Fabien Grolleau And Jeremie Royer (Nobrow Press)
* Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Ta-Nehisi Coates And Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
* Captain America: White, Jeph Loeb And Tim Sale (Marvel)
* Clear Blue Tomorrows, Fabien Vehlmann And Bruno Gazzotti (Cinebook)
* Shuirken and Pleats Vol. 1, Hino Matsuri (Viz Media)
* Superman: Lois and Clark, Dan Jurgens And Lee Weeks And Scott Hanna And Sergio Cariello (DC Comics)
* We Are Robin: The Vigilante Business Lee Bermejo And Jorge Corona (DC Comics)
* Yona of the Dawn Vol. 1, Mizuho Kusanagi (Viz Media)

The younger kids (8-11 years old) picked:

* DC Superhero Girls: Finals Crisis Shea Fontana And Yancey Labat (DC Comics)
* Luna the Vampire, Yasmin Sheikh (IDW Books)
* Mega Robo Bros, Neill Cameron (David Fickling Books)
* Nightlights, Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
* Tamsin and the Deep, Neill Cameron And Kate Brown (David Fickling Books)

I have no idea reading these articles if a winner gets selected or if this is the final accounting, but it's always interesting to see what kids react to.

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Go, Look: LB Cole Images Gallery

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Bundled Extra: Fantagraphics Announces All-Time Comics

imageI saw a tweet about Fantagraphics marshaling some of the younger mainstream-conscious alt-talent and pairing them with older artists and existing work into a series of books under the umbrella All-Time Comics. I imagine there's a brokered announcement article out there somewhere. Josh Bayer will be writing the stories, it looks like.

It's certainly an area that these artists are exploring already in their own work and minis and on-line commentary, with concurrent interest in a variety of more mainstream sources, so a formal series makes sense. I look forward to seeing it, even though I don't ascribe the same kind of value to the referenced work. Lost/last work by Herb Trimpe interests the historian in me, that's for sure.

As a side note, one item I saw says they'll be publishing Rick Buckler, son of Rich Buckler. The elder Buckler once sued All-Time's publisher for characterizations made in The Comics Journal. That lawsuit was unsuccessful.
 
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OTBP: Various Lale Westvind Comics

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By Request Extra: Odod Books Kickstarter Makes Strong Move Into Its Final Phase

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Uncivilized Books' campaign for its kids line Odod is heading into its final three days in much better shape than previously, climbing past the 70 percent point. The remaining amount of fundraising seems difficult but achievable to me. The books, of course, look extremely nice.
 
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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Cartoonists' Christmas Cards

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Old Days: Good Times I Don't Remember

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Here.

It's the Fanta crew in the memory shuttle. I was in Indiana going to middle school.
 
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If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2017

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*****

December 10
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This (EBABZ)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

December 11
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)

December 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 30
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 31
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

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2017
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January 1
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

January 21
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

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Events For February 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Guns Of Fact And Fiction #13

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on The Unworthy Thor #1. Rob Clough on More Heroes Of The Comics. Glen David Gold on Krazy and George Herriman more generally. James Yeh on Sequential Drawings.

* didn't catch this before now: 2dcloud has another crowd-funder going. That's a company for whom crowd-funders are a leg on the stool.

* finally, Mike Dawson and Zack Soto talk to Rina Ayuyang. Robert Newman profiles Drew Friedman.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Jack Ruttan!

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