Journalista for Feb. 10, 2010: A style of their own

Posted by on February 10th, 2010 at 7:40 AM




“The essential connective tissue between a Sixties Stan Lee Everyone! Shouts! Like! This! comic and a 2010 Geoff Johns wall-to-wall evisceration corpseoramavision comic is hysteria. Yelling, shrieking, squirting hysteria. The latter has turned out to be the natural evolution of the former.”


“I am seeking a realistic artist that has a style of their own. When I say style of their own, I mean something in the Vertigo Line.”

– want ad quoted by Jesse Hamm


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kent Worcester examines the perceived uses of comics in Will Eisner’s book, Comics and Sequential Art.

  • Rob Clough reviews Stan Yan’s The Wang: Erection Year, and begins a two-part look at his top-100 comics of the decade.

  • Tom Crippen reviews two titles from the current Superman mega-event-crossover whatever.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook reviews the first volume of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s horror series Parasyte.

(Above: image from Superman/Batman #68, drawn by Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes and David Enebral; ©2010 DC Comics.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Format WarsTM Cassandra bonanza… Whoops!

  • Galen Gruman asks the eight iPad-related questions that Apple won’t answer.

  • Chris Meadows asks whether lessons should be taken from Time Warner’s experiences with variable pricing in the digital-music market.

    Related: Augie De Blieck looks at how Apple’s iTunes store handles independent artists.


  • From the same site: Publisher Linda Houle discusses the difficulties inherent in formating e-books for a plethora of different devices.

  • Xaviar Xerexes compares comics-related plug-ins for WordPress.

    Screenshot from the latest episode of TWiG.


  • A quick recommendation: The podcast The Week in Google, featuring Jeff Jarvis, Gina Trapani and Leo LaPorte, is a video program devoted to cloud computing. Lately, it’s been covering many of the underlying technical and cultural issues surrounding the migration of content online, and the discussions have been quite informative. (The same can also be said for the network’s flagship program, The Week in Tech, although the latter swings into territories that comics fans are likely to find irrelevant.)


Life in interesting times

  • Former Los Angeles Times syndicated cartoonist Frank Interlandi died last Thursday at the age of 85.

  • According to ICv2, things were back up and running at Diamond yesterday, after the big East Coast storm shut down its Timonium, Maryland headquarters during the weekend.

  • Heather Abrey:

    A 43-year-old [Bolton, Ontario] man previously charged with voyeurism has now had additional child pornography charges laid against him.

    Domenic Giorgio was charged with voyeurism in July, 2009 after a video camera was discovered filming the washroom in his Vaughan comic book store, the Dragon’s Realm, located at 9661 Jane Street. On Feb. 4 he was charged with possession of child pornography in connection with materials recovered during the original investigation.


  • “A federal appeals court says communities that find the materials objectionable are within their rights to prosecute the [Max Hardcore] pornography producers, even though the items were not specifically directed at those communities,” reports Elaine Silvestrini, covering an obscenity case that suddenly gained disturbing relevance to anyone posting content online.

    (Link via Slashdot.)


  • Wim Lockefeer summarizes recent sales estimates for the French comics market, which suggest a stagnant sales environment.

  • M.K. Reed looks at the effects of Diamond’s change in ordering minimums, one year later.

  • Calvin Reid examines the phenomenal sales racked up by R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated.

  • Brooks Barnes discusses Warner’s reorganization of DC Comics, in the course of a profile on Warner Brothers Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov:

    Driven by its need to replace Harry Potter, not to mention the continued appeal of superheroes, Warner recently announced a major reorganization of DC Comics. The goal is to quickly and more fully exploit its characters, something Time Warner’s corporate bureaucracy has hampered in the past.

    The Walt Disney Company’s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment just over a month ago has increased the pressure on Warner to succeed this time. Warner is expected to announce a DC slate in the coming months populated by characters like the Flash and Wonder Woman.

    Related: Heidi MacDonald speculates on the continuing search for a new DC Comics publisher.


  • Brigid Alverson speaks with Viz Media editorial manager Leyla Aker about the company’s Signature line.

    Panel from Captain America #602, ©2010 Marvel Characters, Inc.
  • Captain America faces off against the unwashed masses, and conservatives complain.

  • “An eight-year-old boy has forced the publishers of the Beano to admit that Dennis the Menace has been redrawn to appear less violent.”

  • Nevs Coleman offers advice for working in comics retailing.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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




  • Burgin Streetman on Jack Kent

    An extended look back at the life and career of the King Aroo creator.


  • Ryan Hoffman on Zapiro

    The controversial South African editorial cartoonist discusses his continuing grudge match with that nation’s president.







  • Tom Spurgeon on Nathan Sorry Part One

    “Cartoonist Rich Barrett sets up the thriller-level plot elements capably and with a minimum of fuss. He also captures an element of that specific time where people tried to either connect themselves or push away from that event, at times using all sorts of laborious strategies. He makes the event a character without dwelling on it. A lot of Nathan Sorry seemed overly scripted, though […]”


  • Nina Stone on The Sword #8-12

    From an unidentified issue of the series, ©2010 Luna Brothers.


    “At the same time… anything can happen because, well, they make the rules.And the rules seem to be that there are no rules. Which is fine, sure. But isn’t it more fun to read a story, read about a fight or a conflict where you (meaning me, the reader) knows that there are both strengths and weaknesses to these powerful people?”







  • Todd Allen: Big crossover events and the barrier method

    Why you can’t pick up a Marvel or DC title these days without stepping in a line-wide sales promotion.





Comics and Art


  • Bhob Stewart: “Ghost Artist”

    From Ghostly Tales #101, art by Steve Ditko.


    “In 1972, after Russ Jones and I edited and designed several issues of Flashback magazine, we started doing a series of stories for Charlton’s Ghostly Tales. […] Russ had once worked as an assistant to Leonard Starr (Mary Perkins On Stage), and we would sometimes trade anecdotes about incidents at the Wally Wood studio and the Leonard Starr studio. These discussions eventually led us to script ‘Ghost Artist,’ a satire on the interactions of comic book and comic strip artists with their assistants.”


  • Big Blog of Kids’ Comics and The Horrors of It All: Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein

    From “The Ghoul” in Frankenstein #25, ©1953 Prize Comics.


    Tales from both the comedy and horror versions of Briefer’s cult-favorite series.





Comics Culture


  • Press release: Burne Hogarth, Bob Montana named to Eisner Hall of Fame

    The Tarzan artist and Archie creator get the nod.


  • Shana Dennis: E’ville Con

    A report from last weekend’s show in Indiana.



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Brendan O’Neill says that the Oscar-nominated film Precious “isn’t a film made by racists who want to show us how disgusting poor black people are. It’s a film made by influential, middle-class black people who want to show us how disgusting poor black people are.”


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    From Miracleman #6, ©1986 Oh god the pain the pain.


    From Alan Moore and Chuck Austen’s Miracleman, the sad fate of Mr. Cream.


Events Calendar




  • February 10 (Van Nuys, CA): Veteran comics writer Len Wein will be signing books and meeting readers at Galaxy of Comics on Saticoy Street, from 2-6PM. Details here.
  • February 10 (Westwood, CA): Advice columnist Dan Savage joins New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan onstage at the Hammer Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 10 (Rochester, NY): Nick Gurewitch and Chris Onstad discuss their successful careers making comics for the Internet at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Webb Auditorium on Lomb Memorial Drive, beginning at 8PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • February 11 (Seattle, WA): An opening reception for the latest show by the Friends of the Nib cartooning circle takes place at the Vermillion Gallery on Eleventh Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • February 11 (San Francisco, CA): PvP creator Scott Kurtz will give a presentation at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • February 11 (New York City, NY): Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort, Danny Fingeroth, Jim Salicrup, Stephen Wacker and Fred Van Lente celebrate 50 years of Spider-Man at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 13 (London, England): The Alternative Press Fair takes place at the Aloysius Social Club on Phoenix Road, from noon-midnight. Details here.
  • February 13 (London, Ontario): Essex County Trilogy author Jeff Lemire makes an appearance at L.A. Mood Comics & Games on Richmond Street, from noon-3PM. Details here.
  • February 13 (New York City, NY): Raina Telgemeier will read from (and sign copies of) her new book Smile at Brooklyn’s own Rocketship on Smith Street, from 4-6PM. Details here.
  • February 13 (Seattle, WA): Legendary cartoonist Gahan Wilson will be signing books and meeting readers at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • February 14 (London, England): We Are Words and Pictures presents an all-ages comics workshop at the Notting Hill Arts Club on Notting Hill Gate, from 3-6PM. Details here.


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