Journalista for Dec. 14, 2010: Dubious developments

Posted by on December 14th, 2010 at 5:51 AM



“In the last decade or so, at least from where I’m sitting, the story has gone from ‘BIFF! POW! Comics Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore‘ to ‘No, Seriously, Comics Aren’t for Kids; He Really Shouldn’t Be Looking At That.‘”


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Detail from the cover of Tragic Relief #10, ©2010 Colleen Frakes.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Nathan Wilson presents a two-part discussion on digital illustration with DC Comics artist Freddie E. Williams II: one, two. And here’s the second half of Williams’ video demonstration.
  • Rich Kreiner reviews the ninth and tenth issues of Colleen Frakes’ small-press series, Tragic Relief.
  • Rob Clough reviews a variety of recent works by Josh Blair.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky looks at Reinhard Kleist’s biography of Johnny Cash, I See a Darkness, while Caroline Small reviews a traveling exhibit of Vorticist art.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • South African president Jacob Zuma has filed a $700,000 defamation suit against the Sunday Times newspaper and its notorious cartoonist Zapiro, over a 2008 political cartoon depicting the ANC politician about to rape the justice system (shown below).


  • “The only witness who puts Michael George at his comic book store the day his wife, Barbara George, was killed there — testified Monday that a meeting with police detailed in a book by a former Free Press reporter did take place, despite its lack of mention in police files.”

  • Two years after a knife-wielding lunatic killed seven people, otaku pedestrians are once again welcome in Tokyo’s Akihabara district.

  • Mike Grell has been named editor-in-chief of Ardden Entertainment.

  • Paul O’Brien presents his month-to-month estimates of Marvel Entertainment’s sales of comic books to Direct Market retailers, now updated for October.

  • Erica Friedman contemplates Tokyo’s threatened censorship law.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • You know, I’d be more inclined to believe that “In 2010, comics owned the iPad” if (A) I knew how well book-related apps did compared to other kinds of apps, (B) I knew how well the successful comics-related apps did relative to, say, the Kindle app, and (C) someone were willing to supply definitive and reliable numbers for any of this.

    From a recent installment of Cat and Girl, ©2010 Dorothy Gambrell.

  • A few months back, Cat and Girl creator Dorothy Gambrell posted an update to her itemized charts detailing how much she’d made this year, and I’d have totally missed it were it not for the diligence of Mr. Gary Tyrrell, to whom all thanks are owed.

  • Dylan Horrocks (temporary link) discusses the conflict between digital content and copyright.



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Graphic NYC




  • Ariel Schrag on Gabrielle Bell

    “I definitely prefer reading fiction to reading comics, except for a very small percentage of comics. And when I was a teenager I wanted to be a fiction writer. I’m much more interested in films, too. I feel like I’m more interested in the potential of comics, rather than what they’ve already accomplished, whereas with films and novels I’m interested in what they’ve already accomplished.”






  • Andrew Wheeler and Jared Gniewek on Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist

    ©2010 Sophie Crumb.

    Two views of the new collection of a lifetime’s worth of drawings.






  • Brian Palmer: Political cartoons in the Muslim world

    “If anything, the art of the political cartoon is more vibrant in those places than it is in Europe and the United States. For one thing, it’s safer in some countries to express controversial ideas in caricature than to spell them out in sentences and paragraphs.”




Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn: Mort Walker & Co.’s Mrs. Fitz’s Flats and Tillie the Toiler

    Two obscure strips by the creator of Beetle Bailey and his various collaborators.




Comics Culture


  • Lori Weisberg: Comic-Con to make third attempt at online ticket sales

    Wednesday, 8AM PST. Here we go again.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Sometime in the next few years, an artifact crafted by human hands will enter interstellar space for the first time. Amazing.


Events Calendar




  • Dec. 14 (Bethesda, MD): Richard Thompson will be signing books and meeting readers at Big Planet Comics on Fairmont Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Dec. 15 (East Lansing, MI): The University of Michigan Flint’s 2010 Comics and Visual Narrative class present their final projects at 21st Century Comics and Games on Grand River, from 5-7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 16 (London, England): Pat Mills and Jenny McDade discuss their years writing U.K. girls’ comics at the London Print Studio on Harrow Road, from 6:30-8:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 16 (Los Angeles, CA): The Comics and Comics podcast presents its third-anniversary show at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard. The starting time is a secret. Details here.
  • Dec. 17 (Ann Arbor, MI): The University of Michigan Flint’s 2010 Comics and Visual Narrative class will be selling comics and meeting readers at the Vault of Midnight on Main Street, from 4-6PM. 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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