Archive for August, 2010

Journalista for Aug. 25, 2010: I’m a nerd

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 6:44 AM
Satoshi Kon dies ♦ Sales down at Barnes & Noble ♦ more

One-Woman Anthologies From Laura Terry & Penina Gal

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 5:49 AM

Rob reviews Dance After Dark by Laura Terry and The Rapt Attention And Deep Emotion Caused By The Sight Of Something Extraordinary, by Penina Gal.

Laura Terry and Penina Gal are graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies who

Greetings from Baghdad

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 3:59 AM

Greetings from Baghdad. I’m writing from the International Zone (IZ), which until recently was called the Green Zone. I’m here at the invitation of the Iraqi government, via a Washington, DC-based non-governmental organization. I’ve been here for two weeks, running

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: As Much Time as They Deserve

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 12:18 AM
I intend to give the first round of essays by Brian Doherty, Jeet Heer and Ben Schwartz as much time as they deserve, which is to say next to none at all.

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: Unsullied Praise and Happiness Doth Not a Critic Make

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 12:10 AM
Caroline Small responds to the roundtable critics: "Substantive, passionate, outrageous polemic — this is a virtue in criticism. The sheer rollicking intellectual high of fantastic ideas about art expressed with great energy compels critics to write and readers to read — without that conviction and intensity the motivations elude me. Yet with only a few exceptions, art-comics critics are consistently resistant to polemic. The world of art comics actively decries polemics within its ranks, and promotes some combination of geekery, enthusiasm, and courtesy."

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: Different Forms and Shapes

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 12:05 AM
Noah Berlatsky does not understand the meaning of the word "erstwhile." Gary Groth is not the "erstwhile publisher" of The Best American Comics Criticism. He is, as the book's indicia indicates clearly, the co-publisher of the book. My hunch is that Berlatsky thought "erstwhile" was an insulting term and threw it into the mix. This is not untypical of how Noah uses the English language, as a form of grunting and hooting rather than a way of communicating ideas and experiences. If Fantagraphics wanted to do a companion volume of The Worst American Comics Criticism, it would do well to include a healthy dollop of Berlatsky's prose: Aside from two pieces on Winsor McCay, virtually everything Berlatsky has written is evidence of his complete inability to understand comics (or indeed any other art form).

My Nuclear Totoro

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Studio Gibli is taking Totoro merchandise out of a PR facility in a Fukushima nuclear plant after fans complained the giant bear-cat-ghost-furball-guardian should not represent nuclear safety.

The Fukushima plant’s decision to pimp nuclear energy with a creature that looks

What Do I Do With Those Damn Anime Kids?

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 7:05 AM
At HU, cartoonist and teacher Sean Michael Robinson talks about teaching art to manga and anime fans. (Drawing below by Keira Lozeau, age 17.)

ink drawing- pile of stylized bodies

Journalista for Aug. 24, 2010: The good bartender cheers you up

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 6:22 AM
Tom Hart founds new cartooning school ♦ publishing/retailing round-up ♦ more

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: Fresh as Today, Icon of Days Gone By

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 12:34 AM
Brian Doherty ponders the significance of the Ben Schwartz-edited collection.

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