Journalista for Dec. 17, 2010: We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

Posted by on December 17th, 2010 at 5:12 AM



“Well, there’s no way in hell I’d appreciate comics aesthetically as much as I do now if I hadn’t read a bunch of them high.”


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  • Donald Phelps discusses Frank Owen’s 1930s comic strip, Ossie Tittle.

    (Incidentally, about the lack of an illustration above: How little information and/or art examples are there about Ossie Tittle available? Little enough that a Google search on the subject is, for the moment, a great way to find websites that steal content from

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe talks about some reference resources for drawing people who do not have washboard ads.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • In Tokyo, event organizer Takamagahara has announced plans to host a dōjin event — “dōjin” involves amateur comics, in case you didn’t know — that would spotlight works based upon Tokyo governor/manga-censorship supporter Shintaro Ishihara’s racy novels.

    (Right: poster for Taiyō no Kisetsu [“Season of the Sun”], a film about young people involved in a lustful menage a trois, based upon the 1955 novel by Shintaro Ishihara.)


  • Heidi MacDonald catches word that NYC comics shop Cosmic Comics will remain open after all, albeit under new management. Across the country in California, however, there’s speculation that Berkeley shop Comic Relief is in danger of folding, although the exact narrative is under dispute: Here’s Rachel Swan in one corner, and here’s Eric Stephenson in the other.

    (Hat tip to Deb Aoki for the Comic Relief links.)


  • Brian Hibbs suspects that the comics industry — well, the Direct Market portions of it — is headed in the wrong direction.



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  • Tasha Robinson on Lynda Barry

    “People always assume my work is autobiographical. One! Hundred! Demons! was the first real, straight-ahead… I mean, if you see Filipinos in there, then you know I’m talking about my life. I’ve struggled with depression forever. I mean, I struggle with it. You know, it’s not one of those little cute things like that Zoloft commercial, where they have that little creature, that little jellybean, looking sad. It ain’t like that. It’s more like having swallowed a running chainsaw, and you don’t know what to do or where to turn. [Laughs.] That’s what it feels like to me.”






  • Mindless Ones on Batwoman #0

    ©2010 DC Comics.

    “The issue overall is only unintentionally funny really, unless it’s a masterpiece of delicate deadpan humour which — if true, is going to make the next few hundred words a bit pathetic — but it’s still [J.H. Williams III], so it’s still got a couple of semi-breathtaking moments in there.”






  • Tucker Stone: The year in stank

    “And yet, there was another crop of comics that came out this year from ye old Big Two. Not the bad ones–the filler tie-ins, the banal mini-series, the things about vampires in Ancient Rome. No, the comics I’m talking about are the mind-blowingly wrong ones, the ones that you–and me! I’m totally talking about me right now!–bought just so you could see if what you’d heard was true, if there really was a Santa Claus, and if he really was getting castrated on a bridge by a team of Girl Scouts after denying them the ponies they so required.”




Comics and Art


  • Mykal Banta: Comic Cavalcade #55

    Classic funny-animal comics to round out the week, featuring work by Jim Davis (the Golden Age guy, not the Garfield guy) and Sheldon Mayer.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Recently on Inkstuds: Robin McConnell speaks with Nate Neal (48.3MB), plus a recording of Frank Santoro’s conversation with Kevin Huizenga and Jim Rugg (39.4MB), recorded on-stage at the Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo in October.
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch interviews Mouse Guard creator David Petersen (31.9MB).
    • Criticism and commentary: The folks at Manga Out Loud discussKou Yaginuma’s Twin Spica (49.2MB); the Mindless Ones discuss Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher (24.8MB); and we’ve got new episodes of House to Astonish (58.8MB), Fourcast (32.6MB) and Wait, What? (one [58.3MB], two [104.6MB]).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Events Calendar




  • Dec. 17-18 (Staten Island, NY): A host of cartoonists will help celebrate the third anniversary of Comic Book Jones on Forest Avenue. 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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