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June 22, 2018


If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Somnambulance.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Ali Farzat!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Phil Elliott!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Eric Reynolds!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Kevin Fagan!

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Happy 81st Birthday, RC Harvey!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Armando Gil!

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June 21, 2018


Go, Look: Jon #1-2

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By Request Extra: MICE Fires Up Major Art Auction

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MICE launches its on-line art auctions today, and has assembled a heavy-hitting line-up of past guests and favorite. The pieces to be auctioned are:

* Emily Carroll: page from her groundbreaking short story, His Face All Red.
* James Kochalka: unpublished inked page featuring Johnny Boo.
* Hartley Lin: art for a single-page comic from Pope Hats.
* Deb Lucke, two-sided page from The Lunch Witch.
* Josh Neufeld: "splash page" from The Influencing Machine.
* Nate Powell: original drawing of John Lewis
* Raul the Third: page from the Spongebob comic.
* Katie Skelly: page from My Pretty Vampire.
* Sara Varon: page from Bake Sale.
* Drew Weing: page from Set to Sea.

I have my eye on two of those myself.

After swelling in size and numbers the last few years, how shows will find ways to pay for themselves should remain a hot topic for the next half-decade.
 
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Go, Read: Wallace The Brave Profiled

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this strip reminds me of Franklin Fibbs a bit in that its virtues extend far past the positives of most early strips, even as there's progress to be made in general
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the 2018 iteration of the Press Play Fair is accepting exhibitor applications from now until July 1.

* Short Run will accept applications through July 31, and there is a travel grant. That's a show I use as an excuse to hang around in Seattle for a few days and see friends, because that is still an amazing city, but I was really taken with the quality of that show floor. I could have spent $2000.

* looks like Heroes will go June 14-16 next year.

* here's a full-blown Matt Maxwell rant about the state of shows and festivals using science fiction cons as an entry point; here's the post that inspired it.

* finally: I heard great things about all three shows that happened last weekend including that Heroes Con had one of their best Saturdays ever. For their next trick I would like all three to find their own weekends for next year; Heroes has already picked theirs, but they could get to choose first being the granddaddy.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2018

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June 22
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 23
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 24
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 26
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

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July 1
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

July 7
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 12
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 13
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 14
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (NVS Panel At CCI)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)

July 28
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

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Events For August 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Algeria Is Beautiful Like America.

* Here's a bunch of Rob Rogers firing links. I can't believe people think like this. I guess they do. Bill Clinton was a liar and I'm sure President Obama was, but a failed promise isn't a lie and there can be multiple liars. Really. It's its own thing. If we can't even parse the language the same way it gives me very little hope that arguing will ever solve anything. Of course, we have 20 years of the Internet now to know that as truth. Here's a fairly rational letter from a reader of the Times. There are no rules, really, but a vision for an editorial cartoonist that allows for a dissent is healthier for everyone. I say that as someone who rarely agrees with newspaper cartoonists, and worked on a newspaper staff with a heavy conservative slant. I don't know how making editorial cartoons collaborations or suggesting that a cartoonist's output is the same as the pieces written by an editorial board squares with anything short of a deranged history as to how newspapers best work. I'm glad to see the idea it was a single cartoon responsible debunked. This is much scarier. It's nice to see it projected on buildings, but this was a repudiation of an entire political point of view and of a way of doing cartoons that people have accepted for more than half a century. There wasn't a straw that broke this camel's back; that animal was skinned.

* finally: god save us all from entitled rich kids that can't function as human beings. Screw typing out his name. All love and support to the survivors.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Darryl Cagle!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Berke Breathed!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Steve Niles!

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June 20, 2018


Go, Look: Phileas Reid

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Go, Look: Rob Rogers Has A Patreon Now

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Editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers lost his job when his right-wing employers couldn't stand how many cartoons he chose to do that were disparaging of the President. His comics were turned down and both he and his work were mischaracterized by Trump supporters as overly harsh or angry. I hope that he makes as much of his previous living as possible, and you could do worse as a matter of modern free speech to support Mr. Rogers.
 
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OTBP: Meatworm

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Missed It: 2018 Finger Awards To Writers Joye Hummel Murchison Kelly And Dorothy Roubicek Woolfolk

The Bill Finger Award organizers have named their recipients for 2018: Joye Hummel Murchison Kelly and Dorothy Roubicek Woolfolk, addressing gender imbalance in the history of comics writing and also within the awards program itself.

Kelly is this year's living recipient, having worked on a number of stories for publication featuring the Wonder Woman characters, under the byline "Charles Moulton." Her period working on these stories was the peak American comics landscape that lasted from 1944-1947. Much of her work that has recently be reprinted in the wake of the character's successful adaptation to film. She will accept her award in person.

Woolfolk was a writer and editor at All-American Publications, a company eventually absorbed by DC Comics. She also worked for Martin Goodman's line of comics and for EC. In the 1970s Woolfolk edited a number of books for DC Comics. She wrote scripts throughout. The Finger Awards PR has Woolfolk responsible for adding Kryptonite to the Superman narratives, a story in itself. Woolfolk passed away in 2000, and her award will be accepted by her daughter.

The Bill Finger Award was created in 2005 from a proposal made by the late writer, artist and creator advocate Jerry Robinson. It is named for William Finger (1914-1974), a co-creator of the mythos-defining early Batman comics and a few dozen others during a long career at DC Comics. The selection committee is Charles Kochman, Kurt Busiek, Jim Amash, Scott Shaw! and Marv Wolfman. The major sponsor for 2018 is DC Comics. The awards will be presented on July 20 during the Eisner Awards ceremony at Comic-Con International. Past winners include Steve Gerber, Don Rosa, Don McGregor, Bob Haney and Otto Binder.
 
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