Journalista for Aug. 3, 2010: I only know what I read in the papers

Posted by on August 3rd, 2010 at 3:27 AM



“Long before the graphic novels Kick-Ass and Watchmen were turned into hit films, [Neil] Gaiman had a hand in making comics cool for an adult audience.”

Charles Purcell,
Sydney Morning Herald


“Unfortunately, we missed their set.”


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Unrestored page from “Pulo’t Gata” by master Filipino cartoonist Fransico V. Coching; Espesyal Komiks, published December 24, 1956.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • In our International Comics section, Gerry Alanguilan examines the state of comics preservation in the Philippines.

  • Rob Clough reviews Kevin Huizenga’s Ganges #3, and a number of minicomics by Virginia Paine.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Colleen Frakes’ minicomic, Revenge! Tragic Relief #8.

  • R.C. Harvey offers commentary on the recently concluded Comic-Con in San Diego.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Alex Buchet discusses a few inaccuracies in Harvey Kurtzman’s war comics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • The lawyer representing Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich has declared that the lawsuit attempting to regain the rights to the character from Marvel Entertainment will proceed in Federal court.

  • Missed it: Rumors of Friends of Lulu’s demise appear to have been premature.

    (Caught it: Johanna Draper Carlson. Logo at right ©2004 Diana X. Sprinkle.)


  • Liesl Bradner reveals the past and future comic-book history of German art-book publisher Taschen.

  • “Selling” a presumed partial ownership of Miracleman back to Neil Gaiman, then turning around and attempting to trademark it? Hey, that was pretty unfair, too. Karma really is a bitch, ain’t it, Erik?

  • I have to admit, it’s getting harder to find actual comics stories in Google News, what with all those movie articles clogging up the pages. If I wasn’t able to add “-comic-con” to my search terms, it’d be harder still.



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Graphic NYC




  • Adriane Quinlan on Lily Renée Phillips

    “Phillips went on to become perhaps the best-known female illustrator of her day, revered by the medium’s obsessive fans and yet undiscovered for nearly 50 years. Since 1949 the woman who signed her pages ‘L. Renée’ had been declared missing by the comics world. Fans knew her only by her unusual work: panels that evoked German expressionist films, costumes that could have appeared in the pages of Vogue, and heroines who moved with the muscular grace of dancers. ‘Some people are just illustrators and some people are storytellers,’ says golden-age historian Jim Amash. ‘She was actually both.'”

    (Link via J. Caleb Mozzocco.)





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Josh Flanagan on Stuck Rubber Baby

    “The book isn’t autobiographical, but [Howard] Cruse says that a great deal of it came from his life, and people he knew. So often, the Civil Rights movement is spoken of in reverence, but we rarely think of in conjunction with gay rights, at least at the time of the story. Yet in Stuck Rubber Baby, the oppressed black youth were under the same fire as the closeted and not so closeted gay youth, and you have a difficult time telling the two struggles apart.”


  • Kelly Thompson on Revolver

    ©2010 Matt Kindt.

    “For the most part Kindt keeps his storytelling very simple and clean, with equally simple panel layouts which is wise as it allows the reader to easily distinguish these two realities and to focus on more important aspects of the story. However, he uses several nice devices beyond his strong figure work, composition, and expressive line quality. I was particularly fond of his occasional but effective use of creative word balloons; a running tape of ‘news’ that cleverly included the book’s page numbers at the bottom of each page; and the chapter images, which reversed to reflect our two realities.”






  • Chris Oliveros: Buenos Aires report

    The Drawn & Quarterly generalissimo manages to find a great deal of comics-related items of interest in this photo-filled remembrance of his recent trip to Argentina.




Business and Craft


  • Murray Ewing (one, two): Self-publishing Alice at R’lyeh

    “So, I’d done all that work of writing, illustrating, putting together the booklet and getting it printed. What now? Surely it should get easy from now on?”

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)


  • John Kricfalusi: Kirby is killing me

    “It all started with an assignment I have to draw an illustration using some Marvel characters in my style.”


Comics and Art


  • Doug Wheeler: John Leighton’s London Out of Town, part one

    “To round out our series of Victorian Era Summer Comics, today we start a three-part serialization of the story of a family taking a summer vacation — London Out of Town, or The Adventures of the Browns at the Sea Side. This 1847 British comic book/graphic novel, was published by David Bogue, and written/drawn by artist John Leighton, under the pseudonym Luke Limner.”






  • YouTube: Fake Stan Lee vs. real Stan Lee

    When titans clash!


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. 6 (San Jose, CA): Gene Yang will be on-hand for an exhibit of his work at The SLG Publishing Boutiki on Market Street, beginning at 8PM. 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. 7 (Washington DC): Autobio minicomics creator Ryan Claytor will participate in a signing at Fantom Comics on Mass Ave, from 4-7PM. 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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