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September 18, 2014


Go, Look: No Tip

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This Feature Article Solves The Greatest Mystery Of Our Time

How did Dan Piraro end up hosting that television show?

I don't mean the headline in anything approaching a bad way, but I know a lot of people who were super-curious about it. It was a recurring subject at SPX, normally a hostile ground for FOX TV shows and older cartoonist day gigs.

 
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Go, Look: Thumbs Up Club

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Venezualan Cartoonist Fired After Healthcare Cartoon

The firing of Rayma Suprani over a cartoon showing the signature of Hugo Chavez moving into a flatline is explained in reasonable, clear fashion here. What's remarkable is to note the number of cultural factors in play in what seems like a fairly direct act. The idea that people be fired for opinion work is always a bit troubling barring a completely deranged evacuation of ethics and good sense.
 
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Go, Look: Ruta Daubure

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This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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JUL141359 CHARLES BURNS SUGAR SKULL GN $23.00
This isn't a week stuffed with remarkable comics, so you can spend some time with the last volume of Charles Burns' recent trilogy just as the artist sits on the cusp of the friendly reconsideration that will no doubt be a big part of the Fall. I think that work is gorgeous.

imageJUL140190 MULTIVERSITY THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 $4.99
JUL140191 MULTIVERSITY THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 BLACK & WHITE VA $4.99
APR140594 SATELLITE SAM #10 (MR) $3.50
JUL140584 TREES #5 (MR) $2.99
JUL140590 WICKED & DIVINE #4 (MR) $3.50
This would probably be a week where I'd pick up one or two of this Grant Morrison-written series in the overlapping "Multiversity" epic. I don't feel any real excitement for those comics from people not me and I'm not the audience, but Morrison is a superior comics-maker in general and so are many of his collaborators. Nice to see Satellite Sam hit double-digits, which would seem to indicate continued interest in the milieu from creators Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin. Finally, I've enjoyed the first few issues I've read of both Trees and The Wicked And Divine, although it's still too early for a summary appraisal of either.

MAY140778 ORIGINAL SIN #5.5 $3.99
I'm sure I'd have no problem following these kinds of specifics if I were still immersed in the world of superheroes, but I have to wonder what a half-issue of a comic that far along in its progression even means.

JUN141355 ASTERIX OMNIBUS SC VOL 08 $19.95
At one point I'll want a lot more of this work than I have, so a slower day -- at least for me -- at the comic shop would be a likely time for me to check out what's available. I'm not sure I'd ever want to read an English translation given the verbal gymnastics in play.

JUL141390 DURHAM RED BITCH GN $17.99
I'm just pleased with my old self that I remembered who Durham Red is when my scanning the list brought me to this entry.

JUN141320 MEKA HC $19.99
This is part of an effort to re-purpose the JD Morvan/Bengal efforts for American audiences; I have no idea as to its particulars.

MAY141604 MICHAEL MOORCOCK ELRIC HC VOL 01 RUBY THRONE $12.99
I will always look at an Elric comic just as I will always look at a Tarzan comic. This particular work is described here as coming from creators with whom I have a much less impressive track record than I do with the albino king himself, but it apparently has Moorcock's full support. I think the character well suited to comics.

JUL141397 ONLY SKIN GN NEW PTG (MR) $21.95
There are always reprints, such as this Sean Ford effort. I suspect Ford may be a lifer. Congrats to him on working his way through a first print.

MAY140057 RED MOON HC $24.99
Finally, this is Eduardo Risso art, so I want it.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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Go, Look: Matthew Houston

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Collective Memory: SPX 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Small Press Expo, held September 13-14 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel And Convention Center in the general vicinity of Bethesda, Maryland.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Convention Tumblr
* Physical Location
* Host City

Audio
* Gil Roth

Blog Entries
* akribi
* Are You There, Youth? It's Me, Nikki
* Avi Roberts

* Curls Studio

* Derf

* Evan Dahm

* Fleen

* Graphic Novel Universe

* Inkmaggot

* karaokefanboy

* Matt Kish
* Michael Muller
* Mickey Z

* Panel Patter
* Pat Aulisio
* Pigeon Press
* Purple Ruby Red

* Rob Clough
* Robot 6 (Index)

* Sequential State

* The Beat (Index)
* The Hotel Fred

* unpleasant

Facebook
* SPX Facebook Page

Miscellaneous
* Michael DeForge wearing a Katie Skelly-designed t-shirt
* SPX Spotlight Series At Panel Patter

News Stories and Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Comicosity
* Newsarama 01
* Newsarama 02
* Newsarama 03
* Newsarama 04
* PW
* Washington Post 01
* Washington Post 02
* Washington Post 03

Photos
* AdHouse
* Alternative Comics
* Anne Ishii
* PW

Twitter
* SPX account

* AdHouse

Video
* The Beat (Simon Hanselmann Wedding To Comics)

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Go, Look: Ian Laser Higginbotham

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* a lot of small press folks are still coming down from last weekend's SPX, which along with Comic-Con International is the original "peak experience" con; something on the calendar openly anticipated all year and then enjoyed like a piece of chocolate cake. Next year's 21st Century focus should make this even more of a thing.

* there are a ton of interesting shows this weekend. Los Angeles hosts a Christian-themed pop culture and comics convention; I don't even know what Christian culture looks like in a pluralistic America. The second of the Cincinnati shows goes off. Independents Day is a local/regional arts fair with a comics participation element taking place in Columbus. The Brooklyn Book Festival is a significant player in that particular rubric already. In Portland there's Rose City. I'm sure I'm forgetting some.

* finally, the comics festival in Bogota kicks off today and runs through Sunday. That was a show widely discussed at SPX, and it looks like a good one.
 
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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2014

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September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Alpha Omega Con)

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Projects III)
* If I Were In Santa Fe, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

September 30
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: Animal Comics #5

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on The Heroic Legend Of Arslan, Vol. 1. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #34. Johanna Draper Carlson on Sherlock Bones Vol. 7. Richard Bruton on Why Did You Turn? Joe Gordon on Y The Last Man. Kelly Thompson on Lazarus #11. John Kane on a bunch of different comic books. Ng Suat Tong on Truth: Red, White And Black. Sean Gaffney on Ranma 1/2 Vols. 7-8, Hayate The Combat Butler Vol. 24 and Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 4.

* not all the way sure why I bookmarked this image, but I like it. That's probably enough.

* here's a piece on mainstream companies re-imagining white characters as black ones; I like the term "microwave solution."

* Susan Dunne talks to David Hajdu.

* finally, I quite liked this lengthy piece from J. Caleb Mozzocco on one of the major phases of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. Lot of fun art in that post.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Chris Radtke!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Gary Groth!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Robin Brenner!

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Happy 46th Birthday, John Porcellino!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Brian Ralph!

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Happy 65th Birthday, William Stout!

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September 17, 2014


Go, Look: Sex Fantasy

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Congratulations To Cartoonist Alison Bechdel For Winning A MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant

imageNewspapers and wire stories all over the country are carrying the news of this latest round of MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipients. Included on this list is the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, described this way in the LA Times articled linked to above:
Alison Bechdel, 54, Bolton, Vt.

Cartoonist and graphic memoirist

The innovative comic artist known for the graphic memoirs Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother is at an artist residency in Italy and initially didn't pick up the phone when the MacArthur Foundation called. When the phone rang again, she figured it must be important. It was crazy, she said. "It was a little garbled, then I heard the person on the other end say the words MacArthur Foundation, and the world started spinning."
In addition to being one of comics' singular talents, Bechdel is an excellent advocate for the comics world -- smart and articulate and engaged with her readers -- and I suspect she will be excellent in this new role as well.

I also like that as I get older and recognize more recipients on the lists that come out how confident I am that comics-makers deserve every consideration and every honor they receive. They are as valuable and significant as any group of artists out there, and I look forward to constant reminders of this for the next several decades.

The winners receive $625,000 with no strings attached as to how they use it.
 
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Go, Look: Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman

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Collective Memory: SPX 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Small Press Expo, held September 13-14 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel And Convention Center in the general vicinity of Bethesda, Maryland.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Convention Tumblr
* Physical Location
* Host City

Audio
* Gil Roth

Blog Entries
* akribi
* Are You There, Youth? It's Me, Nikki
* Avi Roberts

* Curls Studio

* Derf

* Evan Dahm

* Fleen

* Graphic Novel Universe

* Inkmaggot

* karaokefanboy

* Matt Kish
* Michael Muller
* Mickey Z

* Panel Patter
* Pat Aulisio
* Pigeon Press
* Purple Ruby Red

* Rob Clough

* Sequential State

* The Beat (Index)
* The Hotel Fred

* unpleasant

Facebook
* SPX Facebook Page

Miscellaneous
* Michael DeForge wearing a Katie Skelly-designed t-shirt
* SPX Spotlight Series At Panel Patter

News Stories and Columns
* Washington Post 01
* Washington Post 02
* Washington Post 03

Photos
* AdHouse
* Alternative Comics
* Anne Ishii

Twitter
* SPX account

* AdHouse

Video
* The Beat (Simon Hanselmann Wedding To Comics)

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