Journalista for Aug. 27, 2010: Baaaaaaa!

Posted by on August 27th, 2010 at 12:01 AM



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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The Japanese publisher Shueisha reported on Thursday that it had a loss of 4.18 billion yen (about US$49 million) during the most recent fiscal year — the first annual loss that Shueisha has reported.”

  • Stu Rees is urging working cartoonists to join the American Society of Illustrators Partnership:

    Reprographic royalties are money collected from universities, government entities and corporations for a blanket license to copy printed matter. As a cartoonist with work published in the US and abroad, you may be entitled to some of the money.


  • Michael Cavna and Alan Gardner present exit interviews with My Cage co-creator Ed Power, whose newspaper strip has been canceled by King Features.

  • Saturday is Kick a Person Reading Comics in Public Day, the day when we offer Team Comics idiots a lesson in boosterism perspective by giving them a good, swift boot to the ass after we catch them acting like sheep. Remember your steel-toed boots!



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  • Sarah Tucker on Mort Walker

    “You’ve gotta be consistent, to be true to the characters. People form an affinity towards them. To last 60 years you gotta do something people care about.”






  • David Ulin on Drinking at the Movies

    “For [Julia] Wertz, humor often yields to gentle desperation as she seeks in physical distance (she grew up in the Bay Area) what she cannot find within herself. This makes for a story comfortably without resolution, one that subtly subverts the expectations of the memoir even as her drawing style — blocky, simple, with a deceptive lack of polish — speaks to the rough-hewn intimacy of the form.”




Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng (one, two, three, four and counting): Bob Peak

    Illustration from the June 1964 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.

    Let’s end the week with another extended look at a classic 20th-century commercial illustrator, shall we?






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Brian Heater of the Daily Cross Hatch spoke with minicomics creator John Porcellino on-stage at the recent Minneapolis Indie Xpo (23.1MB).
    • Speaking of convention-panel recordings, Ninja Consultant presents Jason Thompson narrating “the secret history of manga” at a San Diego Comic-Con a year or two back (14.9MB).
    • Inkstuds‘ Robin McDonnell interviews The Selves author Sonja Ahlers (54.3MB).

    All podcasts are available in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.

Events Calendar


This Weekend:


  • 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. Update: Oh, look, the’ve finally bothered to add date and time to the website: It’s at Chuco’s Justice Center on Redondo Boulevard in Los Angeles, from 10AM-6PM.
  • 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.
  • Aug. 29 (Vancouver, British Columbia): The Vancouver Comicon takes place at Heritage Hall on Main Street. 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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2 Responses to “Journalista for Aug. 27, 2010: Baaaaaaa!”

  1. […] there with Free Comic Book Day (For one thing, no one gives me free comic books on it). Meanwhile, Dirk Deppey says “Saturday is Kick a Person Reading Comics in Public Day.” Now I’m torn. I […]

  2. […] or other comics in Jameson Square whether I was asked to or not. On Journalista, Dirk Deppey ridiculed the event for its lack of perspective, “Team Comics boosterism,” and its encouragement that fans “[act] […]