Journalista for Aug. 25, 2010: I’m a nerd

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 6:44 AM



“i just got back from lunch at ‘sun in bloom’ on bergen st in brooklyn. it was great. and then i went comic book crazy at bergen st comics. which is also great. i’m a nerd and sometimes i get a little bit crazy in comic book stores and go home with a lot of comic books.”



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Comics critics, attack! From Jack Kirby’s The Hunger Dogs, ©2008 DC Comics.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • The participants in our Best American Comics Criticism roundtable begin responding to one another: Here’s Caroline Small, Ng Suat Tong and Jeet Heer, with the rest sounding off tomorrow.

  • Rob Clough reviews new small-press collections by Laura Terry and Penina Gal.

  • Anne Ishii discusses an odd controversy in Japan involving nuclear energy and Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro.

  • Not comics: Kent Worcester in Baghdad.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, cartoonist and teacher Sean Michael Robinson talks about teaching art to manga and anime fans.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Cartoonist and animator Satoshi Kon died yesterday of pancreatic cancer, two months shy of his 47th birthday. Kon began his career as a manga artist in the early 1990s before moving on to animation in 1995 as the writer for “Magnetic Rose,” one of the short films in the Katsuhiro Otomo-produced, feature-length anthology Memories. His directorial debut, the Hitchcockian thriller Perfect Blue, introduced the themes that would color most of his subsequent work: the deceptive nature of fiction and fantasy, and their relationship with how we perceive the real world. The subsequent films Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika, as well as his animated television miniseries Paranoia Agent, cemented Kon’s reputation around the world as a cult-favorite animation visionary.

    An enigmatic image from the first chapter of Kaikisen, ©1990 Satoshi Kon.

    Anime News Network has translated brief statements from Kon’s widow Kyoko and the Madhouse animation studio, where he was working on his next film, The Dreaming Machine. Here’s commentary from Patrick Macias and Liz Ohanesian; Christopher Butcher asks that some kindly publisher license Kon’s manga; and Ryan Sands offers a quote attributed to Jeff Betteridge that really feels like the last word: “It’s not that anime will never be the same with Satoshi Kon gone. It’s now much more likely that anime will always be the same.”


  • “Barnes & Noble reported declining sales in its stores and increasing sales online in its fiscal Q1 (ending July 31) on Tuesday,” notes ICv2.

  • Kai-Ming Cha looks at manga publishers’ plans to offer their wares online for legal download.

  • Sandra Thomas investigates Toronto, Ontario British Columbia’s ComicShop, which is being forced out of its longtime location due to neighborhood gentrification.

    (Thanks to Steven Wintle for the correction.)


  • John Seven reports on the Stanford Graphic Novel Project, a creative-writing program that teaches the medium to students by collaborating on a book-length comic each session.



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  • Chris Randle on Bryan Lee O’Malley

    “I have two or three things that kind of brewed during Scott Pilgrim. Some of them date back to the very — like, between the first and second book I had some ideas. Some of them have been simmering for five years. It’s very complicated to actually turn those things that mean something to me, that have been evolving in my mind, and turn them into actual words on paper. It’ll probably take a while. I’ve realized I have to lay low for a bit after this is all done.”






  • John Lucas on The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective

    “But this retrospective makes it abundantly clear that Holmes deserves better than footnote status in the history of underground comics. Through excerpts from the artist’s own journals and interviews with those who knew him, Patrick Rosenkranz presents his subject as a man of contradictions, both prodigiously gifted and painfully insecure.”


  • Greg McElhatton on Moving Pictures

    ©2010 Kathryn and Stuart Immonen.

    Moving Pictures is the kind of book you’ll want to read two or three times to fully enjoy, each journey through war-torn Paris revealing something new and interesting to the reader.”






  • Laura Hudson: Gareb Shamus admits Wizard Cons not really about comics anymore

    “Of course, it’s easy to get a bit chicken and egg here; Shamus can say there isn’t more comics content because there aren’t enough comics fans seeking it out, but it’s just as easy to say that you aren’t going get those fans in attendance if you don’t make any sort of active effort to give them the sort of content they’d want.”




Comics and Art


  • Charlie Allen (one, two, three, four, five and six): Odds and ends

    Detail from an Arco magazine ad, featuring oceanographer Jacques Cousteau; artist unknown.

    A smorgasbord of commercial art, presented by a guestblogger over at Leif Peng’s marvelous website.






  • Minnesota Public Radio: Cathy Guisewite and Chan Lowe

    The retiring Cathy creator and the editorial cartoonist do an hour of talk radio, with the results available in streaming audio.


Comics Culture


  • Brian Heater: Minneapolis Indie Expo 2010

    “I was told when I arrived that everyone who was going to show up was there already. ‘This is Minneapolis, after all.’ Not a mecca for late night party hoppers, I suppose. Not that we didn’t stay late enough, of course, considering that I’d somehow been talked into working the show’s check-in table, from 7:30 AM to opening. I suppose I’ve never really worked that side of a convention before, so I’ve never experienced the magic of interacting with a parade of hungover cartoonist[s] before 8 AM on a Saturday.”



Events Calendar




  • Aug. 25 (Manhattan Beach, CA): Mike Mignola and Daughter Katie will be signing copies of The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects at The Comic Bug on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, from 5-8PM. 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.


This Week:


  • 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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