Journalista for Dec. 21, 2009: Roundly and soundly rejected

Posted by on December 21st, 2009 at 7:04 AM




“Other than a handful of pretty minor works I don’t think you can point to an important graphic novel and say that it was written or drawn like Blankets. At least, not in the circles I run in. Indeed, I think many of Craig [Thompson]’s methods and priorities here were roundly and soundly rejected by Altcomix Nation.”


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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • In Washington State, Sequim Gazette cartoonist Tim Quinn was found dead in his apartment on Saturday morning, apparently of natural causes.

  • According to ICv2, some 550 comics made their debut on the Sony PlayStation Portable last week.

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  • Sales from the first print volume of Randall Munroe’s xkcd have raised enough money to build a school in Laos.

    (Above: recent sequence from the strip, ©2009 Randall Munroe. Link via Gary Tyrrell.)


  • Lamest comic-book robbery ever:

    When the victims, three college-age females, said they didn’t have any comic books, the suspects asked for marijuana.


  • Marc-Oliver Frisch responds to last week’s column by retailer Brian Hibbs:

    The thing is, whatever growth the future has in store for comics probably won’t be happening to traditional comic books. That ship has well and truly sailed, and it’s only going to get more wind in its sails in the next few years.

    Simon Jones offers further commentary — scroll down a bit.

    Related: Next year, Marvel Comics will offer a special one-dollar price point to promote its comics to its existing customer base, also solving the whole “There just aren’t enough Marvel pamphlets in comics shops” conundrum along the way.


  • Reuters provides us with our “strange Japanese comics invade Europe” article for the week.

  • Your koan for the day: Evan Dorkin sums up the comics blogosphere in a single sentence.

  • J. Caleb Mozzocco sums up modern NYC corporate comics in a single panel.

  • Italian comics blogger Harry Dice (Google translation) contemplates the recent changes here at The Comics Journal.

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    “So, yes, it’s pretty visually amazing, and seems to have some sort of narrative continuity, but, to ask the ever-present question posed to challenging art by minds that are struggling to keep up, what does it all mean?”

    (Above: sequence from the book, ©2009 Joshua Cotter.)


  • Greg McElhatton on not simple

    “I think a lot of people have a fixed idea in their minds of what all manga looks like. Depending on the person’s age, it’s probably something like Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, or Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball Z. It’s almost certainly, though, not anything like Natsume Ono’s not simple. I think it was the incredibly distinctive look of not simple that initially attracted me to the book, but the more I read it, the deeper I was pulled into the book.”

    (Above: sequence from the first chapter of the book, taken from the online serialization; ©2006 Natsume Ono/Shogakukan.)







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