Journalista for Aug. 19, 2010: Obviously disturbing

Posted by on August 19th, 2010 at 5:47 AM



“Even though bondage images were common in the ’40s, in the ’90s there was a different edge to it. In comics, especially on covers, there’s almost always going to be an image of the hero or heroine in a dangerous situation because it drives sales. But there’s not often a cover image of Superman looking kind of sexy but beaten up and bloody at the same time. There is something obviously disturbing about images of women, even of comic-book characters, looking kind of sexy but battered at the same time.”


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From Elephant Man #1, ©2010 Greg Houston.


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Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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. 21 (Los Angeles, CA): Bryan Lee O’Malley will be signing books and meeting readers at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, beginning at 5PM. 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 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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