Archive for October, 2010

Journalista for Oct. 19, 2010: Running on impulse power

Posted by on October 19th, 2010 at 2:36 AM
Johnny Rench dies ♦ Report: Japanese fan-made comics industry earns more than U.S. professional comics industry ♦ more

A Weisinger Resources List Part One (of Three): Alter Ego

Posted by on October 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Weisinger Resources List will run in three parts. We start with fanmag articles about Mort Weisinger, the man who reinvented Superman for the baby boomers.

Minis Monday: Two by Desmond Reed

Posted by on October 18th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
These two minis by Desmond Reed are unpretentious, immediately engaging, unaffectedly sharp, transparently fun and purposefully cartoony in the best senses of the word. They would make, however absurd this otherwise sounds, great comics to have a beer with.

Dilbert On Stage

Posted by on October 18th, 2010 at 8:03 AM
All of us, passionate fans of the high arts of newspaper strip cartooning, remember the visual excellences of Leonard Starr in his exquisitely rendered On Stage (Mary Perkins).

Andrei Molotiu and Gallery Comics

Posted by on October 18th, 2010 at 6:03 AM
At HU, Andrei Molotiu talks about what we look at when we look at comics hanging on the wall.

This is the first in what we hope will be a regular series of reprints of academic papers and journal articles. The series is edited by Derik Badman.

Two More From CCS: L’Age Dur and Short Notes On Long Comics

Posted by on October 18th, 2010 at 5:10 AM

Rob continues to review minicomics from CCS students & fellows, with Short Notes On Long Comics, by Tim Stout and L’Age Dur, by Max De Radigues.

L’Age Dur #1-5, by Max De Radigues.  Belgian artist De Radigues, a

A Ramble Through the History of Comics Criticism

Posted by on October 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Comics Journal passed its 30th anniversary not so long ago, and I intended to take note of it by reviewing the book I'm going to review here. Serious criticism of comics may have gone forward without the Journal, but it's difficult to know where. The only other periodical devoted regularly to the comics was, back then — 30 years ago — the Comics Buyer's Guide, but it was then and is now essentially a cheerleader for the industry, not a critic of any of it. And ivy-covered walls would likely not be much help in fostering a serious comics criticism for general consumption: Academia has a penchant for drowning itself in self-indulgent obscurities in prose and thought. Like much theoretical scholarly endeavor, exploration of this sort is useful in its own peculiar, trickle-down way: Some of it legitimizes the art form as it eventually filters through to popular criticism, and, hence, to the makers of comics, thereby influencing not only the cultural acceptance of comics but the ways comics are made. But academic criticism is not intended for a general readership. Or even a "fan readership." No, it took Gary Groth and the Journal to kick-start serious critical writing about the comics. But we'd be mistaken if we believed there was no serious criticism before the Journal. There was. A good bit of it.

 

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No Journalista Today

Posted by on October 17th, 2010 at 11:14 PM
The last round of difficulties I encountered with my computer were a sign, and I was too thick to see it. Yesterday, my hard drive died, and I've spent the last 18 hours buying a new one, installing the operating system and realizing that I hadn't backed up my files since the last time I had to do this. Conclusion: I am an idiot. All apologies — ¡Journalista! returns Tuesday morning. As a consolation prize, here's a weird panel from the pre-Code crime-comics series Ken Shannon...

 

 

Note: This has sat on my back-up drive for a while, and may have originally been pulled from someone else's blog. If so, my apologies. E-mail me a link and I'll post it here. (Update: Image courtesy of Dorian Wright; thanks to Daniel B.T. for pointing it out.)

FESTIVAL OF CARTOON ART

Posted by on October 17th, 2010 at 7:25 PM

At guttergeek, I offer a pictorial survey of this weekend’s 10th Festival of Cartoon Art in Columbus.

She Should Have Given Him the Foreign Guinness

Posted by on October 17th, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Pointless: A bad novel Kingsley Amis wrote 42 years ago

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