Journalista for Dec. 1, 2010: Beautiful, inventive and unique

Posted by on December 1st, 2010 at 5:29 AM



“[Osamu] Tezuka was, for many years, my favorite cartoonist. I had a bookcase filled with untranslated Tezuka that I studied like the Torah for hours on end. Sometimes I’d close my eyes, reach for a random volume, flip to a random page, and open my eyes again to find a beautiful, inventive, and unique page waiting for me.”


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From There’s Corpses Everywhere: Yet Another Lio Collection, ©2010 Mark Tatulli.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough concludes his two-part interview with cartoonist and multimedia artist Dina Kelberman.
  • Kristian Williams reviews Mark Tatulli’s There’s Corpses Everywhere: Yet Another Lio Collection.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky concludes his look at Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream by discussing critical reaction to the work, and what it reveals about the limits of the manga blogosphere.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Last week, New York federal judge Colleen McMahon rejected a bid by Marvel to throw out the Kirby estate’s main counterclaim [in their lawsuit to reclaim ownership of a number of high-profile Marvel characters]. The judge decided it wasn’t a ‘redundant’ claim, meaning she will soon have an opportunity to shake up Marvel’s universe, if she so decides, with a potentially devastating future ruling.”

  • I didn’t headline Monday’s piece by Don MacPherson, which noted a mass sale of Comico printing materials, because I wasn’t convinced that there was enough evidence to suspect the sellers of offering other people’s artwork unlawfully. (Printer’s materials don’t count — I used to pull such things out of the Fantagraphics garbage can all the time.) Now Comico co-founder Gerry Giovinco has gone through the listings and come to the same conclusion.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Dianna Dilworth reports that despite a drop in store sales, the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain saw modest growth in its second quarter thanks to digital-book sales.

  • This is the argument that never ends.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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  • Jeff VanderMeer on Lynda Barry

    “Well a lot of the people who read my comics are getting older — not just the people who are my age, I’m talking about kids–especially the ones who started reading my work when they were little. I love meeting them now in their twenties and thirties and having them tell me about sneaking my books out of their parents’ room, or running into them at the library. I love that. And I love the younger cartoonists I meet because of my work. So maybe my perception of my audience hasn’t changed as much as my perception of my work as being something that moves reliably though time.”






  • Joseph Luster on Ayako

    ©2010 Tezuka Productions, ©2010 Mari Morimoto and Vertical, Inc.

    “Thanks to [Osamu] Tezuka’s storytelling prowess, Ayako needn’t primarily focus on an individual member of the Tenge family. Rather, it’s about the family as a whole as it spirals through a generation of tumult. Time is manipulated deftly; seasons, years, and decades pass naturally, and the result is a voyeuristic front seat before a variety of keyholes.”






  • Andrew Wheeler: Black label

    “The existence of these ‘Black label’ characters from the 60s and 70s is one of superhero comics’ most embarrassing artefacts. Skin colour descriptors do appear on characters from other races — Red Wolf springs to mind, and the especially offensive Yellow Claw — but it’s most obvious with characters of African origin or descent […]”




Comics and Art


  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: A retrospective of Walt Kelly and Pogo

    Reproducing a booklet originally published in 1977 by the Museum of Cartoon Art.




Comics Culture


  • Vaneta Rogers: State Dept. brings U.S. creators to Algerian comics festival

    “Traveling in Algeria is something Western governments strongly discourage. But for handful of comic book creators, a trip to an Algerian comics festival this past October became an eye-opening experience that emphasized the global appeal of comics.”



  • Press release: CBLDF wins 2010 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award
  • Douglas Wolk: Charles Burns bootlegs himself
  • Cyriaque Lamar: Astonishingly, Io9 links to online art on other website without reproducing entire goddamned thing


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Scientists try to answer the question: “What would happen if you put your hand in the Large Hadron Collider?”


Events Calendar




  • Dec. 1 (London, England): Steve Bell and Bryan Talbot discuss their work on-stage at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, from 6:45-8:15PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 1 (Portland, OR): A variety of comics creators will sign books to raise money for World AIDS Day at Borders Books on Bridgeport Road, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Dec. 2 (London, England): Bryan Talbot will be signing books and meeting readers at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6-7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Portland, OR): The second benefit art show for mentally disabled comic-book writer Bill Mantlo takes place at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Toronto, Ontario): Brian Chippendale & C.F. will give presentations and sign books at the Resistor Gallery on College Street, from 6:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (London, England): Join Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith as they launch their new book Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson at London Print Studio on harrow Road, from 6:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (New York City, NY): Join Edie Fake for a Gaylord Phoenix release party at the Cinders Gallery on Havermeyer Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Montreal, Quebec): Pascal Girard makes an appearance at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Bernard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (New York City, NY): Lynda Barry and Maira Kalman will appear on stage at Buttenwieser Hall on Lexington Avenue, beginning at 8:15PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 4 (New York City, NY): The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Eighth Street, from noon-9PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 4 (Quezon City, Philippines): Comics Bazaar 2010 takes place in UP ISSI’s East Virata Hall on Jacinto Street, from 1-5PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 5 (Los Angeles, CA): Bent-Con is a gathering for gay comics fans and creators, taking place on Melrose Avenue from noon-7PM. 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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One Response to “Journalista for Dec. 1, 2010: Beautiful, inventive and unique”

  1. […] Speaking of Tezuka, Scott McCloud waxes nostalgic in his blog about his early love for the father of manga (link via Journalista). […]