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August 30, 2018

The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events


By Tom Spurgeon

* the great John Porcellino wrote a standard blog-sized report about his 2018 Autoptic weekend, a rare thing to see written these days. I think people are somewhat cooling off on shows generally right now, at least relative to 2012-2013.

* speaking of John P, this 2016 photo of him is noteworthy not just because of John's company but because the creator of one of the five greatest t-shirts of all time is wearing one of the other five: the Dekalb winged corn cob shirt. I know, I know, these are things that only interest me.

* someone on Facebook -- thinking about it this second as I type this that had to have been Batton or Jackie -- noted that they're pulling the trigger to turn the Horton Plaza area into tech offices. There was a time in San Diego culture that Horton Plaza was a real boon in terms of extra, somewhat cheaper restaurants at which to pick up a meal and a bunch of different places to shop. I used to buy shoes there and get my film developed -- what seems like 100 years ago because anything with film being developed or purchased kind of is. That place had apparently gotten rougher and rougher in the 2010s, and more of the comics crowd than ever is focused on the hotels right up by the convention instead of the Westin/Westgate/US Grant/Bristol row; RIP another place I used to do things.

* I got this note from The Queers & Comics Conference, and was asked to pass it around:
Submissions for Complete Panels, Panelists, and Workshops are being accepted until September 30th, 2018. Queers & Comics Conference, MAY 17 & 18, 2019, School of Visual Arts, NYC


The Queers & Comics Conference was created to celebrate, explore, document, and analyze LGBTQ cartoonists and their work. The biennial conference alternates between New York City and San Francisco, California.
I would like to attend one of those.

* finally: goodbye, I'm off to this.

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