Journalista for Dec. 20, 2010: Feedback loop’d

Posted by on December 20th, 2010 at 3:01 AM



“I wanted my work to appear as it did in the beginning, alone, without a raging public forum affixed to it. It was like looking at a work of art with the walls about it scrawled densely with graffiti.”


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From Understanding Comics, ©1993 Scott McCloud.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey restates his definition of comics, reigniting his grudge match with Scott McCloud on the subject.
  • International comics: Fredrik Stromberg looks at the best Swedish graphic novels of 2010.
  • Rob Clough reviews the anthology Werewolf!!!, edited by Penina Gal, Josh Rosen, Betsey Swardlick and Nick Patten.
  • More classic Playboy cartoons, courtesy of Tom Crippen.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, “Kinukitty” reviews the yaoi manga Stray Cat, Richard Cook presents a historical gallery of comics covers featuring Santa Claus, and Alex Buchet continues his series on comics’ influence on language.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • DC Comics colorist Adrienne Roy died December 14 after losing a year-long battle with cancer. She was 57 years old.

  • The Belgin cartoonist Marc Henniquiau, best known for illustrating the BD series Alix, died yesterday at the age of 52.

    Detail from the cover of Eiki Eiki’s Dear Myself.

  • Pro-censorship Tokyo metropolitan assemblyman Masatsugu Mihara “has outraged manga fans by publicly exposing and then ridiculing a BL mangaka who put her name to an anti-ban petition sent to him.”

  • The Finnish comics shop Pitkämies is calling it quits.

    (Link via the Daily Cross Hatch.)


  • Here’s further commentary on the financial difficulties facing Berkeley, California shop Comic Relief, courtesy of Frances Dinkelspiel and Rich Johnston.

  • Devil’s Due Publishing founder Josh Blaylock asks whether February 2011 will be a funnybook massacre for the Direct Market.

    (Link via Heidi MacDonald.)


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Japanese comics publisher Square Enix has begun offering online rentals of its works:

    Through the new service, SQUARE ENIX aims to provide a global audience with easy access to localized versions of its popular manga titles through streaming. Also, through cooperation with regional localization/publishing companies, SQUARE ENIX will endeavor to promote both print and online versions of its manga titles globally. Furthermore, it is the company’s aim for the official online distribution service to serve as a deterrent against illegal downloading and piracy.


  • Vaneta Rogers talks to ComiXology CEO David Steinberger about his company’s ongoing expansion into the Android smartphone platform.

  • Brigid Alverson frets over Apple’s “walled kingdom of digital comics.”

  • Lori Henderson looks at some recent good and bad ideas in the digital-comics market.



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Graphic NYC




  • Nicolas Verstappen on Kan Takahama

    How did I miss this interview with the author of Monokuro Kinderbook? More importantly: Why haven’t we seen an English translation of her work in five years?






  • J. Caleb Mozzocco on Picture This

    ©2010 Lynda Barry.

    “Throughout, aesthetic and philosophical questions are asked, meditated on and answered, only the answers are either personal — This is my answer, what’s yours? — or open-ended. Here‘s a catalog of the types of doodles Barry makes, and you can make, if you want.”






  • Paul Gravett on Moebius

    “From sci-fi fantasies to gritty westerns, welcome to the incredible double life of Moebius and Jean Giraud, the two sides of one of France’s most brilliant comics geniuses.”




Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn: Klaus Nordling’s Pen Miller

    “Much has been written these days about the first artists to compose the whole page as a visual unit, such as Jack Kirby or Mort Meskin. Together with Will Eisner, Nordling was one of the artists promoting the use of the title lettering in the splash page. I guess Eisner started it, but there seems to have been a rivalry about who could come up with the cleverest design. And my money isn’t necessarily on Eisner. The comic book industry lost a great artist when Nordling decided to do something else in the early fifties.”






  • YouTube: Howard Cruse draws a holiday picture

    The author of Stuck Rubber Baby walks you through the creation of his season’s-greeting card for the year.

    (Link via Alison Bechdel.)


Events Calendar




  • Dec. 20 (Naga City, Philippines): The Bikol Komiks Convention takes place at Mudbugs on Penafrancia Avenue. Details here.
  • Dec. 20 (Arlington, VA): Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson will be signing books and meeting readers at the One More Page Bookstore on Westmoreland Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.


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