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October 20, 2014


Go, Look: Steve McNiven Images Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I haven't been paying a bunch of attention to Inktober, the latest "let's all draw something" stunt in which many artists are participiating on-line, but I have enjoyed some of the little drawings I've seen as a result, like this Colossus by Mike Dawson.

* not comics: Iggy Pop apparently doesn't make enough money from music on which to live, and he blames in part the ability to access his work for free against his wishes that it be free. A good friend of mine insists it's a lot easier to conceive of what's going on here if you eliminate the idea of free from the discussion and realize that consumers now feel that in several ways that count they're already paying you with the time they spend consuming your work.

* Lauren Davis on In Real Life.

* ComicsAlliance has one of those funny Chris Haley comics up, this time on the Death Of Wolverine. At least I think Haley has done more than one of those comics.

* Chris Butcher posts a report on his trip to the Lakes Festival in 2013 just in advance of the 2014 version, now completed. The physical infrastructure of it looks amazing.

* not comics: Abhay Khosla reviews Birdman.

* finally, the hidden language of comic book writers.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Len Kaminsky!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Matthew Loux!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Ryan North!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Mike Baehr!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Jim Engel!

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Happy 38th Birthday, John Allison!

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October 19, 2014


Congratulations To Gary Groth On Winning The 2014 Stranger Genius Award In Literature

imageI saw this on some private Facebook postings, but here's the tweet from someone that was at last night's ceremony. Here's Paul Constant's profile of Groth when Groth was nominated for the prize, given out in yearly fashion by the major alt-weekly to people working in that region in various forms of expression.

This seems important to me for a couple of reasons. One is that I think this is the first career-spanning award Groth has been a part of, and if there's justice he should be a part of a bunch over the next several years. The world of adult, literate expression in comics owes much of crucial significance to that 14-year-old lining up the column spacing on his fanzines in his bedroom, night after night, and the man that teenager became. The other is that Fantagraphics has had a curious relationship to Seattle over its quarter-century there, and it's always nice to see that city recognize the cultural impact that this long-standing business has had both there in town and throughout the world.

I've long suspected Gary Groth was a genius in part because I'm 3-269 in two decades of arguments with him. So this makes me feel better. Seriously, though, thousands of lives would be different without his unique achievements, including my own. Congratulations to him on this nice honor.
 
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If I Were In England, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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Happy 67th Birthday, Giorgio Cavazzano!

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October 18, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Jim Woodring Speaking In Seattle


The Reubens


Ali Farzat Interviewed About Being Attacked


Marjane Satrapi Profiled On Sundance TV


Cartoonists Live In Herne Bay


Her NYCC 2014 Experience
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from October 11 to October 17, 2014:

1. Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? makes the National Book Awards shortlist for non-fiction, the first comics work to do so.

2. NYCC concludes its 2014 with a strong claim for the most-attended show in North America, so much so it's weird that it still gets qualified as a claim. As far as I know, it's the most-attended show now.

3. Last Gasp concludes a successful book-season fundraiser.

Winner Of The Week
Chast

Losers Of The Week
Not sure, but there's probably a number attached to them here.

Quote Of The Week
"So why do we hate this book? Every time I hear about how important the Fantastic Four are, it’s always lip service in articles about how the team will be destroyed or the book is getting canned. The two major arcs I can think of off the top of my have all revolved around death: Jonathan Hickman brought the book into the spotlight by killing off Johnny Storm, and Matt Fraction upped the ante and threatened the whole team with cosmic radiation poisoning. Robinson is now systematically destroying the family unit, along with its credibility. Fantastic Four #5 was difficult to read, as Reed and Sue were taken to court, losing their home and their children due to endangerment. We all know being a superhero is dangerous, but to take matters into the “real world” and penalize Marvel’s First Family for being fantastic is just sad. Maybe preparing to cancel the book is a small mercy." -- Carla Hoffman
 
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If I Were In England, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 45th Birthday, Sam Henderson!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Larry Pickering!

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October 17, 2014


Go, Look: This Water Will Be White

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Not Comics: Bizarre, Perhaps Fictional Ukrainian Cartooning Story Involves Lurid Photos, Martial Law

It's here, and the reason it's "not comics" is that it involves a cartoon rather than comics.

It actually sounds like a not-real story to me, which is a possibility raised. That might actually be more terrifying in the long-term than if the story as written is true right down to the ugly parts. It used to be the comics depended on scholars like John Lent to tells us about cartoonists in far-away countries, with the hope they wouldn't make something up. Now people making stuff up seems to be a part of the news.
 
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Go, Look: Tiina Lehikoinen

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Go, Read: Call For Papers On "The Comics World"

imageI am not up on academic jargon to the point I had to go look at what a "CFP" was: call for papers. In this case, it's apparently a call for chapters to a book about comics as a series of social spaces, which seems a fun idea and worth exploring in an academic sense. I hope you'll consider participating if this is the kind of thing you do.

The other thing that hits me is the use of my decade-plus acquaintance Dr. Bart Beaty in the introduction as a major figure in the world of figuring things like this out, which of course he is.
 
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