Journalista for Dec. 2, 2010: Funky Killyourselfbean

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 at 4:43 AM



“What started in the ’70s as a lighthearted high school comedy has slowly evolved — through a series of time-jumps, spin-offs and character deaths — into an unrelenting parade of suffering and despair, and I’ll confess: I find it absolutely fascinating.”


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Fake comic-book cover by Ed Subitzky, from the pages of National Lampoon.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reviews the Good Minnesotan anthology, as well as a batch of minicomics from CCS cartoonist Nomi Kane.
  • The cartoons of National Lampoon‘s Ed Subitzky, courtesy of Tom Crippen.
  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner announces the end of GutterGeek and the beginning of the site that will replace it.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, James Romberger discusses the tension between Joe Kubert and Alex Toth, which eventually resulted in the destruction of what may have been one of Toth’s most valuable projects.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Former Missouri comics shop owner and statutory-rape suspect Kenneth McClure was found dead on Tuesday, an apparent murder victim:

    McClure, 57, who ran the Legends Comics & Cards shop for two decades, was found shot to death Tuesday about three hours after his scheduled 9 a.m. court hearing.

    Police found his body at the Route 66 State Park near where Interstate 44 crosses the Meramec River.


  • DC Comics announces the editorial team behind new editor-in-chief Bob Harras.

  • Brigid Alverson discusses the sales of children’s comics with Ape Entertainment editor-in-chief Jason Burns.



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Graphic NYC




  • Christopher Irving on Frank Miller

    “Both Walt Simonson, and particularly Howard Chaykin, introduced me to the European comics. Then, through a girlfriend Laurie Sutton, I discovered the Japanese comics. […]That all gave birth to Ronin.”






  • Matt Seneca on Absolute All Star Superman

    ©2010 DC Comics.

    “First off, what can I say? It’s big. And while that may not change the story any, Frank Quitely art at this size is a significantly different experience than it is in the pamphlets. Everything about this presentation begs the eye to linger, to forget the forward pull of the story entirely and rove around the corners of the panels, swimming in the marks.”






  • Reverse Thieves: Swan and the godliness of page design

    “It has been said that sometimes great design is great because you don’t notice it. It brings you the information you need without you having to struggle but doesn’t impress itself upon your mind, unless of course you are looking for it. Design, when it is good, can be an unsung hero that enhances your experience but for the most part goes unrealized.”




Comics and Art





Comics Culture


  • Jeff Newelt: Rio Comicon

    “From November 9th to 14th, I had the honor and pleasure (duh) of being a Guest of the RIO Comicon, the first comics convention in Rio de Janeiro since 1993. The seven-day arty/indie comics fest took place at the Leopoldina Central Station, a cavernous former railway station, built in 1925, the sheer grandness of which lent the proceedings an epic surreality.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Samuel Longhorne Clemens, a.k.a. “Mark Twain,” has been something of a hero of mine for years, so when the first volume of his Autobiography — semi-embargoed for a century after the author’s death — appeared in unexpurgated print for the first time, I immediately bought a copy. I’ve been reading it for two weeks now, and I have to say, it’s been the best bedtime reading I’ve had in years. Over at NPR’s Fresh Air, Robert Hirst (director of the Mark Twain Project, which assembled the manuscript from a plethora of seemingly unorganized documents) discusses the 20-year effort to produce what he rightly calls “Mark Twain’s last major literary work.” Really, I can’t recommend this book enough.


Events Calendar




  • Dec. 2 (London, England): Bryan Talbot will be signing books and meeting readers at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6-7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Portland, OR): The second benefit art show for mentally disabled comic-book writer Bill Mantlo takes place at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Toronto, Ontario): Brian Chippendale & C.F. will give presentations and sign books at the Resistor Gallery on College Street, from 6:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Fullerton, CA): La Cucaracha creator Lalo Alcaraz will discuss his work at the Fullerton Public Library on Commonwealth Avenue, from 6:30-8PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (London, England): Join Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith as they launch their new book Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson at London Print Studio on harrow Road, from 6:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (New York City, NY): Join Edie Fake for a Gaylord Phoenix release party at the Cinders Gallery on Havermeyer Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Montreal, Quebec): Pascal Girard makes an appearance at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Bernard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Rochester, NY): Alison Bechdel will lecture at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Ingle Auditorium on Lomb Memorial Drive, beginning at 8PM. The event is free and open to the public. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (New York City, NY): Lynda Barry and Maira Kalman will appear on stage at Buttenwieser Hall on Lexington Avenue, beginning at 8:15PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Dec. 4 (New York City, NY): The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Eighth Street, from noon-9PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 4 (Los Angeles, CA): A number of kids’-comics creators will sign books and offer lessons in making comics at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, from 1-3PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 4 (Quezon City, Philippines): Comics Bazaar 2010 takes place in UP ISSI’s East Virata Hall on Jacinto Street, from 1-5PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 5 (Los Angeles, CA): Bent-Con is a gathering for gay comics fans and creators, taking place on Melrose Avenue from noon-7PM. 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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