Journalista for April 27, 2010: All about the environment

Posted by on April 27th, 2010 at 1:52 AM



“Ask yourself, why are publishers excited over Kindle and iPad when everything they do can already be done with any of the hundreds of millions of PCs that already exist? It’s all about the environment those platforms provide.”


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Bill Willingham’s cover art for the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons module The Secret of Bone Hill, ©1981 TSR Hobbies, Inc.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • The first installment of my 2006 interview with Fables creator Bill Willingham, originally published in The Comics Journal #278.

  • New audio! From last weekend’s Stumptown Comics Festival in Oregon, here’s a recording of the self-publishing panel, featuring Meredith Gran, Lucy Knisley, Shaenon Garrity and moderator Erika Moen (29.2MB downloadable WAV audiofile).

  • R.C. Harvey reviews the new collection of George McManus and Zeke Zekley’s Bringing Up Father: From Sea to Shining Sea. (Also courtesy of Harvey, another look at some recent editorial cartoons.)

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the first two issues of Chuck Forsman’s minicomics series, Snake Oil.

  • Rob Clough reviews the twelfth issue of the small-press anthology Papercutter.

  • Not comics: R. Fiore on the latest South Park/Muhammed controversy.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook reviews a suite of crime comics.

My sincere apologies, but once again, I will not be listing individual Free Comic Book Day events in the calendar, for the simple reason that said calendar would be a hundred lines long and assembling it all would cost me half the time needed to get other things done this week.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Yesterday in Japan, “the Osaka Prefectural Government has designated eight boys-love manga magazines as ‘harmful publications,’ the legal category of publications which may not be bought or read by anyone younger than 18 years old.”

  • Anthony Spencer, father of and “crime consultant” to Smuggling Vacation author Jason Wilson, has been sentenced as the leader of a drug-smuggling ring. Rich Johnston has the details, including news footage of amphetimines being pulled from boxes of Wilson’s books.

  • Ohio retailer Kendall Swafford looks at the question of comic street dates.

  • So let’s recap: Reacting to a New York Times story about how a change in tax policy could adversely affect non-profit organizations, Johanna Draper Carlson e-mailed several comics-related NPOs and asked for an on-the-record statement. Valerie D’Orazio, officially representing the fangirl-advocacy group Friends of Lulu, responded with an embarrassing screed that would have shamed Bill O’Reilly.

    So did any of D’Orazio’s friends or colleagues think to take her aside and point out that, you know, this might not have been the best way to represent an organization with dues-paying members? Apparently not, as D’Orazio later doubled down with an over-the-top tirade that must be read to be believed, and surely must have left more than a few FoL members with second thoughts about her current position of responsibility. I’ve had pleasant e-mail exchanges with D’Orazio in the past, so I hate writing this, but… wow. Just wow.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops tomorrow.



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Graphic NYC




  • Avoid the Future on Jeffrey Brown

    From Undeleted Scenes, ©2010 Jeffrey Brown.

    A Q&A with the autobiographical cartoonist.






  • Tom Spurgeon on Power Out Vol. 1

    “While I could make a cursory judgment based on the comic’s obvious strengths, I would also have to come to some sort of summary decision based on what is so far Power Out‘s most egregious failure: to distinguish itself as art that reflects a way of seeing the world as opposed to a series of effects derived from other works.”


  • Michael Buntag on Other Lives

    ©2010 Peter Bagge.

    “On one hand it views the Internet as just a more convenient way to indulge in human vices such as fear, hate, lust and greed (To quote the lines from the Broadway musical: ‘The internet is for porn’). And on the other hand it simply rehashes old ideas about the internet as a metaverse populated by avatars representing actual individuals — hence the emphasis on Second World as the ultimate expression of inappropriate online behavior. Otherwise, it’s a facsimile devoid of any significant social component. As such, Other Lives feels a decade out of step and written by a visible outsider looking in.”






  • Alexander Most: When comics lose their magic it’s time to expire them

    “The magic of a comic needs to stay intact. As much as we want to see The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes back in the papers, when we look back on their relatively short runs we remember a time when every day brought innovation, when never did your eyes skip over the strip after noticing a familiar punch line.”

    Okay, now I feel old.




Business and Craft


  • Mark Kennedy: Glen Keane handouts

    “These say it all way better than I ever could. Again, this is an easy thing to get undisciplined about and let go. Nobody ever confronts you and says ‘Hey, you stopped drawing three dimensionally, cut it out with all the flat drawing.’ Like a lot of things in life, if we can get away with something, we will. People won’t usually go on a diet until their pants get too tight.”

    (Link trail: Mike LynchSherm Cohen.)


Comics and Art


  • Stephen Kroninger: Vanity Fair cartoon covers

    Art by Paolo Garretto.

    More classic illustration from my new favorite art blogger.




Comics Culture


  • Tom Gastall: Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel in California

    The comics creators paid a visit to UCLA Live’s Royce Hall last Friday, and Gastall was there.


  • Tarini Awatramani: Mumbai’s first comic book library

    “We chat with two of the three founders of Leaping Windows, ultra cool librarians Bidisha Basu and Utsa Shom, about their project and also their work aimed at setting up a community and a social networking website to create a forum for fellow comic lovers to commune and blog, which they hope will facilitate the growth of graphic art appreciation and production.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Here’s a headline I wasn’t expecting to see yesterday: “Gene that allows growing a new head identified.”


Events Calendar




  • April 27 (San Francisco, CA): Dash Shaw makes an appearance at Isotope on Fell Street, from 7PM-midnight. Details here.


This Week:


  • April 28 (Washington DC): Joe Sacco will give a presentation and discussion of his work at American University, beginning at 2:10PM. Details here.
  • April 28 (London, England): Brian Sibley discusses the career of Ronald Searle at the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street, from 6:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • April 28 (San Francisco, CA): Beth Cary and Frederik Schodt discuss the work of Hayao Miyazaki — which makes this “not comics,” but what the hell — at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • April 28 (Berkeley, CA): Dash Shaw will discuss his work at Pegasus Books on Shattuck Avenue, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • April 29 (Portland, OR): Dash Shaw makes an appearance at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne Boulevard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • April 30-May 2 (Naples, Italy): The International Comics Festival — wait, you guys aren’t pretending you’re the only one, are you? Details here.
  • April 30 (Manchester, England): An opening reception for Oliver East’s new exhibit will be held at the International 3 on Fairfield Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • May 1-9 (Lucerne, Switzerland): It’s the Fumetto Festival, and it wants you! Details here.
  • May 1 (Everywhere): Free Comic Book Day is today! Get yourself out to a participating comics shop and pick up a free funnybook. Details here.
  • May 1 (Keene, NH): Market Day author James Sturm makes an apprearance at the Toadstool Bookshop on West Street, from 11AM-noon. Details here.
  • May 1 (Peterborough, NH): Market Day author James Sturm makes an apprearance at the Toadstool Bookshop on Depot Street, beginning at 2PM.. Details here.
  • May 1 (Berkeley, CA): Gene Yang will discuss his work at Mrs. Dalloway’s on College Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • May 2 (Washington DC): The Washington Comicon comes to George Mason University. 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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