Journalista for April 20, 2010: The timeframe shrinks

Posted by on April 20th, 2010 at 1:26 AM



“Even in the world of physical print comics and the bricks-and-mortar comics store network, I can finish a script today and have the finished object in your hand in three or four months. Sometimes less, if I’m playing fast and loose with solicits text! In webcomics, of course, the timeframe shrinks to the speed at which finished art can be uploaded.”


“Ann Nocenti told me recently she had a bunch of teenagers at house that said ‘Marvel comics are for old people.'”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gavin Lees reviews Kate Beaton’s self-published collection, Never Learn Anything From History.

  • Rob Clough reviews four minicomics by Sam Henderson.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the first three issues of the small-press anthology Inbound.

  • R.C. Harvey lays out this year’s Reuben Award nominees.

  • Shaenon Garrity‘s “Ken Smith Comics” continues — TCJ inside baseball as you like it!

  • GutterGeek‘s Chris Reilly reviews Brooke Allen’s A Home for Mr. Easter.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky looks at the role that gender plays in Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Famed Turkish cartoonist Vehip Sinan died Sunday evening in an Istanbul hospital. He was 81. Sinan’s six-decade career saw him drawing for a variety of newspapers.

  • The lolicon scanlation site Little White Butterflies “has been removed from Google search results following a complaint, filed by an unnamed party, that it was hosting child pornography. Google also reported the site to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — a legal obligation for US content providers who become aware of child pornography.”

    (Link via Simon Jones.)


  • Thanks to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, this week’s shipment of American comics won’t reach the U.K.

  • A listing of benefit auctions for ailing cartoonist Gene Colan can be found here.

    You gotta watch out for them poorly drawn Nazi Jews. Cartoon ©2010 Jenna Brager.

  • And now, this week’s college cartoon controversy.

  • Apparently, there’s been talk of moving “New Comics Day” from Wednesday to Tuesday, or something.

  • E. Magnuson profiles The Folks Who Sign My Paychecks, Fantagraphics Books.

  • Whoops!


Format WarsTM fuck-it-it’s-the-Apple edition… again!

  • Ken Auletta asks, “Can the iPad topple the Kindle and save the book business?”

  • Peter Payne offers thoughts on the iPad’s prospects in Japan, and why the print-retail discount in that nation may actually hamper the migration of (legal) digitized manga to the device.

  • Advance information about the next-generation iPhone slipped out, leading to much speculation about how the device fell into the hands of the tech press. Here’s what happened. Oooh, I wouldn’t want to be in that poor bastard’s shoes right now…

    (Second and third links via Tucker Stone and Leo Laporte.)


  • Finally, some Mad Science! Okay, not really, but it sounds a bit like Mad Science.



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Graphic NYC




  • Tom Mason on Ed Dodd

    A short look back at the life and career of the Mark Trail creator.






  • Tom Spurgeon on Captain America: The Truth

    Art by Kyle Baker, ©2003 Marvel Characters, Inc.

    “History tells us the treatment of black soldiers was routinely abominable, and in The Truth those abuses become the relentless, dour drumbeat of the narrative. In other words, Marvel traded an imaginary story that might have made a black man the first Captain America for an in-continuity one that super-sizes some of the worst behavior of the US government in its long history.”


  • Tangognat on Bunny Drop Vol. 1

    “I was not attracted to the premise of a bachelor unexpectedly becoming a father. I don’t think that there’s necessarily anything extra cute or special about men acting as a primary parent, so I was worried that this series would be overly sentimental. But when I picked Bunny Drop up I was happy to discover that it was much more subtle and interesting than I assumed it would be.”






  • Ryan Holmberg on Garo

    “The mutually adoring relationship between Gary Panter and Japan in the early ’80s is a good example of how there is a certain trans-national convergence of taste in alternative comics-making in that period which did not exist in the ’60s: Garo and Zap had little in common.”


  • Kevin Pasquino: Farewell to The Boys

    “The cornerstone of many of [writer Garth] Ennis’ stories consisted of characters simply chatting with each other. They would be funny, strange and wondrous in their conversations. Their stories could be macabre and disgusting, but the characters would be so interesting that it made for compelling reading.

    “It was an amazing high wire act that few other writers have been able to achieve, but with The Boys it seems like Ennis has lost his ability to balance these elements and has finally come crashing to the ground.”


Comics and Art


  • W.L. Evans School of Cartooning: Doug Wheeler

    “In the early 20th century, most towns had at least one newspaper, and a great many of those newspapers employed their own cartoonist. Aspiring cartoonists could attempt to learn their craft via numerous correspondence schools. One of those schools was run by W.L. Evans.”




Comics Culture


  • Anime News Network: Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize winners announced

    Yoshihiro Yamada takes the grand prize.


  • Reminder: Harvey Award nomination ballots due Friday

    Details at the link, of course.



  • Tim O’Shea and Henry Eudy: FLUKE 2010

    A pair of reports from the recent small-press gathering in Athens, Georgia.


  • Chuck O’Donnell: Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

    “Hundreds of students from across the United States and dozens of other countries as far-flung as Australia and Israel have graduated from the school since 1976, most of them eventually fulfilling their dreams by becoming professional comic book artists and cartoonists.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    I’m still attempting to suss out the implications of the recently passed health-insurance reform bill, so I found this Bloggingheads debate between the New Republic‘s Jonathan Cohn and The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle fascinating for what I should hope are obvious reasons.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 23 (Toronto, Ontario): Kill Shakespeare creators Connor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, Andy Belanger and Kagan McLeod will be signing comics and meeting readers at The Beguiling on Markham Street, from 5-7PM. 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.
  • April 25 (Baltimore, MD): Kim Deitch will be signing books and meeting readers at the Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins Bookstore on Paul Street, from 4-6PM. Details here.


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