Journalista for Aug. 2, 2010: No stupid questions

Posted by on August 2nd, 2010 at 4:34 AM



“Since this was my first Comic-Con, and only my fourth con of any kind, I didn’t have much to compare it to, but after the [Moto Hagio spotlight] panel Mari said, ‘I’m so glad there were no stupid questions.’ After attending a couple of other panels, I realized what she meant.”


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One of the many deaths of Daddy Warbucks, from Little Orphan Annie.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Here’s video from the Manga for Grown-Ups Panel, held at the recent Comic-Con in San Diego.

  • Speaking of which, R. Fiore looks back at Comic-Con.

  • Roland Kelts hits the road with Tokyopop.

  • R.C. Harvey contemplates death in the funny pages.

  • Rob Clough reviews a pair of minicomics.

  • Tom Crippen shares a few more Golden Age comic-book covers by Alex Schomberg.

  • GutterGeek‘s Chris Reilly unearths a 1992 interview with Jim Woodring, while Jared Gardner continues his look at Vertigo’s crime comics.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Erica Friedman asks a variety of artists why they make art; Vom Marlowe reviews Marvel Entertainment’s What if Ord Resurrected Jean Grey instead of Colossus?; Ng Suat Tong responds to Alan Choate concerning R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated; and Caroline Small looks back at the labors of French film archivist Henri Langois.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Neil Gaiman reports that he’s won another courtroom showdown with Todd McFarlane over characters that the former created for the latter’s comic-book series, Spawn.

    Detail from the cover of Spawn: The Dark Ages #1, featuring “Dark Ages Spawn,” not “Medieval Spawn,” no way, nuh uh.

    Presumably this means that McFarlane owes Gaiman copies of the stories that have been quietly reprinted, as well.


  • Last week, Joey Manley posited that major comics publishers are increasingly able to leapfrog indy publishers and webcomics creators on tablet and cellphone platforms. The comments thread at the link would seem to bear this out, as both SLG Publishing’s Dan Vado and Keenspot’s Chris Crosby testify.

    (Hat tip: Brigid Alverson.)


  • Wendy Kaminer discusses the increasing tendency to legislate against “cartoon kiddy-porn,” and explains why even grotesque fantasies shouldn’t be criminalized.

  • Science-fiction author Norman Spinrad begins a multi-part essay discussing what he calls “the publishing death spiral.”

    (Link via Warren Ellis.)


  • Tom Spurgeon presents five comics stories that you can bank on (sort of), while Valerie D’Orazio makes twenty predictions for the comics industry.

  • Marvel really needs someone to check their cover text.



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  • Jeffery Klaehn on Garth Ennis

    “We’re still dominated by two massive publishing operations, each with interesting, experimental material, and — combined with some of the smaller publishers that have managed to establish themselves — that means you’re that bit more likely to find something that you’re not expecting. The idea that comics are capable of anything seems to be here to stay. Conversely, the industry is still dominated by the superhero comics, which unfortunately means we have one genre defining our medium as far as the general public is concerned.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Tom Spurgeon on Troop 142 #4

    “[Mike] Dawson’s comics tend to mine humor out of putting on display in the full flower of their stupidity the grand plans of unambitious dopes. As might be expected, the camp setting seems to support that kind of thing very well, and as a series of comedic set pieces it’s a stronger than average comic book.”


  • Chris Sims on Batman: The Widening Gyre #6

    ©2010 DC Comics.

    “Kevin Smith’s Batman stories are the worst Batman comics I’ve ever read, and while I haven’t actually read them all, I’ve read enough that I’m pretty comfortable in declaring them the worst Batman comics ever.”






  • Derik Badman: Talking, thinking and seeing in pictures

    “Writings on this topic in regards to film are also quite numerous. Being a visual media, filmic theories bear some relation to the studies of comics, but there are many places where the two differ. In particular are issues of the ‘camera’ and the ‘profilmic’ (that is, the material that exists as that which is filmed (actors, sets, etc.). As comics have neither a true camera nor are they recordings of material that actually existed, many of the elements of film focused on by film theorists are irrelevant to comics studies.”


  • Michael Dooley: Portraits of comic-book artists as graphic designers

    “Among the 100,000-plus at last week’s San Diego Comic-Con, the place was plentiful with designers — Chip Kidd being the most famous — participating in panels and signings. But there were even more than was first obvious… it’s just that they were all called ‘comic book artists.'”




Business and Craft


  • Johanna Draper Carlson: Asking reviewers to jump through hoops

    Presenting a fairly clear-cut example of how not to get coverage for your releases.


  • Sam Costello: Conventions for semi-pros

    What to do, what not to do.


Comics and Art


  • Brandon Bird: These Are Their Stories

    An image from the show, by and ©2010 Michael Kupperman.

    Art from a Law and Order-themed gallery show at Meltdown in Los Angeles, featuring contributions by Kate Beaton, Box Brown, Lisa Hanawalt and many others.






  • Vimeo: Gene Yang on breaking into comics

    Keynote speech from a one-day conference sponsored by Hennepin County Library and the Loft Literary Center on June 19, 2010.

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)




Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Aug. 5 (Portland, OR): Join Brandon Graham and Simon Roy for a signing at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 5 (Los Angeles, CA): An opening reception for the Summer Drawing Show takes place at Family on Fairfax Avenue, from 7-10PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 5 (New York City, NY): This month’s New York Comic Jam takes place at at Jack Demsey’s Pub in Herald Square. I don’t see a time listed. Details here.
  • Aug. 7-8 (Sydney, Australia): A weekend of comics-related events, featuring such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Eddie Campbell, Shaun Tan and our own Gary Groth, await you at the Sydney Opera House. Details here.
  • Aug. 7 (London, England): Simon Bisley and Pete Milligan will be signing comics and meeting readers at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 1-2PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 8 (Philadelphia, PA): The Philadelphia Alternative Comic Con takes place at The Rotunda on Walnut street, from noon-6PM. 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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