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May 5, 2015


Go, Look: Three Sergio Aragones Mini-Galleries

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By Request Extra: Erika Moen's Second Oh Joy Sex Toy Volume

A half-dozen CR readers asked me to place the second volume of Erika Moen's Oh Joy Sex Toy into my next column on crowd-funders. I haven't run the column in a while, so I'll just take care of this with its own post. I imagine this kind of thing is a total slam dunk: a successful first volume, a known quantity, and a popular web iteration. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it's already funded although there are many stretch goals to come.
 
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Go, Look: Butch Guice Mini-Galleries

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2015

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May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (Ratha Con)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were Near Basel, I'd Go To This (Fantasy Basel)

May 15
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were Near Basel, I'd Go To This (Fantasy Basel)

May 16
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Basel, I'd Go To This (Fantasy Basel)

May 17
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 23
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures 2015)

May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

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

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)

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June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For July 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Forever Vigilant

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Grant Goggans on March Vol. 2. Rob Clough on Palooka-Ville #21-22. Sean Gaffney on The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Vol. 1. Paul O'Brien on Wolverines Vol. 3. J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of different comics. Ryley Moore on Daredevil. Alex Hoffman on Last Man Vol. 1. Mark Squirek on Weird Love.

* some poor person from France talks to Chip Zdarsky.

* more on autobio comics, a theme running through various comics places on Tumblr right now.

* here's a not-comics reminder that sometimes businesses go under because of bad business decisions as much as a change in context or the back and forth of the historical tides.

* Johanna Draper Carlson points out that Kate Beaton is going to have a two-book year. It's a very good year when we get multiple works from our best and most popular cartoonists -- we have such a broad array of pretty good ones with sizable followings that we forget the effect that bigger names can have on the excitement level.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco has three story names he'd like to see made part of the Avengers series.

* not comics: a famous writer/director closed down his Twitter account yesterday, perhaps because of backlash to his treatment of a character in a brand-new superhero movie. (I'm not naming names so I can ask my brother if he was aware of this until I mentioned it here. Hi, Whit.) The thing that most interests me here is the certainty of fans that they know not just good/bad treatment of characters they enjoy but correct/incorrect. That's such a victory for those companies, to have people involved with their properties on that level, particularly in that the argument for correct treatment seems much more convincingly whatever gets paid for and put out there by those companies.

* finally, Sean Kleefeld uncovered an old promotional booklet for Gasoline Alley on eBay.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Éric Ivars!

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Happy 65th Birthday, David Lloyd!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Joseph Remnant!

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May 4, 2015


Go, Look: Manifesto Items 003

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Two Suspects Dead After Shooting Outside Draw Muhammed Contest Event In Texas

The mind boggles in the course of writing such a headline, but there you go. I don't believe anyone should be the victim of violence due to making a cartoon, but I also hold free speech stunts in withering contempt and see them as the different-amendment equivalent of those ding dongs that walk into a Carl's Jr with assault rifles.

My heart goes out to the families of those threatened and harmed.
 
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Go, Look: Down The Shore

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Go, Look: EC Comics Stories From The Fleagles

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A Quick, Personal Note Regarding Con Attendance

For the very meager worth receiving the news has to a few of you out there, I won't be attending this week's TCAF due to personal matters. I will also not be attending HeroesCon in June. This will make the remainder of my convention year (hopefully): CAKE, CCI, Autoptic (this one is the most iffy), SPX, CXC and CAB. That seems like a ridiculous number of shows for someone not doing many shows, but that's the world we live in now.

I regret not being on hand to celebrate Drawn & Quarterly's 25th anniversary and to see all the friends I don't see anywhere else but in Toronto, or those I see only rarely, period. I hope everyone has a great time in that first-class celebration of the best the art form has to offer and I'll hopefully see you up there next year and for many years to come.
 
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Go, Look: Steve Rude Draws Jack Kirby's Fourth World

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Not Comics: Ted Nasmith's 1990 JRR Tolkien Calendar

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Noah Berlatsky could use your advice about crowd-funding.

image* Richard Bruton on BPM #1. Rob Clough on Trash Market. Sean Gaffney on Log Horizon: The Beginning Of Another World. Paul O'Brien on Guardians Of The Galaxy And X-Men: Black Vortex.

* not comics: LA is the new Brooklyn.

* I don't think it's accessible to everyone, but there's a rare Charlie Hebdo discussion here that involves both general sides of that whole mess talking to one another in civil terms.

* one of those people that either hides their name where I can't see it or figures everyone knows them talkes to Robert McLiam Wilson.

* Julia Wertz is going to start teaching comics, and writes about that a bit here. A longtime comics teacher, Dave Lasky, has an intensive coming up in June. Applications are due May 25 for the summer session of Frank Santoro's correspondence course.

* Chris Ware draws a catalog cover. John Paul Leon draws in homage to Jaime Hernandez. Mike Mignola draws The Penguin. Jill Thompson draws Dream and Death. John Thompson draws a cover; I always look at John Thompson's stuff and want to know more about John Thompson.

* here's an interesting post from someone that's trans about how to better portray trans characters in comics.

* finally, I always enjoy looking at a process post, even if it's just images that build to a final cover image.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Geoff Grogan!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Shaenon Garrity!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Alé Garza!

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May 3, 2015


Go, Read: Nate Patrin Interviews Ken Avidor

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Go, Look: Al Williamson At Atlas

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If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

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Happy 45th Birthday, Mark Coale!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Mell Lazarus!

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