Journalista for Aug. 30, 2010: Antisocial selfishness

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 12:08 AM



“Until people on both sides of the issue get over their antisocial selfishness, and acknowledge that the other party has rights that are being spat on, and arguments that are valid and sound, this issue will never be resolved. Half a century ago there was at least a détente; most copyright violation required effort but the public domain was still growing. The introduction of copying technology has broken that peace, the extension of copyright terms and introduction of anticopying tech returned fire, and now there’s all out war, in an arms race of mutually assured destruction. But nobody ever really wins a war; you just have survivors. We need peace. We need compromise. We need cooperation. We need to stop the cancerous growths of both copyright enforcement and copyright violation.”


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Detail from the cover to Detroit Metal City Vol. 6.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Anne Ishii speaks with cartoonist Johnny Ryan about one of his favorite manga, Kiminori Wakasugi’s Detroit Metal City.

  • International comics: Marco Pellitteri looks at the history of the Italian graphic novel.

  • Matthias Wivel looks at Swiss cartoonist Nadia Raviscioni’s Vent Frais, vent du matin.

  • Rob Clough reviews the second volume of the Werewolf!! anthology, compiled by an assortment of students and alumni from the Center for Cartoon Studies.

  • R.C. Harvey states that words are as inportant as pictures in comics.

  • Tom Crippen blesses us with another Jules Feiffer Clifford strip.

  • GutterGeek‘s Chris Reilly interviews Fred Hembeck.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, James Romberger argues that artists are not fairly credited for their contributions to collaborative work, while Vom Marlowe talks about gender problems in the YA series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Joakim Gunnarsson on Saturday: “Just got the news that Swedish cartoonist Oskar Forsgren passed away this week. I don’t know the circumstances, but the news comes from a reliable source so I’m afraid it’s true.”

    ©2010 R.K. Laxman.

  • India’s esteemed cartoonist R.K. Laxman was admitted into a hospital to have a tube removed from his nose, which “had been inserted […] while he underwent treatment in a Mumbai hospital about two and half months back after suffering multiple strokes.” He is reportedly in stable condition after the operation.

  • Rich Johnston passes along rumors that Diamond will begin shipping comics to its Direct Market customers on Tuesday by the beginning of next year, offering retailers much-needed extra time to shelve new product for new-comics day on Wednesday.

  • Is this a premonition of a coming wave of Japanese publishers digitally distributing their own wares in English? (Also: Can I be just a little more hysterical in framing a news story?)



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Graphic NYC




  • Nicholas Wroe on Posy Simmonds

    “In hindsight, her 1981 book True Love can be seen as her first graphic novel, but it was with the publication of Gemma Bovery in 1999 that she was first taken seriously in the genre. It was reviewed by literary heavyweights including Lisa Jardine and Elaine Showalter. Eric Griffiths said he hoped ‘it wins the Booker.’ Was she apprehensive about taking on such an intimate and extensive engagement with a classic? ‘I did reread Flaubert, but then locked the book away and didn’t look at it again. I was terrified when Gemma came out in France, but they did take it as a kind of homage. In a way the Hardy adpatation wasn’t so apparent, although it is probably more so in the film. From Hardy I nicked six main characters and some bits of the plot. I do like his moralism and his gloomy endings. And the fact that Tamara [Drewe] first appeared in the Guardian Review brought something extra to the idea of setting it in a writers’ retreat.'”






  • François Peneaud on Fogtown

    ©2010 Andersen Gabrych and Brad Rader.

    “It’s been years since there was an important gay character in a Vertigo comic, so Fogtown was doubly important for me, even before I read it, both for its main character, about whom more right below, and for its injection of queer themes in what is usually a very straight matter. Which wouldn’t be worth much if the book wasn’t any good, but thankfully, it is.”






  • Rip Jagger’s Dojo: Contemporary Pictorial Literature #12

    Reproducing a 1975 comics fanzine by Bob Layton and Roger Stern, featuring a Mike Vosburg interview and contributions by Steven Grant, John Byrne and others.




Comics and Art


  • Edgar Delgado: Chava & Don Andres

    ©2010 Edgar Delgado.

    Silent long-form comics with a distinct Carlos Castaneda flavor.

    (Link via Scott McCloud.)




Comics Culture


  • ICv2: Harvey Awards 2010 winners announced

    Full list at the link.


  • Carla Hoffman: The Kyoto International Manga Museum

    “I have seen the future and, unsurprisingly, it’s in Japan.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Classically trained voice teacher Claudia Friedlander analyzes the singing abilities of five heavy-metal vocalists: Bruce Dickenson, Ronnie James Dio, King Diamond, Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford.

    (Link via Colby Cosh.)


Events Calendar




  • Aug. 30 (Seattle, WA): John Porcellino and Noah Van Sciver will be on-hand for a presentation, Q&A session and signing at the Richard Hugo House on Eleventh Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Sept. 2 (London, England): David Hine will be signing books and meeting readers at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6-7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 4-5 (San Francisco, CA): The San Francisco Zine Fest takes place at the San Francisco County Fair Building on Ninth Avenue. 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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