Journalista for Dec. 8, 2010: What we always wanted

Posted by on December 8th, 2010 at 4:27 AM



“Now we’ve become what we always wanted: practically mainstream, and respectable. Wow, who would have thunk it? We’re in book stores, in sometimes big numbers, we have entire conventions that feature monographs and graphic novels and objects d’art like MOCCA and APE, we get reviewed in legitimate publications like the NY Times book review and even win Pulitzers.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Nathan Wilson concludes his three-part interview with former DC Comics publisher Paul Levitz.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky discusses Pauline Kael’s third book, while Richard Cook presents music to quest by.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Diamond Comic Distributors will close its Los Angeles distribution center in March 2011,” reports ICv2.

  • Former Ohio comics-shop manager Steve Bates died on December 3, at the age of 48. Steve Bennett offers an appreciation.

  • For the next twelve days, cartoonist Darwyn Cooke will be auctioning off artwork to raise money for the Hero Initiative — details at the link.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • DC Comics has named Ron Perazza its “vice president of online”… is that right? He’s vice president of the Internet, now? Apparently so.

  • Brigid Alverson speaks with DMP prtesident Hikaru Sasahara about his plan to convince scanlators to translate digital manga, with payment at the back end should the resulting works sell:

    Since the announcement of this platform, 800 people have signed up to work on DMP’s manga licenses. DMP has formed partnerships with six manga publishers in Japan — among them, Shinsokan, Taiyoh Toscho and Oakla Publishing — with libraries of up to 5,000 properties and some with more, even double, that number.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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Graphic NYC




  • Thomas Papadimitropoulos on Evan Dorkin

    “Just because fans can be touchy doesn’t mean those are delicate issues. A lot of people have complained to me that if I don’t like comics I should give them up. Which is defensive and idiotic. You can love something and still be critical of it. And I’m just as critical of myself and my own relationship to pop culture as I am with others. When fans attack my fan-centric work they almost always end up proving my point for me by the way they act.”

    (Scroll past Greek-language introduction for English-language interview.)






  • Greg McElhatton on Motel Art Improvement Service

    ©2010 Jason Little.

    Jason Little’s new book “is silly and funny and suspenseful, all bound up into one.”






  • Jennifer de Guzman: The comics network

    “Now, there are new places for comics professionals and readers to interact — Facebook and Twitter. The most striking aspect of these sites is the commingling of the professional and the personal.”




Comics and Art


  • A Journey Round My Skull: Catalan graphic design

    1938 illustration by Les d’Ángel Lescar.

    “I feature here images from Galeria d’Imatges, a Catalan group blog which consists of book hounds Galderich of Piscolabis Librorum, Carlos Hernandez of El Gabinet Negre, Leblansky of Enceneu els Llums, and Mironet du Bois, with guest contributions by Marco Fabrizio, El Pessebre Es Un Mon, and many others.” Links to the blogs mentioned available at the above link. Good stuff!




Events Calendar




  • 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. 8 (Toronto, Ontario): Garry Trudeau makes an appearance at the World’s Biggest Bookstore on Edward Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Dec. 9 (New York City, NY): Peter Kuper, John Bunk and Danny Fingeroth discuss the work of Al Jaffee at the Museum for Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 11-12 (Austin, TX): Hang out with your favorite online cartoonists during Webcomics Rampage at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy on Burnet Road. 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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