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October 24, 2014


Go, Look: Jingle Jangle Comics #39

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* today is the last day to apply for a place as an exhibitor at next May's TCAF.

image* Todd Klein on Hellboy In Hell Vol. 1. Gareth Branwyn on Megahex. Dominic Umile on The Wrenchies and Copra. Maria Russo on Hansel & Gretel. Tiffany White on Baby Bjornstrand. Chris Sims on Arkham Manor #1. Frank Santoro on Playground.

* hard to imagine you'll read a better article on comics this week than the latest Ryan Holmberg, on Matsumoto Masahiko.

* not comics: Rob Tornoe takes a survey of how various newspaper industry entities deal with trolls in their comments sections. He takes a survey-style approach, anyway; I don't think an actual survey was involved. It's helped me to think of this kind of thing soley in terms of it being a people problem rather than a result of technology or culture. Jackasses are more passionate about being jackasses than smart people are passionate about having on-line conversations. There are pockets of exception of course, but I think that's where we are now.

* Michael Cavna talks to Scott McCloud. Tony Ortega talks to Matt Bors. Frederik Hautain talks to Michael Cho.

* not comics: this new Archie shows sounds like that Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips Criminal arc where they riffed on the structure and flourishes of those comics. Those two were able to tap into something with that work that gave it an emotional charge that it's hard to imagine being present in a network TV show, but we'll see.

* finally, that's a cool-looking poster Ron Regé Jr. did for next year's SAW workshop.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Mindy Newell!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Austin English!

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October 23, 2014


Go, Look: Perils Of The Lady Gamer, Part Two

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Pearson, Cannon Among Comics-Makers Nominated For BD/Manga Category Of A "Young Readers" Book Prize

imageThis year's loaded BD/manga category of the awards given out in conjunction with the Le Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse in Montreuil included at least two names familiar to English-language audiences: Luke Pearson, nominated for the Casterman edition of Hilda et le Chien noir; and Kevin Cannon, given the nod for the Ca et La edition of his latest Army Shanks epic, Cratère XV.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

* Amazigh, Itinéraire d'hommes libres, Mohamed Arejdal, Cédric Liano, Steinkis
* August Moon, Diana Thung, traduit de l'anglais (Australie) par Louise Lavabre, Sarbacane
* Baby boom, Yuichi Yokoyama, traduit du japonais par Céline Bruel, Matière
* Cratère XV, Kevin Cannon, traduit de l'anglais (Etats-Unis) par Fanny Soubiran, Ca et La
* Dans ma Maison de papier, Philippe Dorin, Pierre Duba, 6 Pieds Sous Terre
* Entre Ciel et terre, Vol. 1, Golo Zhao, traduit du chinois, Cambourakis
* Hilda et le Chien noir, Luke Pearson, traduit de l'anglais (Royaume-Uni) par Basile Béguerie, Casterman
* Max Winson, Vol. 1, La Tyrannie, Jérémie Moreau, Delcourt
* Moby Dick livre premier, Chabouté, d'après Herman Melville, Vents d'Ouest
* Pelote dans la fumée, Vol. 1, L'Eté / L'Automne, Miroslav Sekulic-Struja, traduit du croate par Aleksandar Grujicic, Actes Sud BD
* Sugar, ma vie de chat, Serge Baeken, Dargaud

Congratulations to those nominated. The winners in all six categories will be named November 18.

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Go, Look: Marlene Krause

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Musa Kart Acquitted In Case Brought By Recep Erdoğan

imageThe cartoonist Musa Kart, for years at the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet was acquitted earlier today of charges brought against him by current Turkish President Recep Erdoğan.

The case was heard in Istanbul's 2nd Criminal Court Of First Instance. The charges, involving insult through publication and slander, asked for a jail sentence just short of ten years. They were at one point earlier than this dropped by a prosecutor's office before that decision was appealed by lawyers representing Erdoğan.

I've seen stories that indicate the cartoon in question -- about a graft investigation that came to light in late 2013 -- appeared in early 2014, but also one or two things that say it appeared closer to the event, in 2013. Either way, Erdoğan would have been prime minister when the cartoons appeared. The charges were filed in February, which may be part of the confusion.

Kart spoke up in court to note that he was facing charges after all of the corruption charges that instigated the cartoon had been dropped, something that struck him and I imagine a significant chunk of people paying attention around the world as absurd. The concept of sitting politicians filing civil and driving criminal charges against satirists is an unfortunate world trend going back more than a decade; Musa Kart faced significant charges in 2006 and in 2008.
 
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Go, Look: A Beautiful Powerhouse Pepper Story

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Missed It: Jenny Robb Wins Ink Bottle Award From AAEC

imageI haven't seen anything official out of Satire Fest the weekend before last -- what comes up on a Twitter looks like fun -- and I thought I might considering that it's also the Association Of American Editorial Cartoonist meeting for the Fall. If anyone knows of a summary piece, please let me know and I'll run something in a paragraph I'll insert right below this one.

One thing that completely escaped my attention despite being solidly within my link-search wheelhouse is that Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Curator Jenny Robb received their Ink Bottle Award. I believe it went to Bob Harvey last year, and that it's their "contributions to the art form" type award. Anything Robb wins is well-deserved. That's such a valuable form of cartoon expression that anything that can be done in its support is a valuable service.
 
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Go, Look: Joe Edwards Draws Wilbur

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Festivals Extra: Potential TCAF Exhibitors Have Until Tomorrow To Apply For 2015 Show Next May

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Please read the notes. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has become one of North American comics' most significant weekends year in and year out, and next year should be no exception. It's astonishing we're already thinking about May in permanent-marker terms, but that's the way these shows are these days.
 
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Go, Look: Unintentionally Horrifying Golden Age Kids Comic

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Comicsblog
* Comix Factory

* Dave Crane
* David Robertson

* FPI Blog

* Graphic Design And Illustration

* It's Life And Life Only

* Lew Stringer
* Lizzlizz

* Make It Then Tell Everybody

* Panel Works

* Ravensbourne Libraries
* Rob Jackson

* Sarah McIntyre
* Shaz
* Steve Morris

* WJC

* Zainab Akhtar 01
* Zainab Akhtar 02

Miscellaneous
* David Brothers On Zainab Akhtar's On-Site Piece

News Stories And Columns
* Cumbria Live
* Design Week
* Ian Cullen
* The Westmoreland Gazette

Photos
* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

Twitter
* Sarah McIntyre
* Tom Harley

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Go, Bookmark: Envoy

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the Locust Moon Festival is the big one right now, with many of those exhibitors and many others anticipating CAB while others look forward to that classic, lovely event in Lucca. We're definitely in the early evening of the convention calendar year, and it's so freaking exhausting now I can't blame anyone who's tired even just hearing about all the events.

* CAKE is accepting exhibitor applications now through December 15. I hope to attend the 2015 edition of that show, which has been announced for early June. Alt-comics could use a strong Chicago show and a strong early-June show. I'll be interested to see what the show looks like as it expands; I know some folks find it to be perfect right now.

* exhibitor applications are available for RIPExpo 2015, to be held the last weekend in March.

* love some of the comics made in the course of this event report.

* as this post rolls out, people are starting to get back exhibitor yay/nays on Emerald City, which is in late March this year.

* Short Run has a t-shirt. I would like that t-shirt.

* finally, here's a nice regional-media preview of this year's aforementioned Locust Moon Festival.
 
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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near Madison, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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October 24
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Locust Moon Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

October 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

October 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

October 28
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

October 29
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

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
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

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)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

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November 1
* 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)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 2
* 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)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 3
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 4
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 5
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 6
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 20
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

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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: The Ghost

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of recent comic books. Dan Brown (not that one) on The Wrenchies. Brad Hawley on In Real Life. Rob McMonigal on Kingdom/Order Part One. Sonia Harris on Alex + Ada. JP Fallavollita on Ronin.

* there's a long feature here about a series of Marvel Universe trading cards and the impact they had on a number of professionals and industry folk. That is one weird element to comics culture; you can never tell what's going to hit with people.

* the Kindle Editors talk to Jen Wang and Cory Doctorow. Paul Gravett profiles Junko Mizuno. Michael Cavna talks to Vivek Tiwary. Martin Dupuis talks to Chris Wright.

* congratulations to Mike Sterling on his last job and best of luck with his new one.

* I missed the 60th anniversary of Hi And Lois. Congratulations to all involved; that's a hell of an achievement. That is a full contractual lifetime run of a strip + five bonus years four times. Hi & Lois was a solid strip in its day, sort of halfway between Blondie and Family Circus tonally with a more believable suburban setting. It's hard to imagine my reading it now with much anticipation or joy, but I'm sure it's still someone's favorite comic.

* that seems to me a perfectly sensible thing for Brandon Graham to draw.

* that's a fine choice from the writer-about-comics Chris Sims for best comic of the 21st Century.

* not comics: this isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved this post from Robert Boyd about his Houston neighborhood.

* finally, I join so many people in being happy that Barry Matthews returned home from the hospital safe and sound.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Blake Bell!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Gary Erskine!

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Happy 26th Birthday, Sam Alden!

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