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September 5, 2015


FFF Results Post #429—On Their Feet

On Friday, CR readers were asked to, "Name Four Comics People Good On Their Feet, Presenting Or Speaking. Defend Your Weakest Choice In #5."

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David Allan Duncan

1. Sergio Aragonés
2. Scott McCloud
3. Jon Chad
4. Dan Piraro
5. I've only seen Piraro speak once. I am under the impression that the talk was very rehearsed and frequently given. Even so, it was enjoyable. I have seen the others unrehearsed several times.

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Jamie Coville

1. Neil Gaiman
2. Scott McCloud
3. Chris Butcher
4. Chip Zdarsky
5. Joe Jusko. A couple of years ago I was at a panel were Joe was supposed to a sketch duel but the other artist did not show up, and there was no moderator. Joe had no problem switching gears, getting crowd suggestions for a sketch and doing a really engaging open Q&A with the audience while sketching. He's very good on his feet and multitasking.

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Andrew Mansell

1. Kelly Sue DeConnick
2. Dustin Harbin
3. Craig Fischer
4. Steve Bissette
5. Dusty is so busy drawing he doesn't present as much as he should. He is a compelling and hilarious speaker.

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Oliver Ristau

1. Howard Chaykin
2. ATAK
3. Benjamin
4. Isabel Kreitz
5. Benjamin is my weakest choice. During an interview I did with him he appeared to be shy and introverted while the services of a translator were needed. But if you follow the captured demonstration of his artistic capabilities on drawing pad and paper you might come to the conclusion that this would be a great lecture about the importance of your sleight of hand, no matter whatever you will choose as your working tool.

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Jeff Smith
2. Brad Guigar
3. Tony Millionaire
4. Mark Waid
5. I've only seen Millionaire speak once and while he had some great anecdotes and seemed pretty engaging, he was also noticeably inebriated. Since he was drinking while on stage, he also got more intoxicated as things wore on.

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Marc Arsenault

1. Neil Gaiman
2. Jason Little
3. Jillian Tamaki
4. Frank Santoro
5. Little is sitting. He has that top-knot thing. He ums and ahs a bit. I love this presentation for the info and presentation. He is totally endearing.

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Buzz Dixon

1. Mark Evanier
2. Matt Frank
3. Stan Lee
4. Scott Shaw!
5. Stan -- If you can get him to actually talk about something, he can give you some really insightful commentary, but if you're not careful he'll slip into one of his large number of canned anecdotes and if you're really unlucky all you'll get will be variants of "Excelsior! Face front, true believers!"

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Philippe Leblanc

1. Becky Cloonan
2. Jillian Tamaki
3. Kelly Tindall
4. Michael Deforge
5. Although I've always appreciated Michael Deforge talking about comics when I've seen him present at TCAF, one can sense his reservations, or even a nervousness on talking about his own work in front of large group. However, I've always registered this as the marks of a talented but also very humble artist. Once you can understand that, his presentations can be quite remarkable.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Mike Peters
2. Dylan Horrocks
3. Art Spiegelman
4. Francoise Mouly
5. Horrocks is my weakest choice because it's been so long since I've seen him, and it could be he was just better than his peers back when I saw him in front of an audience. Still, I want it to be true, and I want people to anticipate the fun that will be a North American book tour starring Horrocks, so there it is.

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Michael Dooley

1. J. Stuart Blackton
2. Winsor McCay
3. Rube Goldberg
4. Robert Reich
5. Although Professor Reich is known as a political commentator, anyone whose “chalk talks” can make economic issues both comprehensible and engaging to someone as numbers-averse as me is an expert cartoonist-presenter in my book.

*****

thanks to all those that participated; every single person photographed is 10x better looking than I captured them, and I beg their forgiveness for using some old photos

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