Journalista for Aug. 23, 2010: A terrible example

Posted by on August 23rd, 2010 at 5:25 AM



“I love Capt. Easy, but this is a terrible example of using a caption to weasel out of drawing a fight scene.”


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A comics critic at work, in this sequence from Pussey!, ©2006 Daniel Clowes.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Our roundtable discussion of the essay collection The Best American Comics Criticism begins, with contributions from Ng Suat Tong, Noah Berlatsky and a response to various critics from the book’s editor, Ben Schwartz.

  • International comics: Fredrik Stromberg brings us the latest volleys in the ongoing debate over the sentencing of a Swedish manga translator for the possession of lolicon manga.

  • Rob Clough reviews the third and fourth issues of Sam Carbaugh’s minicomic, These Things Happen.

  • R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Tom Crippen graces us with another of Jules Feiffer’s early Clifford strips.

  • Not comics: R. Fiore looks at the Fleischer Brothers’ Popeye cartoons.

  • GutterGeek‘s Chris Reilly interviews veteran humor cartoonist Evan Dorkin.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Domingos Isabelinho examines Dominique Goblet and Nikita Fossoul’s Chronographie, Alex Buchet continues his look at identity-politics and Tintin, and Peter Sattler concludes the longrunning roundtable discussion on R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • The Armies of Liberation blog points to a report by News Yemen (Google translation), stating that Yemeni cartoonist Kamal Sharef was arrested last Friday, after state authorities raided his home. The blogpost notes that Sharef’s cartoons covered “womens’ rights, corruption, bigotry,and child brides and other progressive commentary on social issues.”

    (Right: Kamal Sharef. First link via Tom Spurgeon.)


  • “Protestors are calling for a controversial exhibition featuring Japanese Manga animation to be banned for depicting children in an overtly sexually manner,” according to the Copenhagen Post.

  • Intrigue over the fate of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain continues, as David G. Golden and Dr. David A. Wilson are named to the company’s board of directors in the midst of a struggle between Leonard Riggio and Ron Burkle for ownership of the company.

  • David Brothers speaks with three manga-industry professionals about the current challenges in the marketplace.

    Hey, look! A chart!

  • Matt Blind compares with the bricks-and-mortar retail market.

  • The mechanics of media-licensing rights for comics adaptations just confuses the hell out of me. Here, let them confuse you, too.



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Graphic NYC




  • Marc Mason on Al Jaffee

    A 1964 archival profile of the longtime Mad Magazine contributor.






  • Michael Buntag on Burma Chronicles

    ©2008 Guy Delisle.

    “Like his predecessor Hergé, [Guy] Delisle spins tales set in far-away exotic places. But whereas the Franco-Belgian master’s stories reveal the clear-cut divisions of their colonialist and Cold War era settings, Delisle lives in the murkier post-colonial, and post-9-11, present.”






  • Frank Santoro: More My Love

    “I can just imagine Mario, Gilbert, and L’il Jaime [Hernandez] reading these titles as well as the super-hero Marvel titles in the ’70s. In fact, I know they did. They told me. The point is that I feel like this workshop was a direct influence on the formation of Love and Rockets. No big revelation, I know. But if you think about how romance comics more or less died in the late 1970s and that there are no ‘romance’ comics in the traditional sense anymore — then Los Bros are truly the inheritors of this tradition. They are romance comics. The modern romance comics.”




Business and Craft


  • Deb Aoki (one, two): SDCC 2010 Manga Translation Panel

    A transcription of the on-stage discussion, featuring William Flanagan, Mark Simmons, Jason Thompson, Jake Forbes, Jonathan Tarbox, Stephen Paul and Shaenon Garrity.




Comics and Art


  • Sam Henderson (one, two): My Son, the Daughter

    “This was a book published in 1966, back when the idea of someone being gay was funny in and of itself. I don’t know for sure, but Mort Drucker’s probably embarrassed by it now.”






  • YouTube: Noah Van Sciver

    The Blammo cartoonist discusses his work.

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Aug. 24 (Chicago, IL): A reception for a new exhibit of drawings by Michelangelo Setola and The Bun Field author Amanada Vahamaki will be held at the Lula Cafe on Kedzie Boulevard, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 25 (Portland, OR): Beanworld creator Larry Marder will be signing books and meeting readers at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 25 (Burbank, CA): The Comic Art Professional Society holds their annual art auction at the Animation Guild on Hollywood Way, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 26 (Toronto, Ontario): Megaman Megamix cartoonist Hitoshi Ariga will make an appearance at the Japan Foundation on Bloor Street, beginning at 7PM. Seating is limited, RSVP required. Details here.
  • Aug. 28-29 (Portland, OR): The Portland Zine Symposium takes place at Portland State University. Details here. (Warning: Site contains annoying Java app that will piss you off.)
  • Aug. 28 (Somewhere in CA): Something called the Slum Circus Independent Comic and Art Expo takes place… goodness only knows when and where, as the website refuses to tell me. They probably don’t want you to attend — I don’t think you’re “cool enough,” or something. Good luck finding the details here.
  • Aug. 28 (San Francisco, CA): The Girls Drawin Girls artist collective will be sketching and signing at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 2-5PM. 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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