Journalista for April 9, 2010: Unlike every other year…

Posted by on April 9th, 2010 at 8:38 AM



“Congratulations to this year’s Eisner nominees, apparently selected by pulling names out of a hat.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kent Worcester reviews the new collection of essays, The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Seeing.

  • Danica Davidson reviews Jonathan Clements’ collection of J-culture essays, Schoolgirl Milky Crisis.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small steps between Chris Ware and his critics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Format WarsTM FUBAR Friday… whatever!

  • Johanna Draper Carlson notes that Netcomics has pulled its digital offerings from manga publisher Aurora, and wonders what this says about the health of the latter company.

  • New iPhone 4.0 operating system to finally get multitasking, advertisements.

  • Vaneta Rogers speaks with a variety of comics retailers about the possible impact of digital distribution on the iPad.

  • How often do you see sentiments like this on CNN?

    There are several other publisher-backed apps, but they don’t come close to the quality of the Marvel and Comics apps. The list of available publishers, titles, and issues is small. For example I have yet to see any DC [a Time-Warner Company] titles, and I really need my Batman!

    That’s where independent apps come in. While they don’t have deals with publishers, they do let you read CBR and CBZ (comic book RAR and comic book ZIP) files, and in some cases even PDF files. CBR and CBZ files are ZIP or RAR compressed files that contain JPEG images of each page of a comic. So an entire issue is packaged in one file.

    But how and where you get these files is the real moral dilemma. You can’t buy them online. So you either have to scan your own comics or find them in shady Internet back alleys and download them with programs like BitTorrent.



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Graphic NYC





  • Alex Dueben on Robert Williams

    The Ball Peen Hammer Expressionist, ©2010 Robert Williams.


    A conversation with the pioneering underground cartoonist and painter.






  • K.C. Carlson on The Addams Family: An Evilution

    “I learned a lot about subtlety from reading Chas. Addams cartoons. With some of his very best cartoons, it took a moment or two to discover the joke — sometimes literally, as he would often distract you from the punchline by making your eye look elsewhere, often at something mundane.”


  • Sean T. Collins on Spider-Man: Fever #1

    “Would that the surrounding comic were equally delightful, but it’s a pretty perfunctory rehash of Bronze Age rehashes of Silver Age storytelling. An avalanche of knowingly stiff dialogue, which turns out to be as numbing as the unknowing variety, deflates whatever action hasn’t already been neutered by the surprisingly inert physicality [Brendan] McCarthy cooks up for Steve Ditko mainstays Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. (Nice-looking Vulture, though.)”






  • David Brothers: Tsutomu Nihei, a manga creator for America

    A look at the work of the Western-leaning manga-ka.




Business and Craft



Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng (one, two, three and counting): Sheilah Beckett

    Greeting card nicked from Peng’s Sheilah Beckett Flickr set.


    “Today I spent a delightful hour on the phone with a remarkable lady named Sheilah Beckett. Sheilah is 97 years old. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1913, Sheilah Beckett always loved to draw.”






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch begins a month-long look at the intersection between comics and film by speaking with two men with a foot in each world: cartoonist-turned-director Marc Caro (22.2MB), and director-turned-comics-writer Paul Tanter (27.8MB).
    • This week on Inkstuds, Robin McConnell discusses the art of Jaime Hernandez with writer/editor Todd Hignite (55MB), and Tove Jansson’s Moomin with Paul Gravett and Juhani Tolvanen (54.9MB).
    • Phonogram writer Kieron Gillen is the guest on this week’s episode of War Rocket Ajax (60.2MB).
    • Over at House to Astonish, Al Kennedy and Paul O’Brien present commentary and review from an intelligent fanboy’s perspective (43.2MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:


    We always knew that videogames would lead to humanity’s destruction. Now we have proof.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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 (New York City, NY): Kids’ Comic Con happens at the Bronx Community College, from 10AM-6PM. Details here.
  • April 10 (Chapel Hill, NC): Writer Christos Gage will be signing books and meeting readers at Ultimate Comics on Fordham Boulevard, from noon-2PM. 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.


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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