Journalista for April 13, 2010: 140 characters and nothing to say

Posted by on April 13th, 2010 at 12:07 AM



“I highly suggest reading a comic while watching The Simpsons. It’s like having dulce de leche ice cream: the best of both worlds.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reviews Gene Luen Yang’s Prime Baby.

  • Tom Crippen reviews the second issue of the Marvel Entertainment crossover/event whatchamacallit, Siege.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews a pair of minicomics by Jon Chad.

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

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky examines the wordplay in Alan Moore’s run on Saga of the Swamp Thing.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Calvin Reid reports that Marvel Entertainment has dropped Diamond Book Distributors for Hachette to represent them in the bookstore market:

    Marvel v-p, book sales, David Grabriel said the decision to switch its book distributors was “difficult” and credited Diamond Book Distributors with “nearly tripling our sales in the book market over the last five years.” However, Gabriel pointed to “Hachette’s overwhelming success in the book market,” and said, “Teaming with Hachette allows us to even more aggressively grow our presence in the book market, exposing new readers to Marvel’s great library of characters and stories. We can’t imagine a better partner as Marvel looks to expand its presence in the book market.”

    Christopher Butcher and Tom Spurgeon have commentary.


  • Retailer Christopher Butcher liveblogs his selections from the April edition of the Diamond Previews catalog: one, two.

  • Oops!


Format WarsTM random notebook… blur!

  • “Best Buy will begin selling Barnes & Noble’s NOOK eBook reader starting this Sunday, April 18th.”

  • Peter Ha and Christina Warren examine the unveiling of Microsoft’s latest foray into the crowded cellphone marketplace, the Kin.

  • Rich Johnston explains why comics-piracy site HTMLcomics’ justifications for their actions are complete and utter bullshit.

  • Andrew Bayer examines the pricing of comics on Marvel’s iPad app.



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Graphic NYC




  • Lia Grainger on Justin Green

    A conversation with the author of the first modern autobiographical comic, Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary.


  • Alex Dueben on William Stout

    Self-portrait ©2002 William Stout.


    “Comics is one of my favorite genres in the wide world of art. It’s like making movies on paper, except that the creator is not limited by budget like they are in the movies. If you can take the time to draw it, it’s in. With every panel hand drawn, comics are a much more personal form of expression than movies.”






  • Tom Spurgeon on The Art of Jaime Hernandez

    “Todd Hignite’s text for the Abrams’ pretty The Art of Jaime Hernandez is like the best testimonial ever written for a fancy tribute dinner, the kind of speechifying that makes you tear up a little bit in shared love for the subject of its adoration. One reads a lot of writing about cartoonists, but very little of it makes you want to shake the writer’s hand, as is the case here.”


  • Johanna Draper Carlson on The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen

    “Kitchen has been known to many for his editorial work (including editing Marvel’s attempt at an underground, Comix Book) for so long that you may have forgotten or never known about his art.”






  • Marc Singer: On teaching Human Diastrophism

    ©1988 Gilbert Hernandez.


    “My classes’ reactions to Human Diastrophism have changed over the years, and mostly for the better. Seven or eight years ago a few of my students were awfully interested in branding the women of Palomar as ‘sluts.’ (Khamo, Borro, and the other men got a pass, of course; the monogamous Pipo and the celibate-but-naked Tonantzin did not.) I can’t say I’m sorry to see that discussion fall by the wayside.”


  • Tim O’Neil: The Tao of Miller

    “Frank Miller is inevitable: you can’t talk about contemporary superhero comics without grappling with Miller’s central importance to the field. The only other figure in this corner of the medium who comes close to matching the same degree of influence these last thirty years is Alan Moore, but Moore’s most significant works produced after the 80s have by and large been too recondite and cerebral for easy digestion.”




Business and Craft


  • Linda Joy Kattwinkel: What to do when your artwork is used without your permission

    Here are four options, from gentle to “nuclear.”


Comics and Art


  • Kris Dresen: She Said

    ©2010 Kris Dresen.


    Have I mentioned the current work by one of my favorite GBLT cartoonists? No? Well, now I have.




Comics Culture


  • Announcement: Mark Fiore wins Pulitzer Prize

    “For a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).”



  • Kelly Thompson: Drink and Draw Like a Lady

    “In addition to all the great women that I met, chatted, and exchanged materials with, the most awesome aspect of the evening was just the vibe — chill and relaxed, inspirational and encouraging, all at once. I realized, standing there, surrounded by women interested in and/or involved in comics, that I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a room filled to the brim solely with women before — let alone women interested in the same kinds of things I’m interested in — comics! It was at once empowering and comforting to be in the company of all those women, and an experience I’ll not soon forget.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Susannah Breslin explains why it’s so difficult to get the porn industry to use condoms.


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.
  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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