Journalista for May 24, 2010: Form follows function

Posted by on May 24th, 2010 at 1:00 AM



“The Direct Market determined that the pamphlet form was THE FORM. Now, the form is whatever tickles the fancy of the maker and what they can sell at a show. I know 20 to 30 alt cartoonists who release two or three comics a year but they aren’t serials and they aren’t pamphlets. These works don’t engage in the Direct Market’s periodical model. These works reflect the demand of the market which is generally geared towards handmade zines or trade paperbacks that are not serialized.”


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Detail from a strip by Milt Gross.


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  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Domingos Isabelinho reviews Pierre Duba’s Racines, while Noah Berlatsky reviews the first volume of Naoki Urasawa’s Monster and ponders the racism in a scene from Hergé’s Tintin.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Timespirits writer/creator Steve Perry is missing and presumed dead; two of Perry’s associates are in custody on what are for the moment unrelated charges, but the word “homicide” is being bandied about. One-time Perry collaborator Steve Bissette is following the story closely: one, two.

  • Mark Evanier is reporting the death of veteran comics creator Howard Post last week, “reportedly due to Alzheimer’s.” He was 83 years old. Post was best known for a long stint on Harvey Comics, and specialized in funny-animal and children’s-humor comics.

  • The National Free Press brings word of the passing of editorial cartoonist Joel Barbee.

  • The U.K. company Cosmic Publications, former publishers of Comics International Magazine, has been dissolved. John Freeman has the details.

  • Drew Combs digs into the story behind Warner Brothers’ lawsuit against Marc Toberoff, the lawyer who helped the Siegel Estate regain partial ownership of the Superman copyright.

  • Wim Lockefeer looks at the state of the Spanish comics market.

  • Rich Johnson looks at the manga bust, and sees publishers getting their just desserts for treating books like widgets.

  • Jess Fink speaks with Gary Tyrrell about why people keep stealing her cartoons for T-shirt designs.

  • With the Everybody Draw Muhammed Day controversy dying down, allow me to give the final word on such things on two very capable thinkers: Christopher Hitchens, who lectured on the subject of the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons recently in New York City, and Salman Rushdie, who joined him on-stage afterward to discuss the cartoons. The event is preserved online at the C-SPAN Video Library.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that a WebOS slate will be available for sale in October.

  • Last week, Google re-dedicated itself to making Apple sweat:

    The new Android OS will support tethering, meaning you can use your phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, connecting your computer to the Internet. Apple and AT&T say they’re going to offer tethering — someday. It’s just not clear when. Which is why, just to be mean, Google showed an Android phone tethered to an Apple iPad at Google’s developer conference this week. Big laughs all around.

    To non-U.S. readers who don’t know what the above means: Apple has an exclusive deal with the American cellphone service AT&T, who don’t like the idea of tethering one bit — and it doesn’t look like any other company in the States will be getting the iPhone anytime soon. “Hence and therefore,” as my employer likes to say.

    Related: Michael Gartenberg questions whether fragmentation will hurt development of the Android, while Robert Scoble and company weigh the merits of the iPhone and the Android EVO.

    (First link via Cedric Beust.)


  • Gail Rebuck and Tom Weldon, the chief executive of Random House and deputy chief executive of Penguin, have warned over the “huge cost” publishers will be faced with if piracy is left untackled, but stressed that using “exclusive or proprietary formats” will have no impact.

    (Link via Johanna Draper Carlson.)



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    “We work in a very small office, within punching distance of each other. And we talk about projects that we’re working all the time. I think we’ve got fairly strong voices individually but because we’ve been together so long, and have been making work together all that time, we really do speak the same language in a lot of ways. So the communication is not only aided by proximity but also by shared experience.”






  • Katherine Dacey on AX: Alternative Manga Vol. 1

    “The next time someone dismisses manga as a ‘style’ characterized by youthful-looking, big-eyed characters with button noses, I’m going to hand them a copy of AX, a rude, gleeful, and sometimes disturbing rebuke to the homogenized artwork and storylines found in mainstream manga publications.”






  • Tom Spurgeon: Three arguments we could be having

    “I recognize, however, that there is a place for new arguments in comics, discussions that should be going on around the Internet and in convention bars and on the train between Los Angeles and San Diego, debates that might better reflect the more pressing issues of the day or at least give voice to concerns that are squeezed out by another round of complaints about those downer hate-the-world crybabies making all the alternative comics.”




Business and Craft


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    The Mad Magazine artist walks you through his process.


Comics and Art


  • Sam Henderson: Here’s How American Cartoonists Help to Sell U.S. Savings Bonds!

    From Gene Ahern’s Our Boarding House.

    “Don’t forget to buy U.S. Savings Bonds. I see some of the characters on the covers but not in strips on the inside. That means their creators obviously hated America.”




Comics Culture


  • Eagle Awards: Online voting now open

    No stuffing that ballot box, now, y’hear?


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Peter Serafinowicz explains why he steals movies online… even the ones in which he appears.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • May 25 (Brighton, England): Dan Clowes and Chris Ware will discuss their work and sign books at the Brighton Dome on Church Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • May 27-30 (Phoenix, AZ): The Phoenix Comicon takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center. Details here.
  • May 27 (Los Angeles, CA): Ben Schwartz, Sammy Harkham, R. Fiore, Joe Matt and possibly Brian Doherty will discuss the art of comics criticism at Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue, from 7:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • May 28-29 (Northampton, England): The University of Northampton will hold an international academic conference devoted to the work of Alan Moore, who will be in attendance along with Melinda Gebbie. Details here.
  • May 29-30 (London, England): The London Movie-Comic-Media Expo takes place at Excel London on the Royal Victoria Dock. Details here.
  • May 29-June 13 (Beja, Portugal): The Sixth International Festival of Beja — shit, all the nouns are on their Facebook page, and I refuse to link to that site. Details here.
  • May 29 (London, England): The London Zine Symposium will be held at the Rag Factory on Heneage Street, from noon-6PM. Details here.
  • May 29 (San Francisco, CA): Amy Martin serves as cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 1-3PM. 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.


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