Journalista for April 22, 2010: Hey, fanboys!

Posted by on April 22nd, 2010 at 12:10 AM



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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Ever seen a copy of the Japanese avant-garde anthology Garo? Two years ago, I scored an issue from 1992 at a local bookstore, and spent a week blogging about it. I’ve just assembled the various pieces into a single post, so if you’ve always wanted to know what Garo‘s like, here’s your chance to find out.

  • Gavin Lees reviews a pair of World War II-themed books from First Second.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Inbound #4.

  • Rob Clough reviews the fifth issue of Sean Ford’s minicomics series, Only Skin.

  • R.C. Harvey takes a look at some recent editorial cartoons.

  • Not comics: Ben Schwartz blows the lid off Doctor Who‘s secret Tory agenda.

  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner picks through this year’s Eisner nominees for Best Continuing Series.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian Noah Berlatsky spotlights some of the comments from the just-concluded roundtable on Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing run.

  • TCJ contributors elsewhere: Jesse Reklaw cartoons a dream by our own Shaenon Garrity.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Ray Barton, the St. Paul, Minn., cartoonist who created the famous [Minnesota] Twins image of two players shaking hands across a river, died of cancer over the weekend, according to multiple reports. He was 80.”

  • I’ve avoided mentioning the death of animation producer Carl Macek last month, as I couldn’t come up with a legitimate comics connection — until Lori Henderson pointed out yesterday that Macek used to be the co-owner of a comics shop in California.

  • North American manga anthology Yen+ will end its print run and move online.

    (Link via David Welsh.)


  • Erin Jameson presents a short Q&A with AiT/Planet Lar publisher Larry Young.

  • When DC Comics promotes a lesbian in a skin-tight outfit to its readers, is it really news? Of course not. Now, when ultra-conservative Archie Comics adds a gay dude to its roster of characters, that’s news…



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Graphic NYC





  • R.C. Baker on Jaime Hernandez

    Detail from the cover of the Village Voice, ©2010 Jaime Hernandez.

    A feature-length profile of the Love and Rockets co-creator, guest-starring The Art of Jaime Hernandez author Todd Hignite.


  • Jeffery Klaehn on John Byrne

    It may take a moment for you to figure out what he means by “the ‘lesbian incest’ moment with Kitty and Kate,” but then, that’s why I link to shit like this.




  • Timothy Callahan on Nemesis #1

    “It’s pure comics in that way that people use the term ‘comic book’ in a derogatory fashion, as in ‘that movie is so cliché, so broad, it’s like a comic book.’ Sure, that’s an insult if you’re looking for depth and subtlety. But if you’re looking for archetypal characters doing ridiculous things, then comic books are a great place to look. Especially superhero comics. Especially ones written by Mark Millar.”






  • Donald Pittenger on Ashley Wood

    A look at the fan-favorite artist’s recent oil work.




Comics and Art


  • Sherm Cohen (one, two, three, four and five): Otto Messmer’s Felix the Cat

    A big, sprawling tale by one of American animation’s major influences.


  • Pappy: Matt Baker’s Canteen Kate

    From Fightin’ Marines #3, ©1951 St. John Publishing.

    Again, I’m reasonably certain that I’ve linked to at least one of these stories before. That said: This is top-notch work by one of the finest comic-book cartoonists in the history of the form. You don’t not link to this stuff.






  • ComicsPRO: Robert Kirkman’s keynote speech

    “So this is where I announce that I’m moving all of my books to digital…”


Comics Culture


  • Michael Cavna: Pink-slipped political cartoonist wins RFK Award

    Ten years from now, editorial-cartooning awards will consist of out-of-work cartoonists handing each other trophies. Mark my words.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Japan: Where the spirit of Russ Meyer and Roger Corman lives on.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 23 (Portland, OR): Kick off Stumptown weekend with a party at Guapo Comics and Books on Foster Road, beginning at 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 24-25 (Kenner, LA): The NOLA Comic-Con takes place at the Pontchartrain Center on Williams Boulevard. Details here.
  • April 24 (Ithica, NY): Ithicon happens at the Women’s Community Center on Seneca, from 10-5PM. Details here.
  • April 24 (Dover, NJ): An open house will be held at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art on Myrtle Avenue, from 1-4PM. 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 (Evanston, IL): A conference on teaching reading with graphic novels takes place at Northwestern University’s Annenberg Hall, from 10AM-5PM. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested. 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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