Journalista for April 6, 2010: The opposite of open source

Posted by on April 6th, 2010 at 8:51 AM



“The direction I think they need to go is that comics, in the paper format, should be made returnable.”

– Vancouver retailer Ethan Peacock


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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Shio Sat?, the pioneering sh?jo and science-fiction artist best known for One Zero, The Changeling, and other literary works, passed away on April 4 due to a brain tumor. She was 59.”

  • Jamie Paulin-Ramirez has been formally charged with conspiring to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks over a cartoon depicting a dog with the head of Muhammed.

  • It’s not “news,” really, but I really enjoyed learning about Chris Ware’s secret cartoon lineage.


Format WarsTM didn’t-drink-the-Kool-Aid smugness report… obnoxious!

This weekend provided an excellent opportunity to discover which journalists and bloggers knew how to cover the tech industry… and which didn’t. Did they uncritically reproduce Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster’s claim that Apple sold somewhere between 600-700,000 units of its new iPad tablet on Saturday? Psyche! As John Abell notes, the number turned out to be roughly half that. Next up for the hype machine: apps. Sarah Weinman explains why, and why you shouldn’t believe everything you hear in that department, either.

Speaking of skepticism, you can’t beat Jeff Jarvis in that regard:

The iPad is retrograde. It tries to turn us back into an audience again. That is why media companies and advertisers are embracing it so fervently, because they think it returns us all to their good old days when we just consumed, we didn’t create, when they controlled our media experience and business models and we came to them.

The Apple iPad: bad for freedom! Think of it as the George Bush of tablet computing…

(Me, a troll? Nevernevernever! Okay, maybe a little.)


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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  • Karen Green on James Romberger

    “It occurred to me that I’d never even asked James, in all our conversations, what had made him decide to come to Columbia for a degree and what effect that was having — or that he hoped for it to have — on his work. So I swung by his studio for a conversation….”






  • Andrew Wheeler on American Elf Book Three

    Detail from the book’s cover.


    American Elf has the ordinariness of a good diary: it focuses mostly on small moments and conversations, things that can be encompassed within four panels and not feel like an excerpt or a piece of something larger.”


  • John Adcock on Le Groom Vert-De-Gris

    “Yann’s one-shot adult reworking of the popular children’s series caused some controversy on the album’s release in May 2009. One critic accused Yann of anti-Semitism and disgusting sexuality, to which the author replied that the critic carped airily and condescendingly about his ‘sexual questions,’ called him a ‘mental case,’ and denied him the ability to think for himself. I would guess that sales hit the stratosphere when the controversy was aired on the internet.”






  • Martyn Pedler: In defense of underwear perverts

    “Has there ever been a medium so closely associated with a single genre? It’s frustrating, but it’s fascinating too. Superhero stories and the comic book form are so inextricably linked that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s classic Watchmen implied its parallel universe simply by having the comics in its world filled with pirates instead. (Most sci-fi stories have to do something shocking like have the Twin Towers still standing to achieve the same effect.) While some alternative comic artists swear off superheroes at all costs, others can’t seem to help reaching out for a handful of cape.”


  • David Pepose: The NYT and the ethics of downloading

    “The New York Times has an interesting article up about the ethics of downloading — one that certainly would play a role in the comics sphere, which is why I bring it to the floor for your debating pleasure.”


Comics and Art


  • Lucy Knisley: Game over

    Sequence from the strip, ©2010 Lucy Knisley.


    Kind of slow on the comics front today, and I don’t feature webcomics “up top” nearly often enough, so let’s take a moment and address the imbalance, shall we?






  • YouTube: Carlos Castellanos


    The Baldo co-creator makes a radio appearance, and you are there!

    (Link, as always, via Mike Lynch.)


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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