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June 24, 2019


Go, Read: The Pizza Ovens Of Brooklyn

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* Dustin Harbin's smashed-face gofundme is beginning to seriously stall out at $55K of a $75K two-step ask. That's great that Dustin has received the help, and I hope he'll continue to move towards his goal. He's a nice man, a good artist, and that's a lousy circumstance. Please consider giving. As popular as Dustin is, that might establish an upper end for such asks in the future. I think there will also be some exploring of the subjects raised by the entire enterprise.

* I like the looks of this project with drawings of NYC, and others have, too. That seems to me a sizable ask for a single-volume book -- that's a number I'd affiliate with a series of books or an entire season -- but I don't know the ins-and-outs of publishing that well to make any sort of definitive statement there. People charge what they feel they can charge, and the core ask looks to be a $120 book. That doesn't seem like a lot of money lost between the lines. It's an art, deciding to support these things. I don't even know if the size of ask matters to people or not. I hope that money is spent well, and efficiently, but there are a lot of ways to do that.

* finally: Gary Dunaier could use your immediate help.
 
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If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2019

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June 25
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (ALA)

June 29
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Portland Indie Con)

June 30
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Portland Indie Con)

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July 6
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This

July 7
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This

July 11
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

July 14
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 26
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

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

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

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

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Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Timothy Donohoo's review of the new early-in-his-life Superman comic from Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. compares it to the Zack Snyder films in several places. It sounds like a good comic compared to those films, but I found those films slipshod, unpleasant and uniquely horrible, so for me just about anything else would look good. What I don't see in any of the reviews is any sort of general take that breaks with past ones or places the character within the context of a specific time. I don't need to see this story again unless it's really, really interesting and/or magnificently executed.

* wow, look at all the people in the comic syndication business once upon a time. There's one of these businesses remaining in roughly the same form, and about four that are radically different or greatly reduced.

* I fear for comics playing in an era of the entertainment business with such massive success and debilitating disappointments. I can't tell how much of this is natural progression for art businesses and how much is the industries leaping at a specific model. It seems that in an era where an imprint shows its values over and over that can be repositioned for a greater, more sudden gain. I hope it's not as dire as potential scenarios I see playing out in my mind.

* finally: I agree with Michel Fiffe that Patrick Dean's convention comic is difficult to flush from memory. Here's Fiffe on the semi-pro comics writing and universe-shaping implications of same by Mark Gruenwald.
 
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Happy 71st Birthday, Michael Dooley!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Russ Maheras!

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June 23, 2019


Go, Look: Abandoned Andrés Mágan Tumblr

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

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Happy 56th Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jeet Heer!

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FFF Results Post #522 -- Sports Heroes

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Characters In Comics That Have Been Or Continue To Be Successful Athletes And Their Sport Of Choice.

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Oliver Ristau

1. Andrax (Decathlon)
2. Unnamed female lead in Taste of Chlorine (Swimming)
3. Black Lightning (Decathlon)
4. Happy Hogan (Boxing)
5. Baby (Tennis)

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Mário Filipe

1. Joseph, "Kid Congo" (boxing)
2. Lone Racer (auto racing)
3. Hélcio Carneiro Quintanilha (soccer)
4. Noah Strauss (baseball)
5. Makoto Tsukimoto (table tennis)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Jon Sable (Modern Pentathlon)
2. Cliff Steele (Automobile Racing)
3. Victor Stone (Football)
4. Wildcat (Boxing)
5. Suzuka (Track And Field)

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Andrew Mansell

1. Gil Thorp (The Swiss Army Coach)
2. "Peppermint" Patricia Reichardt (Baseball)
3. Flash Gordon (Fencing)
4. Zonker Harris (Competitive Tanning)
5. Popeye (Pugilism)

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June 22, 2019


I Did Not Know You Can Read Big Ben Bolt Over At Comics Kingdom

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

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Kevin Fagan!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Ali Farzat!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Phil Elliott!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Eric Reynolds!

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Happy 82nd Birthday, RC Harvey!

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June 21, 2019


26 Years In, Vertigo Wakes Up

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Go, Look: Before Stonewall

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* did you know there was a Toronto Raptors-related on-line comic? I didn't.

* you occasionally see one of these about altering material in a superhero comic book, but I can't recall seeing a bunch of them like this one where there's a discrepancy between digital and print content. I would image like a pair of the commenters that recent falls at the Grand Canyon caused the change.

* so I guess John Byrne is going to put a fan-fiction X-Men comic that at one point looked like it may be published by Marvel on pages of his web site. Okay. Late-period John Byrne is going to be run to read about someday.

* finally: an old webcomic springs to retro-viewing life. The webcomics landscape in my head is 97 percent lost efforts.
 
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