Journalista for Aug. 13, 2010: Something borrowed, something checkered

Posted by on August 13th, 2010 at 3:18 AM



“I just wanted a place where people could have coffee and talk. […] There are only four other comics/coffee shops in the country.”

David Pinch,
owner of Caffeinated Comics
in San Francisco


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  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe prefers slugs to slapstick in the latest installment of the Popeye roundtable.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • 29 South African editorial cartoonists have signed a letter of protest against a proposed Protection of Information Bill and Media Tribunal, which they believe “will erode the right to freedom of expression achieved by the country’s hard fought struggle for democracy.”

    (Link via Alan Gardner.)


  • The war for ownership of Barnes & Noble heats up.

    Facebook link to wedding photos (requires registration).

  • Congratulations to S. Clay Wilson and Lorraine Chamberlain, now husband and wife!

  • Bottom story: Article extolling digital-comics sales on iPad long on anecdotes, short on sales figures.



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  • Matthew Badham on Tom Humberstone

    “I started making comics in my second year of art college when I became disillusioned with some of my peers and frustrated with the few seconds of animation I was producing each week despite extremely long hours in the studio. To me, making a comic was a wonderful exercise in instant gratification. Which, as time has gone by and I attempt more ambitious work, seems laughably naive in retrospect.”




  • Sean T. Collins on A God Somewhere

    “Racial and religious issues are presented in the didactic style of a Law & Order episode (or, well, a superhero comic). Plot drivers are cribbed liberally from universal superhero touchstones like Watchmen or the Incredible Hulk TV show. The creators operate under the assumption that the audience is already familiar enough with once-innovative ideas for the subgenre — Superman as Christ figure; superpowers would ‘really’ drive a normal person into bloodthirsty madness — to take them as read.”






  • Tom Spurgeon: Ten initial thoughts about Cathy‘s end

    “I don’t think you have to like the strip — and some people detest it — to congratulate the cartoonist on her long and successful run, and to wish her the best of luck in all future endeavors. Here’s what came to mind when I heard the announcement.”




Business and Craft


  • J. Chris Campbell: How to write comics for an anthology

    “Over the last couple years I developed a loose way to write my comics. Sometimes I’ll come up with an idea while standing in the shower, driving in the car, eating a sandwich or pretending to listen to my wife talk. Once I’ve finally come up with an idea that I think will be fantastic I begin the next step in my process. I procrastinate until the very last minute, and usually later than that given the situation and the kindness of the editor.”

    (Link via Coverless.)


Comics and Art


  • Thom Buchanan (one, two, three and four): W.H. Robinson’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    “William Heath Robinson is my favorite of the Robinson brothers, illustrators of the golden age of book illustration. And the 1914 A MidSummer-Night’s Dream is my favorite book of his, and maybe of all time.”






  • Adam Rogers: Grant Morrison

    A streaming-video conversation recorded last month at Comic-Con.


  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Drew Friedman is the guest on this week’s episode of Inkstuds (51.9MB).
    • I’ve been neglecting Alex Robinson and Mike Dawson’s Ink Panthers Show lately, so rather than link to a specific episode, I’ll just send you to the homepage instead. Lots of stuff there.

    All podcasts are available in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Events Calendar




  • Aug. 13-15 (Tokyo, Japan): The world’s largest comics-oriented event, Comiket, takes place at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center. Details here.
  • Aug. 13 (Anaheim, CA): Royal Historian of Oz writer Tommy Kovac will be appearing at Beach Ball Comics on Bell Road, from 5-7PM. 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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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2 Responses to “Journalista for Aug. 13, 2010: Something borrowed, something checkered”

  1. […] In 2010 non-fictional Africa, a group of South African editorial cartoonists have banded together to protest press restrictions proposed in the Protection of Information Bill and Media Tribunal. (link via Journalista) […]

  2. Joe Willy says:

    That Glee cover isn’t any worse than any other crap churned out by Bluewater. But what do you expect from a company that trolls DeviantArt looking for people who can trace photos for 10 copies of their horrible comics?