Journalista for Feb. 15, 2010: Spider-Giacometti!

Posted by on February 15th, 2010 at 9:29 AM




“People are misreading Marvel’s apology as badly as they misread the comic, though… so there’s that.”


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Screenshot from Michael Arthur’s video interview with Eleanor Davis, Drew Weing, Joey Weiser and Michelle Chidester.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Over the next three days, we’ll be serializing the history of the Direct Market that originally ran in The Comics Journal #277. In today’s installment, Michael Dean recounts How a school teacher and a diffuse group of teenagers across the United States turned their obsession with collecting comic books into the comics shops we know today.

  • Michael Jewell presents a video conversation with married couples Eleanor Davis & Drew Weing and Joey Weiser & Michelle Chidester about The Secret Science Alliance, comics for kids, formalism and much more: one, two.

  • Rob Clough reviews Ted Rall and Pedro Callejo’s The Year of Loving Dangerously, the first three issues of Colin Panetta’s moody sci-fi/horror series Dead Man Holiday, and the seventeenth issue of the Mome anthology.

  • Kent Worcester reviews Craig Yoe’s The Great Anti-War Cartoons.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the Sammy Harkham-edited Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #15.

  • Shaenon Garrity doesn’t like the current crop of tax protestors.

  • Not comics: Kenneth Smith begins a multi-installment tour of the Cave of False Consciousness.

  • Over at GutterGeeks, Jared Gardner reviews the second volume of John Pham’s Sublife.

  • The Hooded Utilitarian‘s Noah Berlatsky and Ng Suat Tong explain why still sucks.

Incidentally, you can now follow the Journal on Facebook and Twitter.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Aaron Bynum reports the death of Chinese cartoonist, painter and animator Tei Wei of respiratory failure on February 4. He was 94 years old. Writes Bynum:

    Te Wei, whose career in cartooning, painting, and animation spanned more than five and a half decades, was integral to invigorating local artists and painters with a distinct sense of creative obligation and artistic responsibility. Te Wei was a dependable and miraculously dedicated artist fascinated with finding new and innovative balances of art for educational or other purposes. His influence stretched far and wide, contributing to more than one so-termed “golden age” of animation in China, and his individual body of work, though small, is succinct and pure, decades after their creation.


  • Mark Evanier catches word that writer Eric Friewald died on January 29 in Prescott, Arizona at the age of 82. In addition to an extensive career in television, Friewald also wrote comic books for Gold Key in the 1950s and ’60s.

  • “About 2,500 people marched through downtown Oslo in a protest Friday against a Norwegian newspaper that printed a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.”

  • Law firm Lavely & Singer is suing Marvel Entertainment figurehead Stan Lee over unpaid legal bills.

  • According to Richard Bruton, the London Book Fair will be adding a comics and graphic-novel pavillion to its attractions.

  • The National Cartoonists Society is still raising money to help animator Tim Hodge deal with some horrific family medical bills.

  • ICv2 presents its estimates for sales to Direct Market retailers in June. The market report indicates an increase in pamphlet sales:

    Sales of periodical comics through Diamond Comic Distributors in January inched up by one percent versus January of 2009, but for the tenth straight month graphic novels declined. Traditionally January is not a very strong month for comic book sales and the total sales of periodicals was the lowest since last May, but comics did manage to post a gain, although it was 8% below January of 2008 and 7% below that of January 2007.

    Here are the top-300 bestselling pamphlets, and the top-300 bestselling books.

    (Right: cover to the first issue to Marvel big new crossover thingie, Siege, the bestselling comics pamphlet for the month of January.)


  • “Bookstore sales finished 2009 on a weak, and disappointing, note,” according to Publishers Weekly.

  • Rich Johnston reports on some sort of… controversy, maybe? …surrounding the size of Marvel and DC’s Free Comic Book Day offerings this year.

  • The mainstream crossover-hit anthology series Flight is coming to an end.

    (Link via Gary Tyrrell.)


  • SLG Publishing’s Dan Vado:

    Anyway, instead of watching TV I was going over some bookkeeping and something kind of interesting popped up. On a reorder basis, that is for our core backlist titles, sold more books for us in December and January than our main graphic novel distributor Diamond Comics Distribution and their bookstore distribution arms Diamond Book Distributors.

    Vado also advocates for a Web-based (specifically, iPad-based) point-of-sale system for the Direct Marnet.

    (Edit: One of the links was erroneously credited to Jennifer de Guzman. It has been fixed.)


  • “I’ve formally withdrawn this year’s CR post recommending it. The framework overwhelms the content.” Tom Spurgeon offers a few notes on Brian Hibbs’ latest BookScan analysis. Sean Kleefeld and Heidi MacDonald have further commentary.

  • And now, the first great comics-related prank for 2010. At least, I think itmay be a prank — although it’d be even funnier for Pedobear to have been accidentally included with the Winter Olympics’ cartoon mascots, come to think of it.

  • Separated at birth?

    Left: promotional image for Marvel’s Spider-Girl series, nicked from Bleeding Cool. Right: detail from Alberto Giacometti‘s 1959 Surrealist sculpture, Standing Woman.


Format WarsTM Infotainment Nation Revolution… minimized!

  • “Twelve of the world’s biggest phone networks – including AT&T, Orange and Telefonica – will announce their rival technology [today] to Apple’s App Store,” according to Pete Cashmore.

  • “Ingram Digital has teamed with Ex Libris, a library automation and software developer, to provide access to e-books available through Ingram Digital’s MyiLibrary,” reports Calvin Reid.

  • Nick Bilton asks, “Do e-readers cause eye strain?”

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)




  • Michael Cavna on Scott Kurtz

    The creator of Player vs. Player discusses his work.


  • Kevin Coffey on Sandra Bell-Lundy

    A Q&A with the Between Friends cartoonist.







  • Brian Chippendale on No. 5 Vol. 2

    From the book, ©2000 Taiyo Matsumoto/Shogakukan.


    “A schizophrenic collision of vicious playfulness and loose introspective beauty.”


  • Sarah Boslaugh on The Year of Loving Dangerously

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if the film version goes into production soon because the tale Rall tells hits a lot male-fantasy buttons, including a threesome with two lesbians and a girlfriend who discourages him from using a condom.”


  • Andrew Wheeler on B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess

    The Black Goddess is inherently middle book-y; full of battles that are exciting but not definitive, and long speeches by various people to explain the background and gloat about their superior wisdom, but short on actual results.”







  • Ken Parille: Describing style

    “I find that the best way to begin to talk about something as amorphous as style is to talk about small samples of at least three artists/texts at once. It’s easier to see the traits inherent to one object when you compare it to two others; similarities and differences stand out more clearly.”





Business and Craft


  • Miguel Estrugo: Nobody else is going to draw your comics

    A warning about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, from someone with reason to know.





Comics and Art


  • Harry Lee Green: Bogeyman Comics #3

    Splash panel from one of Rory Hayes’ contributions, “Last Hit,” ©1970 Rory Hayes.


    Bogeyman Comics (spelled ‘comics’ in the indicia and not ‘comix’ for its underground origins), was founded by San Francisco Comic Book Company owner Gary Arlingon and artist Rory Hayes in 1969. The first issue was drawn completely by Hayes.

    “After issue #1 other artists were included, including this third issue, with Jack ‘Jaxon’ Jackson on the cover, and interior art by no less than Simon Deitch, Jay Lynch, Greg Irons, Jeff Hayes (Rory’s brother?), Spain, S. Clay Wilson and Rick Griffin. The stories are still loosely based on the EC tradition, but like most spins on those comics by the top underground artists, they have their own distinct style.”


  • Diversions of the Groovy Kind: Gothic Tales of Love #1

    Illustration from the magazine, artist unknown; ©1975 Marvel Characters, Inc..


    Illustrations from the obscure 1970s Marvel magazine.





Comics Culture


  • Press release: 2010 Glyph Award nominees announced

    Full list at the link.


  • Jim Wheelock and Paul Gravett: Angoulême Comics Festival 2010

    Okay, these are the last two, I swear. Wheelock takes in the event, while Gravett reports from an appearance by Robert Crumb.







  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Sequence from Phonogram: The Singles Club #7, ©2010 Kieron Gillen and Jamie McElvie.


    Kieron Gillen and Jamie McElvie explain the Talking Heads.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • February 16 (New York City, NY): The Year of Loving Dangerously writer Ted Rall appears at the Barnes & Noble on 82nd and Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 16 (New York City, NY): Comedians and comics-industry types talk funnybooks live on-stage for the Comic Book Club at the Peoples Improv Theater on 29th Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • February 18-21 (Brighton, England): The Brighton Zine Fest celebrates comics, zine and DIY culture at various locations throughout the city. Details here.
  • February 18 (Medellín, Colombia): Editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle gives a free seminar on caricature at the Universidad EAFIT, beginning at 6:30PM. Details here.
  • February 18 (Newcastle, England): The Paper Jam Comics Collective is throwing a wingding at the Telegraph on Orchard Street, from 7:30-11:30PM. Details here.
  • February 20 (Los Angeles, CA): The Long Beach Comic Expo takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center on Linden Avenue, from 10AM-7PM. Details here.
  • February 21 (Chapel Hill, NC): Ben Towle signs his new book Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean at Chapel Hill Comics on Franklin Street, from 2-4PM. Details here.


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