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September 2, 2014


Go, Look: Christopher Green

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By Request Extra: Drew Weing Joins Ranks Of Webcomics Cartoonists Seeking Support Via Patreon Site

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I urge you to check out the Patreon for the cartoonist Drew Weing, part of the early 2000s generation of webcomics makers that were noteworthy for their professional-level chops (this was probably more of an issue with those of us used to print) and their interest in working with some of the format opportunities available to them. The Creepy Casefiles Of Margo Maloo is about as traditional as comics gets, at least thus far, but Weing's cartooning is always interesting and I've enjoyed reading this one.

I'll stay away from saying that this option may serve as a market correction for cartoonists like Weing -- I don't know enough about his situation to know what's going on -- but it's certainly the one he's endorsed and I'd love to see him make a go of it.
 
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Someone Put A Ton Of Don Kenn Images Into One Of Those List-Type Things Highly-Trafficked Sites Use

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Collective Memory: Stan Goldberg, 1932-2014

Commentary and reaction around the Internet to the passing of artist Stan Goldberg.

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imageInstitutional
* Comic Book DB Page
* Lambiek Entry
* Site
* Wikipedia Entry

Miscellaneous
* Article From Win Of Gold Key Award, 2012
* Interview With Adelaide Books And Comics
* Interview With CBR In 2012
* Listing For Goldberg's Collection At Billy Ireland
* NY Times Article About Sentencing Of Daughter's Murderer
* PR From 2012 Project
* Profile At Dan's Paper
* Profile At RC Harvey's Site, 2011
* Stan Goldberg Search At GCD

Posted In Memory
* Bleeding Cool
* CBR
* Mark Evanier
* Marvel.com
* Newsday
* The Beat

Twitter
* Jim Salicrup
* OSU Cartoon Library
* Ruben Bolling

Work By Goldberg
* Groupie-Doo

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Go, Look: Stuck

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Go, Look: MariNaomi Launches Cartoonists Of Color Database

It's here. I don't remember one of this kind of list with this size and breadth, and I can't find anything at all similar on-line right now. I hope you'll check it out, particularly if you can help add information for your own entry.
 
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Go, Look: Adam Lynn

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Go, Read: Gene Luen Yang At The National Book Festival

He spoke on diversity in comics and in publishing more widely. It's a good speech, and Yang is one of comics' most appealing spokespeople.
 
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Go, Look: Holidays With Kids

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2014

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near A Computer, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comicon)

September 6
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Paper Jam Small Press Festival 2)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comicon)

September 7
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comicon)

September 8
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 11
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In College Park, I'd Go To This

September 13
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 14
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harvard, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 16
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)

September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Projects III)

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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Ongoing
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: Forever People Splash Images Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* it's been a rough month for geek culture, but there is still hope in the world.

image* Andrew Yates talks to Malachi Ward. Mike Dawson talks to Caitlin McGurk and Jim Rugg. Mike Rhode talks to Brian Biggs. Katie Levine talks to Grant Morrison.

* about once a week an older thing on the Internet will gain enough traction that its link ends up in my bookmarks -- then I remember the article, or notice the date. That's the case with this letter from Bill Watterson giving advice to an aspiring creator, which I'm sure this site featured when it originally rolled out. Another one was the Kirby Alphabet that Roger Langridge did, revived on the late Jack Kirby's recent birthday.

* the all too infrequent writer about comics Robert Boyd does a lot of readers the massive favor of walking through the second Forming book from Jesse Moynihan and breaking down the characters.

image* Guy Thomas on Photobooth: A Biography. Tom Murphy on New Physics. Jordyn Marcellus on Shoplifter. Samax Amen on Savage Dragon.

* not comics: a bunch of folks have recommended this Devin Faraci article to me about the basis for much of the misogyny in evidence in gaming culture right now. It's not apologetic but it is sympathetic, and because of that probably runs a bit counter to the kind of argumentation we usually see these days, which is designed to win the moment and win it as thoroughly as possible. It's hard not to see the positions being taken by a lot of these young men as the latest permutation of a kind of self-pity that stretches across generations of nerds laced with an element of extreme entitlement that is used to specifically characterize under-30s to such an extent I don't even want to bring it up it's that big of a cliché. I'm not saying that's wholly accurate, because of course it isn't, but I'd think about explaining it to my Mom that way were she to ask.

* missed this: a brief history of sexualized images of men in superhero comic books. And no, it's not "all the time."

* finally, Jeff Smith is all wet.
 
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Happy 32nd Birthday, Colleen Frakes!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Eric Knisley!

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September 1, 2014


Stan Goldberg, RIP

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Festival Extra: Portland, Oregon's Projects 3 Makes Official 2014 Announcement For September 27

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Appropriate tumblr post here. Facebook page here. Past shows were distinguished by their attempt to do a show without a flea market/commerce aspect; this edition looks like it will combine elements of past shows with elements of a more traditional model in a one day final festival. Looks like. I could be wrong.

The initial round of guests includes Leif Goldberg and Connor Willumsen, two comics-makers I enjoy very much.

 
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Go, Look: A Gallery Of Art Young Work From The Masses

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a labor day tradition
 
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Go, Read: The Summer Of No-Fun At The CBLDF

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has assembled a bunch of different cases in which they're involved and/or (it might just be and) closely watching in terms of ramifications for free speech and comics. You can read about them here. I'll hope you consider joining at one of the busy slate of Fall conventions that will fire up beginning next weekend.
 
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Go, Look: Fears Of A Go-Go Girl Can Come True

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Assembled Extra: Gabrielle Bell Finishes Her July Diary

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Here. Not that selling her original art on eBay was a success in that eight pages went for a maximum $1000, but brought with it the hitch of a $1000 ceiling. It looks like she still has some changes available. I thought that was a good run, and I look forward to that set of strips every year.
 
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Go, Look: A Happy Death/Boys Better Cry

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Maybe Check In With Your Favorite Shop, Publisher, Cartoonist In Terms Of Holiday Weekend Sales

A number of retailers, publishers and individual cartoonists are having some sort of sale or discount tied into the holiday weekend ending at midnight tonight. You might want to check around if your favorites/locals are doing something along those lines. Here's a nice sale from Fantagraphics on certain titles. They and comiXology are also offering Joe Daly's comics at a discount; I think those are a lot of fun, particularly Dungeon Quest. I'm sure there are other sales that don't involve former employers of mine. Like here's one from Austin Books & Comics.

I would not complain in the slightest if Labor Day became known in comics as a weekend driven by holiday sales, particularly in comics stores. That seems like a good place in the calendar to do that kind of thing.
 
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Go, Look: The Light In The Distance

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* here's a thank you from Jillian Kirby on behalf of the Kirby Family to those that gave money and time/effort that could be converted to money to/for the Hero Initiative on the occasion of what would have been Jack Kirby's 97th birthday. Speaking of which, I barely mentioned this on here and should have provided more coverage, but I thought it was admirable of Nix Comix to divert any money received during August to the Kirby-related charities.

* Seth Kushner's campaign is at about the halfway point in terms of the money they've been shooting for. Kushner is a photographer and comics-maker well-liked in the NYC comics community. Please consider giving.

* a film about Chris Knox is in the midst of raising the same $50K figure.

* some already-successful crowd-funders still live that we've covered in past columns: Nate McDonough, Joe Sinnott.

* this crowd-funder for two books in the AJALA series looks like it could use some help going into its final hours.

* as far as I know, you can still give to Dan Vado and SLG.

* finally, remember that Gabrielle Bell is selling her July Diary comics through eBay this year. Her originals are really nice-looking, and in many cases are self-contained in terms of the narrative.
 
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If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

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