Journalista for Dec. 17, 2009: I dream of a day…

Posted by on December 17th, 2009 at 6:53 AM




“I dream of a day when a comic created only by women doesn’t get tagged with a stupid title like Marvel’s Girl Comics.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Our serialization of the “Conversations” section from The Comics Journal #300 continues: Today, it’s a discussion between Fun Home author Alison Bechdel and Refresh, Refresh cartoonist Danica Novgorodoff.

  • Kristian Williams presents the first installment of an essay examining “the Spanish Civil War, cartooning and the cultural imagination,” with looks at No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade and Wolverine. Williams also reviews Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia.

  • Rich Kreiner looks back at The Year in Roger Langridge Comics.

  • Kent Worcester reviews Paul Buhle’s Comics in Wisconsin.

  • Marc Sobel reviews Rick Geary’s Trotsky: A Graphic Biography.

  • Over at the Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong, Noah Berlatsky and Richard Cook chime in on the roundtable discussion of Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World.

(Above: Sequence from The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, by and ©2008 Alison Bechdel.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Barton Deiters brings word that Wednesday saw closing arguments in the trial of Jevon Marquis Sawyer over the shooting of Kentwood, Michigan retailer David Pirkola.

  • A Chicago judge has denied bail to terror suspect Tahawwur Rana, who is accused of plotting the murders of editor Flemming Rose and cartoonist Kurt Westergaard over the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons.

  • “Disney is rolling out a digital comics application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch and Sony’s PlayStation Portable globally beginning in Italy and soon to include the U.S. and UK, with rollouts in key markets throughout the world in 2010,” reports ICv2. Here’s a Flickr page of photos from Disney’s presentation in Milan, Italy.

  • And let us not forget: Sony also rolled out its comics-reader software for the PlayStation Portable yesterday.

    (Above: screenshot fom Sony’s comics store.)


  • Police in Washington State may have caught the men who robbed the office of cartoonist Stu Heinecke, stealing two computers that contained his life’s work.

  • The main narrative arising from the recent Frazetta Museum break-in turns out to be that suspect Frank Frazetta Jr. may have taken a backhoe to a window in the building to keep the artist’s other children from selling off the paintings. True? Who knows? Heidi MacDonald is following the story.

  • Oh, joy: The price guide that nearly disembowelled the comic-book industry will not be discontinued after all.

  • According to Anime News Network, “All 56 volumes of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece pirate manga ranked on [Japanese bookstore chain] Oricon’s chart of the top 200 manga books for the week of December 7-13 in Japan.”

  • At an e-book summit in New York City, Sony Digital Reading president Steve Haber discussed how to survive using digital media to cannibalize your own real-world sales. E.B. Boyd has a summary, as well as notes from a presentation by Nieman Journalism Lab director Joshua Benton about the difference between market creation and market segmentation.

  • Have I reminded you of the S. Clay Wilson Special Needs Trust lately?



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  • Brian Heater on Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

    Binky Brown is not a perfect work. Green, while an accomplished visual storyteller, even at this early stage, executes his panels with a certain unevenness. The artist clearly did not take the same level of care with every single panel. It’s really in those non-linear asides that the artist shines.”


  • Glen Weldon on Dr. Grordbort Presents Victory

    “[Greg] Broadmore has a lot of fun with the idioms of Victorian/colonial speech, and his art captures the soaring, what-ho-old-chap vision of a society determined to ‘bring civility and indoor plumbing to the galaxy.'”


  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Only One Wish

    “If you read Hell Girl and thought ‘this would be even better if the devil girl cursing people was instead a witch angel granting wishes, and the stories had less point to them,’ then Only One Wish is the manga for you.”







  • Jeet Heer: Mickey Mouse, homophobe

    “In the early decades of the 20th century, many cartoonists featured characters that were gay stereotypes: swishy men and butch women. I’ve sprinkled examples throughout this essay.”

    (Above: sequence from the June 06, 1930 Gasoline Alley strip.)


  • Richard Metzger: Searching for Steve Ditko

    “It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that Ditko sees himself as a real-life ‘Howard Roark,’ Rand’s fictional architect in The Fountainhead, a man who refuses to compromise his vision.”

    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)





Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn: The cartoons of David Gerard

    Including a number of advertising comics.

    (Above: Gerard cartoon for a Wheaties ad in Adventure Comics #104.)


  • Online portfolio, illustration blog: Caitlin Kuhwald

    Yet another commercial artist with top-flight chops and communicative skills, whose name you’ve never heard of before now.

    (Above: illustration for the Boston Phoenix, ©2009 Caitlin Kuhwald. Hat tip: Osamu Nomura.)





Comics Culture



Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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