Journalista for Dec. 15, 2010: Little by little

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 2:22 AM



“The media, such as newspapers or broadcasters, may eventually get tied up little by little by law, and citizens may start becoming blind and deaf.”

– Manga artist Chiba


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Detail from Jaime Hernandez’ cover to the CBGB anthology.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gavin Lees reviews the new CBGB comics anthology.
  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner reviews Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library #20.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky discusses Art Young’s Inferno, faith, and black humor.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Here we go:

    The Tokyo metropolitan assembly on Wednesday enacted an ordinance to toughen regulations on the sale of ‘manga’ comic books and anime containing ‘extreme’ depictions of sexual acts, despite claims from writers and publishers that it could breach freedom of expression and stifle creativity.

    (Left: detail from a chapter page for Kaworu Watashiya’s notorious sex-crazed-elementary-schoolgirl manga series, Kodomo no Jikan.)


  • Bookstore sales fell 2.5% in October to an even $1 billion, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.”


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Are United States border authorities seizing computers over the comics they contain?


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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Graphic NYC




  • Graeme McMillan on Stigmata

    Possibly ©2010 Claudio Piersanti and Lorenzo Mattotti.

    “It’s […] fair to say, perhaps, that the art in Stigmata follows the writing — it’s messy and personal and organic and, at times, achingly beautiful — but it does more than that: Mattotti’s line is amazing, so filled with personality and intensity, at once angry and fiercely controlled, and used in the service of some amazing draughtsmanship and visionary visuals.”






  • SANE Journal: First issue now online

    Announcing the debut of a new academic journal devoted to comics.

    (Link via Sean Kleefeld.)


  • Kristy Valenti: In which I overthink it

    “I was not very much impressed with an introduction to a graphic novel I recently read; it was just a series of e-mails back and forth between three people jokingly passing responsibility along to one another until space and word count ran out. Then, of course, I was asked for an intro (by ComiXology’s own Shaenon Garrity, for her upcoming Narbonic omnibus), and I struggled with it. I still think their intro was terrible, but now I understand some of their (probably not-quite-feigned) reluctance. It was the hardest writing assignment I’ve had in a long, long time.”


Comics and Art


  • Mike Dawson: Troop 142

    ©2010 Mike Dawson.

    Dawson’s graphic novel, about a Boy-Scout outing in the 1990s, is now complete and online.




Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 (New York City, NY): The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s annual Member Appreciation Holiday Party takes place at the Twins Pub on Ninth Avenue, beginning at 8PM. 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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