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September 1, 2014


Stan Goldberg, RIP

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word came from here
 
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Festival Extra: Portland, Oregon's Projects 3 Makes Official 2014 Announcement For September 27

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Appropriate tumblr post here. Facebook page here. Past shows were distinguished by their attempt to do a show without a flea market/commerce aspect; this edition looks like it will combine elements of past shows with elements of a more traditional model in a one day final festival. Looks like. I could be wrong.

The initial round of guests includes Leif Goldberg and Connor Willumsen, two comics-makers I enjoy very much.

 
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Go, Look: A Gallery Of Art Young Work From The Masses

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a labor day tradition
 
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Go, Read: The Summer Of No-Fun At The CBLDF

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has assembled a bunch of different cases in which they're involved and/or (it might just be and) closely watching in terms of ramifications for free speech and comics. You can read about them here. I'll hope you consider joining at one of the busy slate of Fall conventions that will fire up beginning next weekend.
 
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Go, Look: Fears Of A Go-Go Girl Can Come True

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Assembled Extra: Gabrielle Bell Finishes Her July Diary

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Here. Not that selling her original art on eBay was a success in that eight pages went for a maximum $1000, but brought with it the hitch of a $1000 ceiling. It looks like she still has some changes available. I thought that was a good run, and I look forward to that set of strips every year.
 
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Go, Look: A Happy Death/Boys Better Cry

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Maybe Check In With Your Favorite Shop, Publisher, Cartoonist In Terms Of Holiday Weekend Sales

A number of retailers, publishers and individual cartoonists are having some sort of sale or discount tied into the holiday weekend ending at midnight tonight. You might want to check around if your favorites/locals are doing something along those lines. Here's a nice sale from Fantagraphics on certain titles. They and comiXology are also offering Joe Daly's comics at a discount; I think those are a lot of fun, particularly Dungeon Quest. I'm sure there are other sales that don't involve former employers of mine. Like here's one from Austin Books & Comics.

I would not complain in the slightest if Labor Day became known in comics as a weekend driven by holiday sales, particularly in comics stores. That seems like a good place in the calendar to do that kind of thing.
 
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Go, Look: The Light In The Distance

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* here's a thank you from Jillian Kirby on behalf of the Kirby Family to those that gave money and time/effort that could be converted to money to/for the Hero Initiative on the occasion of what would have been Jack Kirby's 97th birthday. Speaking of which, I barely mentioned this on here and should have provided more coverage, but I thought it was admirable of Nix Comix to divert any money received during August to the Kirby-related charities.

* Seth Kushner's campaign is at about the halfway point in terms of the money they've been shooting for. Kushner is a photographer and comics-maker well-liked in the NYC comics community. Please consider giving.

* a film about Chris Knox is in the midst of raising the same $50K figure.

* some already-successful crowd-funders still live that we've covered in past columns: Nate McDonough, Joe Sinnott.

* this crowd-funder for two books in the AJALA series looks like it could use some help going into its final hours.

* as far as I know, you can still give to Dan Vado and SLG.

* finally, remember that Gabrielle Bell is selling her July Diary comics through eBay this year. Her originals are really nice-looking, and in many cases are self-contained in terms of the narrative.
 
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If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2014

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near A Computer, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comicon)

September 6
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Paper Jam Small Press Festival 2)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comicon)

September 7
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comicon)

September 8
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 11
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In College Park, I'd Go To This

September 13
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 14
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harvard, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)

September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Projects III)

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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Ongoing
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: John Romita Jr. Penciled Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Robert Ito profiles TOON.

image* Justin Colussy-Estes on Troop 142.

* Abhay Khosla adds a couple of thoughts about Multiversity #1 in the course of linking to Joe McCulloch's recent piece on same.

* Kelly L. Mills talks to Anelle Miller. Steve Morris talks to Becky Tinker and Joie Brown. Team Comics Alternative talks to Anya Ulinich.

* not comics: here's a nice article explaining the difference in revenue to movie studios by market. In other words, you should distrust a bit the idea that non-US revenue makes up for domestic losses.

* never seen a scan of this particular piece of original Jack Kirby art before; that's a fun piece in terms of the scene set. I'm also thinking this particular Dave Steven commission is new to my eyes. I've never seen this much Hi & Lois in one place, either. Like most strips through the 1960s, there was a baseline handsome quality to this work that you didn't see later on.

* I am not sure why this Lynda Barry program showed up in my bookmarks, but I'm not going to pretend I'm unhappy about getting to listen to it.

* it's hard not to be charmed by older photos like this one of studiomates posing for a panel of comic book art. One thing that's remarkable about the arts in general is how much an artist or a group of artists will put themselves out there on behalf of something seen for a few seconds. That doesn't mean there aren't a ton of people cheating the process, but certainly not everyone does.

* what is it? what is this mystery art?

* I keep forgetting to drive attention to this very image-heavy article about Comic-Con International 2014, and comic-cons in general, over at Print. I make a tiny cartoon-image appearance.

* finally, some of the words you can look forward to seeing in Fantagraphics' forthcoming Massive.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Landry Walker!

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August 31, 2014


Please Help Me Update The Events Calendar

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Momentous things happen when comics people get together. I did some work today on the CR forthcoming events post for December 2014 through September 2016. If you could check that out and tell me about anything you know that's scheduled,

I'm not sure there's too much that jumps out at me about 2015. WC Anaheim and CCI are a couple of weeks earlier than they were this year. I'm not even sure I knew that Anaheim had announced. For those that travel to shows, the Emerald City/Anaheim cluster might make a good trip. Linework NW will happen but has yet to announce; they're usually right around there, too. Autoptic is back. Anyway, please check it out. I forgot SPACE on my first try at this, so I'm sure there are others out there that haven't crossed my face.

 
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Go, Read: Paul Karasik Interviews Jules Feiffer

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

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

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Happy 59th Birthday, Shizue Takanashi!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Rick Parker!

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FFF Results Post #392 -- Summer Reads

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics That You Think Of As A Summer Read." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics: the comics work of summer when I was a kid.
2. Petty Theft: one of several books perfect for summer afternoon reading released by Drawn and Quarterly this year.
3. Avengers Annual #7.
4. Thompson Is In Trouble, Charlie Brown.
5. Love And Rockets: New Stories #4.

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Michael Buntag

1. The Shadow Hero.
2. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack.
3. Hark! A Vagrant.
4. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.
5. RASL Hardcover.

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Michael Dooley

1. EC Picto Fiction Library Complete Box Set
2. The Complete Cul-de-Sac
3. The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker
4. Genius Collected: Alex Toth Slipcase Set
5. The Complete Zap Comix Boxed Set

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Michael Grabowski

1. Cerebus (first volume)
2. Doing The Islands With Bacchus
3. July Diary, 2014
4. Fun With Milk and Cheese
5. Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot

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Tom Bondurant

1. Seconds, by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2. DC: The New Frontier, by Darwyn Cooke
3. JLA: Earth 2, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
4. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1, by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
5. Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross

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Sean T. Collins

* This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
* Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
* July Diary by Gabrielle Bell
* Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man by John Porcellino
* The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

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Chris Arrant

1. Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2. Garfield: His 9 Lives by Jim Davis, et al.
3. The Planetary Omnibus by Warren Ellis, John Cassaday
4. Tekkonkinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto
5. Wonton Soup by James Stokoe

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James Moore

1. Teenagers from Mars
2. The Authority vol1 #1-12
3. Carnet de Voyage
4. Maison Ikkoku
5. Seconds

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Patrick Dean

1. Any Batman comic from the summer of 1989. The Tim Burton movie was out in theaters, my mom had cancer, and reading Batman comics from any era kept me distracted. I still think about sickly summers in Rome, Georgia anytime I see an old Batman comic.
2. Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma
3. The Cowboy Wally Show by Kyle Baker
4. A dogeared stack of Epic era Groo The Wanderer, by Aragones, Evanier, Sakai, & Luth
5. (book from 2014) "How to be Happy" by Eleanor Davis. I live in the same sweltering humid Georgia college town in as Eleanor, so I figure some of it was drawn during sweltering humid summer days. I bought this book on a warm August day in Athens and walked seven blocks to a small bookstore to watch her give a slideshow and talk about her book. The bookstore was packed and its air conditioner and ceiling fans were on high, battling out the heat. The book is wonderful and crushing like summers in Georgia.

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Andrew Mansell

1. Batman #223 80 Page Giant....Batman&Robin face danger around the world
2. Justice League of America #100. JSA/Seven Soldiers of Victory....yes!!
3. Dennis the Menace goes to Camp....those poor teenage counselors....
4. Tales of Asgard #1, I read it 20 times as our family of six(!) drove from Chicago to Orlando for vacation
5. Watchmen #10.......Defcon 2

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Oliver Ristau

1. Heat from hell in this year's "Hotel Hades" by Katharina Greve (link)
2. The big summer fun that is "The Toon Treasury Of Classic Children’s Comics" by Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly (link)
3. The refreshing trauma at the beach in Superboy #194: "The Super-Merman of the Sea" by Leo Dorfman, Bob Brown & Murphy Anderson (link)
4. The Spirit Archives #23, especially because of the Spirit's dry knock-out in "Heat" by Jules Feiffer, Will Eisner & Jim Dixon (link)
5. Deep sea diving into s! #10 "Sea Stories" by various contributors (link)

*****

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Buzz Dixon

#1 -- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1-6 (discovered at summer camp)
#2 -- Fantastic Four #48-50 (discovered at summer camp)
#3 -- Superboy #98 (remember reading this in a pile of comics a friend had)
#4 -- Help! #24 (found this one while visiting our cousins; warped me for life and for that I am eternally grateful)
#5 -- Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion (July 2014)

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August 30, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


The Confessions Of Robert Crumb
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Jules Feiffer Reflects
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Guy Showing Off His Deathblow Collection


Trailer For Prometheus: Fire And Stone Comic Book
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Where Knockabout Comics Got Their Name
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from August 23 to August 29, 2014:

1. Mimi Pond wins this year's PEN Center USA graphic literature category award, with a special emphasis on her 2014 book, Over Easy.

2. August 28 would have been Jack Kirby's 97th birthday, and a series of small celebrations including donations on his behalf are making that become more of an established thing.

3. The high-end collectibles market continues to surge, with a ludicrous amount being pledged for purchase of a copy of Action Comics #1. That's interesting for the perceived changes in collectibles culture, and the fact that this was done on eBay rather than through one of the auction houses.

Winner Of The Week
I'm very fond of Mimi, but that guy made $3 million selling a comic book.

Losers Of The Week
Gamers. That's a cousin culture to comics, and thus its week of ugly, openly-communicated misogyny was a frightening reminder of what that element of comics would look like given slightly freer rein.

Quote Of The Week
"The cinema did not awaken to the glory of superheroes as an Idea, it realized that superhero comics were adaptable to preexisting action/fantasy formulas while allowing for easier franchising returns -- and where that money goes, so will those comics owned by Warner Bros. and Disney." -- Joe McCulloch, in a review of Multiversity #1.
 
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Go, Look: Eleanor Davis' TCJ Diary

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one of the best ones they've done, and that's been one of their five best features in the hodler/nadel era
 
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