Journalista for Aug. 9, 2010: Control

Posted by on August 9th, 2010 at 5:15 AM



“Our biggest fear has always been somebody buying up the rights and us not having any control. […] We’d rather have this property make $10 million a year for 50 years, than make $100 million in one year and walk away from it.”


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Frank Quitely demonstrates how he uses digital software to complete comic art.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gavin Lees presents a video in which artist Frank Quitely demonstrates how he uses his Cintiq to improve his workflow with traditional media.

  • Rob Clough reviews minicomics by Mike Dawson and Katie Skelly.

  • R.C. Harvey discusses Jimmy Johnson’s newspaper strip, Arlo & Janis.

  • Tom Crippen shares an old Clifford strip by Jules Feiffer.

  • GutterGeek‘s Chris Reilly reports on his experiences at this year’s big Comic-Con in San Diego, while Alex Jenkins reviews Felicia Day and Jim Rugg’s The Guild miniseries and Jared Gardner digs into a variety of crime comics.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small traces a line from Howard Finster to Basil Wolverton to R. Crumb, and Noah Berlatsky contemplates representations of war.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • DC Entertainment creative-affairs vice president Gregory Noveck is leaving the company.

  • Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson have been appointed to the Hero Initiative’s disbursement committee.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch presents his month-to-month estimates for DC Comics sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for June.

  • Johanna Draper Carlson considers the audience for ICv2‘s latest sales figures for the year.

  • Matt Blind explains why bookstores are like sex.

  • This just in: Eddie Campbell was arrested in West Virginia yesterday morning, for masturbating in public while holding an armless mannequin.

    Okay, not that Eddie Campbell…


Today’s Format WarsTM report



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  • Avoid the Future on Drew Weing

    “Believe it or not, I had the idea that I could knock out one panel every day — just a low-pressure side project while I worked on other things! I’d done some similar exercises in a class with James Sturm at SCAD. I think by panel 5 or so they were taking more than a day to finish. When I started researching ships and pinning down the story’s era in time, the detail level increased even more. It’s become obvious to me over the years that I’m completely incapable of dashing off a project.”


  • Gisa Funck on Ralf König

    One of the five greatest gay cartoonists in the world* turns 50.

    * I may have mentioned this before, but in case you missed it, the other four are Alison Bechdel, Fabrice Neaud, Ebine Yamaji and Howard Cruse.






  • Erica Friedman on Peepo Choo Vol. 1

    Peepo Choo is a series about culture shock and coveting things that might not actually exist.”






  • Karen Green: Of comics and continuums

    “If you’re a high school student gearing up for a college career, how best to prepare? How about taking a course on… graphic narrative?”




Comics and Art


  • Pappy: Charlie Biro and Harry Lucey’s “Crime Kings”

    The first story from the first issue of the notorious Crime Does Not Pay, plus a Marshall McLuhan essay on CDNP from the pioneering media theorist’s 1951 book, The Mechanical Bride.




Comics Culture


  • Ed Sizemore: Otakon 2010

    A report from the recent meeting of the J-culture tribe in Baltimore, Maryland.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    After 80 years in storage, Pablo Picasso’s largest signed work is now on display.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Aug. 13 (New York City, NY): A host of cartoonists will be signing in support of the new all-ages anthology, Reading With Pictures, at Forbidden Planet on Broadway from 6:45-8:15PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 14 (San Francisco, CA): Joshua Ellingson serves as cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission street, from 1-3PM. 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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2 Responses to “Journalista for Aug. 9, 2010: Control”

  1. […] Comic strips | Craig Schulz, son of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, discusses the "Peanuts on Parade" public art project, David Michaelis' controversial book Schulz & Peanuts: A Biography, and caring for his father's legacy: "Our biggest fear has always been somebody buying up the rights and us not having any control. We'd rather have this property make $10 million a year for 50 years, than make $100 million in one year and walk away from it." [The Press Democrat, via Journalista] […]

  2. […] him talk about how he developed his style and his story in this interview at Avoid the Future. (Via Journalista.) Also: Cody Clark of the Somewhere in Utah Daily Herald profiles Howard Tayler, creator of Schlock […]