Journalista for April 12, 2010: Happy savior

Posted by on April 12th, 2010 at 12:05 AM



“The line about a Porsche at the end was a reference to a joke I had made earlier in the interview about Gary Groth’s Complete Peanuts Porsche, but that ended up being cut. As did my comment that the Fantagraphics offices look like a condemned house. Probably for the best.”


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Excerpt from a cartoon by and ©1993 Graham Annable.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Jeet Heer reviews the Craig Yoe-edited collection, The Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

  • Rob Clough reviews Jeremiah Piersol’s collection, The Rejection Section. (Ha! Just call me Rhymin’… Dirk. Wait, on second thought, don’t call me that. Please, god no.)

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Recently at GutterGeek: Alex Boney reviews Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon’s Daytripper; Jared Gardner reviews Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, Phonogram: The Singles Club; and Chris Reilly blesses us with a pair of rare Graham Annable strips. Graham Annable!

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, meanwhile, Ng Suat Tong examines Alan Moore’s run on Saga of the Swamp Thing, while Matthias Wivel‘s take on Chris Ware and criticism is pulled from the comments section and given a spotlight of its own.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Lan Pitts receives confirmation from Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore that veteran cartoonist Gene Colan suffered an unspecified injury over the weekend — missing art is involved — and has been subsequently discharged from the hospital. Details are vague, but an early report that Colan was mugged has been denied by Gore.

    Detail from the April 2, 2010 cover of the satirical German magazine Titanic.


  • “A German cartoon mocking the Catholic Church has sparked holy outrage among believers here who say it incites hatred against the Pope and the Catholic faith.”

  • “Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has reported the site’s parent organization to the Federal Bureau of Investigation” over alleged images of child pornography, according to a report by Cade Metz. As Simon Jones notes, one of Sanger’s principal concerns is the Wikipedia entry on Lolicon. It should be noted that the possession of Lolicon manga led to last year’s infamous conviction of manga collector Christopher Handley.

  • Is Aurora Publishing up for sale or not?

  • M.K. Reed speaks with Sparkplug Comic Books publisher Dylan Williams.


Format WarsTM innovation marathon… run!

  • Anime News Network reports that Japanese cartoonist Shuho Sato, whose successful experiments at digital self-publishing have already been reported, has launched a new website that offers work by other creators for sale, as well as his own. I do believe I smell a paradigm shift coming on…

  • Speaking of creators selling their manga online, Johanna Draper Carlson notes the launch of Bento Comics, which “has free webcomics to read, but they’ve taken it a step further — readers can choose their own entries to assemble into a customized anthology, printed on demand from”

  • The digital-download news site TorrentFreak claims that e-book piracy has “surged” following the launch of the Apple iPad.

    (Link via Chris Meadows.)


  • While we’re on the subject, or at least somewhat near it, James Lileks defends the iPad against media pundit Jeff Jarvis’ assault on same.

  • Brain food: Clay Shirky explains why complex business models suffer when forced to compete with simpler ones in new environments such as the Internet.



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Graphic NYC




  • Shaun Manning on Jim Woodring

    From the forthcoming Weathercraft, ©2010 Jim Woodring.


    “Like Dave Fleischer, I think cartoons are most enjoyable when they depict things you could never see in real life. On the other hand, pure fantasy interests me not at all. Everything in the Frank comics has its basis in reality… or at least in reality as I see it. I guess that could be a significant qualifier.”


  • Walter Shapiro on Jules Feiffer

    Because you can’t have too many Feiffer interviews.






  • Chris Mautner on Footnotes in Gaza

    “If you haven’t read any of Sacco’s books up till now, you’re in for a treat. Well, I suppose ‘treat’ is the unequivocally wrong word to use considering the book’s grim subject matter, but there is something so captivating and masterful about Sacco’s work — he uses the medium to such great effect, squeezing every bit of tension and drama from his narrative while avoiding obvious, sentimental heart-tugging or one-note political polemics — that it’s hard not to be stunned by the power of artistry on display, even while you’re being moved to anger or sadness by the tragedy he’s recounting.”


  • Ed Sizemore on Mechademia Vol. 4

    “There has been some discussion about anti-intellectualism among fandom by academics recently. I don’t object to academic writing; in fact, there is much that I rather enjoy. I object to abstract theorizing for the sake of abstract theorizing. Reading theory-laden articles is like listening to two obsessive Star Trek fans discussing the most arcane details of the show.”






  • Gary Reed: Conventions aren’t all the same

    “If you notice all the coverage and announcements, you can tell what time of the year it is — no, not baseball season but rather convention season. It seems every week there is another convention to announce exclusive news from the various sites. If you’re a creator who attends a lot of conventions, the gauntlet has already started.”


  • Dan Nadel: Dear Mr. Crane

    “Jeet kindly forwarded me two letters from Pat Boyette to Roy Crane, which he came across while researching his texts for Fantagraphics’ upcoming Crane books.”




Comics and Art


  • Tom Heintjes: The cartoons of John Updike

    ©2010 John Updike.


    “I was talking to the late, great David Levine one time about how a number of authors harbored early cartooning ambitions. He mentioned that novelist John Updike had been a prolific cartoonist in his college years. I sent Updike a letter expressing interest in publishing his cartoons in Hogan’s Alley, and to my delight he sent me not only the original art (!) to the cartoons presented below, but an original essay describing his passion for cartoons.”


  • Joakim Gunnarsson: Russell Patterson’s Over Sexteen


    “A lesser known part of his career is his work for Grayson Publishing Corp. in the ’50s. Not being the hot artist anymore, he illustrated at least two joke books in the Over Sexteen series.”






  • YouTube: Jaime Hernandez


    The Locas creator discusses his work during a recent signing in New York City.


Comics Culture


  • Eagle Awards: Nominations open

    Offer your selections at the link.


  • Gil Roth: MoCCA Art Festival 2010

    “Pretty disparate crowd. A guy ahead of me on line was carrying a carved wooden walking stick; he and his friends were discussing Thor, which worried me for several reasons. Another guy wore a big deer-head (with antlers) made out of cardboard. He wore a fedora on top of that and had one of those suitcases that straps over your shoulders, to sell your wares (like a cigarette girl). I don’t know what he was selling.”


  • Jason Heller: Denver cartoonists are inking big

    “[Hamza] Pecenkovic and fellow Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design student Joe Oliver established Denver’s Drink and Draw in 2008, patterning their weekly Tuesday-night meetings after the original Drink and Draw, a grassroots movement that’s been spontaneously propagating itself around the globe over the past few years. ‘It got started by a couple of artists and animators in Santa Monica,’ says Oliver. ‘They’d just drink and draw on cocktail napkins and scrap paper. When I heard of it, I thought, We need that kind of community here in Denver. So Hamza and I decided to start one.'”


  • Katherine Dacey: Korean comics in San Francisco

    “Last weekend, I had an opportunity to visit the San Francisco Public Library, which is mounting a small but meticulously curated exhibit exploring the relationship between politics, censorship, and manhwa in post-war Korea. Called ‘Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames,’ the exhibit features twenty-one of Korea’s best-known cartoonists, from Kim Won Bin, creator of Fist Boss, to Hwang Mina, a sunjong (girls’) pioneer. For a Western reader whose primary knowledge of manhwa comes from titles such as Goong: The Royal Palace, the exhibit will be revelatory, as almost none of the series on display look like the Korean comics that have been licensed for the US market; if anything, the curators have gone out of their way to choose titles that challenge the commonly-held Western notion that manhwa is simply the “Korean form” of manga.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    With all the money donated to earthquake-devastated Haiti, why have relief efforts been such a crashing failure?


Events Calendar




  • April 12-14 (Manchester, England): An international academic conference on comics and graphic novels — helpfully entitiled “Comics and Graphic Novels” — takes place at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Hey, Paul Gravett will be there. Details here.


This Week:


  • April 13 (New York City, NY): Hear Dash Shaw and Chip Kidd in conversation at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • April 14 (New York City, NY): Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness author Reinhard Kleist will be signing books and meeting readers at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • April 14 (New York City, NY): An opening reception for an exhibit celebrating the renowned avant-garde magazine Garo happens at the Center for Book Arts on 27th Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • April 15 (New York City, NY): Dash Shaw celebrates the release of his new book Bodyworld at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • April 16-18 (Chicago, IL): The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo — C2E2 for short — takes place at the Lakeside Center on McCormick Place. Details here.
  • April 16-18 (Honolulu, HI): Kawaii Kon 2010 is a celebration of J-culture taking place at the Hawaii convention Center on Kalakaua Avenue. Details here.
  • April 16-18 (Denver, CO): ComicFest 2010 happens at the Denver Tech Center. Details here.
  • April 16 (Louisville, KY): The Louisville Cartoonist Society host an evening of comics and rock music at Skull Alley on Broadway, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • April 17 (Athens, GA): The FLUKE Mini-Comics Festival takes place at Ciné on Hancock Avenue, from 11AM-6PM. Details here.
  • April 17 (Washington DC): Jules Feiffer will lecture at the American Art Museum on G Street, beginning at 4:30PM. Details here.
  • April 17 (Seattle, WA): Peter Bagge and James Sturm, will speak and sign comics at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • April 17 (San Francisco, CA): Join Johnny Ryan, Matt Furie and Le Merde for a reception honoring their new gallery show at Giant Robot on Shrader Street, from 6:30-10PM. Details here.


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