Journalista for Dec. 3, 2010: The world of comics, from A to B

Posted by on December 3rd, 2010 at 4:27 AM



“Comic books aren’t just about superheroes. With books like The Walking Dead, Chew, Fables and American Vampire, there are other genres that are available in comic book format.”


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Jim Siergey’s cover to Nart #2, as reproduced in Newave!; The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the anthology Newave!; The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s.
  • International comics: Fredrik Stromberg introduces us to the Nordic comics-trivia contest, Comiquiz.
  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner reviews the second volume of Hubert and Kerascoet’s Miss Don’t Touch Me.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe explains manga criticism, and where to find it.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • In Missouri, police have arrested and released two murder suspects in the fatal shooting of comic-book shopowner Kenneth McClure:

    Police sought murder charges against a man, 32, and a woman, 25, both of St. Louis. But prosecutors asked police for more evidence before deciding whether to file charges.


    The woman had worked at McClure’s store and had been in a relationship with him, said McClure’s nephew, Everett “Sonny” McClure III. She also lived with the male suspect and is related to the mother of the 13-year-old girl who accused Kenneth McClure of rape.


  • DC Comics has named Mark Chiarello its vice president of art direction and design.

  • Why is a company selling “business plans” to cartoonists on eBay using the likeness of a dead cartoonist to peddle their wares?


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “As the battle over intellectual property and online piracy heats up, Web titan Google is announcing some significant changes to the way it deals with copyright infringement on its ubiquitous search engine,” reports Sam Gustin.



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  • Jennifer Erickson on Joyce Farmer

    “She began with a list of the funnier anecdotes from her caregiving years that she wanted to recreate and publish in separate two to three-page increments. But as she wrote the stories out, she began to realize she had the makings of a book and that she needed to tell the whole story, not just the funny parts.

    Over the next 13 years, Farmer eked out what she describes as a depressing story about two people dying, albeit with moments of comic relief. The process left her emotionally drained. ‘I had to get into the characters sufficiently to be able to draw them with empathy,’ she said.”






  • Erica Friedman on A Drunken Dream and Other Stories

    “Shoujo manga is (often dismissively) summed up as stories of the heart. But shoujo manga is not just about romance — it is about emotional interplay. Where shounen heroes gain physical power, shoujo heroines gain emotional power. Shounen heroes beat their enemies to make them their friends — shoujo heroines love their enemies until they love them back. Th characters here are lovable — which is a risk we take with these stories. We’re not sure that the heroine will be plucky or that everyone will love them back. But like most contemporary shoujo, A Drunken Dream contains stories of emotional interaction, and emotional growth that comes from communication.”






  • David Brothers: Stop now, get original

    “It’s all about narrative. It’s storytelling. Whether through laziness or malicious intent, this is what we get from pop culture and the media. Jewish characters get to come to terms with the Holocaust or their own Jewishness. Black characters get to talk about how there’s no justice, just us (a phrase that, if I ever had to say it aloud, would make me blow my brains out). It’s the same garbage, day in, day out. ‘Remember this horrible thing your people have gone through? Well, as far as we’re concerned, it’s the only fuel that matters to our storytelling engines. Don’t worry, we won’t let you forget or ever progress past it.'”




Business and Craft



Comics and Art


  • Rich Johnston: Brendan McCarthy’s rejected pitch for Spider-Man Fever II

    “Marvel told me they have trimmed plans for their more ‘fringe’ titles, so it’s very unlikely this one will fly. Attached, some of the visuals from the pitch.”






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Panel Borders features an on-stage discussion between comedy writer David Quantick and underground cartoonist Edwin Pouncey, a.k.a. Savage Pencil, who talk about their graphic novel about the life of Louis Wain, Edwardian painter of cats whose work became increasingly experimental as his mental health deteriorated (44.6MB).
    • Bob Andelman speaks with Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago (6.2MB).
    • Commentary and criticism: Manga Out Loud takes a look at the Sundome series (43.2MB); the Mindless Ones discuss James Stokoe’s Orc Stain (10.6MB); and as always we’ve got new episodes of Fourcast (30.4MB) and Wait, What? (33.1MB) lined up for you.

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Events Calendar


This Weekend:


  • 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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