Journalista for Feb. 11, 2010: In other words, it sold poorly

Posted by on February 11th, 2010 at 8:29 AM




“You’re right. [Iou Kuroda’s Sexy Voice and Robo] made a big splash with critics. It also helped stretch our market and, as I mentioned earlier, it helped pave the way for our current IKKI titles. Kuroda’s book has been available in the States for five years and people are still talking about it. Arguably it exists as something of a turning point for VIZ Media.”

– Viz Media editor Eric Searleman,
responding to a question about
how well the book sold


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From Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol. 1, ©2010 Yuki Midorikawa.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough concludes his top-100 comics of the past decade: one, two.

  • Noah Berlatsky reviews the first volume of Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume’s Book of Friends.

  • Rich Kreiner figures out what to do with all those breasts. I’m glad someone finally did.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong reviews Cao Xueqin’s adaptation of the classic Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • ICv2 notes that a truck accident involving serious injuries added to Diamond Comics Distributors’ woes yesterday, as the company struggled to stock East-Coast comics shops in the face of horrible weather.

    This panel from some issue or other of Marvel Zombies, nicked from a random website, really has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but you just know it’s going to be one of those “look at this wacky old comic-book panel” panels that people blog about twenty years from now, right? Art by Sean Phillips, ©2010 Marvel Entertainment.


  • I hadn’t planned on writing any further about the Captain-America-vs-Tea-Partiers kerfuffle, but then I never thought I’d live to see the day when Johanna Draper Carlson, of all people, made Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada look like the only adult in the room, either.

    Earth to Johanna: Marvel would like to sell products containing its intellectual properties to lots of people, all across America. Boneheadedly insulting hundreds of thousands of potential customers, many with children who might like a few of your goods, over a Federal fiscal-policy disagreement is not a particularly smart way for a comic-book company with ties to lucrative film franchises to go about reaching this goal, regardless of where you personally come down on said disagreement. See how that works?

    This isn’t to say that Quesada sounds particularly convincing, mind you — the idea that writer Ed Brubaker was discussing modern anti-tax protest movements but not the Tea Partiers per se might make a lick of sense if there were, you know, a second such movement anywhere in the country. Quesada sounds like such an obvious weasel that you kind of hope-against-hope that he’s being knowingly duplicitous, since the only alternative is that he really is too dumb to know what an obvious weasel sounds like. That said, at least he seems to understand the basic issues involved, which is more than you can say for Carlson.

    By contrast, only Tom Spurgeon can look at all of this and see Steve Gerber. Spurgeon wins.


  • Lance Kreiter has joined Boom! Studios as vice president for licensing and merchandise.

  • BedeStory hits Moulinsart back (Google translation).

  • A reminder: This is still the funnybook industry’s face of evil.

  • Kissing up to The Man, sort of: Only Fantagraphics Books could make me want to return to Seattle.


Format WarsTM guerilla newsbomb panorama… Splat!

  • For a second time, an Italian court has ordered that nation’s ISPs to block notorious torrent-tracking site The Pirate Bay.

    (Link via Slashdot.)


  • “A band of cyber-attackers have taken down the Australian Parliament House website and hacked Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s website in coordinated protests against government plans to filter the Internet,” reports the International Business Times.

  • This just in: Disney stands behind its largest stockholder. Which is to say, Marvel Entertainment’s owner stands behind its largest stockholder. At what point will Disney decide to ignore retailer concerns and begin selling new Marvel comics in digital form, I wonder?

  • Peter Ha talks to Douglas Wolk about the iPad and digital comics.




  • Vincenzo Ravina on Faith Erin Hicks

    The War at Ellsmere author is profiled by her hometown paper.


  • Alex Dueben on Kazu Kibuishi

    The cartoonist behind the Amulet and Copper series discusses his all-ages work.







  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Prime Baby

    “There are some cute concepts in the story […] but it all didn’t come together into much for me. It seems to end in the wrong place, with more story to be told to achieve a satisfying ending.


  • Robert Greenberger on Graylight

    Page from the book, ©2010 Naomi Nowak.


    Naomi Nowak’s latest “is a wispy story surrounded with lovely, ethereal artwork, but utterly fails to create characters or situations with enough clarity to maintain your interest.”







  • Curt Purcell: More about closure

    “In ‘closure,’ [Scott] McCloud does point to a very real phenomenon, and for the most part it’s as important to understanding comics (and life in general) as he asserts. The problem is, he doesn’t do much to suggest this wondrous capacity has any bounds or limits.”


  • Jeet Heer: Crumb’s visual sources

    “Robert Crumb is a great synthesizer, a great adopter of other people’s stylistic conventions which he cunningly redeploys for his own ends. Any in-depth analysis of Crumb has to come to terms with the way his art is not only great in itself but also serves as a veritable museum of 20th century cartooning.





Business and Craft


  • Florian Satzinger: Paperwalker

    art sample from the website, ©2009 Florian Satzinger and Hardenberg.


    The Austrian production and character designer demonstrates his process.

    (Link via Charley Parker.)


  • Mike Lynch: Hung up on tools

    “I’m lucky that my Dad was a working graduate student when I was a kid. We had no money for fancy paper or pens, and so I was never into the tools.”


Comics and Art


  • Sherm Cohen (one, two, three, four and five): The Haunted Castle

    Panel from the book, ©1944 King Features Syndicate.


    A 47-page Felix the Cat story by Otto Messner. Warnings for stupid racial caricatures are, alas, in effect.






Comics Culture



  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    From NFL Superpro #1, ©1991 National Football League.


    NFL Superpro: Marvel’s most inexplicable superhero.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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One Response to “Journalista for Feb. 11, 2010: In other words, it sold poorly”

  1. Dude, if the Tea Partiers are going to boycott a comic publisher based on one panel in one page of one comic featuring a SIGN IN THE BACKGROUND making fun of their dopey club, then frankly, fuck the Tea Partiers.

    By posting this, I have now made it necessary for Tea Partiers to boycott every Journalista! and all of LONG LIVE AMERICA!