Journalista for Aug. 18, 2010: Standing athwart history

Posted by on August 18th, 2010 at 5:16 AM

 

 

“It’s impossible to reproduce a novel’s deep characterizations and nuances of plot development in a comic book format. I’ve had a couple of my short stories done in graphic style and, while I’m pleased with the results, I don’t see how a novel could be done that way — except by boiling down the novel to a few incidents and characters and tossing away almost all of the depth and plot development.”

Ben Bova
(link via Von Allan)

 

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From Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy’s Joe the Barbarian.

 

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  • Rich Kreiner reviews the first six issues of Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy’s Joe the Barbarian.
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  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small checks out some illustrations for Russian folktales.

And in the news…

 

Above the Fold

 

Life in interesting times

  • ICv2 presents its estimates of comics sales to Direct Market retailers for the month of July. From the market overview:

    With only one title over 100,000 copies, comic sales dropped 12% vs. the year ago period. But strong sales on all six Scott Pilgrim volumes, along with a new Walking Dead volume, pushed graphic novel sales up 3% vs. the previous year.

    Here are the top-300 charts for comics and books.

    (Right: cover to X-Men #1 — well, the latest one, anyway — the top-selling comics pamphlet for the month of July.)

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  • “Famed games developer Warren Spector (Deus Ex), has warned the video game industry to tread very carefully, lest it end up as niche and marginalised as he thinks comic books are.”

 

Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • While I remain a skeptic of tablet computing to revolutionize comics in the short term, that doesn’t mean that I think this true of the long term as well… indeed, while Marvel and DC have too much to lose to be pushing the envelope, this isn’t true of other comics publishers. Case in point: Anime News Network reports that Japanese publisher Shueisha will be heavily promoting its new comics magazine Jump SQ.19 on the iPad, giving the first issue away free and selling the second shortly afterward in partnership with Yahoo! Japan.
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  • The answer, of course, is yes — oh, wait, you were talking about tablet computers, weren’t you?

 

 

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Graphic NYC

 

Profiles

 

  • Mindless Ones on Paul Gravett

    “Comics have been defined for so long by their print incarnations, and even now most webcomics conform to individual ‘pages’ within the standard rectangular computer screen. Hypercomics explore where the medium might be heading next, especially with the growth of iPhones, iPads and other Readers and the scope of greater interactivity. I’m convinced that there’s massive potential still to be unlocked in how we create and experience ‘the shapes of comics to come’.”

 

  • Shaun Manning on Jason


    From Werewolves of Montpelier, ©2010 Jason.

    “I did several stories completely without text. That doesn’t really interest me anymore. I like to write dialogues. At the same time, if a sequence works best without words, great, I’ll take them out/”

 

Also

 

Reviews

 

  • Katherine Dacey on How I Made It to Eighteen


    ©2010 Tracy White.

    “White’s narrative is refreshingly uneventful; she wisely avoids the trap of similar teens-in-distress stories by allowing Stacy’s journey to self-awareness to unfold in a realistic fashion without the kind of false triumphs and setbacks that are characteristic of the genre.”

 

  • Matthew Brady on Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird

    “Visually, we would fall off the deep end if [Tony] Millionaire’s captivating art wasn’t so successful at bringing discovery and meaning to the narrative. The dense linework gives everything volume and weight, along with a leap-off-the-page energy.”

 

Also

 

Commentary

 

  • Jeet Heer: Seth and Chester Brown as late-born nationalists

    “Many Canadian cartoonists seem to be late-born nationalists. Why is this? It might simply be an offshoot of the fact that Canadian comics were themselves late in developing, with Vortex, Drawn and Quarterly and other firms only gaining a foothold in the 1980s and 1990s. Perhaps also in a hinterland country like Canada, an art form has to go through a nationalist phase, using up the available historical themes, before it can move into post-nationalism.”

 

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Business and Craft

 

  • Alexander Danner: Write what you know (because learning something new would be terrible)

    Write What You Know is probably the most common advice writers receive, so much so that it is accepted wisdom; and yet this is quite possibly the worst advice ever given to a writer. Here is what I understand this advice to mean: Writers should be lazy and ignorant, and we should never, every challenge ourselves to try to understand people who aren’t ourselves.”

 

Comics and Art

 

  • Gold Key Comics: UFO Flying Saucers #10

    All I can tell you is, it was the ’70s, man.

 

Also

 

Comics Culture

 

  • Houghton Mifflin: Best American Comics accepting submissions

    Works must be received by September 7, if you want your work considered.

 

  • Isotope Comics: Isotope Award accepting submissions

    If you’ve got a minicomic that you think stand up to the best of ’em, the deadline for consideration is October 1.

 

 

Events Calendar

 

Today:

 

  • Aug. 18 (London, England): Bryan Lee O’Malley will be signing books and meeting readers at Gosh! Comics on Great Russell Street, from 4:30-6:30PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 18 (New York City, NY): See James Sturm in conversation with Sandee Brawarsky at the Congregation Rodeph Sholom on 83rd Street, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.

 

This Week:

 

  • Aug. 19 (San Francisco, CA): Nicole Hollander will participate in a presentation and signing at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 19 (New York City, NY): Join Gary Panter and Peter Saul for an on-stage conversation at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 19 (Montreal, Quebec): Historian and scholar Jeet Heer discusses modern comics at the Libairie Drawn & Quarterly on Bernard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 20 (London, England): Join Becky Cloonan for the opening of her new art show at Orbital Comics on Great Newport Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 21-22 (Manila, Philippines): The Metro Comic Con happens at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City… is that still in Manila? I’m sitting here in Arizona, so I have no idea. Details here.
  • Aug. 21 (Minneapolis, MN): The Minneapolis Indie Xpo takes place at the Soap Factory on Second Street, from 9AM-5PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 21 (Plano, TX): The Dallas Webcomics Expo will be held at the Southfork Hotel on the Central Expressway, from 11AM-6PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (New York City, NY): Join Alex Robinson, Mike Dawson and Josh Flanagan for a live taping of the Ink Panthers Show at Brooklyn’s own Bergen Street Comics, from 11AM-2PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (London, England): Comica Comiket, the Independent Comics Summer Fair, takes place at the PumpHouse Gallery in Battersea Park, from noon-6PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (Beverly Hills, CA): Sheldon creator Dave Kellett will celebrate the launch of his latest book with a talk, signing and free drinks at the Crescent Lounge on Crescent Drive, beginning at 9PM. Details here.

 

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to dirk@tcj.com 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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