Journalista for Dec. 10, 2009: Service and repair

Posted by on December 10th, 2009 at 7:06 AM




“Apropos of nothing, but the cover for 300 is the most intellectual looking TCJ cover I’ve ever come across. It’s like something from The Atlantic Monthly in 1971. There should be a blurb like ‘Gunter Grass and Kurt Vonnegut: An Exchange.'”


Ahh, there we are. The old website and message board are now back online and (mostly, sort-of) working — and yes, the old TCJ subscriber accounts still work. Sorry for the delay, and we hope to have the rest of the bugs fixed soon. Alas, the old ¡Journalista! archives are still pretty much hosed, but at least it’s a start.

Recently posted to our homepage:

  • New to the Audio Archives: Excerpts from the original audiotapes to Gary Groth’s 1997 interview with Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, conducted for The Comics Journal #200. Download the MP3s here.

  • Rob Clough reviews Tom Neely’s The Blot and the Sundays 3 anthology.

  • Roland Kelts reviews The Rough Guide to Manga and The Rough Guide to Anime.

  • Kent Worcester presents short reviews of Brian Cronin’s Was Superman a Spy? And Other Comic Book Legends… Revealed! and Nicholas Gurewitch’s The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack.

  • R.C. Harvey looks at a few recent examples of word-play in comic strips.

  • The Anne Ishii Blogging Juggernaut continues to roll onward: one, two.

  • Finally, a bit of not-comics as Kenneth Smith examines two films: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Veronique and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse.

Finally, let’s welcome the fine folks at Guttergeek to the family, shall we?

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Vaneta Rogers asks a number of retailers to discuss the issues that they think will affect the comics industry in 2010.


  • marvellogo ICv2 speaks with Marvel publisher Dan Buckley: one, two. It’s mostly PR boilerplate, but there is the occasional interesting tidbit:

    On a relative basis the book market and retailer markets outperformed everyone else. From a percentage of my business standpoint they both performed about the same ratios as in the past. We saw a pretty good uptick in our book market business in the 4th quarter, comparatively, but that probably had more to do with some of the products we had offered; we had quite a bit of stuff that was targeted to perform more strongly in those markets.



  • The folks at TFAW speak with three of the founders of Indy Comic Book Week, who are taking advantage of Diamond’s decision not to ship books on the last week of the month to turn said week into a promotion for independent work.


  • Linda Mishkin interviews New England Comics assistant manager Tim Chamberlain.



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  • Derik Badman on Lose #1

    “There’s a simplicity to [Michael] Deforge’s drawing style that couples well with his use of black and a grey screen tone.”


  • Alex Gardner on Refresh, Refresh


    “This is a book that positively demands that I keep my big-fat-critic-mouth shut. Say anything to suggest that the book left me anything but emotionally drained, in fact, and this book will kick my goddam ass. So I will try very hard to say nothing about the fact that I found the book emotionally manipulative and at times even bullying. I won’t mention that I never came to care about these lost boys of W’s war, or that I found Novgorodoff’s visual adaptation of the story somehow hitting more wrong notes than not in its desperate efforts to capture the jagged anger and emptiness of the place and the broken families left behind.”

    (Above: panel from the book, copyright information unknown.)








  • The Eastern Edge: Anime and manga flatlining? Grab the paddles… CLEAR!

    “Crackdowns on pirates may be the ventricular assist device of choice right now, but what the industry really needs is a heart transplant. The sooner the better, too.”


  • Ng Suat Tong: Some lessons from the contemporary art market

    “Questioning the ‘ethics’ of comic art dealers would also appear to be a particularly touchy subject in the hobby. I suspect that many of these complaints would fall by the way side if most collectors viewed original art dealers in the same way they viewed professional stock traders who I do not consider definitively immoral but who should probably be held at arms length by those seeking to dive into such waters.”





Business and Craft


  • Delos Woodruff: Who visits my webcomic and what can I do about it?

    “It’s all very mysterious, isn’t it? It’s like Smurfs or gremlins help people find your comic, wisk them away after a few seconds and you’re not sure they will ever return. To understand this, some would recommend analyzing your server logs and focusing on using keywords to discover trends. That never seems to tell me anything useful either so I poked around online and found some other angles to approach it with.”


  • Gerry Alanguilan: Restoring Francisco Coching


    A quick walk through the process of bringing a lost drawing back to life.


  • Matthew Brady: A scene from The Photographer

    Analyzing Emmanuel Guibert’s layouts for a sequence from the book.



Comics and Art


  • Comicrazys: Don Flowers’ wedding cartoons


    A collection of matrimony-themed gag panels.

    (Above: cartoon from Standing on Ceremony, copyright information unknown.)


  • Illustration blog: Rudy-Jan Farber


    Take solid drawing chops and add just a little expressionist attitude, and you’ve got yourself something interesting to look at.

    (Above: illustration ©2009 Rudy-Jan Farber. Hat tip: Osamu Nomura.)


  • Illustration blog: Mattias Adolfsson


    And here’s some wonderfully playful, cartoony art, to balance the last link.

    (Above: illustration ©2009 Mattias Adolfsson.)







  • Dan Nadel: Gary Panter and Peter Saul

    Streaming audio from the two artists’ on-stage conversation at last weekend’s Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.


  • Swathmore College: The art of controversy


    The former publisher of The Nation discusses political cartooning.

    (Above: screenshot from the video. Thanks to Mike Rhode for e-mailing me the link.)


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Sady Doyle explains why the backlash against the YA series Twilight is unwarranted.

    (Link via Arts & Letters Daily.)


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:


    Sequences from Al Columbia’s long-out-of-print 1992 comic, Doghead, drawn while he was still under the sway of Bill Sienkiewicz’s artistic tropes.

    (Above: sequence from the comic, ©1992 Al Columbia.)


Events Calendar




  • December 10 (Edinburgh, Scotland): Dark Entries writer Ian Rankin makes an appearance at Forbidden Planet on SouthBridge Street, from 5-7PM. Details here.
  • December 10 (Berkeley, CA): Paul Hornschemeier and Jay Ryan will appear at D. King Gallery on Fulton Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • December 11-13 (Somewhere in Belgium): I don’t read Flemish, so I can’t tell you much about Strip Turnhout save what’s available at the Forbidden Planet Blog and the event’s homepage.
  • December 11 (Providence, RI): Al Columbia will be signing books and meeting readers at Ada Books on Westminster Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • December 11 (Chicago, IL): Jeffrey Brown, Chris Burnham and Gabriel Bautista will be on-hand for a fundraiser for the educational group Reading With Pictures at Chicago Comics on Clark Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • December 11 (Portland, OR): Paul Hornschemeier and Jay Ryan will appear at Goodfoot Gallery on Stark, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • December 11 (Manila, Philippines): A gallery opening and launch party for new books on Botong Francisco and Francisco Coching takes place at the National Museum of the Filipino People on Agrifina Circle, beginning at 6:30PM. Details here.
  • December 12-13 (Austin, TX): It’s a Webcomics Rampage this weekend at Dragon’s Lair Comics on Burnet Road. Details here.
  • December 12-13 (Stafford, TX): The Houston Comic Con happens at the Stafford Centre on Cash Road. Meet Rob Liefeld, dude! Details here.
  • December 12 (San Francisco, CA): Webcomic-Con 2009 takes place at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • December 12 (Los Angeles, CA): Steve Niles, Whilce Portacio and Doug Sirois will appear in an “all-star holiday spectacular” at Golden Apple Comics on Melrose Avenue, from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • December 12 (Santa Rosa, CA): Rabbits Against Magic creator Jonathan Lemon serves as the cartoonist-in-residence at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Hardies Lane, from 1-3PM. Details here.
  • December 12 (Seattle, WA): The Fantagraphics Bookstore celebrates its third anniversary with Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Paul Hornschemeier, Dame Darcy, Femke Hiemstra and more, from 6-9PM on Vale Street. Details here.
  • December 12 (Los Angeles, CA): Four words — all fanboy stand-up comedy. Either you’ve just been terrified out of your wits, or you may be interested in heading out to Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • December 13 (Clifton, NJ): A small comic-book expo takes place at the Clifton Community Recreation Center on Main Avenue, from 10AM-4PM. Details here.
  • December 13 (Toronto, Ontario): The Toronto AnimeCon takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, from 11AM-5PM. Admission is $10. 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.

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2 Responses to “Journalista for Dec. 10, 2009: Service and repair”

  1. Michael Nicolai says:

    I’ve tried three different browsers but the Charles Schulz interviews don’t work for me. I either get a broken link or a 4kb MP3 that doesn’t play (and I assume is much too small).

  2. Dirk Deppey says:

    Yeah, the entire system is having hiccups at the moment. The problems will get fixed and the storm will pass; hang tight.