Journalista for Dec. 18, 2009: Every answer I came up with

Posted by on December 18th, 2009 at 7:50 AM




“I hate to backseat drive companies because I’ve barely made like sixteen dimes from working in comic books, but at some point it seems that if well-regarded series after well-regarded series is broken on the rocks of a market that won’t respond to them, you should start to look at changing the game board to be more receptive to such series as opposed to picking up a game piece you think might work better.”


“I spent this entire morning asking myself that question, thinking of what my ‘competitors’ are doing in the online world that I could adopt. And every answer I came up with involved fucking over the artist.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Our tour of the “Conversations” section of The Comics Journal #300 continues, this time featuring a long discussion between American Flagg! creator Howard Chaykin and King author Ho Che Anderson about the industry and the artform. Don’t miss it.

  • Shaenon Garrity responds to the Hooded Utilitarian roundtable discussion on Dan Clowes’ Ghost World, and offers her own thoughts on Clowes’ book. Noah Berlatsky responds.

  • Here’s the second installment of Kristian Williams’ essay on comics and the Spanish Civil War.

  • A recent essay by Jeet Heer leaves R. Fiore thinking about gayface.

  • Ng Suat Tong reviews Takashi Nemoto’s Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby.

  • Bernard Cormier reviews Troy Little’s Angora Napkin.

(Above: Sequence from American Flagg!, ©2008 Howard Chaykin, Inc.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Jevon Sawyer has been convicted in the April 2008 shooting of Kentwood, Michigan retailer David Pirkola. He could face up to life in prison.

  • Google Editions will begin selling e-books in 2010. Simon Jones reproduces the letter from Google.

  • “Mozilla claims that its new Firefox Mobile browser could be the beginning of the end for the hugely popular app stores created by Apple and its ilk,” writes Barry Collins.

    (Link via Slashdot.)


  • “Increases in the school and international segments offset declines in the trade and media groups, resulting in a 1% increase in overall revenue at Scholastic in the second quarter ended November 30,” reports Jim Milliot.

  • Enjoy him while you’ve got him: Editor & Publisher‘s Joe Strupp takes a look at how editorial cartoonists are holding up under tough economic circumstances.

  • Longtime Oni Press managing editor Randal Jarrell is leaving the company.

  • Yen Press chief high mucky-muck Kurt Hassler discusses his company’s publishing strategy toward original works and adaptations.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)


  • Gary Reed offers an interesting essay on bookstore returns.

  • Brian Hibbs pimps for the Direct Market.

  • Everyone’s up in arms over Girl Comics!

  • Caught!



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  • John Hogan on Charles Vess


    The cartoonist and illustrator discusses his work.

    (Above: image from the retrospective volume Drawing Down the Moon, ©2009 Charles Vess.)


  • Sherif Awad on Go Nagai in Cairo

    “While making an appearance in France last year, Nagai was addressed by a woman who spoke about the popularity of his TV series Mazinger and Grendizer in the Arab world. Nagai, unaware that his work had been dubbed for Arab audiences, decided to do a Middle East tour of lectures and workshops for young animators.”







  • Dan Nadel on The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics

    “All the different sensibilities here, most fully developed and deployed, are staggering in their diversity. And the other part of this book is simply the pleasure of looking: The production quality is ideal: the original comic book colors are intact and printed on uncoated stock against an off-white tone. Ahhh, perfection.”


  • Sean T. Collins on Plague Hero

    Tunde Adebimpe’s minicomic is “an exercise in convey action and movement through color and telling a story with a memorable voice — and a successful exercise at that.”


  • Derik Badman on Suppli Vol. 1-3


    “One thing I love about Suppli is that it’s about work and life. Quick, name five other comics about work, regular job type work? (No, work as an comics artist doesn’t count.) Yeah, I can’t either.”

    (Above: two-page spread from the series, ©2006 Mari Okazaki.)







  • Shaenon Garrity: Wholesome comics entertaining

    Some simple rules for success when hosting a party of cartoonists.





Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng (one, two, three, four and counting): The Merrill Company


    All week, Peng has been spotlighting five classic commercial artists’ output for the publishing company.

    (Above: Early-1950s book cover, nicked from Peng’s Barbara Bradley Flickr set.)


  • Pappy: Krigstein’s Strange Adventures


    Two stories by the comic-book formalist pioneer from his work at DC Comics.

    (Above: sequence from “The Atomic Invasion!” in Strange Adventures #32, ©1952 DC Comics.)







  • YouTube: David Sipress


    The veteran New Yorker cartoonist discusses the craft in an hour-long lecture.

    (Above: screenshot from the video. Link via Mike Lynch.)


  • Comics-related podcasts

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    If you haven’t kept up with pop music for the past year, relax: The two-part “2009 retrospective” episode of Matthew Perpetua’s Fluxcast is your all-purpose cheat sheet.



Events Calendar




  • December 18 (Los Angeles, CA): The Boom! Studios holiday party takes place at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 8PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • December 19 (Frederick, MD): Girls With Slingshots cartoonist Danielle Corsetto and Big Headz creator Terry Flippo will appear at Beyond Comics on Frederick Avenue, between 11AM-3PM. 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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