Journalista for Feb. 12, 2010: The whole right and wrong thing

Posted by on February 12th, 2010 at 8:25 AM




“Now, the truth is, I didn’t campaign, and I didn’t mobilise 1.5 million people. I pointed a few to the link, they read the article, looked at the picture, went “No, you can’t do that” and spread the word themselves. There’s a community of crafters out there making small-run or handmade things who individually lack power, but together are a force to be reckoned with. And the mass of people are, on the whole, very good on the whole right and wrong thing…”


“If an anti-war protester who happened to have really big glasses wrote a blog post about how Marvel seemed to be calling her an her fellow protesters terrorist-sympathizers deserving of vaporization, and, I don’t know, Keith Olberman (is that who people say is the liberal Glen Beck? I try not to watch/pay attention to cable news ever) freaked out about it, would Marvel have apologized and said they wouldn’t include the scene in the trade?”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey reviews Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Daytripper, and looks into Terri Libenson’s newspaper strip, Pajama Diaries.

  • Not comics: Donald Phelps examines the Preston Sturges film Diamond Jim.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky reviews the “glorified catalog” Manhwa 100: A New Era for Korean Comics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Anime News Network reports that Christopher Handley has been sentenced to six months in prison for possession of obscene manga:

    Following this sentence, Handley must serve three years of supervised release and five years of probation. Both of these terms will start upon his release from prison and will run concurrently. Handley also agreed to forfeit all seized materials, including his computer. During Handley’s supervised release and probation, Handley must also “participate in a treatment program, to include psychological testing and a polygraph examination, as directed by the U. S. Probation Officer.” According to earlier court documents, this last provision is “intended to provide [Handley] with diagnosis and treatment for sexually and/or gender identity or other mental health issues.”

    Simon Jones has commentary.


  • Michael Cavna reports that Judge Parker artist Eduardo Barreto is gravely ill, and isn’t expected to return to the strip.

    (Update: Alan Gardner‘s post led me to conclude that I’d somehow garbled the story concerning Barreto’s long-term status with the strip. My apologies.)


  • Malaysian publisher Malaysiakini is petitioning the government to stop harrassing bookstores that sell its books:

    1Funny Malaysia by Malaysiakini cartoonist Zulkiflee Anuar is the second of the cartoonist’s books to be seized. His magazine Gedung Kartun (Cartoon Store) was seized in August last year.

    “My work touches on current issues and is designed to arouse critical thinking and encourage healthy debates.”


  • ComicsPRO presents its slate of candidates running to serve on the comics-retailer organization’s board of directors.

  • Former cartoonist Bal Thackeray still menaces India.

  • You know what I’d like to see from comics publishers? Things like this. Wouldn’t it be nice to see an industry that knew how to promote itself to the larger culture?

    (Link via Jason Boog.)


  • Brian Hibbs makes his yearly attempt to advocate the supremacy of comics shops use BookScan estimates to analyze graphic-novel sales in bookstores. I’m not even bothering to read this one; here’s my reply to last year’s attempt, which should offer all the explanation neccessary as to why.


Format WarsTM tech-news timewaster thing… maybe?

  • French lawmakers vote next Tuesday on a bill to… what’s the euphamism again? Oh, yes: “filter” the Internet.

  • Jennifer Van Grove reports that Apple is close to 10 billion song downloads from its iTunes store.

  • Charlie Sorrel looks at the Panelfly comic-reader app for the iPad.

  • Lori Henderson comments on the week’s tech news.




  • Shawn Moynihan on Rob Rogers

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist discusses a recent cartoon critical of the local police, and the backlash it evoked.


  • Paul Constant on Gahan Wilson

    An interview with the macabre cartoonist.







  • Jared Gardner on Footnotes in Gaza

    “There is a particularly effective moment in the book when [Joe] Sacco hears a moving account of the deaths of three brothers from the one surviving brother in the massacre at Khan Younis on November 3, 1956 — but he learns that in fact the witness was likely not actually there. What is a historian to do with such contradictions? The obvious answer would be to discard the testimony as at the very best inconclusive. But this is not what Sacco does here: instead he leaves it intact, a traumatized memory that is quite likely a collective memory, the internalization of a story told over and over again by his family over half a century to the brother who survived such that he can now fully inhabit the scene as if he were there.”







  • Michael Netzer: Reminiscing

    “I landed in New York in hopes of becoming a professional comics artist in October 1975. Barely 20 but full of wonder and love for the comics mythology and craft. Though very optimistic, events that led to the series of books I drew in the following years were beyond expectations.”


  • Curt Purcell: From vision to narrative?

    “Basically, we can identify changes in position as the high-information nodes that define a narrative, corresponding to features in vision like vertices and edges. In something like the same way that an object can still be recognized even with much information removed so long as the nonaccidental features are preserved, so a story can still be recognized even when boiled down to a summary of just a few plot points.”





Comics and Art


  • Lewis Trondheim: “Un Histoire Muette Aven des Pirates”

    Sequence from the strip, ©2010 Lewis Trondheim.


    One of many short stories to emerge from a French 24-hour comics competition staged at the recent Angoulême Festival. Here’s the full index of participating entries; Wim Lockefeer offers some reading suggestions.


  • David Roach (one, two, three and counting): Angel Badia Camps


    “Camps is one of many hundreds of Spanish artists who plied their trade in British comic books over the decades, some of whom later made it over to the states working for Warren or Skywald but most remain little known outside of their native Spain (in fact many are still unknown even there).”







  • YouTube: Gerry Alanguilan

    Screenshot from the video.


    Pepper Marcelo speaks with the cartoonist and komiks historian.


  • Comics-related podcasts:

    • Inkstuds‘ Robin McConnell talks to Sammy Harkham and Jordan Crane about their new comics site, What Things Do (54MB).
    • Fantagraphics’ Mike Baehr links to a recording of a recent talk given at the Seattle Public Library’s central branch by Peter Bagge (64.2MB).
    • Over at Panel Borders, Dickon Harris speaks with webtoonists Liz Lunney and David O’Connell (24.9MB).
    • Daily Cartoonist editor Alan Gardner joins Tall Tales Features‘ Tom Recine to discuss the recently announced Apple iPad and comics’ digital future (37.1MB).
    • Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson report from the Angoulême Comics Festival in the latest episode of the Ink Panthers Show (39.2MB).
    • Fourcast (33MB) and The Comic Cast (48.6MB) present your weekly recommended allowance of funnybook discussion.

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Frank Santoro (one, two): Angoulême Comics Festival 2010

    There are some people for whom exceptions simply must be made.


  • Mike Lynch: The National Cartoonists Society in Florida

    Reprinting excerpts from the St. Petersburg Times‘ coverage of a 1948 NCS exhibit.




Events Calendar


This Weekend:


  • 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. 12, 2010: The whole right and wrong thing”

  1. […] Over at Leif Peng’s blog, Today’s Inspiration, David Roach is doing a series on Spanish artist Angel Badia Camps, who did some stunning work for British romance comics in the 1960s. Here’s part one, part two and part three, with more possibly to come (via Journalista). […]