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June 23, 2018


Go, Look: Marry Me A Little

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OTBP: Pigheaded

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streaming; DVD
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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Happy 55th Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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June 22, 2018


OTBP: Relay

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DC Comics Goes Full Year Between Wal-Mart Plans

imageAt least I think it's been that long. The new initiative also features A-list talent and proven serials, but it looks like its distinguishing factors are a mix of exclusive new comics with older serials, plus a really aggressive plot point of approximately $5.

I think a lot of this will initially be discussed in vague industry-progression terms. I do think there's a market for a few comics publications that are priced as an add-on and that will also be sold in areas that haven't had a store since Marvel drove everything over a cliff in the mid-1990s -- I lived in a town like that for 11 years, and paper Shonen Jump killed there. If DC finds a way to make this one happen, that will be a good deal for them. I also hope the DC contracts from 2000-on have been such that the creators get paid a reprint fee, but I don't have any memory of those kinds of details from what little of I know of those contracts.

I imagine there will be conjectural pushback from the Direct Market. I don't think that's a single pie being divvied up. Period. I will forgive DM stores a more general frowny-face at a client base that will occasionally innovate in one market but seems determined to stay locked into the past with an existing one. That must kind of suck.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2018

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June 24
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denzer Zine Fest)

June 25
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 26
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

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July 1
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

July 7
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 12
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 13
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 14
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (NVS Panel At CCI)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)

July 28
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

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Events For August 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Follow: CXC Last Festival In North America To Try Investing Energy In Instagram Account

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this is the show with which I'm involved; hopefully we'll get some nice stuff up here
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Somnambulance.

* here's an NPR piece about all things Nancy: the strip's mini-resurgence under Olivia Jaimes and the masterful work of comics insight How To Read Nancy by those twin, grand gentlemen of comics Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. That seems like a nice way to close out the week.

* it's always a little bit distressing when you read a survey-type article on North American mainstream comics and as a group they seem like they could come out right now, a year ago, three years ago, 11 years ago, 22 years ago: take your pick.

* finally: any excuse to post this dumb photo.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Ali Farzat!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Phil Elliott!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Eric Reynolds!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Kevin Fagan!

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Happy 81st Birthday, RC Harvey!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Armando Gil!

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June 21, 2018


Go, Look: Jon #1-2

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