Journalista for April 15, 2010: Another bad taste concept

Posted by on April 15th, 2010 at 12:03 AM



“This dislike of his work runs in the family. Back in the day, [Mark] Millar pitched [K.C. Carlson] a terrible Legion proposal that included all kinds of awful ideas, like Fertile Lass, whose power was to get pregnant whenever a boy looked at her. See? Another bad taste concept that doesn’t go anywhere.”


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From The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II, by and ©2010 Larry Gonick.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reports from last weekend’s MoCCA Art Festival in New York City, and reviews the second issue of Robin Enrico’s minicomics series, Life of Vice.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Larry Gonick’s Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad.

  • Kent Worcester reviews Jean-Paul Gabilliet’s newly translated Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books.

  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner examines this year’s Eisner nominees for Best Short Story.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Rich Johnston wonders whether Marvel is the flashpoint for a “new comic-book world war” between Disney and Marvel’s international distributor, Panini.

  • Also via Johnston, a possible hotel scam targeting San Diego Comic-Con attendees?

  • Don Sanchez looks at publisher/distributor Last Gasp, which really has turned out to be the last of the underground publishers, on their 40th anniversary.

  • Tom Spurgeon and Alan David Doane raise the possibility that the price of funnybooks may have reached a tipping point.

  • Inertia in Mangaville: Lori Henderson wonders about what’s going on with Del Rey Manga, while Gia Manry prods Kodansha USA to prove that it has a pulse.

    Detail from J.H. Williams’ cover to Batwoman #1, ©2010 DC Comics Wants You To Think About This Woman’s Nipples.


  • Congratulations to DC for finally learning how to successfully market sexy lesbians to middle-aged superhero fanboys! Truly, we shall overcome…


Format WarsTM propaganda parade… busted!

  • You know all those horrifying figures about the cost of digital piracy that the entertainment industry loves to toss around? According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, they can’t be verified.

  • Robert Tracy presents a community-moderated interview with Keenspot co-founder Chris Crosby.

    (Link via Gary Tyrrell.)


  • Brian Heater explains what the iPad could mean for indy comics.



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  • Ladane Nasseri on “Amir”

    Sequence from the comic, ©2010 First Second.


    The pseudonymous author of Zahra’s Paradise discusses his motives in writing about the turbulent recent events in his native Iran.






  • Glen Weldon on Market Day

    “The echoes of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Sholem Aleichem you hear are intentional, but [James] Sturm’s thorough knowledge of what his chosen medium can do allows him to accomplish something that’s all his own.”






  • Jim Woodring: Alaska diary

    “I can see why people go crazy when they see this place. There is an inherent challenge in this landscape to come on and learn what you’re made of. It’s impossible not to think of Jack London in those mountains and all too easy to imagine being driven to the extremity of eating frozen horsehide, hair and all.”

    (Link via Mike Baehr.)




Comics and Art


  • Jaime Hernandez: “The Ghoul Man,” part one

    ©2010 Jaime Hernandez.


    The first half of a rare strip from the Love and Rockets co-creator.




Comics Culture


  • Announcement: Steve Breen wins Fischetti

    “His entry for the Fischetti Award captures the backlash of Iran’s government trying unsuccessfully to squash Internet communications documenting public uprisings last year.”


  • Frank Santoro: MoCCA Art Festival

    Okay, I’ll do one more of these.

    While we’re here: Drawn & Quarterly has photos, and here’s a transcript of the superhero panel featuring Paul Pope, Frank Miller, Kyle Baker, Jaime Hernandez and Dean Haspiel.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    “The seizures, detentions, and exterminations of pit bulls — sanctioned by laws in many states — expose the statutory logic for making preemptive justice constitutionally permissible: canine profiling supplies the terms for inclusion and ostracism, and even the suspension of due process rights.”

    (Link via Arts & Letters Daily.)


Events Calendar




  • April 15 (New York City, NY): Tales of the Closet author Ivan Velez presents a slideshow, lecture and workshop at New York University on Kimmel Center, from 5-7PM. 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 15 (New York City, NY): Danny Fingeroth presents an on-stage conversation with Jules Feiffer at Columbia University on 116th Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • 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.


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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