Journalista for Dec. 7, 2010: Homosexuals on television

Posted by on December 7th, 2010 at 4:19 AM



“It’s not just about children. We’ve got homosexuals casually appearing even on television. Japan has become far too untamed. I’ll go forward with [Tokyo’s revised youth-ordinance bill] with a sense of mission in heart.”

– Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara


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From The Trials of Sir Christopher, ©2010 Colleen Frakes.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Nathan Wilson presents the second installment of his three-part interview with former DC Comics publisher Paul Levitz.
  • Rich Kreiner reviews Colleen Frakes’ The Trials of Sir Christopher.
  • Rob Clough reviews the Bill Volk-edited anthology Ashes, Ashes and the fourth issue Damien Jay’s The Natural World.
  • R. Fiore would like to inform you that the new Green Hornet movie is going to suck.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Alex Buchet begins an extensive series on words and phrases that comics have contributed to the English language.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Rich Johnston is reporting that Diamond Distributors is planning an online digital-comics marketplace.

  • Speaking of big companies launching digital-publishing marketplaces, it looks like Google is also throwing its hat into the ring.


Life in interesting times

  • ICv2 presents its estimated Direct Market sales figures for November, and the slump continues: Once again, not a single comic book cracked 100,000 copies sold to comics-shop retailers. Here are the top-300 charts for comic books and graphic novels.

    (Right: cover to Batman: The Return, the bestselling comic book last month.)


  • “The activist investor William Ackman yesterday offered to finance a $16-per-share Borders-led takeover bid for rival bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc.”

  • Former DC Comics publicist Alex Sagura will oversee publicity and marketing for Archie Comics.

  • Teddy Jamieson tells the story of how 2000 AD artist and multiple sclerosis victim John Hicklenton chose to end his life.



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  • Martyn Pedler on Sarah Glidden

    “I don’t even think I believe in objectivity anymore. No matter how hard you try to gather facts, there’s always a motivation behind the reasons we choose one source over another, and our sources have prejudices and biases too. That stuff can really drive you crazy if you start thinking about it.”






  • Tom Spurgeon on Suddenly Something Happened

    ©2010 Jimmy Beaulieu.

    “I was planning to quit reading the book, in fact, despite the obvious skill inherent within the scene work and the pleasing art work overall, when, well, cue the title.”






  • Tucker Stone: Jumpstart that comics career!

    “If you find that publishers yawn before they even start reading your comic proposal, you may actually be the original force you think you are. I’m not kidding when I say that original ideas are a no-no around here. I’m dead ass, son. Even the most avant playmakers out there want something they can recognize, something familiar, with just a touch of the new. Try to swipe a style or cop a line of poetry or pay homage to obscure comics by photocopying them and recoloring them, then at least you have a starting point.”




Comics and Art


  • Joakim Gunnarsson: Mel Graff and Charles Raab’s Adventures of Patsy

    There’s definitely a strong Noel Sickles/Milt Caniff vibe in these samples from the long-lost strip.






  • Dangerous Minds: Joyce Farmer

    A long conversation with the underground cartoonist and author of the new book, Special Exits.


  • Forbidden Planet: CF, Brian Chippendale and Matt Fraction talk comics

    Four-part video from a recent public appearance at Oregon’s Floating World Comics.


Comics Culture


  • Nicolas Ramirez: Asterios Polyp wins ACBD Grand Prix de la Critique 2011

    In France, l’Association des Critiques et Journalistes de Bande Dessinée selects David Mazzucchelli’s book at the best of the year.





Events Calendar




  • Dec. 7 (Westport, CT): Al Jaffee will discuss his work and sign books at Barnes & Noble on Post Road, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 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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