Journalista for Feb. 16, 2010: I’d ride a double with him, anytime

Posted by on February 16th, 2010 at 7:36 AM




“[…] only two comic-book comics are over the 100K mark: the first issue of Marvel’s current event comic and an anniversary issue of the series at the center of its ongoing event title. There are only 22 comics that sell over 50K, with 17 of those regular series. I’m not one of those that thinks it’s automatically awesome when some goofy funnybook shoots up over 350,000 copies, but I like to see a group of individual titles with some heat in addition, a healthy middle class and a bunch of titles selling in the late four-figures early five-figures.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • The Comics Journal History of the Direct Market continues! This time out, Gary Groth explains the avarice and shortsightedness at the heart of the first big speculator collapse, the Black and White Bust, in an essay originally published in 1987.

  • Douglas Wolk presents the first installment of a five-part interview with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen artist and co-creator Kevin O’Neill.

  • R.C. Harvey is outraged by the conviction of Christopher Handley over his possession of “obscene” manga.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews minicomics by Maris Wicks and Liz Prince.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, advice for from Bill Randall.

(Above: two titles from the Direct Market’s Black and White Boom of the 1980s.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • In Turkey, President Judge Osman Kaçmaz of the Sincan 1st High Criminal Court has filed a 20,000-lira lawsuit against Yeni Asya cartoonist Halil ?brahim Özdabak, over a caricature from April of last year.

  • Lynda Waddington offers coverage of the Christopher Handley conviction, including word that “it does not appear that he will be required to register as a sex offender.”

  • Only one tech story today, as Peter Ha looks at Microsoft’s new Windows 7 cellphone OS architecture: one, two.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch questions Marvel and DC’s marketing strategies.

  • Eric Reynolds and Johanna Draper Carlson pile onto Brian Hibbs’ dubious annual look at BookScan’s graphic-novel sales estimates. Brian Hibbs responds: one, two.

  • Further commentary on the inherent suckitude of from Johanna Draper Carlson and Sean T. Collins.

  • Illinois retailer Rich Biedrzycki thinks Marvel and DC aren’t yanking retailers around by the collar-chain nearly enough.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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




  • Tucker Stone on Benjamin Marra

    Panel from Gangsta Rap Posse, ©2010 Benjamin Marra.


    Enter the mind of the man behind Gangsta Rap Posse and Night Business… if you dare!


  • Scott Simon on Sam Mauldin

    The son of legendary cartoonist Bill Mauldin discusses his father’s life and work, with both text transcription and streaming audio provided.







  • Sean T. Collins on GoGo Monster

    Taiyo Matsumoto’s book is “a harrowing read, in spite of the great beauty of the art.”


  • Richard Bruton on Echo Vol. 1: Moon Lake

    Detail from Terry Moore’s art for the book’s cover.


    “When these first 5 issues are read as one tale, the thing works far better; suddenly that slightly bitty first issue becomes just the necessary setup for the modern day slice of sci-fi/adventure/drama he’s trying to tell.”







  • Dan Nadel on Herbert Crowley

    “The other day I received the kind of email that I always dream of, to be frankly nerdy about it. Herbert (The Wigglemuch) Crowley was the most mysterious cartoonist I documented in Art Out of Time. And he mostly remained so after publication. But two weeks ago a woman in Zurich identified herself as Crowley’s niece and sent along some pictures and info about Crowley and said she’d be in NYC in a week and would I like to meet with her.”





Comics and Art


  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: Jack Davis’ Yak Yak

    A page from the comic, ©1961 Western Printing & Lithographing, Inc.


    I’m reasonably sure I’ve linked to a copy of this solo comic from the legendary Mad Magazine cartoonist… once… but I’ll be damned if I can remember when. Here it is again.







  • YouTube (one, two): Fractured Visions

    Screenshot from the documentary.


    “Fractured Visions is an ‘open source’ documentary of the comic book scene in the UK and Ireland. It highlights some of the themes and approaches to the medium that have emerged from social and political issues. This 2 part video features sequential artist David Lloyd (co-creator of V for Vendetta), artist Decaln Shalvey, writer/artist Malachy Coney, writer/artist Bridgeen Gillespie and assorted clips from the 2d comic book festival in Derry, Northern Ireland.”

    (Link via Andrew Luke.)


Comics Culture


  • Wim Lockefeer: Netherlands to be the guest country at Ficomic Barcelona

    “The Dutch Fund for the Visual Arts, Design and Architecture has announced that during this renowned festival, which is the third largest in Europe, Dutch cartoonists Floor de Goede, Barbara Stok, Gerard Leever, Joost Swarte and Peter Pontiac will receive the lion’s share of the attention.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    How John Porcellino learned to stop worrying and love The Smiths.


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    From DC Showcase #59, written by Bob Haney and drawn by Nick Cardy; ©1965 DC Comics.


    The Teen Titans fight rock-n-roll crime.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 19 (New York City, NY): From the Ashes author Bob Fingerman makes an appearance at Brooklyn’s own Rocketship on Smith Street, beginning at 8PM. 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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