Journalista for Aug. 5, 2010: One fine day

Posted by on August 5th, 2010 at 4:53 AM



“Oh, by the way, Blankets is full of child pornography. Better throw everybody in jail who bought it. I guess Amazon could help with a customer list… but hey, Amazon even distributed child pornography!!! Better throw their compelte staff into a high-security prison so that something like that NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!”


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Mighty Thor re-design by Jack Kirby and Don Heck, ©2010 The Kirby Estate.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Here’s another Comic-Con audio recording, featuring a presentation by copyright lawyer Marc Greenberg, who discusses recent developments in the Siegel vs. DC case and the Jack Kirby estate’s claims against Marvel Entertainment.

  • Rob Clough reviews a variety of small-press comics.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky continues the discussion on R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Graphic novel sales in the direct market have declined by double digits every month in 2010 so far with the exception of February, when they posted a 1% gain,” according to ICv2.

  • Tales of the Beanworld creator and one-time Image Comics manager Larry Marder is the new president of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, replacing Chris Powell.

  • Brooklyn comics shop Rocketship is officially closed.

  • Publishers Weekly reports that the Borders Group bookstore chain is laying off some 100 workers in its Tennessee distribution center.

    ©2008 Zunar.

  • Tom Spurgeon has a round-up of recent press coverage concerning the legal challenge to Malaysian censorship being mounted by the cartoonist Zunar and his publisher, Malaysiakini.

  • David Brothers offers an informative summary of the difficulties that the scanlations scene has posed for manga publishers — and how the publishers themselves are moving into the online world — on the off chance that you needed one.

  • It’s official: Jim Woodring is a genius.



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Graphic NYC




  • Sammy Harkham on Richard Maguire

    An illustrated tour of the avant-garde cartoonist’s career.






  • Andrew Wheeler on Footnotes in Gaza

    “[Joe] Sacco is sympathetic to the people he meets and works among and interviews; no reporter worth reading could be otherwise. But he does judge their stories honestly — as far as I could tell — and provides detailed appendices covering the official documents on these incidents as well as plenty of balance within the body of the comic itself.”


  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Nana Vol. 21

    ©1999 Yazawa Manga Seisakusho.

    “I’ve waited a month to read this latest installment, because I knew it would be the last for a while. Volume 21 catches us up to the Japanese releases, and due to creator [Ai] Yazawa’s illness and recovery time, the series is currently on hold. […] This isn’t a bad place to stop for a bit, actually. Events reach a distinctive turning point, and while it’s frustrating not seeing the characters get a final happy ending, they (and we) will need to time to recover and set their lives in new directions.”






  • David Bordwell: Tintinopolis

    A visit to the new Tintin Museum, and a film critic’s vision of the classic strip by Belgian cartoonist Hergé.

    (Thanks to Derik Badman for e-mailing me the link.)




Comics and Art


  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: William Heath Robinson’s Water Babies illustrations

    Gorgeous interpretations of Charles Kingsley’s 1915 book.




Comics Culture


  • Matthew Badham: CAPTION 2010

    A longer look back at the recent to-do in Oxford, England.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Virginia Postrel visits the 2010 World’s Fair in Shanghai, and explains why we don’t get excited about such things any more.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • Aug. 6 (Westport, CT): An opening reception for an exhibit of work by Charles Addams takes place at the Westport Public Library on Jesup Road, beginning at 6PM. 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 (Richmond VA): The Virginia Comicon takes place at the Crowne Plaza West on Broad Street, from 10-4PM. Their website‘s fucking useless, so get your 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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