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October 31, 2014


Help! I Have A Question Or Two About Movie Adaptations And Particularly The Ones From Four-Color

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I have a question or two about movie adaptations into comics, primarily if there's a source for credits for Dell/Western comics generally, and if someone knows how artists and writers back then worked (stills? scripts? guesswork?). If you can answer those questions,
 
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Go, Look: Scott Longo

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The Casual Certainties Of Late October: Wal-Mart's Christmas Trees, PW's Best Books Of The Year

imagePublishers Weekly has its best-of book lists out, I guess in an attempt to fool those who thought there was slightly more than 1/6 of the year left. Their choices in comics are:

* Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
* The Wrenchies, Farel Dalrymple (First Second)
* How to Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
* The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet (Drawn & Quarterly)

That's a fine list. Given past winning slates I wouldn't have been surprised if Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki's This One Summer, Richard Thompson's Complete Cul De Sac, Mimi Pond's Over Easy, Jules Feiffer's Kill My Mother or John Porcellino's Hospital Suite were on this year's list, but what is on there makes sense. That Dalrymple book might surprise some people, but that book is something else.

I think there are likely still some excellent books to come. I just got the new Olivier Schrauwen, and that look stupendous. There's still at least one if not two David B. books coming out. I appreciate the PW list's small size, and I appreciate the fact that even though there are only five choices two of their picks were from Fantagraphics -- there has to be pressure to include as many publishers as possible.
 
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Go, Look: Reed Black

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Missed It: Somehow I Forgot To Run The BCA Shortlist, Including Posy Simmonds To The HOF

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For some demented reason I forgot to post the announced short list for the British Comic Awards, which were announced a full two weeks ago. They do this according to a submissions process organized by the British Comic Awards Committee, and this move from a longlist to a shortlist.

The big news for right this very moment is that the great Posy Simmonds will join Raymond Briggs and Leon Baxendale in the hall of fame. That is one solid Hall. Simmonds is probably best known for her two books, at-first serialized and then collected: Gemma Bovery (1999) and Tamara Drewe (2007). Her distinguished career includes the reputation-making comics informally known by her first name.

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Best Comic

* Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger -- Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
* In The Frame -- Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
* Raygun Roads -- Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
* Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories -- Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
* The Wicked + The Divine #1 -- Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

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Best Book

* The Absence -- Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
* Celeste -- I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
* The Encyclopedia of Early Earth -- Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
* Lighter Than My Shadow -- Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
* Sally Heathcote: Suffragette -- Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)

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Young People's Comic Award

* Bad Machinery Volume Two: The Case of The Good Boy -- John Allison (Oni Press)
* BOO! -- Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
* Corpse Talk: Season 1 -- Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
* Hilda and the Black Hound -- Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
* The Beginner's Guide to Being Outside -- Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)

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Emerging Talent

* Alison Sampson (Genesis, "Shadows" (In The Dark) -- artist)
* Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
* Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, "Vicky Park" (Leicester Mercury), "The Amazing Seymore" (Moose Kid Comics))
* Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, "Peppermint Butler's Peppermint Bark" (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
* Corban Wilkin ("History of Energy" (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future) -- artist, Breaker's End, "If Not Now Then When" (Offlife #6))

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Hall of Fame

* Posy Simmonds

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These titles will now go to a Judging Panel, consisting of Jonathan Entwistle, Jessica Hynes, Danny John-Jules, Jonathan Ross and Suzy Varty -- if they end up meeting in a room, I would love to be in that room. That group will decide the winners save for the Young People's Comic Award, which is chosen by young people from school across the UK.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for 6 PM, November 15 at the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds. It is part of the Thought Bubble Festival.

Congratulations to all nominees and to Posy Simmonds.

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Not Comics: Fred Banbery Mini-Gallery

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Brian Hibbs On Inappropriate Covers On All-Age Friendly Comics

The retailer Brian Hibbs has a short essay up here on DC putting a violent-looking cover on a comic book whose interiors suggest it could be an all-ages or simply a broadly-appealing sales item. I've had some exposure to this from little kids of my friends. I couldn't tell you how frequently this kind of thing might put someone off just in general, but I know two young comic-book obsessives that want no part of angry or violent superhero stories despite loving those characters. One of them had her father black out some Joker-related advertisements in a to-kids marketed comic book. So I suspect this is a real thing.
 
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OTBP: Ink Brick #2

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Collective Memory: The Locust Moon Comics Festival 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Locust Moon Comics Fesivtal, held October 25 at The Rotunda in Philadelphia.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Aimee Fleck
* Andrea Tsurumi

* Colonial Comics
* Cooking Up Comics

* Dan Mazur
* Darshana Pathak
* Dean Haspiel 01
* Dean Haspiel 02

* e hetrick jackson

* Heather Nunnelly

* Illadelph Pastlife

* Mary Capaldi
* Meathaus

* Panel Patter

* Robot 6

* The Art Of Mary Capaldi

* Werdy Girl

Facebook
* Adam McGovern
* Adriano Moraes
* Farel Dalrymple
* Jason Rodriguez
* Bill Roundy
* Bill Sienkiewicz
* Meghan Turbitt 01
* Meghan Turbitt 02
* Meghan Turbitt 03

Miscellaneous
* WPSU

News Stories And Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Bleeding Cool 03
* Ninth Art Press
* Philly.com

Photos
* Altar Girl
* Andrew Carl

* Bleeding Cool

* cookingupcomics

* Ignorant Bliss

* katfajardoo

* leezusconleche 01
* leezusconleche 02
* Lisk Feng
* Locust Moon Festival Photos
* Locust Moon Guest Spotlights

* savvyliterate

* the often wrong

Twitter
* Aimee Fleck
* Alexandra Beguez
* Andrea Tsurumi 01
* Andrea Tsurumi 02
* Andrew Carl
* ashleyaltars

* Ben Marra
* Box Brown

* cookingupcomics

* darshana

* Evan Dahm

* Fantom Comics
* Farel Dalrymple 01
* Farel Dalrymple 02

* Gregory Benton

* Haan Lee

* Japspeporj Fenway
* Judith

* katfajardo!

* Lady Turbo
* Lisk Feng

* Nhy

* Rebecca Mock
* Ronald Wimberly

* wowowosh

* Yao Xiao

Video
* vtgy667

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Go, Look: Armagideon Time's 2014 Halloween Countdown

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* this is genuinely fascinating to me: Kelly Sue DeConnick asks for life updates from Warren Ellis Forum members. That was an influential hub of early -- or earlier, depending on how you personally measure these things -- comics-related, Internet-based activism and socializing. That place was super-helpful to me -- I mostly lurked -- in trying to understand a group of people with very different interests than the hardcore alt-comics community in which I found myself, but that were smart and passionated about how they saw things.

* this also caught my attention in a big way: a ComicsAlliance story profiling a Caleb Goellner-edited digital comics anthology featuring talent like Ulises Farinas, Ming Doyle and Meredith Gran. That one debuts in January, and will be free when it does so.

* here's Medium's Halloween mixtape.

* I spent about 15 minutes looking at the best-sellers list on comiXology, and... well, I've got nothing. Any attempts on my part to explain digital consumption habits runs into two to three major obstacles and like 50 minor ones. I know plenty of people that buy comics through that service and download comics more generally, but I'm not sure I know anyone that does a lot of new-comics purchasing in a manner that would resemble the chart in an even same-ballpark sense. It's an interesting list, though; Saga's hit status all by itself, across multiple formats, suggests a lot of potentially intriguing things about the nature of the current market. If I just look at the titles as a group without knowing anything about who buys this way the one that stands out for me as a surprise is Southern Bastards #5.

* finally, Gary Tyrell caught a report from Dean Trippe as to why aspects of his crowd-funded Something Terrible book project has been delayed. We wish Trippe the best in getting back to it.
 
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If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Go, Look: The Vampire

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I might do this as a stand-alone post later on today, because of the Halloween theme, but in case I don't you should still enjoy this Leslie Stein comic.

image* Kevin Melrose on the story behind "Nobody Loves The Hulk."

* it's good to see several people rally to the support of James Hudnall, who has asked the friends and fans he's made during a lengthy career as a writer for a modest amount of money to get over just a lousy-sounding health setback. I hope you'll consider giving, and I hope for better times for Mr. Hudnall.

* Bob Temuka opines on censorship.

* Kris talks to Dale Lazarov. Dan Berry talks to a favorite of this site, Darryl Cunningham. Lary Wallace talks to Ed Piskor.

* this isn't exactly comics, but the art involved would definitely feel at home in just about any good alt-anthology: Brian Biggs walks us through his process in making a promotional card.

* Jerry Smith opines on his least-favorite comic book writers.

* Oliver Sava and Tim O'Neil on a bunch of different stuff. Rob Clough on Moonhead And The Music Machine. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #35. Sean Gaffney on Alice In The Country Of Diamonds: Bet On My Heart. Johanna Draper Carlson on The Secret History Of Wonder Woman. Kelly Thompson on In Real Life. J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of different comics, and then a bunch more. Michael Buntag on Doctors. Richard Bruton on Red Baron. Richard Clements on Tales From The Deep. David Holmes on Terms Of Service.

* finally, I thought that was Mat Brinkman. That's lovely.
 
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Happy 77th Birthday, Yoshiharu Tsuge!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Jeff Lester!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Ludovic Debeurme!

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October 30, 2014


Go, Look: Dylan McKeever

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Swann Foundation Names Its 2014-2015 Winners

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon has announced its fellowships for 2014-2015. The winners are:

image* Andrew Benjamin Bricker, postdoctoral fellow (English), McGill University. Swann Foundation description: "He will expand on part of his dissertation 'Producing and Litigating Satire, 1670-1792,' as he investigates a shift in satire in the second half of the 18th century, when changes in British libel laws made printed political and personal satire legally precarious. Bricker contends that, at mid-century, satire began to migrate from print to visual media, especially caricature and visual satire, and plans to study the wealth of examples held at the Library of Congress. These visual works were executed by key British satirical artists who offered personalized, nasty and popular critiques of their often well-known human targets."

* Paul Hirsch, instructor (History), University of California, Santa Barbara. Swann Foundation description: "Building on his dissertation 'Pulp Empire: Comic Books, Cartoons, and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1941-1955,' he will examine the dissemination of and impact made by millions of American comic books and cartoon booklets from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s. Hirsch contends that these popular publications, whether uncensored commercial ones or government-sanctioned, worked to define, for a global audience, what it meant to be American -- presenting American policymakers with both an opportunity and a challenge. The American government, he contends, met this challenge through a combination of repression and co-optation."

* Maureen Warren, doctoral candidate (Art History), Northwestern University. Swann Foundation description: "[Warren] analyzes works of art about domestic political disputes in the Northern Netherlands during the 17th century in her dissertation 'Politics, Punishment, and Prestige: Images of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and the States Party in the Dutch Republic, 1618-1672.' The artists creating such work used caricature and satire to mock politicians and religious leaders in Dutch and German news prints and illustrated broadsides. These include the Hauslab Album, a rare collection of prints that depicts European armed conflicts from 1566-1711. Study of the Hauslab imagery and Dutch prints in the Library's collections will contribute to Warren's goal of contextualizing later examples of Dutch political art."

As the Swann Foundation is administered by the Library Of Congress, the recipients will conduct research there at the appropriate divisions. The Foundation was established in 1967, and was followed by the donation by Erwin Swann's estate of a century-spanning collection of original drawings of satiric art. It is one of my favorite things that exists.
 
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Go, Look: Sarah Ferrick

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By Request Extra: RISE Anthology Headed Into Final Days

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For some reason I totally missed this crowd-funder for an anthology featuring anti-bullying comics. Bullying is an issue that has a lot of resonance for a number of creative folk, so I imagine there will be some good work in there. It looks like there's an outreach element here that also distinguishes the project. I hope you'll check it out. They're really close.
 
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