Journalista for April 28, 2010: The back half

Posted by on April 28th, 2010 at 12:07 AM



“Every single month, there is a lot of amazing work solicited in the ‘back half’ of any given issue of Previews, but you have to work to find it amongst all of… well, everything else that’s in there. I know that I’m excited about the new Kevin Huizenga book that’s coming this summer, but it took me looking through solicits for Tarot and Zenescope and literally hundreds of other books I have no interest in to find out about it.”


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Recent cartoon by Pat Oliphant.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • The second installment of my 2006 interview with Fables creator Bill Willingham.

  • Rob Clough reviews Charles Schulz’ Complete Peanuts 1975-1976.

  • Tom Crippen tries to make heads-or-tails of a recent editorial cartoon by Pat Oliphant.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, guest contributor Alyssa Rosenberg discusses the nature of criticism.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Mark Evanier passes along word that comic book writer and Warren editor Bill DuBay died on April 15, a victim of colon cancer.

  • Iconix Brand Group and the family of Charles Schulz will pay $175 million to acquire the rights to a number of comic-strip properties from United Features Syndicate and E.W. Scripps, most notably Schulz’ classic strip Peanuts. The Schulz family will retain a 20% stake.

  • Brigid Alverson reports from a recent panel on challenges to graphic novels in public libraries.

  • Vaneta Rogers examines the trend among comics creators toward using the Kickstarter website to pund their self-publishing efforts.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Leena Rao cites a report from mobile ad network AdMob, which claims that Android ad traffic overtook iPhone traffic in the United States for the month of March.

  • I do believe that this might be the first sighted instance of malware targeting Apple’s iPad tablet.

    (Link via Slashdot.)


  • Heidi MacDonald looks at the ongoing effort to convince brick-and-mortar comics retailers that the digital marketplace somehow isn’t a gun aimed at their heads.

  • Kai-Ming Cha looks at the evolving relationship between digital comics and digital piracy.

  • A reminder: Closed systems produce predictable results.



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Graphic NYC




  • Hillary Chute on Daniel Clowes

    Self-portrait ©2010 Daniel Clowes.

    An interview with the author of Wilson.


  • Christopher Irving on Jim Shooter

    One of modern comics history’s greatest monsters returns! Run!






  • Nina Stone on American Vampire #1

    “No, the vampire parts are the dark, mysterious underbelly of the story, and this story is teased out, its yet to be fully revealed. In fact, reading this issue reminded me of when I’ve enjoyed a burlesque number… not too much really gets shown, but hoo-weee! am I interested!”




Business and Craft


  • Alex Cornell: Overcoming creative block

    “[…] I decided to ask some of today’s most exciting artists and creators what they do when the ideas aren’t flowing.”

    (Link via John Martz.)


Comics and Art


  • Online portfolio: Jem Robinson

    “It Can Happen to Anyone,” ©2010 Jem Robinson.

    Art, design, conception, content — there’s nothing about Robinson’s work that I don’t like.




Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 (London, England): Garry Leach, Rian Hughes, Gary Erskine, John Freeman and Rod Barzilay discuss Dan Dare at Apollo Piccadilly on Regent Street, beginning at 10:30AM. 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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