Journalista for Dec. 16, 2009: Beto’s big score

Posted by on December 16th, 2009 at 7:23 AM




“In the past I’ve asked if sales of foreign reprints of current American superhero comics, what with their emphasis on never ending epics, have suffered in markets where comics generally come with a middle, beginning and end. No one has answered me but it is interesting to note the format and page count of the Earth One graphic novels are suggestive of the European album, and hard not to speculate this material might be designed (at least in part) with foreign markets in mind.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Continuing our tour of the “Conversations” section from The Comics Journal #300 — now on sale, by the way — today we present a lengthy discussion between Asterios Polyp author David Mazzucchelli and Bottomless Belly Button creator Dash Shaw.

  • Ng Suat Tong presents a well-illustrated survey of comic-book lettering.

  • R.C. Harvey remembers San Diego Comic-Con founder Shel Dorf.

  • Shaenon Garrity celebrates the Stateside arrival of comics by Natsume Ono.

  • Gavin Lees reviews the first issue of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Daytripper.

  • Over at sister blog Hooded Utilitarian, Charles Reese presents his entry to the roundtable discussion on Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World.

  • Meanwhile over at GutterGeek, Alex Boney reviews Keith Giffen, Matthew Clark and Justiniano’s Doom Patrol #1.

(Above: From Asterios Polyp, ©2009 David Mazzucchelli.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Congratulations to Gilbert Hernandez, who was just awarded a 2009 United States Artists Rasmuson Fellowship, complete with $50,000 grant.

    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)



  • The Borders bookstore chain has partnered with Indigo Books & Music subsidiary Kobo, Inc. to distribute and sell e-books.

    (Link via Matt Blind.)



  • The Authors Guild responds to Random House’s annouced intent to seize the digital rights to most of its back catalogue.

    (Link via Jason Boog.)



  • The National Cartoonists Society Foundation has announced that the deadline for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship is February 6, 2010.


  • Likewise, applications for the 2010-2011 Swann Fellowship are due February 15, 2010.


  • Rich Johnston examines the planned ressurection of Virgin Comics as Liquid Comics.


  • This holiday season, ComicsPRO would like to remind retailers to honor their street dates and keep them wholly.



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  • David Pepose on Kurt Busiek

    The writer talks about the ins and outs of working for Marvel.


  • Bill Baker (one, two) on Mark Wheatley

    An interview with the veteran cartoonist.


  • Walrus Comix on Tim Kreider


    The man behind The Pain — When Will It End? discusses his work.

    (Above: self portrait ©2009 Tim Kreider. Link via Mike Rhode.)







  • Derik Badman on Exploding He[a]d Man

    “This is going on my best comics of 2009 list, no question. Jason Overby impresses me more and more with each new comic of his I see.”


  • Chris Mautner on The Great Anti-War Cartoons

    “Most of the cartoons offer the same simplistic truisms about how bad and evil war is without really doing more than scratching the surface. Only humorists like George Booth and Gerald Scarfe seem to offer anything beyond the basic ‘war is hell’ trope.”


  • Greg McElhatton on Children of the Sea Vol. 2


    “What I find myself always being drawn to in Children of the Sea is how Daisuke Igarashi manages to focus in on the mystery of the ocean and make it such an integral part of the story.”

    (Above: sequence from the book, ©2007 Daisuke Igarashi/Shogakukan, Inc.)







  • Brad Guigar: Is it time to give up?

    “I get e-mails from people all the time wondering why their comic isn’t providing a liveable income after their first eight months of doing a three-day-a-week comic. (I’m not trying to be funny here. Eight months seems to be a magic number.) I think expectations can get a little unrealistic. So maybe it’s time to discuss reasonable expectations.”


  • Frank Santoro: Klaus Janson colors

    “I’m trying to pull together a nice, well rounded article on Mr. Janson. But it’s just lots of notes at this point. So until I get it together, here are some fragments […]”


  • Bhob Stewart: Jules Feiffer on Wally Wood


    A short excerpt from Feiffer’s upcoming autobiography.

    (Above: sequence from the Wood-drawn “Man from the Grave!” which is reproduced at the link and originally published in The Haunt of Fear #4, ©1950 EC Publishing.)


  • Brad Rice: Japan’s top-ten manga for 2009

    “Now that it’s the end of the year, it’s time to start debating what the best shows and best titles were that came out. We’re working on our own lists, but in the meantime Japanator translator Raz Rauf popped in and gave us what the Japanese thought were the top ten manga titles from this past year.”


Business and Craft


  • Mike Lynch: Pro Cartoonist & Gag Writer, Mid-February 1962

    “This pro-zine was put together by the late, great Arnold Wagner. Famous Artists School founder Albert Dorne is caricatured on the cover and there’s an interview with him, conducted by LOOK Magazine cartoon editor Gurney Williams.”


Comics and Art


  • Sammy Harkham: “The New Yorker Story”


    This was the one I really enjoyed reading this morning.

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2009 Sammy Harkham.)


  • Johnny Ryan: “The Miracle”


    Y-y-y-y-yeah, I should probably warn you that this is a strange one…

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2009 Johnny Ryan.)


  • Sam Henderson (one, two, three, four and five): Harpoon #3


    “HARPOON was an imitation of NATIONAL LAMPOON that had to change its name to APPLE PIE. LAMPOON’s legal department thought the name was too similar to it and the college humor magazine it got its name from, HARVARD LAMPOON. You can see why there would be some confusion.”

    (Above: Jim Ceribello cartoon for the magazine, ©1974 Histrionic Publications.)





Comics Culture



  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:


    Steve Dallas finds life after Bloom County.

    (Above: sequence from Bloom County, ©2009 Berkeley Breathed.)


Events Calendar


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 (New York City, NY): A host of comic-booky types, including Evan Dorkin, Alex Robinson and a host of others, will be on-hand to celebrate the second anniversary of Comic Book Jones on Forest Avenue. 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.


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