Journalista for Aug. 24, 2010: The good bartender cheers you up

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 6:22 AM



“What happened to the Obama Administration’s professed respect for copyrights? There is little more offensive to an editorial cartoonist than to have his cartoon stolen and altered to make a different point.”


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From the parody book You’re Short, Bald and Ugly Charlie Brown.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Our Best American Comics Criticism roundtable continues, with contributions from Caroline Small, Brian Doherty and Jeet Heer.

  • Rob Clough offers his observations of a minicomic party at Chapel Hill Comics.

  • Shaenon Garrity reproduces cartoons from a Peanuts parody minicomic.

  • R.C. Harvey puzzles over obtuse comic strips.

  • GutterGeek presents the second installment of Chris Reilly and Kenny Keil’s webcomic, Apple Bites Newton.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, “Kinukitty” reviews Makoto Tateno’s Yokan Premonition.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Tom Hart is launching the Sequential Artists Workshop, a new cartooning school in Gainesville, Florida. John Porcellino has been confirmed as one of the teachers.

    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)


  • Despite a sales drop, “net income for the second quarter rose to $1.9 million up from $1.5 million in the comparable period last year” thanks to cost-cutting measures, reports Publishers Weekly.

  • Andrew Rice looks into the struggle between Len Riggio and Ron Burkle for control of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain.

  • In Kansas, cartoonist Ram Hull is concerned that a new anti-graffiti law may criminalize the fine art of sketching in public.

    Art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, ©2004 DC Comics.

  • ICv2 presents a conversation with DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio: one, two and three.

  • ALC Publishing’s Erica Friedman explains how the recession has stymied her plans to publish and promote yuri manga.

    (link via Brigid Alverson.)


  • Matthias Wivel discusses the recent child-pornography debate in Denmark, spurred on by the conviction of a manga translator for the possession of lolicon comics.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops tomorrow.



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Graphic NYC




  • Jeffery Klaehn on Gene Colan

    “I never stopped to notice anything magical — I was just glad to be getting steady work, and fun stories to do. I think if you asked other artists of this time period you’d find that they would say the same thing. Artists tend to stay in their own bubbles, especially if they have families, which most of us did. We were glad for the work. I didn’t really notice anything special until conventions began happening, around ’68 – which allowed us to witness the real interest in our work, individually.”






  • Tom Spurgeon on King-Cat Comics and Stories #71

    Detail from the cover.

    “In the parlance of mainstream comics, King-Cat #71 is a good jumping-on point: most of what [John] Porcellino does well is in evidence, and you can share with him any comics coming out of this new experience just as readers in the past have explored Denver and Hoffman Estates through his eyes.”






  • Kristy Valenti: Dames in the dollar bin

    A report from the recent “ladies’ night” event at Seattle’s Comics Dungeon.




Business and Craft


  • Tom Richmond: The value of retaining clients

    “It will become apparent quickly when a client falls into that ‘steady source of work’ category, and that’s when you need to go the extra mile for them. When I have a client like that, I will make sure they are taken care of ahead of other work if that becomes necessary. I won’t blow a deadline for another client, but I will pull an all-nighter if my ‘gold’ client calls with an emergency piece or something with a shorter deadline without batting an eye. I certainly will never turn down a job from a client like that no matter what the cost in effort may be.”


  • Sam Costello: Who is your core audience?

    A short essay asking what should be an obvious question, if you’re marketing a comic.


Comics and Art


  • Harry Lee Green: Eric Gurney’s How to Live With a Calculating Cat

    ©1962 Prentice-Hall, Inc.

    It reads like yet another cutesy cartoon-cat book (though in fact it’s an early example of the form), but that’s some great cartooning there.




Comics Culture


  • Mike Rhode: Marc Nathan

    A conversation with the organizer behind this weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con.



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Nathan Rabin profiles the career of one of my favorite country-and-western singers, Hank Thompson. What, no love for “Hangover Tavern”?


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 (Baltimore, MD): The Baltimore Comic-Con takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center on Pratt Street. 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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