Journalista for Aug. 6, 2010: Like we need another road to Hell

Posted by on August 6th, 2010 at 4:42 AM



“Previously released business and self-help books are getting a chance to reach a new audience. Book packager Writers of the Round Table Inc. is working with SmarterComics to repackage best-selling business brands into comics.”



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James Sturm (left), Scott McCloud (right); photo by Kristy Valenti.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Here’s another Comic-Con panel recording, in which Scott McCloud and James Sturm discuss the processes of understanding, making and teaching comics.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Alan Moore, Alan Davis and Jamie Delano’s Complete D.R. & Quinch.

  • Kristy Valenti offers a few observations on last month’s big show in San Diego.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe provides an appreciation of C.W. Anderson’s Billy and Blaze illustrated books from the 1950s.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Rick Falkvinge, leader of Sweden’s Pirate Party, has harshly condemned the prosecution of a manga translator for possession of lolicon manga:

    Falkvinge continued to call the law toothless and the party’s election manifesto includes the demand for a change in the law and he argues that there is support for the party’s position.

    “The debate emerged when a man was convicted for the possession of animated comics,” Falkvinge said. “In an open society you can not forbid someone from drawing their fantasies. That is our main point in the issue, that we can not have thought crimes in Swedish law.”

    Apparently, a poorly worded attempt to make the case had kicked up controversy about the digital anarchist’s position on the subject, after Falkvinge had discussed the subject Wednesday on a radio news program.


  • The next time you hear someone bragging about the print run on their comic, remember: The new, 59th volume of Eiichiro Oda’s manga series One Piece will have an initial print run of 3.2 million copies, beating the previous record held by… the 58th volume of One Piece.

  • Paul O’Brien presents month-to-month estimates for the sale of Marvel comics to Direct Market retailers, now updated for June.

  • Bottom Story: Cartoonist launches Holocaust-denial website in Iran.



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  • Dalton Sharp on Michael DeForge

    “I try to create an emotional response. I don’t know if crying would be the one I’m going for. I’m really interested in horror and making an audience feel uncomfortable. I don’t know how extreme a reaction I want from them, but I’m aiming for discomfort or humour usually or the two combined.”






  • Andrew Wheeler on Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons

    “At first glance, Wilson is a much worse fit for Playboy than [Charles] Addams was for the New Yorker — Addams was urbane and understated, like his home, while Wilson revels gleefully in death and destruction in the land of happy sex.”


  • Jason Thompson on Iron Wok Jan!

    “At its heart, Iron Wok Jan! is a lot like the TV show Iron Chef (which started just two years earlier in Japan and certainly inspired it); it’s a martial arts story with fighting replaced by cooking, the two most famous Chinese exports merged into one.”




Comics and Art


  • Gabrielle Bell: Manifestation

    ©2010 Gabrielle Bell.

    Proof that cartoonists should lie about themselves more often.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Jamie Coville presents a host of recordings from various panels held at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (multiple files of various sizes).
    • Inkstuds‘ Robin McConnell speaks with underground cartoonist and publisher Denis Kitchen (55.9MB), and conducts a roundtable discussion on “fusion comics” with Brandon Graham, Frank Santoro and Michael Deforge (53.1MB).
    • KCRW’s Eric Lawrence recently interviewed Love and Rockets co-creator Jaime Hernandez and his biographer, Comic Art editor Todd Hignite (13.2MB).
    • Anime Pulse presents an interview with shōjo-manga godmother Moto Hagio, with translation by Matt Thorn, conducted at the aforementioned Comic-Con (49.5MB).
    • Comixology CEO David Steinberger discusses his digital-comics business model on the Deconstructing Comics podcast (57.5MB).
    • Manga Out Loud presents a recording of the Anime Journalism Panel held at the recently concluded Otakon 2010 (43.4MB).
    • For your weekly dose of comic-book culture, here are the latest episodes of House to Astonish (55.9MB) and Fourcast (30.4MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Inkwell Awards: 2010 nominations open August 15

    Details at the link.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Warren Ellis on the death of television as we knew it.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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