Archive for August, 2010

“McGovern Backer No Longer Thinks Sons, Daughters Should Kill Parents”

Posted by on August 29th, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Pointless: A minor political headline from 28 years ago; a liberal fulminates; David Sedaris' good line about bird calls and mother love

James Romberger on the Crisis of the Collaborative Cartoonist

Posted by on August 29th, 2010 at 6:57 AM
At HU, artist James Romberger (Seven Miles a Second, Bronx Kill) argues that artists are not fairly credited for their contributions to collaborative work.

Sergio Aragones is wrong, God bless him

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 10:48 PM

If you give everything away for free you have ruined everything.

Tell it to Chris Onstad, John Allison, Gabe and Tycho, Scott Kurtz, Kate Beaton, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Howard Tayler, Ryan North, Ryan Sohmer, Lar Desouza, Jeph Jacques, Dave Kellett, Randall Munroe, Chris Hastings, Meredith Gran, David Malki, Jennie Breeden, David Willis, Jeffrey Rowland, Spike Trotman... the list goes on... I'd go so far as to say that, right now, giving it away and selling merchandise at the back end is the de facto method for self-supporting, self-published cartoonists in any medium -- and by "de facto" I mean the most common method for successful income generation. I'm reliably sure that there are more successful self-publishers on the Web than in the Direct Market, by a multiple of at least four. (And before anyone brings up piracy and scanlations: These people have very carefully built business models around narrow commercial paths. It doesn't justify taking bread out of peoples' mouths without consent, by any means.)


Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly interviews Fred Hembeck. Thankfully, they cover a lot more material than just swirly knees. Hembeck discusses his early days as a cartoonist but also talks about the difficulties of freelance gigs in today's marketplace. Chris then runs down a few new books from last week.

Sowing the Wind — Nadia Raviscioni’s Vent frais, vent du matin

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 4:14 PM
Swiss cartoonist Nadia Raviscioni's Vent Frais, vent du matin (‘Fresh Breeze, Morning Breeze’), may be the first book fully to meet the challenge set by the previous generation of comics autobiographers in terms of ambition, complexity and artistic conviction. Released earlier this year, the book has been more than a decade in the making. It reclaims for Raviscioni—whose precocious juvenilia was released across a handful of publications in the late 90s by Genevan publisher Atrabile—a place at the center of the new generation of alternative cartoonists.

The Italian (and perhaps not only Italian) “struggle” for the term graphic novel

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Ciao a tutti,

(which means ‘Hello everybody,’ please don’t forget!)

in these years the expression “graphic novel” has entered the comicdoms of about all nations where comics are published.

As recently reminded (also) by David Hajdu in his beautiful book

More Howls From Werewolf!!

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 5:20 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of the Werewolf!! anthology, compiled by an assortment of students and alumni from the Center for Cartoon Studies.

The first volume of the Werewolf! anthology was one of the more consistently entertaining efforts from students

Might As Well Be A Comic

Posted by on August 27th, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Words as Well as Pictures

Posted by on August 27th, 2010 at 11:37 AM
We Forget Sometimes that Words Are as Integral to the Cartooning Arts as Pictures.

“Always They Pick on Me!”

Posted by on August 27th, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Golden Age: Feiffer's angry blackboard monitor

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