Journalista for Dec. 22, 2009: Eggnog and Southern Comfort for breakfast

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 AM

 

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“I can report that the actual Watchmen graphic novel appears to be selling again…of course, not nearly at the levels it was before the pre-film excitement started and the local demand for Watchmen was really oversaturated. But that we’re moving any copies at all is a bit encouraging. I even had a collector express interest in the original issues, which is something that hasn’t happened in a while.

“Also, there’s a part of me that wishes the Watchmen film had been an enormous hit, enough so that a sequel would have been inevitable, and that even possibly new comic book follow-ups and tie-ins would have been published. Because really, the fanguish that would have caused would have been epically awesome.”

– retailer Mike Sterling

 

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  • Did you know there were a whole bunch of conversations between generations of cartoonists in The Comics Journal #300? If not, you’re new around here. Our tour continues with a discussion between Locas author Jaime Hernandez and Sammy the Mouse creator Zak Sally.
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  • Shaenon Garrity looks at the strange world of manga translation.
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  • Kristian Williams presents the conclusion to his four-part examination of the Spanish Civil War in comics.
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  • Ng Suat Tong reviews Carol Tyler’s You’ll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man.
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  • Rob Clough reviews the third and fourth issues of Aaron Cockle’s one-man minicomics anthology, Annotated.
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  • Matthew Miller reviews Brian Fies’ latest book, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?
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  • Drabble dismays R.C. Harvey, as it does us all.

(Above: panel from “Las Mujeres Perdidas” in Maggie the Mechanic, ©2007 Jaime Hernandez.)

And in the news…

 

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Life in interesting times

  • “Hackers broke into [Albany, New York-based Timesunion.com’s] online comic strip syndication service Thursday, embedding malicious code that sought to exploit a newly discovered security flaw in Adobe Reader and Acrobat,” reports Brian Krebs.
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  • Rich Johnston offers a look at the conflict between Checker Publishing and Diamond Comics Distributors over the latter’s late payments to the former:

    The usual news is of Diamond cancelling lines from publishers rather than the publisher cancelling lines at Diamond. And I heave certainly heard many other corroborating stories from publishers talking about how Diamond have delayed payments, even making that official policy at one point. But so many rely on Diamond, that this kind of step is, well, unique.

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  • “A former professor is donating his comic book and graphic novel collection, worth as much as $100,000 (Canadian), to The University of Western Ontario.”
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  • Alan Gardner brings word that the family of Family Circus creator Bil Keane “has generously donated $50,000 to support the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum facility (formerly the Cartoon Research Library). With the matching grant from Jean Shulz, the total impact of the donation will be $100,000.”
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  • Also via Gardner: Toronto cartoonist Shahid Mahmood is still on Air Canada’s no-fly list, and still hasn’t been told why.
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  • Dave Sim goes print-on-demand.
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  • Radhika Sachdev presents a short Q&A with Liquid Comics president Suresh Seetharaman.
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  • Paul O’Brien presents his month-to-month comparisons for Marvel Entertainment sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for November.
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  • Kelly Thompson speaks with IDW editor Mariah Huehner about attracting more female readers to comics:

    You have to get people interested in the medium before you can get them into the genres. It’s a lot easier to introduce someone to comics if you use a genre they’re already into, like horror. Especially if you consider how radically different comics storytelling is. Unless you’ve been introduced to it young, or gotten into it on your own, it can be intimidating. And the reality is, in the mainstream, most people still assume superheroes are comics. Not a genre, but the medium itself.

    Well worth a read.

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  • Wait — who’s “John Haffner”?

 

Joe McCulloch and Matthew Brady: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops tomorrow.

 

 

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Profiles

 

  • Evelyne Aka on Marguerite Abouet

    “Elegant and talkative, Abouet was born in Abidjan’s Yopougon neighbourhood, where she has set the books [Aya] that feature brightly dressed characters, dusty roads and community living.”

 

  • Henry Chamberlain on John Porcellino

    An interview with the seminal minicomics author.

    (Above: detail from the cover to King-Cat Comics & Stories #70.)

 

  • Big Shiny Robot on Dash Shaw

    The cartoonist discusses his new book, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.

    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)

 

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Reviews

 

  • Alexandra Alter on Footnotes in Gaza

    “[Joe Sacco’s] effort to visually recreate events that happened more than 50 years ago was foiled at times by narrative gaps, conflicting accounts and the fragmented memories of his sources. Far from an objective history, the story is told almost entirely from Palestinian perspectives.”

    (Above: excerpt from an online preview of the book, ©2009 Joe Sacco.)

 

  • Michael Lorah on Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai

    “The action-packed story moves quickly, offers some intrigue into the mysterious demon queller, and showcases Usagi’s heroism while still presenting his frustration at facing the supernatural and being caught up in battles that are none of his concern. Samurais, monsters and fighting, what’s not to love about that?”

 

  • Derik Badman on Poem Strip

    “[Dino] Buzzati’s underworld is a land that looks similar to the world of the living, but it is differentiated by certain vital voids: time does not pass and, without the fear of death, many of life’s most powerful feelings are non-existent.”

    (Above: image from the book; ©1969 Dino Buzzati, English translation probably ©2009 Marina Harss and/or New York Review Books.)

 

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Commentary

 

  • Tucker Stone: You and I until the day we die

    “DC’s and Marvel’s business strategies for the last twenty years (and this decade especially) have been focused on maximizing the amount of money that they can make off their most committed audience members. That’s not a theory. And when those companies decide to make a move towards rectifying that, or when there’s a perception that that feeling might be the motivating force behind a new product or a product change, a portion of the loyal audience seems to take it as a personal attack, albeit a veiled one. It isn’t that the audience actively wishes women shouldn’t make Marvel comics, or that the audience doesn’t want to see Geoff Johns and Gary Frank do a new Batman graphic novel. It almost reads as if the audience is upset that their loyalty has been thrown under the bus.”

 

  • Chris Mautner: A beginner’s guide to Robert Crumb

    “With everyone and their uncle sounding off about his new adaptation of the Book of Genesis, I thought it might be a good time to look at the work and career of Robert Crumb, and offer an introductory entryway for those who up till now have been hesitant to dip their toes in his water (so to speak).”

 

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Comics and Art

 

  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: Gahan Wilson cartoons

    What this holiday season needs is a few good, macabre laughs.

    (Above: one of the cartoons, source and copyright information unknown.)

 

  • Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon: “The Tempest Wakens”

    What else this holiday season needs is a little old-fashioned Lovecraftian horror.

    (Above: panel from the story, ©2009 Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon.)

 

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Comics Culture

 

  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Monumental with Pete Walter is a surprisingly interesting video podcast devoted to explaining the stories behind British monuments.

    (Above: screenshot from the latest episode.)

 

  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Lisa Simpson meets “Big Monty.”

    (Above: sequence from Simpsons Comics #159, ©2009 Bongo Entertainment, if I remember correctly…)

 

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