Journalista for April 5, 2010: Expressing ourselves freely

Posted by on April 5th, 2010 at 11:52 AM



“Men and women are equals in politics and in the law. Your society and ours are no different there. Moreover, the crime rate statistics for both general crime and sex crime in Japan are, with all due respect, several times lower than in the United States. Did you, for instance, fear for your safety while walking the streets of Akihabara, or Ikebukuro (holy ground of hentai books for women)? They’re probably many times safer than the streets of New York, let alone those of the suburban housing districts around. (And guns are illegal, too.) Furthermore, in our Akihabara and Ikebukuro, there is no persecution of men or women alike, or of sexual minorities like homosexuals. We all live together in peace, expressing ourselves freely.”


“You’re likely to get a lot of inquiries from press about your reaction to this development, how it affects you and what it means for the industry. As always, we’re glad to see you get the press and represent Marvel on a global scale.”

– Marvel talent-relations manager George Beliard


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From Cats, ©1975 B. Kliban.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gary Groth presents the third installment of his 1980 interview with artist and editor Dick Giordano.

  • Jared Gardner responds to Blaise Larmee’s recent essay on comics and the “trophy economy.”

  • Kent Worcester reviews the Dan Nadel-edited Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Hogan’s Alley #16.

  • Rob Clough reviews the first three issues of Pat Lewis’ afterlife-defying minicomics series, Cragmore, B. Kliban’s 1975 collection, Cat.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky reviews Hergé’s The Castafiore Emerald.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Mark Campos (and Mary Fleener, providing further detail) brings word that minicomics cartoonist Jamie Alder died on March 25 after what appears to have been a heart attack. He was 58. Rick Bradford offers a eulogy.

  • Also passed on: noted First Amendment lawyer Burton Joseph, who, as Mike Rhode notes, served as counsel for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

    Satirical drawing swiped from this essay on “fujoshi moe,” creator and copyright information unknown.


  • Anime News Network reports that Japan’s Osaka Prefectural Government is keen to ensure that erotic works by and for women will also be targeted by their proposed ordinance outlawing “obscene” works involving underaged characters. Take that, you dirty fujoshi!

  • According to Brigid Alverson, yaoi publisher DramaQueen appears to have risen from the dead. Take that, you lucky fujoshi!

  • Rich Johnston continues tracking the controversy over digital-reproduction rights among French cartoonists.

  • A consortium led by former Publishers Weekly publisher George Slowik has purchased the magazine, hopefully ending speculation about the demise of the comics-friendly trade magazine for a while.

  • John Hogan interviews Toon Books publisher Françoise Mouly.

  • Laura Cameron examines romance publisher Harlequin’s success with manga in Japan.

  • Matthew Murray presents month-to-month comparisons for sales of select independently published genre comics to Direct Market retailers, now updated for February.

  • The most depressing news to emerge from last weekend’s WonderCon in San Francisco:

    [Judd] Winick, who has a reputation for writing homosexual characters based on one of his early Green Lantern story arcs and his Pedro and Me biography, was asked which member of the JLI would be coming out. The writer responded, “Who isn’t gay in the JLI?” At that point, Starman Mikaal Tomas was mentioned, whom Robinson had established as homosexual during the “Starman” series.

    “He’s going to have a gay relationship in the future with another superhero,” said Robinson.

    “Then I’ll have to write about him because he’s gay,” joked Winick.

    Unbelievable. Someone out there is still willing to give Winick money to inflict badly written, two-dimensional gay characters upon the world of comics? Kill me now.


Format WarsTM iPad iPad… iPad!

Apple launched the iPad over the weekend. Estimates of combined pre-order and launch-weekend sales range from 350,000 to eleventy-billion units.

Video podcasts This Week in Tech and This Week in Google offer all the commentary you could possibly want, as well as an on-site conversation with “the smarter Steve,” Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Further commentary is available courtesy of Matt Blind.




  • John Geddes on Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins

    Penny Arcade creators: possibly more popular than Jesus, but definitely more than John Lennon.






  • Larry Cruz on Bad Machinery

    “Coinciding with an increase of impenetrable Britishisms, everyone in Bad Machinery goes off on pointless tangents as if pointless tangents were going out of style. It doesn’t matter if it’s a guy mumbling to himself about sports curses or some girl trying to figure out the things you find in Russia or two girls talking about something, something, something, GYMNASTICS, LEOTARDS. While this sort of thing is a vague approximation of witty dialogue, it far more closely resembles a long, rambling blog post where the blogger is clawing at the mouth for trivial things to comment on. (And believe me, as a blogger with mouth-clawing problems up the wazoo, I would know.)”


  • David Ford Jr. on Black Blizzard

    ©2010 Yoshihiro Tatsumi.


    “For all that is great about Black Blizzard, particularly when read in the context of the author’s mature works from the late-sixties and early-seventies, it is without question an apprentice work. As [Yoshihiro] Tatsumi himself observes to his brother in A Drifting Life, the draftsmanship is at points so sophomoric as to seem almost comical.”


  • Michael Lorah on Locas II

    “Somehow, some way, Jamie Hernandez is getting better and better. Love & Rockets, since its debut in 1981, blazed a standard for brilliant, personal and engaging comic book storytelling, and Locas, the first gigantic hardcover compilation of Jamie’s ‘Maggie and Hopey’ stories, stands as one of the highlights of my life as a reader. Now, unbelievably, Locas II exceeds the original’s standard.”






  • Gerry Alanguilan: The thing about creating comics

    “One indisputable fact about us: we really don’t have all that much free time. Making comic books take an incredibly long time. One single page can take an artist an entire day, sometimes 20 hours a day just to finish a page. That’s only ONE page. Comic books have 22-23 pages a month. Add to that a cover, so that’s 24 pages. 24 days of intensive work a month. The rest of the time we’re sleeping or eating. As I said, we don’t have all that much free time.”


  • Gerry Alanguilan: The need for serious criticism

    “Comic book creators seem to be driven paranoid by the thought that there are people ‘out there’ that are saying bad things about independent comics. I’ve actually been thinking about this for a long time, and talking with a few friends in the industry, about the need for serious, intelligent and proper criticism of the comic books that we do.”




Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn (one, two, three, four, five, six and seven): A week of comics scans

    A reminder, in case you needed it, that Apeldoorn is one of the best scan-bloggers on the Web.


  • David Donihue: Caricature vs. women’s suffrage


    “The origins of the Women’s Suffrage movement can be traced back to 18th century France. In the 19th and 20th centuries, male cartoonists in France, England, the U.S. and other countries mocked women’s efforts to gain equal rights. Throughout history, cartoonists have been satirists of the established order but on this topic, virtually all cartoonists firmly supported it.”




Comics Culture


  • Matthew Murray: UK Web and Minicomix Thing 2010

    A report from Saturday’s big show in London.



Events Calendar


This Week:


  • April 6 (Norman, OK): John Porcellino will be signing at Atomik Pop on Main, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • April 6 (New York City, NY): Jules Feiffer at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, from 7-8PM. Need I say more? Details here.
  • April 8 (New York City, NY): Hope Larson, Abby Denson, Paige Pumphrey, Monica Gallagher, Katie Skelly, Colleen Frakes, Lucy Kinsley and Rachel Freire will be at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • April 8 (New York City, NY): Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler will read their new all-ages book Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, from 3:30-4:30PM. Details here.
  • April 8 (New York City, NY): James Sturm will be signing books and meeting readers at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • April 9-11 (Torino, Italy): The Torino Comics Festival blah blah blah I don’t read Italian so you’d be a fool to take my word for anything, save perhaps that Scott McCloud will be there. Details here, if you read italian.
  • April 9 (New York City, NY): Northern European cartoonists Lars Fiske, Espen Holtestaul, Ib Kjeldsmark, Johan F. Krarup and Sofia Falkenham will make appearances at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, from 3-5PM. Details here.
  • April 9 (New York City, NY): Jaime Hernandez and The Art of Jaime Hernandez author Todd Hignite will be signing at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • April 10-11 (New York City, NY): The MoCCA Art Festival takes place at the 68th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Details here.
  • April 10 (Los Angeles, CA): Join John Pham for an opening reception celebrating his new exhibit at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, from 6:30-10PM. Details here.


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