Journalista for Dec. 6, 2010: Familiar borders

Posted by on December 6th, 2010 at 4:10 AM

 

 

“I can extol the virtues of back issues and comics history until I’m blue in the face, but the truth is that comics is growing beyond its own familiar borders. It’s so fractured now that we don’t have to all be conversant in all the current releases and hot topics or ancient history.”

 

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Actor Peter Cushing, as interpreted by and ©2009 Serge Buyse.

 

Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Nathan Wilson presents the first installment of a three-part interview with writer and former DC Comics publisher Paul Levitz.
  • International comics: Bart Croonenborghs talks comics and schlock with Belgian cartoonist Serge Buyse.
  • Rob Clough reviews Karl Stevens’ recent book, The Lodger.
  • Tom Crippen reconsiders Alison Bechdel’s Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, and reproduces art from a 1969 issue of Playboy.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Erica Friedman talks about Hana no Asuka-gumi and how fashion makes literature, while Noah Berlatsky reviews the greatest superhero movie ever made.

And in the news…

 

Above the Fold

 

Life in interesting times

  • “Year-to-date sale of comics and graphic novels through Diamond Comic Distributors are off sharply when compared with sales during the first 11 months of 2009,” reports ICv2. For a more optimistic take, here’s a second opinion from John Jackson Miller.
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  • Daryl Cagle notes that three full-time positions for editorial cartoonists have been eliminated in the space of a month.
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  • The Christie’s auction house have withdrawn a 1903 H.M. Bateman drawing of a Jewish stereotype from the market, fearing that the work might violate U.K. hate-crime laws.

    (Right: the caricature in question.)

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  • In Virginia, “a Shirlington dog groomer filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing the Arlington County zoning board of violating her freedom of speech by ordering her to alter whimsical cartoon mural of dogs, bones and paw prints on the back wall of her business.”
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  • The job transitions continue at DC Entertainment: Amit Desai has been named executive vice president for franchise management, while publicity manager Alex Segura has decided to leave.
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  • Johanna Draper Carlson notes that there are a helluva lot of licensed works in this year’s crop of Free Comic Book Day offerings.

 

 

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Graphic NYC

 

Profiles

 

  • Mark Medley on Charles Burns

    “I was not a happy-go-lucky kid. […] Punk music came around right about the right time for me to fully embrace it.”

 

Also

 

Reviews

 

  • Karen Green on 300


    Panel detail ©1998, 1999 Frank Miller Inc.

    “So, given the problematic nature of the story Miller was telling, what was left to discuss? A critical analysis of why Miller might tell the story the way he does, of course! Not to mention, a discussion of the visual elements, which were all the more notable to me fresh from my Mississippi discussion of the building blocks of panel and page.”

 

Also

 

Commentary

 

  • Andrew Kunka: Will Eisner and the “graphic novel”

    “It is now fairly common knowledge that Eisner neither invented the term itself nor the form that we call a ‘graphic novel,’ but it is fair to say that he popularized the term when he later used it to promote the book upon publication from Baronet Books in 1978, and, for better or worse, the term has stuck.”

 

Also

  • Rich Johnston: Woman of Marvel
  • Sankaku Complex (one, two): Top mangaka you’d never guess were women

 

Comics and Art

 

  • Online anthology: Comical Animal


    From “Nine Lives,” by and ©2010 Piotr Nowacki, Mikolaj Tkacz and Norbert Rybarczyk.

    “Jim Medway’s big plan — a bi-monthly online publication for comic, cartoon and kids books afficianados. It’ll be taking shape over the coming months and hopefully years, hopefully attracting zillions of delighted subscribers and top-notch contributors.”

    (Link via Richard Bruton.)

 

Also

 

Multimedia

 

  • Hero Complex: Mike Mignola

    “We sat down with him in [his] Redondo Beach studio to talk about Hellboy’s origins, Jack Kirby, Hollywood, Gotham by Gaslight, artist anxiety and one profoundly strange night in Prague.”

 

Comics Culture

 

 

Also

 

  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    The Retrospace podcast is where the 1970s punch you in the face, again and again and again…

 

Events Calendar

 

This Week:

 

  • Dec. 7 (New York City, NY): An opening reception for a show celebrating the new book Graphic Radicals: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated takes place at the Exit Art Gallery on Tenth Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 8 (Manhattan Beach, CA): Meet the gang behind the new Gumby’s Gang comic at the Comic Bug on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 11 (Seattle, WA): It’s a festival of art and comics at the fourth-anniversary celebration at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.

 

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to dirk@tcj.com 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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