Journalista for Dec. 11, 2009: I got mine

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 7:31 AM




“I wanted to check out another recent crossover event, and Final Crisis seemed to fit the bill. Only, it’s not available in a more affordable softcover. Well, okay. I bought the hardcover. Only, that’s missing two Batman issues from Morrison’s canonical checklist. Well, okay. That’s why God created pirates. It’s cool, DC — I got mine, so fuck you too.”


“You know you’ve taken some wrong turns in life when you regard the return of Top Dog as a totally sincere bit of awesome.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the second volume in the Green Lama Archives Featuring the Art of Mac Raboy.

  • Kent Worcester is less than impressed by Andrew “Captain Comics” Smith’s claims for acedamia.

  • Kenneth Smith reviews two more films: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intacto and Gela Babluani’s 13 Tzameti.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


S.R. Bissette: Irving Tripp dies


Tripp, a Western/Dell staff cartoonist for over four decades, died in Florida of cancer on November 27, at the age of 88. Bissette brings the bad news:

Though it might not be apparent by the nature of my own comics work, I was a lifelong fan and devotee of Tripp’s comics work, and like most comics readers of my generation the marvelous collaboration between Tripp and writer John Stanley on Little Lulu marked me and my imagination for life.

According to this obituary, Tripp’s funeral was held on November 30.

(Above: sequence from Little Lulu #55, ©1952 Marjorie H. Buell.)


Life in interesting times

  • After more than a century in print, Editor & Publisher Magazine is being shuttered by parent corporation Nielsen Business Media.


  • Pennsylvania’s Pocono Record reports that Alfonso Frank Frazetta, 52-year-old son of painter Frank Frazetta, was arrested while attempting to rob his fathers museum of “approximately $20 million in paintings.”


  • “Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of the semi-autobiographical manga Barefoot Gen about one boy’s experience with the Hiroshima atomic bombing, will be entrusting his original drawings and other materials to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum,” according to Anime News Network.


  • Diamond Distributors has announced its list of “gold” titles for next year’s Free Comic Book Day. Try to contain your enthusiasm.


  • Simon Jones tests Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader.


  • Ken Raining notes the similarity between DC Comics’ All-Star and Earth One initiatives, and wonders whether the company has learned enough from the former to make the latter work.



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  • Tim Martin on Alan Moore

    The Watchmen co-creator discusses his new zine Dodgem Logic, as well as his return to cartooning:

    Originally all I wanted to do was to be an underground cartoonist and maybe bring out a groovy underground mag. It’s taken quite a while, but I generally do the things I say I’m going to do.


  • John Geddes on Grant Morrison

    Talking Batman with the fan-favorite writer.


  • Peter Ha on Paul Pope

    The 100% author sits down for a chat.




  • Kristina Lindgren on Bob Dylan Revisited

    “Indeed, nearly all the graphic interpretations are visually striking, some even breathtaking in their powerful imagery. Only a few, however, rise to the level of Dylan’s thought-dreams, let alone go beyond them.”


  • Map of My Heart on Derik Badman


    “Reading this volume after reading the recent works and the early works made it feel like gaps were being filled in for me in the life of [John] Porcellino.”

    (Above: panel from the story “Psalm,” ©2009 John Porcellino.)


  • Noah Berlatsky on From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books

    Arie Kaplan’s book “is a useful, if toothless, primer on how and why Jewish people were at the center of the creation of the comic book industry.”







  • Jeet Heer: The barely visible Blechman

    “Even more than Bazooka Joe strips or Jack Chick handouts, [R.O.] Blechman lives at the peripheral edge of perception. He’s been in every magazine on the newsstand (either through his own art or in the ersatz form of his many imitators) yet only the design elite know his name.”


  • Alethea and Athena Nibley on fan translations

    “I don’t think it will be too surprising that we’re not fans of the idea. First and foremost, we had some ongoing titles put on hiatus, and we would hate to let anybody else translate them. We’re possessive like that.”

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)


  • John Adcock: Illustrated journalism

    Reproducing a magazine article on cartooning by James Frank Sullivan, published sometime between 1891 and 1895.





Business and Craft


  • Mike Lynch: How to become a cartoonist


    Reproducing a 1923 booklet from the Washington School of Cartooning.


  • Chris Sotomayor: Coloring comics

    A step-by-step look at the digital process.


Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng (one, two, three, four and counting): Cartoonists are artists


    Reprinting a 1950 Richard Taylor essay for American Artist Magazine, with copious illustrations.

    (Above: A Roy Doty piece from the March 1953 edition of Fortune.)


  • Ken Parille (one, two, three and four): Abner Dean’s notebook


    Annotated excerpts from the 1947 collection What Am I Doing Here?

    (Above: one of the cartoons, copyright information unknown.)


  • Richard Sala: “Psycho Santa Movies”


    The macabre cartoonist takes us on a tour of one of horror cinema’s more obscure sub-genres.

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2003 Richard Sala. Link via Mike Baehr.)







  • YouTube: Julia Wertz, young and uninsured


    Time Magazine spotlights the Fart Party cartoonist’s struggles with an autoimmune disease and no health coverage.

    (Above: screenshot from the video. Link via Mike Lynch.)


Comics Culture


  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Let’s start with an Alex Fitch double feature: On Panel Borders, fitch speaks with Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness author Reinhard Kleist (37.9MB), while Reality Check finds him moderating a panel discussion on sci-fi comics with Paul Cornell, Bryan Talbot, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Paul Duffield (36.5MB).

    • Cartoonist Stuart Hample discusses his new collection, Dread & Superficiality: Woody Allen as Comic Strip, in the latest installment of Inkstuds (58.2MB).

    • Recently on the Midtown Comics Monday Podcast: a conversation with Jeff Lemire (11.3MB).

    • The Anime World Order Show celebrates its fourth anniversary with guest and author of Manga: The Complete Guide, Jason Thompson (65MB).

    • Comixology speaks with Anne Steelyard writer Barbara Hambly (21.2MB).

    • Space Avalanche creator Eoin Ryan joins The Comic Cast (41MB).

    • Al Kennedy and Paul O’Brien provide commentary and criticism in the latest episode of House to Astonish (37.5MB).

    • Another week, another round of Alex Robinson and Mike Dawson’s Ink Panthers Show (43.3MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:


    The concept behind the music video for techno group Metal on Metal’s “Bastard” offers something you don’t often see in such works: edge-of-your-seat suspense.

    (Above: screenshot from the video. Link via MetaFilter.)



Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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.


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