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September 19, 2017


Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* RC Harvey on the true history of Eustace Tilley.

* um... good?

* Graeme McMillan profiles Ed Piskor and his forthcoming lengthy comic book of X-Men history.

* Matt Seneca on PayWall.

* John Siuntres talks to Shelly Bond. Some nice person whose name I can't find talks to Matt Wagner.

* finally, here's Michael Dean's obituary of Len Wein.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Cynthia Martin!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Chris Wright!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Sarah Oleksyk!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Garry Leach!

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September 18, 2017


Go, Look: The Traditional Chris Pitzer SPX Photo Array

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* this video -- I think it plays right away -- was sent to me by some folks that want to turn their screenplay into a graphic novel in order to perhaps goose its chances to see it made as a film. This is so specific to comics and how people see them. I don't even know if it works. I'm sure everyone involved is nice and well-meaning, though, and every bit of art starts somewhere.

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2017

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September 16
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Besancon, I'd Go To This (Livre Dans La Boucle)

September 17
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Besancon, I'd Go To This (Livre Dans La Boucle)

September 18
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 21
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 22
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 23
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 24
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 25
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 26
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 27
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (TCZF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

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October 1
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 2
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 3
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 4
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 5
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 12
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 14
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)
* If I Were Near Nottingham, I'd Go To This (Nottingham Comic Con)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 20
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

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Events For November 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 40th Birthday, Robin Brenner!

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Happy 49th Birthday, John Porcellino!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Gary Groth!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Chris Radtke!

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Happy 68th Birthday, William Stout!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Brian Ralph!

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Andy Oliver on The One Hundred Nights Of Hero. Elke Schulze writes about Father And Son. I greatly enjoyed that book.

* Michael A. Bruce-Rivera profiles an exhibition featuring a hub of Arab cartooning: Cairo.

* Gil Roth talks to Mimi Pond.

* "No More Nazis."

* was Sonny Liew returning a grant a story? It should have been. That sounds greatly admirable, from a generally admirable figure.

* finally: let the X-Men rehabilitation begin!
 
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September 17, 2017


Koyama Press Announces Spring 2018 Line-Up

imageAnne Koyama and Ed Kanerva of Koyama Press announced the publishing house's Spring 2018 season in the midst or SPX 2018. This will be Koyama's first season since its 10th-year anniversary celebration.

Focusing on six books, a mixture of Koyama regulars and new artists, this is the publisher's biggest seasons in terms of overall page count.

Included are a first longer work from the very funny Jessica Campbell (XTC69), the latest short-story collection from Michael DeForge (A Western World and a giant retrospective featuring the work of long-time, much-loved illustrator and cartoonist Fiona Smyth (Somnambulance).

Details, solicitation copy and cover images for each book below.

You can read a full report from the publisher here.

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* Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters, A. Degen, softcover, 392 pages, 9781927668535, May, $29.95.

The Mindhunters release prisoners from the shackles of others' dreams.

The servants confined to the virtual mind palaces of despotic dreamers have found their furies in the form of the Mindhunters: masked vigilantes who burgle brainpower. Pop and ancient culture collide in searing colour in this melange of Astro Boy and Attic tragedy.

A. Degen was born in Brooklyn, NY. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works in Connecticut. He made his Koyama Press debut with Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater (2015), and he's appeared in various anthologies including The Best American Comics edited by Jonathan Lethem.

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* Somnambulance, Fiona Smyth, softcover, 368 pages, 9781927668542, May 2018, $29.95.

Collecting a career in comics from 1983-2017 by a joyous, feminist contemporary of Julie Doucet, Seth and Chester Brown.

A comics collection by Canadian cartoonist, painter, and illustrator Fiona Smyth. Over thirty years of comics that feature Fiona's world of sexy ladies, precocious girls, and vindictive goddesses is revealed in all its feminist glory. This is recommended reading for sleepwalkers on a female planet.

Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids' series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press.

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* XTC69, Jessica Campbell, softcover, 120 pages, 9781927668573, May 2018, $12.

Explorers from an all-women planet have found men to breed with, but have they found studs or duds?

Commander Jessica Campbell of the planet L8DZ N1T3 and her crew are searching for men to breed with when they discover the last human on Earth, the cryogenically frozen Jessica Campbell. With a new, but familiar crewmember, the search for men continues, but will it be worth it?

Jessica Campbell is from Victoria, BC and is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is a comics instructor. In 2016, she unleashed the art world and chauvinist skewering: Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists.

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* A Western World, Michael DeForge, softcover, 152 pages, 9781927668481, May 2018, $22.95.

Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

Short, succinct and, more often than not, strange stories have always been a central part of the Michael DeForge's oeuvre. In a career that's volume outweighs its years, DeForge's most powerful work has often been his most pithy.

Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.

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* Winter's Cosmos, Michael Comeau, softcover, 304 pages, 9781927668559, May 2018, $20.

Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space.

Michael Comeau works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012.

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* The Ideal Copy, Ben Sears, softcover, 88 pages, 9781927668566, May 2018, $12.

The fix is in as the Double+ gang try to counter crooked counterfeiters from the inside!

Plus Man and Hank have been blacklisted and have replaced treasure hunting with job-hunting, before landing a catering job at a swank hotel. But trouble doesn't wait for hors d'oeuvres as the boys find themselves with a main course of counterfeiting crooks to crack!

Ben Sears is a Louisville, KY based cartoonist, illustrator and musician. His Double+ character has appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and in the all-ages adventure comics Night Air and Volcano Trash where he has been perpetually in over his head

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

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

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

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Happy 35th Birthday, Hope Larson!

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