Journalista for Aug. 26, 2010: I put down my pen

Posted by on August 26th, 2010 at 6:33 AM



“With feelings of gratitude for all that is good in this world, I put down my pen.”


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From “Super-Villain Team-Up” in The Comic Book Holocaust, ©2008 Johnny Ryan.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Our Best American Comics Criticism roundtable concludes, with responses from Noah Berlatsky and BACC editor Ben Schwartz.

  • Now it can be told! Joe Matt reveals the secret origins of the You’re Short, Bald and Ugly Charlie Brown parody.

  • And now, three random images as reproduced by Tom Crippen.

  • R.C. Harvey puzzles over badly drawn newspaper strips.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, J.R. Brown provides a lengthy (and NSFW) historical look at the tradition of bishonen and boy’s love in Japan.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The Oricon Communications market survey firm reports that Eiichiro Oda’s entire One Piece pirate manga series has sold over 20 million copies” in the first six months or so of 2010, according to Anime News Network.

  • “Borders’ CFO Mark Bierley departed this week, never a good sign, after about a year and a half in the job,” reports ICv2.

  • Courtesy of Publishers Weekly, here’s today’s Barnes & Noble battle-for-control report.

  • Matt Blind asks: What is a big-box bookstore worth?

  • Man, the U.S. automobile industry really must be hurting.


Mike Sterling: The end of civilization

Sterling finds the most dubious items from the latest Diamond catalog, so you don’t have to.



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  • Michael Lorah on Tony Millionaire

    From Billy Hazlenuts and the Crazy Bird, ©2010 Tony Millionaire.

    “Take a closer look at those Grimm’s Fairy tales, or even better, Hans Christian Anderson, and you’ll tell me my stories are chocolate milk sopped on toast compared to that stuff. I don’t know what it was, walking wounded with dripping sores coming back on crutches from endless wars, famine, plague, but those old stories were made to either shelter children from the horror of the world or to prepare them for it.”






  • Peter Suderman on Ex Machina

    Cover art from the first volume in the series.

    “As comic book adventures go, Vaughan’s deftly scripted 50-issue comic book series, which published its final issue last week, offered an unexpectedly clever mix of high-flying action and city-management melodrama. But as political fiction, Ex Machina offered something far more subtle — a slow-burning portrait of the corrupting fallibility of political systems, and a warning about how, eventually, those systems demean and diminish even those who believe in their powers the most.”









Comics and Art


  • Sam Henderson: Ronald Searle illustrates Tom Lehrer

    “This book from 1982 was mostly sheet music to Tom Lehrer’s songs and transcriptions of his lyrics to tie in with a musical of the time called Tomfoolery.”




Events Calendar




  • Aug. 26 (Toronto, Ontario): Megaman Megamix cartoonist Hitoshi Ariga will make an appearance at the Japan Foundation on Bloor Street, beginning at 7PM. Seating is limited, RSVP required. Details here.


This Week:


  • Aug. 28-29 (Baltimore, MD): The Baltimore Comic-Con takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center on Pratt Street. Details here.
  • Aug. 28-29 (Portland, OR): The Portland Zine Symposium takes place at Portland State University. Details here. (Warning: Site contains annoying Java app that will piss you off.)
  • Aug. 28 (Somewhere in CA): Something called the Slum Circus Independent Comic and Art Expo takes place… goodness only knows when and where, as the website refuses to tell me. They probably don’t want you to attend — I don’t think you’re “cool enough,” or something. Good luck finding the details here.
  • Aug. 28 (San Francisco, CA): The Girls Drawin Girls artist collective will be sketching and signing at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 2-5PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 29 (Vancouver, British Columbia): The Vancouver Comicon takes place at Heritage Hall on Main Street. Details here.


Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to and let me know. Please include an online link to which I can send people for more information. No sales-only events, please — it’s nice that you’ve marked things down at your store or website, but I won’t be listing it here. (Note: Under no circumstances will I link to a Facebook page. Seriously, what idiot “advertises” their event solely on a website that requires registration to see the advertisement?)


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