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May 30, 2016


Go, Look: Aiyana Udesen

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Assembled Extra: MyComicShop.com Suffers Downtime

Explained here. I mention it on the site here not to make fun but because I don't think I've ever seen one of the big retailers go down, which is pretty remarkable considering CR goes down if I breathe on the keyboard by accident. I wish them the best in getting back to business.
 
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Go, Look: A Pair Of Mort Meskin Covers At Prize

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Your 2015 NCS Division Award Winners

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They were given out during a black-tie ceremony in Memphis on May 28, and if the statements out of the show are any indication in articles like this one, they are now branded or are re-emphasized to be the Silver Reuben Division Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, there are some really nice and really deserving people on this list. Outside of my personal take, this is a life highlight for nearly everyone involved.

Winners in bold.

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EDITORIAL CARTOONS

* Mike Luckovich
* Michael Ramirez
* Ann Telnaes

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NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION

* Anton Emdin
* Glen Le Lievre
* Elwood Smith

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FEATURE ANIMATION

* Boy And The World -- Ale Abreu (Director, Writer)
* Inside Out -- Pete Docter (Director, Original Story) and Ronnie Del Carmen (Asst. Director, Original Story)
* The Peanuts Movie -- Steve Martino (Director)

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TELEVISION ANIMATION

* Tumble Leaf (Amazon) -- Drew Hodges (Creator, Director, Executive Producer)
* Puffin Rock (Netflix) -- Maurice Joyce (Director)
* Zack & Quack (Nick Jr.) -- Gili Dolev & Yvette Kaplan (Co-Creators, Co-Directors)

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NEWSPAPER PANELS

* Argyle Sweater -- Scott Hilburn
* Bizarro -- Dan Piraro
* The Flying McCoys -- Glenn McCoy
* Reality Check -- Dave Whamond

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GAG CARTOONS

* Glen Le Lievre
* Benjamin Schwartz
* David Sipress

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ADVERTISING / PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION

* Ray Alma
* Anton Emdin
* Luke McGarry

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GREETING CARDS

* Jim Benton
* Scott Nickel
* Robin Rawlings

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COMIC BOOKS

* Giant Days (BOOM! Box) -- Max Sarin
* Prez (DC Comics) -- Ben Caldwell
* Squirrel Girl (Marvel) -- Erica Henderson

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GRAPHIC NOVELS

* Nanjing The Burning City (Dark Horse) -- Ethan Young
* New Deal (Dark Horse) -- Jonathan Case
* Two Brothers (Dark Horse) -- Gabriel Bá

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MAGAZINE FEATURE / ILLUSTRATION

* Anton Emdin
* Rich Powell
* Julia Suits

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ONLINE COMICS -- LONG FORM

* Drive -- Dave Kellett
* The Creepy Casefiles Of Margo Maloo -- Drew Weing (pictured top)
* Octopus Pie -- Meredith Gran

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ONLINE COMICS -- SHORT FORM

* Bouletcorp -- Boulet
* Kevin & Kell -- Bill Holbrook
* Sheldon -- Dave Kellett

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BOOK ILLUSTRATION

* Juana Medina -- Smick
* Sydney Smith -- Sidewalk Flowers (pictured bottom)
* Gitte Spee -- The First Case

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NEWSPAPER STRIPS

* Lio -- Mark Tatulli
* Pajama Diaries -- Terri Libenson
* Pearls Before Swine -- Stephan Pastis

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OUTSTANDING CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR (THE REUBEN)

* Lynda Barry
* Stephan Pastis
* Hilary Price
* Michael Ramirez
* Mark Tatulli

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Go, Look: Dying In Paradise

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2016

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June 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In West Virginia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In Maine, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)

June 5
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 12
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 16
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Toronto Art Book Fair)

June 20
* If I Were Phoenix, I'd Go To This

June 23
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

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July 1
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)

July 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)

July 3
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)

July 4
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)

July 9
* If I Were In Newark, I'd Go To This (#bettyzinefest)

July 15
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 16
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 17
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

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

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

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 24
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)

July 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)

July 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Read: The Stranger

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Your 2016 Max Und Moritz Prize Winners

The Max And Moritz Prize winners have been announced in conjunction with this year's International Comic Salon Erlangen. The final results were released via e-mail. Unlike a divisions-type prize, the German award names a list of nominated books and then gives some of them awards. This year a special lifetime achievement award went to humor giant Claire Brétecher, unable to attend for health reasons. Luz's post-Hebdo memoir Katharsis and the publisher Avant-Verlag were also given special awards. The nominated comics winning prizes were:

* Audience Choice Award: Crash 'n' Burn, Mikiko Ponczek (Tokyopop) (nominiert durch das Publikum)
* Best Comic Strip: Das Hochhaus. 102 Etagen Leben, Katharina Greve (www.das-hochhaus.de)
* Best International Comic: Ein Sommer am See, Mariko Tamaki und Jillian Tamaki. Translation By Tina Hohl (Reprodukt)
* Best German Artist: Barbara Yelin for Irmina (Reprodukt)
* Best Comic For Kids: Kiste, Patrick Wirbeleit und Uwe Heidschötter (Reprodukt)
* Best German Comic: Madgermanes, Birgit Weyhe (avant-verlag)

A comic I don't think was listed in the nominees, "Wunderfitz" from the Münster School of Design, won the student comic award.

The best artist and student publication awards came with endowments, which I'm always delighted to see.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Mike W. Barr!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Mark Price!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Tom Galambos!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Kevin Eastman!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Dean Haspiel!

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May 29, 2016


Michael Ramirez Wins Reuben Award

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Article here. I'm not sure what to say, other than congratulations to him. Ramirez is probably the leading conservative editorial cartoonist, and his cartoons reflect that worldview in rigorous fashion. He's also a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and multiple past division awards winner.

What's confusing about Ramirez, to be frank, is that I've never encountered an articulation of what makes him a special cartoonist, let alone a cartoonist of the import you'd infer from his award wins. I have heard and agree that he's notable for his stands-out status as a conveyer of political views from the right-hand side of the spectrum, but I'm still way more familiar with the virtues of the late, beloved conservative editorial cartoonist Jeff MacNelly than I am with this award-winner that's much more of a contemporary and now joins Walt Kelly, Roz Chast, Hal Foster and Charles Schulz in a specific room in the building of cartooning's history.

I'd run such a piece if someone wanted to write one, and I'd certainly link to one if directed, but the absence has always been noticeable to me.

One thing that's interesting about this year's awards program is that five cartoonists were nominated: Ramirez, Lynda Barry, Hillary Price, Mark Tatulli and Stephan Pastis. Looking at that list, it might be worth noting that Ramirez stood out in terms of being the sole representative of his kind of cartooning. But beyond understanding it, I'm not sure we need to go further than that the awards program has always considered him a favorite.

There's a full list of happy division awards winners ranging from Dave Kellett to Ann Telnaes at the link; I'll post that group tomorrow here.
 
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Haven't Seen This Odd Gem In Twenty-Plus Years...

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this may not be accessible unless you're in the Al Columbia Facebook group, but it's a proposal for a Cave Carson comic involving the cartoonist that I believe was done around 1993 or 1994.
 
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Congratulations To Bart Beaty On Leading This Year's Congress Of Humanities And Social Sciences

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I was happy to see some press coverage for Bart Beaty on being the Academic Convener at this year's Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. Beaty is a longtime contributor to this site, and it was my honor to work with him back in the Journal days as well. They are in very good hands with Bart in charge, and the job title makes Bart sound like a Jack Kirby villain, perhaps an agent of the Kree Empire.

There is a little bit of a comics overlap that isn't just Bart or the giant book they always choose for people to read in office photographs. At ICAF in 2014 here in Columbus, Dr. Beaty gave a fun opening address challenging his colleagues to participate more widely in general academic opportunities like leading a department or, one presumes, this Congress affair. I get the counter-arguments, but I liked the idea and I liked that Bart used his platform in a way that people discussed the issue all weekend.

I think in general comics could use more of its best people taking that next step forward in the general contexts in which they find themselves. We have the best art form, and many of the best things related to an art form, and the world should know about it.

I also hope Bart has fun. It looks like he's having fun.
 
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Go, Read: Exes

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Go, Look: The First Few CR Calendar Show Entries For 2017

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I noticed on Saturday that the great Fumetto show had put up their dates for 2017, which led to me to add the first half-dozen or so shows to CR's rolling events calendar. It's interesting in that it seems where there was a lot of clumping this year by shows, those same cons and festivals are much more spread out next Spring. I think that's going to be important the next few years for shows to kind of find their place on the calendar.

Also please note we have CXC up through 2019 and SPX through 2020.


 
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Go, Look: All-American Comics #71

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Not Comics: Lengthy Article On The State Of Salon

There's a ton of stuff in this article about the long history and I guess not-as-stellar recent story of Salon.com. One thing that I think binds comics to print publishing more generally is how modes of presentation and modes of structural organization have transformed two or three times and some businesses have ignored this entirely because that's what they are.

In other words, when you read the amounts of money involved in this article, you'll likely think: "Could I get to the end result of Salon with this amount of money?" The answer seems "Oh, sure." Other people have different expectations for what such an enterprise looks like and have a much more hesitant answer. The reality is always a bit more shaky than both.
 
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If I Were In Traverse City, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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If I Were In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This

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