Journalista for Dec. 7, 2009: Now that we’re all on the same page…

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 6:06 AM




“Luckily for us all, Ed Benes, The King of Sexy Superheroines has space on his commissions list, and he’s ready, willing, and able to break you off some of that super sexy submissive scoliosis bowlegged booty.”


One thing I love about this system is that it’s easy to jury-rig an RSS feed at a moment’s notice.

A memo to our online subscribers: Hold on! We’re still working on it, but an archival copy of the old website (complete with subscriber archives) will eventually be back online and accessible to those with working accounts.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


  • Our swear-to-God-it’s-not-a-monopoly, Diamond Distributors, will be teaming up with Reed Exhibitions to stage a Direct Market retailers’ summit in Chicago next year.

  • Bart Beaty reports from last week’s press conference for the 2010 Angouléme Comics Festival, during which the new format for the festival’s prizes is discussed.

  • “Russ Cochran of Russ Cochran’s Comic Art Auction has reported the theft of a rare 1908 Winsor McCay Little Nemo In Slumberland page from a well-known fine arts restoration firm in New York City.”

    (Link via Gianfranco Goria.)


  • Anime News Network lists Japan’s top-selling manga series for 2009: one, two.

  • Matthew Murray presents month-to-month estimates for sales of independent genre comics to Direct Market retailers, now updated for October.

  • Steve Greenberg reflects on the year that has passed since he was fired as staff cartoonist for California’s Ventura County Star.

  • Tucker Stone looks back at the decade in comics.



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  • Christopher Irving on Harvey Pekar


    A 2000 interview with the writer behind American Splendor.

    (Above: sequence from “The Harvey Pekar Name Story” in American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar, drawn by R. Crumb; ©1984 Harvey Pekar.)


  • Alex Dueben on David Small

    The Stitches author is interviewed.








  • Sean T. Collins on Split Lip Vol. 1

    “The back cover of this collection of astute horror writer and critic Sam Costello’s anthology webcomic reads in part, ‘Split Lip sheds traditional horror archetypes in favor of creating dark moods, original characters, and frightening experiences.’ Of the three claims I think the first is the best supported.”


  • Chris Mautner on Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1

    “No wonder parents and other figures of authority went apeshit over this stuff. I’d have never let any of these comics within 12 county miles of my children.”


  • Richard Bruton on Necessary Monsters #5


    “Throughout the entire five issue series Necessary Monsters consistently lives up to my initial impressions, continually throwing up great action, fantastic character monsters and, strangest of all, quite a high proportion of nice gags throughout.”

    (Above: sequence from the comic, ©2009 Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Sean Azzopardi.)







  • Jeet Heer: Al Capp at the cusp

    “In 1959 Al Capp was still at the top of his game. Li’l Abner wasn’t just one of the most popular comic strips around, it was also one of the most celebrated.”


  • Sherm Cohen: How I got started as a professional cartoonist

    “I had quite a long journey before I was able to work full-time as an artist/illustrator/cartoonist.”





Comics and Art


  • Metaphrog: The First Men on Mercury


    Adapted from a poem by Edwin Morgan.

    (Above: sequence from the strip, likely ©2009 Edwin Morgan and Metaphrog.)


  • Harry Lee Green: H.T. Webster’s darkest moments


    “Less ‘darkest moments’ and more an observance of the disappointments, unwelcome surprises or plain vicissitudes of everyday life, these cartoons are from the pen of a master cartoonist, imparting nostalgia and homespun philosophy in India ink.”

    (Above: cartoon from The Best of H.T. Webster, ©1953 Simon and Schuster.)


  • Ger Apeldoorn: Winsor McCay’s dream dailies


    A rare gallery of work by the Little Nemo creator.

    (Above: excerpt from the March 28, 1912 Dream of the Lobster Fiend strip.)





Comics Culture


  • Cool Kids Table: Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

    Comics came to Brooklyn last weekend; here’s testimony from an eye-witness.


  • Gerry Alanguilan: San Pablo Comics Festival

    A report from last weekend’s show in the Philippines.


  • Tom Spurgeon: Comics by local scene

    The latest iteration of Spurge’s attempt to map out the North American comics scene by city begins.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:


    Magician Penn Jillette has a confession to make.

    (Above: screenshot from the video.)


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:


    Shintaro Kago brings the kinky weirdness.

    (Above: sequence from The Power Plant, ©2009 Shintaro Kago.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • December 8 (Arlington, VA): The Washington Webtoonists hold their monthly gathering at the Ballston Common Mall on Wilson Boulevard, from 8-10PM. Details here.
  • December 9 (New York City, NY): Mad Magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee will speak at Columbia University’s Schermerhorn Hall, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • December 10 (Edinburgh, Scotland): Dark Entries writer Ian Rankin makes an appearance at Forbidden Planet on SouthBridge Street, from 5-7PM. Details here.
  • December 11-13 (Somewhere in Belgium): I don’t read Flemish, so I can’t tell you much about Strip Turnhout save what’s available at the Forbidden Planet Blog and the event’s homepage.
  • December 11 (Providence, RI): Al Columbia will be signing books and meeting readers at Ada Books on Westminster Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • December 11 (Chicago, IL): Jeffrey Brown, Chris Burnham and Gabriel Bautista will be on-hand for a fundraiser for the educational group Reading With Pictures at Chicago Comics on Clark Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • December 11 (Manila, Philippines): A gallery opening and launch party for new books on Botong Francisco and Francisco Coching takes place at the National Museum of the Filipino People on Agrifina Circle, beginning at 6:30PM. Details here.
  • December 12-13 (Austin, TX): It’s a Webcomics Rampage this weekend at Dragon’s Lair Comics on Burnet Road. Details here.
  • December 12-13 (Stafford, TX): The Houston Comic Con happens at the Stafford Centre on Cash Road. Meet Rob Liefeld, dude! Details here.
  • December 12 (San Francisco, CA): Webcomic-Con 2009 takes place at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • December 12 (Los Angeles, CA): Steve Niles, Whilce Portacio and Doug Sirois will appear in an “all-star holiday spectacular” at Golden Apple Comics on Melrose Avenue, from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • December 12 (Seattle, WA): The Fantagraphics Bookstore celebrates its third anniversary with Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Paul Hornschemeier, Dame Darcy, Femke Hiemstra and more, from 6-9PM on Vale Street. Details here.
  • December 13 (Clifton, NJ): A small comic-book expo takes place at the Clifton Community Recreation Center on Main Avenue, from 10AM-4PM. Details here.
  • December 13 (Toronto, Ontario): The Toronto AnimeCon takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, from 11AM-5PM. Admission is $10. Details here.


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