Journalista for Aug. 4, 2010: Just the typewriters and a loaded gun

Posted by on August 4th, 2010 at 3:54 AM



“This was really a nothing post, except it kind of illustrates how boringly most comics are put together. It should really be a sort of Paul Schraderesque ‘well, we did a pile of cocaine the size of Sally Field, and then it turned out it was actually just Sally Field covered in cocaine, so we all did her, even Robert Towne’s dog, and then we ramraided a store and stole twelve typewriters, and then Peter Boyle beat us all unconscious and shoved peyote down our throats, and when we came to he was gone and there was just the typewriters and a loaded gun, so we menaced all the typewriters with the gun until one of them shat out the script we wanted, and somehow three weeks had gone by, and John Milius came by with a surfboard and a harpoon gun and said ‘let’s find us an artist’ and…'”


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Does this sequence from a Swedish translation of Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball skirt the letter of the law?


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Presenting an audio recording from the “Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch” Panel, featuring Gabrielle Bell, Howard Cruse, Vanessa Davis, Larry Marder, Jillian Tamaki and Carol Tyler in a conversation moderated by Shaenon Garrity.

  • International comics: Fredrik Strömberg examines the sentencing of a manga translator for the possession of drawn images under the Swedish child pornography act.

  • International comics: Juan M. Dominguez looks at the classic Argentinian strip, Las aventuras de Pi-Pió.

  • R.C. Harvey digs into the question of whether Comic-Con International should leave San Diego.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook looks back at the history of The Flash.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Brigid Alverson notes that scanlation-aggregation site OneManga has kept its pledge to remove all unauthorized manga translations from its pages.

  • Andrew Clark investigates the recent announcement that U.S. bookstore chain Barnes & Noble may go up for sale. But is it really that simple? Sarah Weinman says “no”:

    As DailyFinance indicated several weeks ago, there are several compelling reasons why Barnes & Noble would pursue this particular course of action. There’s the growing e-book business that isn’t moving fast enough for shareholders but would be attractive for private equity. There’s the market capitalization that just keeps dropping (it was $750 million in July, now it’s just over $700 million, and Riggio’s own stake is now a lot less than the $450 million he paid to buy Barnes & Noble’s College division on behalf of the company). And the third and thorniest reason: a man named Ron Burkle.

    (Second link via Matt Blind, who offers commentary.)


  • Matthew Murray presents his month-to-month estimates for sales of a select number of genre-based indy titles to Direct Market retailers, now updated for June.

  • Deb Aoki speaks with Yen Press senior editor JuYoun Lee about the mechanics and complications of posting licensed manga online.

  • Retailer and ComicsPRO president Joe Field squares off with Tom Spurgeon over questions concerning the health of the Direct Market.

  • presents a guide to the comics shops of Brooklyn.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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  • Deb Aoki on Bryan Lee O’Malley

    “I like walking that line where you’re not sure whether what’s happening is real or not. I like it when I can pull the rug out from under you, a little bit!”






  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Suppli Vol. 4/5

    “The art often shows women while still — thinking, listening, watching. Their actions are small, fitting within the everyday, such as taking notes or touching up their makeup. They show the normal, adding to the story’s verisimilitude. I shuddered to see Fujii in a situation where she was saying the wrong things because her fears and insecurities overwhelmed her. She couldn’t stop herself, even knowing the results may not be what she hoped.”


  • Richard Bruton on Melvin Monster Vol. 2

    “But behind the surface simplicity there’s an insane cleverness, with [John] Stanley finding wonderful new ways to get comedy mileage out of his simplest of concepts at every turn. And then there’s Stanley’s art; so simple of line, so economical, yet so expressive, every line contributes to the gags, every panel is beautifully drawn, every page a masterpiece of comic storytelling.”






  • Laura Hudson: Don’t be that guy

    “It’s one thing to start a flame-war, or be a loudmouth, or try to argue that, say, a court ruling was unfair. That, after all, is just another Tuesday on Twitter. It’s a very different thing to blame a judicial ruling you disagree with on sexist caricatures of women as irrational, swooning groupies — especially if you’re starting to make a habit of it.”




Business and Craft


  • Mark Kennedy: Picking the right moment to illustrate

    “Animators and story artists work hard to find their ‘Golden Poses’ — the drawings that will tell the story in the most entertaining way and describe the characters and their personalities best. I’m used to thinking that way… but those disciplines are all about a series of images that you view in sequence and they add up to a very specific story. With illustration you have to pick one moment and one moment only.”

    (Link via Dave Gibbons.)


Comics and Art


  • Darryl Cunningham: “The Moon Hoax”

    ©2010 Darryl Cunningham.

    You’d think we’d have put this one to bed by now, wouldn’t you?

    (Link via Scott McCloud.)




Comics Culture


  • Dan Fish: CAPTION 2010

    A short report from the recently concluded comics gathering in London.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Dorothy Thompson, writing in 1941:

    “It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times — in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.”


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Aug. 5 (New York City, NY): Contributors to the new anthology Pood will be signing copies at Forbidden Planet on Broadway, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • 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 (Chicago, IL): A host of cartoonists will attend a charity cookout to benefit Reading With Pictures, at Challenger Comics on Western from 1-5PM. 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 (Portland, OR): A kids’ comics jam, with materials and snacks provided, will be held at the Independent Public Resource Center on Oak Street, from 2-4PM. 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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