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“If I were starting out today, I’d be thinking very hard about wrapping my comic into a .cbz container, slinging it on Rapidshare and posting the link on download sites under an anonymous handle.”

 

“Simply put, MoCCA is too fucking expensive, for the exhibitors and the fans. We may be publishers, but the point of the show for us, as people who love comics, is to discover new comics. Are there still Minty Lewises, Jamie Tanners or even a Justin DeCarlo or two at MoCCA? Yes, but they sure as hell aren’t there in the same numbers, and if they’re around at all, they’re ganged up to cover the table costs. There’s just no way to make your money back as a cartoonist with a mini. And, no, MoCCA, the exposure isn’t worth it if you need that money — and most cartoonists do need every penny they have.”

– Secret Acres’ Leon and Barry
(link via Sean T. Collins)

 

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From Achewood, ©2003 Chris Onstad.

 

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And in the news…

 

Above the Fold

 

Life in interesting times

  • Deanna Isaacs looks at the convention grudge-war between Reed Exhibitions and Wizard. Speaking of which — I just linked to him above, but I wanted to highlight this comment from Collins:

    I’m flat-out amazed by the brutal drubbings Gareb Shamus’s Wizard World comic cons, specifically its Chicago show, are receiving in the local press on the eve of Reed’s rival C2E2 show this weekend — and Wizard’s own Anaheim Comic Con, debuting this weekend as well. I’ve said for a while now that given the stigma attached to Wizard within the industry (especially after the showdown with Reed began), Shamus’s strategy, to the extent one can be discerned, was to first to glom off the positive public awareness of the phrase “Comic Con” (taking a page from Reed’s playbook in fact), and then to take advantage of the credulity and ignorance of local and mainstream coverage of comics to land fluff pieces during all his shows. But it turns out that model couldn’t withstand the very first Wizard/Reed head-to-head match-up. There’s nothing so vapidly fluffy you can’t land it safely into the New York Times’ comics coverage, so who knows, but that aside, this can’t augur well for the Big Apple/NYCC showdown this fall.

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  • Wait: Musician Andrew WK once impersonated Robert Crumb’s lawyer? To the extent that the police were involved?
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  • This isn’t remotely news, but I have no other place to put it: In this A.V. Club roundtable on life-changing art, critic Tasha Robinson reveals how Dave Sim’s notorious essay “Reads” caused her to rethink her behavior. As stunning admissions go, that one’s pretty far up there.

 

Format WarsTM fascist dossier… assholes!

  • The headline says it all: “Mark Fiore can win a Pulitzer Prize, but he can’t get his iPhone cartoon app past Apple’s satire police.”
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  • Richard Esguerra examines the entertainment industry’s “dystopia of the future”:

    Of course, these comments are just an entertainment industry wishlist, an exercise in asking for the moon. But they reveal a great deal about the entertainment industry’s vision of the 21st century: less privacy (with citizens actively participating in their own surveillance), a less-neutral Internet, and federal agents acting as paid muscle to protect profits of summer blockbusters.

    (Link via Andy Levy.)

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  • Cat and Girl author Dorothy Gambrell reveals how much her website has earned her so far this year.

    (Link via Sean Kleefeld.)

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  • J.K. Parkin asks whether the iPad’s screengrab feature makes comics piracy easier. Of course, the same is true of any computer, which is why I consider Marvel and DC/Zuda’s Flash interfaces so hilarious, but that’s probably just me.

 

 

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Profiles

 

  • Peter Gutiérrez on Jaime Hernandez and Todd Hignite

    “I was a little surprised to find out that my approach to sex in comics is different from the norm. I’ve always tried to treat it as naturally as somebody talking about having to buy groceries, and I guess it paid off. Who knew?”

    (Link via Mike Baehr.)

 

Also

 

Reviews

 

  • Tom Spurgeon on Black Blizzard

    Black Blizzard is a fun but rough work, full of character types and situations entirely too on the nose to reflect the nuances of certain moral questions brought to bear.”

 

  • David Ford Jr. on King City #7


    ©2010 Brandon Graham.

     

    “Since finally picking up the new-NEW issue of Brandon Graham’s peerless King City late yesterday afternoon, I’ve been struggling to derive the best analogy for how this opening gambit in the series’s second volume relates to what came before. The best I’m able to come up with, and it’s imperfect, though it works, is Don Quixote.”

 

Also

 

Commentary

 

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch: Mark Millar, Kick-Ass and the failure of criticism

    “Listen: There’s no point in bringing morality into the discussion of a Mark Millar work. It’s a dead end. It’s what he wants you to do. He’s expecting you. He’s rigged the door knob so you’ll get an electric jolt when you touch it. He’s put grease and marbles on the floor. And he’s booby-trapped the hallway with trip wires and suction arrows. He’s prepared, and he is, in fact, counting on you to step right into that trap and get your ass kicked by the two universal cheap excuses for works that test the limits of good taste: It’s satire!, and, It’s just a dumb, over-the-top comic book!

 

  • Shaenon Garrity: Porn

    “The comics industry is counterintuitive. Bugs Bunny is far from the only thing that ought to sell but doesn’t. Case in point: what happened to porn comics? And yes, I am asking this because I want some porn.”

 

Also

 

Comics and Art

 

  • Fabrice Neaud: “Émile”


    ©2010 Fabrice Neaud.

     

    Unless you’ve read Japan As Viewed by 17 Creators, this will likely be your first exposure to one of the best cartoonists Europe has to offer. Go read.

 

  • Gary Clement: The New Yorker from the New Yorker


    ©2010 Gary Clement.

     

    The National Post editorial cartoonist meets New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff.

 

Also

 

Multimedia

 

  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Recent guests on Inkstuds: Eleanor Davis (51MB) and Craig Yoe (51.7MB).
    • James Sturm’s last act on the Internet may well have been to step into the Comix Claptrap (47.8MB).
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch talks to comic book author and filmmaker Greg Pak about his experiences in creating both media (37.7MB).
    • Another week, another episode of Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson’s Ink Panthers Show (29.9MB).
    • In a two-part episode of Manga Out Loud, Ed Sizemore and Johanna Draper Carlson discuss the concluding volume of Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto: one (29.2MB), two (37.8MB).
    • Your weekly allowance of funnybook commentary can be found at Fourcast (34.6MB) and War Rocket Ajax (30.6MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.

 

Comics Culture

 

  • Book by Its Cover: Garo in New York City

    Photos and a short report from a new exhibition spotlighting the revered avant-garde manga magazine.

    (Link via Jessica Campbell.)

 

  • Claire Peracchio: Art Spiegelman in Rhode Island

    “The Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic novelist, comic artist and one-time Simpsons character spoke to a packed List 120 yesterday about his education in comics.”

 

  • Adrian Kinnaird (one, two): New Zealand Comics Weekend 2010

    “It’s been four years since the last NZ Comics Weekend, and in that time I’m pleased to say that the local comics community has grown in leaps and bounds.”

 

  • Kevin Finnigan: Boston Comic Con 2010

    “This past weekend, April 10 and 11, the Boston Comic Con came to the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. Boston hasn’t had a comic convention since the Wizard-Con back in ’05, and after this past weekend, it doesn’t look like another one will be coming to town anytime soon.”

 

  • Dan Nadel: Help the world read Nancy

    “Mark Newgarden, CC pal and advocate for actually making good books about cartoonists, writes in to ask YOUR help in completing and Paul Karasik’s sure to be masterpiece HOW TO READ NANCY.” he’s looking for scans; details at the link.

 

 

Events Calendar

 

Today:

 

  • 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 (Washington DC): Craig Yoe will discuss anti-war cartoons at the Politics and Prose Bookstore on Connecticut Avenue, beginning at 7PM. 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.

 

This Week:

 

  • 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.
  • April 18 (Vernon, NJ): Editorial cartoonist Jimmy Margulies will show and discuss his cartoons at the Dorothy E. Henry Public Library on Route 94, beginning at 3PM. Details here.

 

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to dirk@tcj.com 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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