Journalista for April 19, 2010: Unjust Internet copies

Posted by on April 19th, 2010 at 12:52 AM



“The unjust internet copies are deeply hurting the manga culture, mangakas‘ rights, and even mangakas‘ souls.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • New to the TCJ Audio Archive: Over an hour of excerpts from Arn Saba’s 1979 interview with Prince Valiant creator Hal Foster, recorded toward the end of Foster’s life and originally published in The Comics Journal #102. Downloadable MP3 files available at the link.

  • Roland Kelts examines migration of manga and its cinematic cousin, anime, to the small, handheld screen.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the first two issues of Paul Grist’s The Weird World of Jack Staff.

  • Rob Clough reviews Steve Bissette and Tim Stout’s Tales of the Uncanny.

  • R.C. Harvey looks in on the progress of Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker’s newspaper strip, Dustin.

  • Not comics: Kenneth Smith‘s journey through the Cave of False Consciousness continues.

  • Comics: Shaenon Garrity follows right behind Kenneth Smith, sketchbook in hand.

  • GutterGeek‘s Chris Reilly discusses being a judge for the Eisner Awards.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small and friend discuss Alan Moore’s run on Saga of the Swamp Thing, while Noah Berlatsky suggests that comics journalists might maybe want to get over themselves a little bit.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Checker Publisher Mark Thompson has issued an open letter explaining his company’s decision to sever contact with Diamond. Shorter Thompson: Steve Geppi’s wallet is empty; lack of transparency; a diminished ability to process products; financial mismanagement; hobbled re-listings; a refusal to communicate by registered letters; and Geppi’s massive Mob and Illuminati ties. Okay, I made that last one up. Don’t sue me, Steve! I’m totally broke!

    Anyway, if you’re looking to read a comprehensive broadside against Steve Geppi and Diamond, boy howdy, here you go.


  • Rich Johnston:

    Spanish site Zona Negativa is now reporting that Panini has bought the Italian publishing rights to the Vertigo Crime line. This is an important move, as Planeta de Agostini currently holds the DC Italian comics rights. And this may be the first of a series of moves from Panini Italia to get as many DC rights under its belt in case its Marvel rights are taken away.


  • ICv2 publisher Milton Griepp makes the claim that comics and graphic novel sales were down in 2009:

    Among the key findings: sales of comics and graphic novels in the U.S. and Canada fell in 2009 with periodical comics slipping 3% and graphic novels declining by 6% for an overall drop of 5% as the total market receded from an estimated $715 million in 2008 to $680 million in 2009.

    ICv2 is also stating that “manga sales in the U.S. and Canada suffered through a second straight year of double digit declines in 2009 with sales falling 20% from an estimated $175 million in 2008 to $140 million in 2009.”


    ©2010 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.


  • Jean Schulz widow of Peanuts creator Charles Shulz, warns of counterfeit original art:

    I see artwork on the websites of galleries and auctions, as well as individual work on eBay, that I have had to tell the sellers is not authentic. Of course they feel cheated.


  • Reed Business Information shutters 23 publications, including Graphic Arts Monthly.

  • Missed it: Howard Frank spoke with Frank Frazetta, who explained his side of last month’s big family feud with Frank Jr.

    (Caught it: Gary Groth, via e-mail.)


  • Minnesota parent complains about Jeff Smith’s Bone in local library:

    “That week was his DARE graduation week, and I was a little shocked that my son was reading a graphic novel that had illustrations and content relating to drinking and smoking and gambling,” DeLay said. “We’d just celebrated his graduating DARE and he was reading about everything they taught him not to do.”

    Write your own joke, folks.


  • Mark Millar “invents” the concept of “vampires versus superheroes”… well, except for all those prior examples. Not that we need an excuse to laugh at the fuckwit, mind you.



  • Digital books are now 5% of the U.K. book trade.

    (Link via Craig Teicher.)


  • Apple has second thoughts about banning Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore from its app store.

  • Will giving the U.S. government control over the Internet in the name of Net Neutrality actually kill online free speech? John C. Dvorak makes the case.

  • Molly Wood, meanwhile, thinks it’s time to fight the copyright police state.

  • This isn’t really pertinent to anyone else, but I wanted to note that I’ve just won an argument with TCJ managing editor Michael Dean.



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Graphic NYC




  • Mio Ozaki on Inio Asano

    Mangaka Inio Asano has become one of the voices of his generation. His work — stories of youth that would be too alien or embarrassing for full-fledged adults — has found a home in the hearts of disaffected teens and twentysomethings.”


  • Paramita Ghosh on Joe Sacco

    A Q&A with the Footnotes in Gaza author.






  • Sarah Morean on Body World

    “I took it with me on the bus, that was fine. If anyone had a question about what strange book I was reading, they never asked.”


  • Sean Gaffney on Yotsuba&! Vol. 8

    ©2008 Kiyohiko Azuma/Yotuba Sutazio.

    “This is not the best volume of Yotsuba&! we’ve seen. It’s a sign of how good this series is that I have to note that right off the bat. Yes, it’s still heartwarming, funny, and generally leaves a smile on your face, but it’s merely fantastic here.”






  • John Freeman: A brief history of Scan

    Scan started out a poke in the eye at British comics generally — both small press and mainstream. Matt [Bingham] designed the first cover to be as bland as possible, reflecting, I seem to recall, his annoyance at pretentious many small press comic covers were that he’d seen.”


  • John Porcellino: Groot, the monster from Planet X

    “I have loved Marvel Monster Comics since I was a wee, college-aged post-adolescent. These stories were first published in the late 1950’s and early 60’s in Atlas brand comic books like Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, and Journey into Mystery. Beginning in the late 1960’s, Marvel Comics began reprinting these stories in titles like Monsters on the Prowl, Creatures on the Loose, and Where Monsters Dwell, which is where I first encountered them. They’re my favorite comics of all time.”


Business and Craft


  • Harry Lee Green: Step by step with Bob Byrd

    Reproducing a 1992 article describing how the artist created the illustrations for a children’s book.


Comics and Art


  • Diversions of the Groovy Kind: Jack Kirby’s Dingbats of Danger Street

    From 1st Issue Special #1, ©1975 National Periodical Publications, Inc.

    I’m fairly sure that I’ve linked to scans of this late-period effort to revive the “kids’ gang” genre at least once before, but I don’t remember when I did so. Here it is again.


  • Ger Apeldoorn: Lou Fine’s Adam Ames

    ©1959 Hall Syndicate, Inc.

    “And now, here’s something I’ve always wanted to say… ‘read it and weep.'”






  • Vimeo: Chris Ware’s Gasoline Alley Memorabilia


    What collector doesn’t like to show off the big cabinet?

    (Link via Peggy Burns.)


Comics Culture


  • Anime News Network: Manga award round-up

    Morning International Comic Competition nominees posted, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches International Manga Award competition.


  • Gerry Alanguilan: Summer Komikon 2010

    Photos from the recent gathering in the Philippines.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Marijuana activist and The Emperor Wears No Clothes author Jack Herer has died.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • April 20 (New York City, NY): Dash Shaw will discuss his work with Frank Santoro at McNally Jackson Books on Prince Street, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • April 21 (New York City, NY): Manga creator Akino Kondoh will give an artist’s talk at the Center for Book Arts on 27th Street, beginning at 6:30PM. Details here.
  • April 21 (Cambridge, MA?): Dash Shaw will discuss his work with Paul Karasik at the Harvard Book Store on Massachusetts Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • April 22-25 (Hatfield, England): The UniComics Festival will be taking place at the University of Hertfordshire on College Lane. Details here.
  • April 22 (Portland, OR): Tom Neely and Aron Nels Steinke will read from their work at Herbivore on Stark Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • April 22 (Portland, OR): Market Day author James Sturm will appear at Powell’s Book on Hawthorne Boulevard, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • April 23-25 (Stockholm, Sweden): The Swedish Small Press Expo takes place at Kulturhuset on Sergels. Details here.
  • April 24-25 (Portland, OR): The Stumptown Comics Fest happens at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel on Multinomah Street. Details here.
  • April 24-25 (Columbus, OH): SPACE — the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo — sets up shop at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center on Sinclair Road. Details here.
  • April 25 (Albany, NY): The Albany Comic Con takes place at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road, from 10AM-4PM. 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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5 Responses to “Journalista for April 19, 2010: Unjust Internet copies”

  1. […] Publishing | Checker's Mark Thompson has released a lengthy, and scathing, open letter detailing the grievances against Diamond and CEO Steve Geppi that led the publisher last month to cut ties with the distributor: "The total lack of transparency of Diamond’s internal financials in this economy is tantamount to Russian roulette. Financial bravado alone does not cut it anymore. These publicly filed and successful lawsuits against Diamond ownership and smatterings of financial information discussed with Diamond led us to believe that there are going to be substantial hurdles for Diamond going forward. We believe insurmountable hurdles in a climate of already conservative lending and spending. Checker could not justify continuing with Diamond to anyone with which we have a business relationship." [press release, via Journalista] […]

  2. siegfriedsasso says:

    Yo, Dirk:

    The link that connects to this site is not working on the old TCJ site. Right now, you can’t connect from there to here:

  3. Michael Dean says:

    With regard to “winning an argument” with me over the proper style for “website,” this doesn’t quite do it, since we’ve been allowing “website” for years now. Call me when AP allows “webpage” and “webcomic” instead of “Web page” and “Web comic.”

  4. Dirk Deppey says:

    So wait — “website” is now supposed to be the exception to the rule, then? What’s the rule, exactly?

  5. Dirk Deppey says:

    Update: The Rule has been privately agreed upon, and all is once again right with the world. Wait, why do you care about any of this…?