Journalista for Aug. 11, 2010: Just because

Posted by on August 11th, 2010 at 4:32 AM



“There’s some books that we publish where we know there’s never going to be a film or a TV show that will happen from them. Or video game. Ever. But the reason why we want to publish them is because, we are a publisher. We exist to publish books. Just because something doesn’t have life as a film or a TV show doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be out there.”

– Archaia Comics editor-in-chief Stephen Christy


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Screenshot from the International Comics panel, held at last month’s Comic-Con.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Presenting a video recording of the International Comics panel from last month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. The panel was moderated by Tom Spurgeon, with participants Moto Hagio, Milo Manara, Emile Bravo and Kathryn and Stuart Immonen.

  • Gavin Lees presents the first installment of a two-part video demonstration by Jamie Grant of the digital-coloring process.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky offers his contribution to the ongoing Popeye roundtable discussion.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Dave McElfatrick, creator of the Cyanide & Happiness webcomic, has been denied a visa by the U.S. government, allegedly on grounds that McElfatrick is “not world-renowned.”

    (Link via Alan Gardner.)


  • Daniel Potter triangulates the tracking statistics provided by the webcomics advertising service Project Wonderful.

  • Deb Aoki presents a transcript of the Comics and Digital Piracy panel from last month’s Comic-Con, featuring Aoki, Douglas Wolk, Jake Forbes and David Steinberger: overview, one and two.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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Graphic NYC




  • Kai-Ming Cha on Sean Michael Wilson

    The AX: Alternative Manga editor discusses gekiga, as well as his own comics work.






  • Kristy Valenti on Make Me a Woman

    ©2010 Vanessa Davis.

    “The series of portraits of women interspersed throughout the book — in sweaters, in tube dresses, stretching, dancing, slouching — have enough grace that they transcend the filler that they frankly are.”




Comics and Art


  • Christian Blais: Michel Rabagliati’s Montreal

    A comparison between the images of the Quebecois capital depicted in Rabagliati’s Paul series and the real thing.

    (Link via Claire Bennett.)




Comics Culture


  • Deb Aoki: Bryan Lee O’Malley in Toronto

    A photo gallery from the Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour release party in Toronto.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    In 1839, Austen Henry Layard left the comforts of England to visit the Arabic world that enchanted him so thoroughly in the book The Arabian Nights — and received a lifetime’s education in human nature.

    (Link via Arts & Letters Daily.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Aug. 12 (New York City, NY): A panel discussion on “The Future of the Traditional Comic Strip in the Era of Dying Newspapers” takes place at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 13 (New York City, NY): A host of cartoonists will be signing in support of the new all-ages anthology, Reading With Pictures, at Forbidden Planet on Broadway from 6:45-8:15PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 14 (San Francisco, CA): Joshua Ellingson serves as cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission street, from 1-3PM. 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. (Note: Under no circumstances will I link to a Facebook page. Seriously, what idiot “advertises” their event solely on a website that requires registration to see the advertisement?)


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One Response to “Journalista for Aug. 11, 2010: Just because”

  1. Joe Willy says:

    I liked that Stephen Christy comment so much I tweeted it (more than once, actually).