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March 30, 2017


Go, Look: Unpublished Wally Wood From Plop!

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* last week for applications on both MICE and CXC. CXC is the show with which I'm involved.

* this weekend is loaded, here and abroad. I hope everyone has a fun time and a meaningful con weekend, no matter where you are. I wasn't able to do my WonderCon followed by MoCCA weekend. My apologies to that tiny sub-fraction of humanity with whom I'd made plans. The comiXology party looks fun, and Bill Kartalopoulos' programming for MoCCA is of a high quality, as is always the case where Bill is concerned.

* the big event in New York this weekend will be the memorial held for Jay Lynch and Skip Williamson, which should be a grand procession of grieving comics greats covering that entire world as it remains. Not sure how much of that information is for public consumption.

* finally, open CCI badges go on sale April 8.
 
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Go, Look: Half-Hitch

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2017

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March 31
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)

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April 1
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)
* If I Were In Tacoma, I'd Go To This

April 2
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)

April 3
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 4
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 5
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 6
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Dubai, I'd Go To This (Middle East Film And Comic Con)

April 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Dubai, I'd Go To This (Middle East Film And Comic Con)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (The Great Philadelphia Comic Con)

April 8
* 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 St. Louis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Dubai, I'd Go To This (Middle East Film And Comic Con)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (The Great Philadelphia Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This

April 9
* 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 Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (The Great Philadelphia Comic Con)
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling)
* If I Were In Iowa City, I'd Go To This (Ice Cream)

April 11
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

April 13
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

April 14
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Queers And Comics)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 15
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Queers And Comics)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

April 16
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

April 20
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In El Paso, I'd Go To This (EPCC)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live)
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)

April 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In El Paso, I'd Go To This (EPCC)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live)
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

April 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In El Paso, I'd Go To This (EPCC)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live)
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

April 24
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)

April 25
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)

April 27
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 28
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 29
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 30
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

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May 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)

May 5
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Ashville, I'd Go To This (Ashville Zine Fest)

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 13
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 15
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

May 17
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

May 19
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

May 20
* If I Were Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Three Rivers Comicon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)

May 21
* If I Were Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Three Rivers Comicon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

May 23
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Events For June 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Go, Look: Pertinent Points About Pinheads

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Jakob Free provides a primer on the work of Warren Ellis.

* Dave Richards talks to Saladin Ahmed. Michael Cavna profiles Ruben Bolling. Ben Beaumont-Thomas talks to Vincent Connare. Tim Smith talks to Charlie Hankin.

* a Radix lawsuit postscript.

* here's a survey of Brexit Day cartoons.

* finally: AdHouse offers two good comics-type books to US retailers. I hope they take him up on it.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, Gary Chaloner!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Forg!

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Happy 60th Birthday, David Hagen!

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March 29, 2017


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

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Go, Look: Manny Stallman In The Living Mummy

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* I wRandom Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Barry Thompson talks to P. Craig Russell. Caitlin Rosberg talks to Kristen Gudsnuk. Sam Pratwell profiles Jeremy Nguyen.

* the Michael Tisserand presentation last night at the Wexner Center was extremely good. If you get a chance to go see him present on Krazy, I recommend you do. This was a fairly focused presentation with a lot of comics and some clever close reading involved.

* the best part of the evening was when someone said "three weeks from now it's your turn" and I replied "it's two weeks" and their face became deeply concerned.

* I was reminded during the evening of this article, which I remember liking very much.

* finally, Pete Donovan profiles the great Murray Olderman. Olderman just turned 95.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Val Mayerik!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Kevin Huizenga!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Ken Eppstein!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Dan Wright!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Marc Silvestri!

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March 28, 2017


Go, Listen: Hazel Newlevant On Process Party

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* Shannon Wheeler has enjoyed a successful official notes of his Donald Trump tweets joke. Sound concept in these days for sure. Michael Cavna's profile is best.

* Black Crown shuts down submissions. There's a pleasant myth that blind submissions is how people get published in comics, and there are a few for whom this is true, in sometimes spectacular fashion. I would say the vast majority of publishers know exactly what they want and from whom they want it, and make their plans accordingly.

* finally: looks like Tony Isabella has settled some if not all of his major problems with DC Comics. Good for Isabella for whom this seemed an open wound for years and years. For the purpose of this column, the fact that isabella may work with them on stuff is what's news.
 
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Since I'm In Columbus, I'll Be Going To This

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

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If I Were Near Harper College, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Gus Mager's Main Street

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Tegan O'Neil is the author of today's Bernie Wrightson memorial column. That's a new column generally for O'Neil.

image* Rob Clough on LOVF.

* everything stays on-line forever.

* The Beat digs through Rian Sygh's twitter thread on his comics-related finances. I'm grateful for Sygh to post that information, and I think as it's rare for cartoonists to do that. All information is appreciated. I don't know that I'm 100 percent convinced you need a ton of information to avoid making bad choices -- I think you can tell a job is a good one or not from the amount you're paid, not necessarily the amount you're paid in relation to someone else. It can help you not be exploited, though. If writers and artists continue to do lots of jobs that obviously don't pay the bills, we need to identify why and serve whatever mindset that indicates so as to keep them from self-harm over a large period of time.

* Patricia Benoit profiles John Russell Cross.

* finally, I really like this Tarzan drawing by Jeff Smith. I haven't seen it since around the time they were commissioned.
 
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