Journalista for Dec. 14, 2009: A very inefficient system

Posted by on December 14th, 2009 at 7:35 AM

 

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“I personally think that print on demand will help things a lot, because if there’s 500 people or 2,000 people who love a certain series, and they can’t find it at a bookstore… Bookstore distribution is so inefficient — that book can end up at an Alaska Barnes and Noble, and the person who wants to buy it lives in Nebraska…that’s a very inefficient system.”

– Tokyopop CEO Stuart Levy

 

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Anyone who’s tried to e-mail me over the weekend should be advised that it’s once again offline. If you need to reach me, hit my personal address at [firstname]@[lastname].com.

Recently posted to our homepage:

  • By way of introducing the new website, Gary Groth offers a brief history of comics criticism.

  • Every weekday from now until December 25, we’ll be posting a conversation between cartoonists from The Comics Journal #300, complete and online! In today’s installment, it’s a chat between L’Association publisher Jean-Christophe Menu and Kramers Ergot publisher Sammy Harkham.

  • Let’s take a moment and welcome the Hooded Utgilitarian to our family of blogs, shall we? They’re already filling up the page over there, including a harsh critique of… the TCJ.com launch! Only a couple of weeks out, and we’re already eating our own! Hoo hah!

  • And it doesn’t stop there: How about R. Fiore vs. Kenneth Smith?

  • Meanwhile, Kent Worcester tries to play nice.

  • Shaenon Garrity begins her quest for the greatest American cartoonist.

  • R.C. Harvey notes a pair of recent screw-ups in newspaper strips.

  • Kristian Williams reviews The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #15.

  • Marc Sobel reviews Byun Byung-Jun’s Mijeong.

  • Rob Clough reviews the third issue of Jeffrey Brown’s Sulk.

  • Jared Gardner reviews Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats.

  • Finally, amidst all the paridigm shifting, Roland Kelts would like to remond you that it’s the story, stupid.

And in the news…

 

Above the Fold

 

Life in interesting times

  • Kevin Melrose reports that Marvel Entertainment has issued a series of takedown notices to the Internet service provider Dreamwidth regarding several posts on Scans-Daily.
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  • According to Johanna Draper Carlson, DragonCon organizers have allegedly gone out of their way to fuck over Least I Could Do co-creators Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza.

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2009 Blind Ferret Entertainment.)

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  • The Jakarta Post examines the state of comics in Indonesia.
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  • Meet Rupert Murdoch’s Kindle buster.
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  • I got your interesting times right here: The Julia Wertz-edited anthology I Saw You has just been optioned “in the mid-six figures” for a movie.
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  • ICv2 presents an interview with Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson: one, two.
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  • SLG publisher Dan Vado discusses next month’s San Jose Comics Festival.
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  • Tom Spurgeon speaks with Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival organizer Gabe Fowler.
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  • Evan Dorkin discusses the health-care situation for freelancers, while Sean Kleefeld assembles “a small collection of December comments from comic industry folks, reflecting on the current state of the economy, their finances and health care.”
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  • ComixTalk presents its annual year-in-webcomics roundtable. Participants this time out: Gary Tyrrell, Delos Woodruff, Shaenon Garrity, “Fesworks,” Derik Badman, Brigid Alverson, Larry Cruz and Johanna Draper Carlson.
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  • Katherine Keller presents a Q&A with Maryland retailer Scott Campanella.
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  • Brad Guigar is less than impressed by new webcomics-hosting “destination site” Zingerding.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)

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  • A couple of afterthoughts on Barnes & Noble’s new Nook e-reader, from Simon Jones.
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  • Kevin Church vs. obnoxious retailer.
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  • A reminder: Hugh Hefner likes the funnies.

 

 

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Profiles

 

  • Dan Nadel on Irving Tripp

    Reproducing Bruce Hamilton’s 1985 interview with the late Little Lulu artist.

    (Above: Tripp-drawn panel from an unidentified Little Lulu story.)

 

 

  • Steve Duin on Joe Sacco

    “‘When they opened [Palestine],’ he said, ‘they got a view of what they were living.’ Had his portrait been in prose, Sacco added, ‘They wouldn’t have gotten what I was doing. Because it was comics, they got it right away.'”

 

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Reviews

 

  • Laura Miller on Logicomix

    “What Logicomix niftily demonstrates is how well the graphic novel form is suited to mounting sprightly explanations of abstract concepts.”

 

  • Matthew Brady on Why I Killed Peter

    “Wow, this has to be one of the most disturbing comics I’ve ever read. Other comics might feature plenty of shocking material, whether it’s gore, death, the supernatural, or any number of other horror tropes, but something like this, with a true story of just about the most awful thing that can happen in real life, is the stuff of nightmares, haunting the thoughts of readers who can’t shake the understanding that this isn’t some far-fetched attempt to scare, but a bit of all-too-real horror that continues to affect people every day.”

    (Above: panel from Olivier Ka and Alfred’s book, ©Ihavenoidea.)

 

  • David Ulin on The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics

    “On the one hand, this is kid stuff — ‘art for laugh’s sake.’ But even more, it is a reclamation project with surprising nuance, not just in terms of the art but also of the artists themselves.”

 

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Commentary

 

 

  • Michael Barrier: Walt Kelly, 1955

    “By 1955, Walt Kelly’s Pogo was one of the most famous and popular American comic strips. In the fall of that year, Kelly’s distributor, the Hall Syndicate, sent client newspapers eight photographs of its star cartoonist, along with gag captions, a four-page tongue-in-cheek biography of Kelly, and introductory paragraphs that were, a brief ‘note to editors’ explained, ‘designed as a lead-in or box or brief story to accompany the feature spread.'”

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)

 

  • Frank Santoro on The Bojeffries Saga

    “For this version, it’s been shrunk and colored. A little hard to read at first. But once I got settled it played out like a pleasant little British comedy. You know. That wacky British humor that is sort of really subtle and eccentric at the same time? Yah. Great story. The art is like a leftover ’70s hodgepodge. Not bad. Steven Parkhouse. Cool image on the back cover. Should have been the front cover. I guess Dalgoda had to get top billing.”

    (Above: back cover to Flesh & Bones #1.)

 

Also

 

 

Business and Craft

 

  • Jason Boog: How to turn off the Internet while writing on your computer

    It’s okay — go on and click. No one else need know.

 

  • Project homepage: Open color standard

    As Ginger Coons explains it: “It’s like Pantone’s spot colour standard […] but not necessarily in opposition to it. Just different.” I kinda suspect that it’ll never take off, but it’s a neat idea.

 

Comics and Art

 

  • Ger Apeldoorn: Joe Kubert’s P*S Magazine

    A look at the veteran cartoonist’s work for the armed forces — sorry, couldn’t resist.

 

  • Diversions of the Groovy Kind: John Severin’s Cracked Parodies

    Two classic strips from the 1970s.

    (Above: sequence from “Churlie’s Angels” in Cracked #146, ©1977 Marvel Characters, Inc.)

 

  • Ten-Cent Dreams: Dudley Fisher’s Right Around Home

    Four classic Sunday strips.

    (Above: detail from the January 8, 1939 strip, ©1939 King Features Syndicate, Inc.)

 

Also

 

 

Multimedia

 

  • Mike Lynch: Tom Hart

    An interview with the Hutch Owen creator and SVA teacher, in nine parts.

    (Above: screenshot from the first video.)

 

Comics Culture

 

  • Joe McCulloch: Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

    The first installment of a two-part look back at the recent event.

 

 

  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Another dose of Al Columbia: “I Was Killing When Killing Wasn’t Cool.”

    (Above: sequence from the strip, originally published in the August 1995 issue of Zero Zero, ©1995 Al Columbia.)

 

Events Calendar

 

This Week:

 

  • December 15 (New York City, NY): Peter Kuper will be spending the day at the Parsons School on Fifth Avenue. Details here.
  • December 15 (New York City, NY): Dean Haspiell and Jeff Newelt join the Comic Book Club for a live roundtable at the Peoples Improv Theater on 29th Street, beginning at 8PM. Admission is $5. Details here.
  • December 17 (Kyoto, Japan): Sh?jo manga pioneer Keiko Takemiya joins underground-comix pioneer Trina Robbins for an on-stage discussion at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Details here.
  • December 18 (Los Angeles, CA): The Boom! Studios holiday party takes place at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • December 19 (San Francisco, CA): Alan Groening 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 dirk@tcj.com 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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