Journalista for Dec. 15, 2009: Hot damn!

Posted by on December 15th, 2009 at 7:46 AM




Big Apple Comix, a hybrid between the underground and commercial or ‘overground’ forms of American comics, is very much a product of a woman who knew both Jack Kirby and Spain Rodriguez — an underground book by overground people, a bridge book between the comics of old and the comics of today. Archie Goodwin, of course, is in it right at the start.”


“Hey, the New York Times: how did you write an article about the renewed vigor of the art community of White River Junction, Vermont and miss The Center for Cartoon Studies???”


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Stuff you don’t care about: My “” e-mail address is working again. In fact, just about everything seems to be working again. I do believe we have ourselves a website. Well, hot damn!


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Our holiday posting of the “Conversations” section of The Comics Journal #300 continues! This time out, it’s a dialogue between Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons and All Star Superman illustrator Frank Quitely.

  • R.C. Harvey explores Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis’ contempt for his fellow cartoonists.

  • Tom Crippen reviews Alison Bechdel’s The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For.

  • Shaenon Garrity reviews Jay Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw.

  • Ng Suat Tong reviews Richard Sala’s Delphine #1-4.

  • At sister blog Hooded Utilitarian, we find Noah Berlatsky ripping into yesterday’s essay by TCJ executive editor Gary Groth, and the pseudonymous Kinukitty kicking off the critic’s roundtable on Dan Clowes’ Ghost World.

  • Over at Guttergeek, meanwhile, Jared Gardner reviews Adam Bourret’s Xeric-winning book, I’m Crazy.

  • Not comics: Donald Phelps looks at the science fiction of Henry Kuttner.

I do believe we’ve got new stuff from Ng Suat Tong and Gavin Lees scheduled to hit the site later today, so don’t touch that dial!

(Above: panel from “For the Man Who Has Everything,” written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons; ©1987 DC Comics.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Cartoonist Harold Bell, best known as the co-creator of Woodsy Owl, died on December 4 in Los Angeles. He was 90 years old.


  • “The famous Bulgarian cartoonist Tsvetan Tsekov […], who was declared missing on Monday night, is in hospital after being hit by a tram.”


  • Craig Morgan reports that Random House has made a grab for the digital rights to “the vast majority of our backlist.” Random House is the parent company of Del Rey Manga, among others.


  • One-day passes for the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con went on sale this morning. Which means they well may be sold out by now. On the bright side: If this was being done at a box office somewhere, rather than digitally, can you imagine how many people would have died in the stampede?


  • Marc-Oliver Frisch asks, “Why is Marvel canceling all those ‘special variants’ all of a sudden? […] Are we seeing a paradigm shift at Marvel regarding variant-cover editions and/or reprints? Is the variant bubble about to burst? Or is it just a glitch?”


  • Emily Woodrow speaks with Russell Williams and Haydn Jones, who are opening a manga/anime shop in Wales.


  • Oh, hey, why should we here at The Comics Journal have all the fun?


Joe McCulloch and Matthew Brady: New this week

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



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  • Tim O’Shea on James Turner

    The Warlord of IO cartoonist discusses his work.








  • David Welsh on GoGo Monster

    “[Creator Taiyo] Matsumoto has an extraordinary talent for rendering kid logic, their concepts of loyalty and justice and the way they engage with the world around them.”



  • Katherine Dacey on Oishinbo A la Carte: Vegetables


    “I mean no disrespect to Tetsu Kariya or Akira Hanasaki when I say that the Vegetables volume of Oishinbo A la Carte irresistibly reminded me of 1970s television.”

    (Above: detail from the cover to the book.)







  • Steve Greenberg: Let’s do the time warp

    A political cartoonist’s look back at 25 years of the Los Angeles Daily News.



  • Vincent Moore: A mule and forty acres of my own

    A possible explanation for “why the American comics industry doesn’t have one or more major independent publishers owned by blacks, creating new black heroes and heroines.”





Business and Craft


  • Sherm Cohen: How clean is “clean”?

    “One of the questions I’m often asked by storyboarding students is ‘How clean does a cleaned-up storyboard have to be?'”


Comics and Art


  • Dash Shaw: “The Haunted High School”


    Teen drama meets the supernatural…? I think this could be a winning formula!

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2009 Dash Shaw.)


  • Vanessa Davis: “Can’t Buy Jappiness”


    An illustrated memoir of Hanukkah, materialism and materials.

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2009 Vanessa Davis. Link via Claire Bennett.)


  • Hans Rickheit: Ectopiary


    Presenting a new online serial from the author of The Squirrel Machine.

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2009 Hans Rickheit. Link via Mike Baehr.)


  • Anders Nilsen: “Sale, Extended”


    Well? The man asked you a question.

    (Above: panel from the strip, ©2009 Anders Nilsen. Link via Sean T.Collins.)





Comics Culture



  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:


    And now, a visit to St. Trinians.

    (Above: cartoon by and ©2009 Ronald Searle.)


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 17 (Montreal, Quebec): Burma Chronicles author Guy Delisle makes an appearance at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Bernard, beginning at 7PM. 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 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. patford says:

    Dirk, I am unable to log in at the message board even after trying the new password given by the site.
    I had been able to log on at least intermittently until 12/15. Pat Ford