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August 28, 2016


Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics, Would Have Been 99 Today

Jack Kirby, the mighty heart of the American comic book industry, would have been 99 years old today. Below, for your ruminative and reflective pleasure, is a tiny, even insignificant sample of his awesome image-making power. Long live the King.

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Go, Look: Luke Whealy

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Go, Read: Gang Busters #57

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Go, Look: Thrift Store Confessional

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Go, Look: Carolyn Nowak

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If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2016

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September 1
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)

September 2
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 4
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 5
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)
* If I Were In KC, I'd Go This (KC Zine Con)

September 11
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)

September 15
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)

September 16
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 18
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)

September 19
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Also Go To This

September 22
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)

September 26
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This

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October 1
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

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Events For November 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 45th Birthday, Joann Sfar!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Elijah Brubaker!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Benoît Peeters!

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August 27, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Searle Interview From Several Years Ago Because This Week's Videos Were Rough


Modest Comic Store; Immodest Old Comic Book Collection


Khalid Albaih Talking About His Recent Syria Cartoon


Ann Telnaes At Montreal Animation Film Festival


Love Romances #79


Someone Visiting Austin Books & Comics
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from August 20 to August 26, 2016:

1. CBR redesign kills blog version of Robot 6, one of the more popular about-comics web sites for industry members and non-mainstream fans, and a transitional one spanning the individual link blog and content-heavy group-blog eras.

2. Sandman: Overture won the Hugo award for best graphic story in a year when the awards' legitimacy was challenged.

3. Dragon Con starts an awards program, a further sign of how the apparatus surrounding comics has become thinner and more diffuse.

Winners Of The Week
James Taranto, who got 85 percent of a respectable article out of the crazy sideshow of "Scott Adams, Political Guru."

Losers Of The Week
Fans of the blog format employed by Robot 6. The good news there is there's not a ton of those people, people that want information served to them that specific way as opposed to other ways you can deploy articles like that. The bad news is we don't know how reformatting news can change news, and we don't know if any of the people that may check out from that specific delivery system going the way of the dodo might have something to contribute down the road had they been served for a longer time.

Quote Of The Week
"I wish I'd started reading Batman comics long before I did, but that's mostly because (a) I've wasted a lot of time not reading Batman that could have been spent reading Batman, and (b) my goodness, there is a lot of Batman backstory to get caught up on." -- RB Kelly

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this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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Go, Look: Judge Magazine From April 1938

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

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If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Happy 38th Birthday, Matt Wiegle!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Denis Kitchen!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Melissa Mendes!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Phil Hester!

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August 26, 2016


Go, Look: Lis Xu

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Festivals Extra: Water Glass Milestone Achieved At Tom Gauld Edinburgh Book Festival Signing

Here. That is some nice glassware going on there, maybe the fanciest ever provided a cartoonist at a book signing. it's my job to keep track of these things. Tom Gauld is one of comics' secret weapons and it'll be good to have him on the road this Fall in support of a new book.
 
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Go, Look: Giacomo Nanni

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

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* it should probably be mentioned that the closing of Robot 6 is part of a bigger presentational shake-up at CBR that likely bears watching. As I write this (Thursday late afternoon) they're getting pounded a bit for a headline style that doesn't allow for publication of everything in the headlines, which isn't a great look. I assume they'll rally. It reminds me of the SI.com changeover when everything got made to look like it needs to to maximize reading on phones, which is the direction of on-line content more generally. I think comics and on-like culture share a faith in new delivery systems that doesn't always match up to the reality of new delivery systems, with comics generally more tethered than it needs to be as a counterweight to those arguments. The moderately old ways always suffer as a result. I've thought this since the market seemed to be in such a hurry to get rid of alt-comics customers back in the '00s. I'll miss the blog format for the material Robot 6 was doing, but god help any digital strategy that has my consumption at the point of its spear.

* here are a few people paying tribute to Robot 6: Caleb Goellner, Chris Butcher, Chris Pitzer, Scott Kurtz. The reason this doesn't feel like a bigger deal is because nothing is a big deal right now; the comics industry is numb from the jawline down.

* finally, speaking of Scott Kurtz, PVP has started a storyline revolving around Jim Davis and Garfield. Okay, that's not really hard news, but I'm from Muncie, and someone who catches up with PVP in big gulps, so I noticed it. BTW, the cider thing is a real thing.
 
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