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June 29, 2016


Go, Read: Summer 1976 DC Direct Currents Listings

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Missed It: Comic Art Tokyo To Walk In Same General Footsteps As TCAF, With Their Assistance

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That's my takeaway from this site. This whole thing looks amazing. Kudos to everyone involved. I want to go, and I bet yuo do, too.
 
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Go, Look: Agent 73, Part 2

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Missed It: John Porcellino Won't Be Traveling Again To Any Shows, At Least Not Any Time Soon

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John Porcellino is an American art hero, both as a cartoonist for his always remarkable and soulful King-Cat Comics & Stories (I thought last year's #75 was one of the best comics of the year) and for his work as a tastemaker through his Spit-And-A-Half distribution company. I will never get tired of saying that, both because it's true and because I could use the reminder of how great it is to have a John Porcellino in comics. You should buy everything you can from him that he's done personally, and anything you're looking for that you can't find local from his company. I hope you'll consider it, anyway.

In this typically engaging blog post, Porcellino writes about the resurfacing of health concerns after some stressful recent show trip. They'll ground him for the time being. I will never second guess John Porcellino when it comes to taking care of John Porcellino; but as a fan of the work he does and the work he champions I'll miss his presence at some of the shows he'd been doing on the East Coast like SPX and the Gabe Fowler shows. Please stay healthy as best you can, John.
 
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Go, Look: A Few Mike Mignola Black & White Images

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Not Comics: Writer Warns Against Signing Away Rights

Here. I don't understand the world of supported-writing and on-line TV shows that are discussed in the article, but as a longtime observer of comics and a writer who owns almost everything I write these days (such as it is) there are multiple entry points for me and might be for you.

Read your contracts, get a lawyer to read your contracts, get your most skeptical friend that loves you to read your contracts. Run through every scenario. Be careful. And if you're not at the point in your career where this stuff comes up a whole lot, or have another entry point into the discussion entirely, seek out and honor and support avenues for the creation of art that as their primary virtue reward the creator.
 
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Go, Read: Roger Langridge On Brexit

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Ryan North Holds Forth On Fan Fiction

Here. I think that all makes sense. I like how people will bring very specific value systems to things that they do. I think most writers have written in some way with other characters -- even if those stories haven't been typed out. I like the idea that an advantage to that kind of writing is to see if you can figure out a character in a way that you can make that convinces other fans of the authenticity they require to read and enjoy the story. That would have to be really useful.
 
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Go, Look: The Monster Jar

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2016

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

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

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

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

July 6
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

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

July 10
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 12
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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

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)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

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

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

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August 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 13
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 14
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 19
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 26
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (BOUND)

August 27
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)
* If I Were In KC, I'd Go This (KC Zine Con)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (BOUND)

August 28
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)

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Events For September 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Well Of Course He Can

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1. Bob Temuka on Aama and DK3. Jerry Smith on Captain America Epic Collection Vol. 1.

* IDW is looking for an experienced comic book editor. That'll be a good job for someone and might be a source of frustration for a lot of people who would like such a job and think they'd be good at it but don't have the asked-for experience. I hope they interview widely, and trust they will.

* Chip Zdarsky has powerful friends.

* this is a fun comics page. I prefer both action-oriented pages and gigantic panorama-style vista to this kind of posed shot, and comics that rely on posed images tend to be some of the worst in world history. That's still a fine character design, surrounded by a number of very comics-y visual flourishes.

* I guess people are still debating plot points in comics with Captain America in them and how comics work and such? I picked a good summer to skip Twitter.

* this is how you create 1000 gags in a year. I love old books about gag cartooning. There's never been revival for that kind of comics-making that's gone very deep, and I don't expect one any time soon. This is fine with me until I have all the Chon Day paperbacks.

* Abraham Riesman picks the best comics of the year to date. That's a really broad list in terms of genre and approach, and there are a lot of good comics on it.

* Zack Smith talks to Tom Scioli. Someone at the Creators Of Written Sins site talks to Victor Dandridge, Jr. Derek Colanduno talks to Darryl Cunningham.

* here is a run of cartoons about Brexit. Here is another. Here is something related that I can't see because WaPo wants subscription money now.

* finally, here are Matt Kindt's 10 rules for drawing comics.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Bobby London!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Bo Hampton!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Mike Richardson!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Don Rosa!

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June 28, 2016


Go, Look: The Phoenixes

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Michel Renaud's Widow Files Charges Against Charlie Hebdo

This is just awful-sounding. It's hard for me to believe that millions of dollars are necessary to stabilize the publication of a magazine, if I'm even understanding what that means, even one in Hebdo's unique situation. I also believe that something firm and clear of major, dangling questions -- the kind of questions that are suggested here to be unresolved in some way -- should have been worked out as immediately and with as much clarity as possible after the 2015 shooting.

The lawsuits and some of the public complaints surrounding Hebdo brought to bear by those with a connection to the magazine interest me not just for the hangover of the drama involved but because a lot of the questions are limited to the event and the crime and the direct aftermath in terms of things like monies raised -- and they're still deeply messed up. It's something familiar to people I know who have been in close proximity to life-changing violence: shifting contexts can only exacerbate or provide some small tonic in the face of core wounds; the wounds themselves remain.
 
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Go, Look: Shock SuspenStories Cover Images Gallery

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Collective Memory: HeroesCon 2016

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of HeroesCon, held June 17-19 in and around the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* #heroescon on Tumblr

* Alexis Ziritt

* Barney Google And Snuffy Smith
* Bleeding Cool

* Comics Alternative
* Comics Kingdom

* Digital Femme

* Fantagraphics

* Get Offline

* Matt Fraction

* rocketship to planet jeff
* Ryan Cecil Smith

* Task Force Rad Squad

* Valentine De Landro

Facebook
* Event Page

* Hubert Black
* John Nettles Jr.
* Naomi Kirchoff

Miscellaneous
* Eventful Listing
* Fievent Listing
* Heroes Tumblr
* Wikipedia Entry
* Yelp Entry

News Stories And Columns
* Charlotte Magazine
* Charlotte Observer
* Clture.com
* ComicBook.com
* Comics Workbook

* Fox 46

* Go Carolinas

* Nerd Nation Magazine

* Stela

* The Mary Sue

Photos
* #heroescon on Instagram

* AdHouse Books

* Ed Piskor

* Jacques Nyemb
* Jessica Petro
* Juan Bareto

* Leo Photography 01
* Leo Photography 02

* Merissa Jones

* Out Of Step Arts

* Patrick Sun 01
* Patrick Sun 02
* Patrick Sun 03
* Patrick Sun 04
* Patrick Sun 05
* Patrick Sun 06
* photosbypike

* The Variant

* Winston-Salem Journal

Twitter
* Festival Account

* HeroesCon 2017 Dates Announcement Tweet

Video
* Fisticuffs Photography
* HeroesCon 2016 Drink & Draw

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Go, Look: Chris Samnee Superhero Pin-Ups

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Go, Listen: Tim Hensley Interview By Roman Muradov

imageThat's a really interesting pairing.

Hensley's Sir Alfred No. 3 has a fascinating story in that the book that started with Buenaventura Press and ended up with Fantagraphics Books upon the passing of publisher Buenaventura Press. Championing unique talents with a special attention to the way the work is presented, that's what Alvin Buenaventura did best when he was operating on all cylinders. For its part, Fantagraphics never gets historical credit for some of the things they've done for smaller-press counterparts or books that are placed with such publishers when something horrible like this comes up.

I hope you'll read the comic. Despite its twin publishing partners, that is going to be one of the most obscure titles with which to grapple when it comes time to naming the best books of 2016.
 
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I Never Get Tired Of Looking At Franklin Booth Illustrations

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By Request Extra: Soto Family GoFundMe On Behalf Of Youngest Member Pressing Towards 10X Initial Ask

Here. Good on the comics community for stepping up on behalf of one of its most well-liked members, alt-arts division. I have to imagine any additional money will be put to good use.
 
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Go, Look: Short Excerpt From Jeremy Sorese's Curveball

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