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August 16, 2017


Go, Read: Asher Elbein On Letterers And Colorists

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Yogi Bear Sundays

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2017

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August 18
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)

August 19
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)

August 20
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

August 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

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September 1
* If I Were In Atlanta, I Would Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (San Francisco Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)

September 2
* If I Were In Atlanta, I Would Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (San Francisco Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)

September 3
* If I Were In Atlanta, I Would Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (San Francisco Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I Would Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 8
* If I Were In Nashville, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Nashville, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

September 10
* If I Were In Nashville, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

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)

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)

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

September 21
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

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

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)

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)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

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

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Events For October 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Tide Of Terror

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there's a nice discussion here between Nick Hanover and Kim O'Connor about the state/nature/reality of present-day criticism written about comics. It links to a more wide-ranging discussion. I always find some insight in discussions like this. I don't have very well-developed critical chops and most of the writing about comics I do is my personal reaction to something I've encountered. I do think of criticism as more useful/not useful than good/bad, but that comes out of my own consumerist impulses.

image* another week, another significant cross-media deal for a comics creator and their ability to bring a company's worth of projects along with them. For me, it's the solidification of where many creators might want to find themselves some day, with a side order that these deals might be easier to make with creator-driven company rather than publishing houses or media companies run by non-creatives.

* not comics: a statement or two by Judd Apatow about the difficulties the American conservative point of view has as a departure point for great art. I see a lot of entertainment out there as essentially conservative with liberal flourish, but it's an interesting idea to consider.

* finally, Drew Friedman celebrates the Kirby Centennial with a limited-edition print.

apologies for the Kirkman photo from the pleistocene epoch; it's the only one I have!
 
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Hal Foster Was Born 125 Years Ago Today

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Otto Messmer Was Born 125 Years Ago Today

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August 15, 2017


Go, Listen: Sammy Harkham On Process Party

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Go, Look: Joseph Lambert One-Pager

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* here's a short "it's coming" preview for the first volume of Nila Magruder's MFK.

* Entertainment Weekly was selected to host the cover-driven announcement of First Second's Spring 2018 season. It's as massive as the seasons this year have been, so I guess that's the new normal. Here are the books:
+ Animus, Antoine Revoy
+ Chasma Knights, Kate Reed Petty and Boya Sun
+ One Day a Dot, Ian Lendler and Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
+ Be Prepared, Vera Brosgol
+ Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom, Gigi D.G.
+ Science Comics: Rockets, Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd
+ Quirk's Quest: The Lost and the Found, Robert Christie and Deborah Lang
+ All Summer Long, Hope Larson
+ Pop by Jason Carter Eaton, Matt Rockefeller
+ Cottons: The Secret of the Wind, Jim Pascoe and Heidi Arnhold
+ Spill Zone: The Broken Vow, Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
+ The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
+ The Adventure Zone: Here Be Gerblins -- Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch
+ Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules, Tony Cliff
+ Idle Days, Thomas D. Brousseau and Simon LeClerc
+ Science Comics: Trees, Andy Hirsch
There's not a lot there for me, but that's a complaint that's like six years old now. If I had had a child instead of complaining, they'd have a bunch of First Second books to read, for sure. It's not so bad. Me, I'll read anything Tony Cliff, Vera Brosgol and Hope Larson do, and a few more here are interesting visually, but I'm not sure where my entry point is overall. There probably isn't one.

* finally, Noah Van Sciver shows off a potential cover or two. Ed Piskor shows off his X-Men book cover. Those should all be fun projects.
 
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Go, Look: Fantastic Comics #1

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Go, Look: Recent BD For The Beach

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Heidi MacDonald (I think) talks to Jon Morris.

* I like to imagine this is three normally-dressed people buying stuff from the cartoonist Keren Katz and the photo just shows us what Keren is seeing.

* that was a long and ugly weekend in domestic politics, with many moments lurching into national disgrace territory. Here was the most brutal exchange between cartoonists. Here is the thread I was sent the most times with a comics-maker involved. Hopefully I remember to come back here and more directly link to the cross-section of mainstream editorial cartoonists on the matter. Okay, I remembered, but there's almost nothing there. Here's Ben Passmore from earlier this year on the movement to rid the South of its confederate statuary. I've been following that story for a while.

* finally, Jason draws Allen Ginsberg.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday Paul Gulacy!

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August 14, 2017


Go, Look: Sofia Niazi

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Go, Read: WSJ On Thoroughness Of Difficulties Facing Editorial Cartoonists In Turkey

imageIt's behind a paywall, but if you have a chance to get at this Wall Street Journal article on the collapse of satire and cartoon commentary in Turkey over the last 24 months, take it.

The authors go beyond the direct harassment of cartoonists and journalists by the present Turkish regime to bring in a couple of other elements to the table. Most surprisingly, they flat-out blame those who copy the works and distribute them for free as depleting resources from publications that could have used -- and could continue to use -- that money to fight legal sanctions. That's not an argument I've heard before.
 
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Go, Look: Wai Wai Pang

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Festivals Extra: Melody Reed Joins Cartoon Crossroads Columbus As Operations Manager

Here's a bit of news from the show with which I'm involved. Melody Reed has joined the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Festival as its operations manager. She's been working with for a short time, but I like her very much and I've already grown to depend on her skill set. Here's the formal release:
Reed Joins CXC as Operations Manager
Melody Reed has been selected as the operations manager of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus as of August 1, 2017. In this position she is responsible for all of CXC's business operations and she will be the show runner for the annual fall CXC expo.

imageReed brings extensive administrative experience, most recently as office manager and volunteer coordinator with Actors' Theatre of Columbus in addition to additional administrative work at Crossroads United Methodist Church. A Columbus native and graduate of Otterbein University, she is also a certified tourism ambassador.

"We've only known Melody a short time, but already she is a perfect fit," said cartoonist Jeff Smith, President and Artistic Director of CXC, "I am pleased to welcome Ms. Reed to the festival, and look forward to working with her."

For inquires about the CXC Festival, contact Melody Reed:
This year's CXC, featuring a wide array of guests and programming in over a half-dozen venues around the great city of Columbus, begins on September 28 and runs through October 1. A special opening event with the great Laura Park interviewed by OSU's Jared Gardner at the Columbus Museum Of Art (where Park will have an exhibit up) is to be held at 2 PM on September 24.

I hope to see you there, and I feel better knowing Melody will be there, too!
 
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Go, Look: RM Rhodes On Philippe Druillet

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"Self-Published Pepe The Frog Book" Article Misses Point

This article about a conservative-leaning kids book being published using Matt Furie's "Pepe" character, whom you may recall was hijacked for use by a range of right-wingers from dull, unimaginative conservatives all the way out to flat-out weird Nazi people, spends a lot of time as to which conception of the character the author and school administrator (!) was somehow endorsing.

Another angle to explore might have been that the character is someone else's, and this guy is a fucking ding-dong for thinking his use of someone else's character in this straight-forward way is ethically or morally okay as long as he thinks of Bill Buckley instead of Adolf Eichmann.

I might understand people reading the article missing the point because they're boiling with rage as the piece ends with the book author's suggestion of possible victim-hood. The abdication of any values beyond profit and dullest tribalism makes basic intellectual rigor a near-impossible goal. God help us all.
 
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Go, Look: Mariery Young

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the current 2dcloud crowd-funder should be high on your list of check-it-out priorities.

* past its first ask, this request for support regarding an international creators workshop now might become more interesting for its non-funding aspects.

* the Kevin Eastman and Friends campaign looks like it's well within closing distance of its first ask, with a lot of time left to spare. You never know, but this one looks quite certain.

* this effort featuring a ton of great writers looks like it will work out in the end: that first publication was extremely well-received.

* finally, I'm sure the Dorians could use some attention to their support-through-medical-procedures crowd-funder.
 
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If I Were Near West Tisbury, I'd Go To This

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Go, Read: Sally Ingraham On Strange Growths #14 (1998)

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* here's yet another big-picture article about an iconic company in a related medium dealing with issues of profit loss by technology. Draw your lessons accordingly.

* the good thing about a list of top comics shops like this one is that very few of them are on the standard comics-culture lists for this type. It's nice that there are some apparently well-funded, healthy-looking stores out there. The bad thing is that most of them look oriented away from comics-readers and aimed at superhero-culture fans. How many toys are on hand is a weird measure of a specialty bookstore. I love junk, too, but I'm going to stick with the idea that the best comics shop is the shop that's best at comics. All of them.

* finally: Derf's Craftint Collection.
 
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