Journalista for Feb. 17, 2010: It’s the IP, stupid

Posted by on February 17th, 2010 at 6:16 AM




“I would not make a positive cartoon of a politician as it would become propaganda.”


“Everyone I’ve spoken to this month has said essentially the same thing, no matter what medium they work in: ‘It’s the IP, stupid'”


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Sequence from a Lewis Trondheim strip rejected from the Abstract Comics anthology, ©2009 Lewis Trondheim.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • The Journal concludes its history of the Direct Market with a look back at the one-two punch that nearly destroyed the North American comics industry: the Image/Wizard-inspired speculator bust of the 1990s, and the distributor war that immediately followed.

  • Douglas Wolk presents the second installment of his five-part interview with League of Extraordinary Gentlemen artist Kevin O’Neill.

  • R.C. Harvey reviews Robert Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated.

  • Rob Clough reviews Antje Herzog’s Neighborhood Conversations at Flowerbeds and Fire Hydrants.

  • Kent Worcester examines an example of “abstract pornography” by Lewis Trondheim.

  • Not comics: Kenneth Smith continues his exploration of the Cave of False Consciousness.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small reviews Amanda Vähäm?ki’s The Bun Field.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Rich Johnston reports on Wizard owner Gareb Shamus’ ongoing attempts to compete with the New York Comic Con — by staging a several of their cheesy conventions around the same time and place, essentially.

    Detail from a screenshot of cartoonist Shuho Sato’s website, which seems to be earning him a nice income at the moment.


  • “Shuho Sato, the creator of the Say Hello to Black Jack, Umizaru, and The Isle of TOKKOU manga, revealed that he earned about 500,000 yen (about US$5,500) so far this year through manga on his online service,” reports Anime News Network. Not bad at all for a month and a half, don’t you think?

  • J.K. Parkin speaks with Boom! Studios’ Chip Mosher about the publisher’s new lit-comics line.

  • Bryan Munn presents a list of Canadian graphic-novel bookstore bestsellers, based upon estimates from BookManager.

  • Dallas Art News is starting a webcomic section that will feature a new art related webcomic each week. We are inviting all established webcomic artists to participate via our Guest Webcomic Artist Program.”

    (Link via Gary Tyrrell.)


  • Dru Pagliassotti, Laura Hudson and pseudonymous lawyer Siouxsie Law comment on the Christopher Handley plea-bargain over possession of “obscene” manga.

    (Two links via Simon Jones.)


  • If you read French, you may be interested to learn that comics scholar and The System of Comics author Thierry Groensteen is now blogging.

    (Thanks to Derik Badman for the heads-up.)


Format WarsTM fighting for Bread Crumbs of the Future round-up… attack!

  • Mattel unveils a tablet PC for kids, complete with a “storybook” app.

  • Alex Pham reports that Apple has chosen FairPlay as the digital rights management software for its forthcoming iPad tablet device.

  • Meanwhile, Ryan Tate documents a turf war inside the New York Times over the pricing of digital subscriptions for the iPad.

  • Credit Suisse analyst Spencer Wang believes that Amazon’s e-book market share will drop dramatically, “from 90% currently to about 35% over the next five years,” as competition moves in.





  • Brent Kellmer on Howard Tayler

    Sequence from the strip, ©2010 the Tayler Corporation.


    A conversation with the creator of the popular webcomic Schlock Mercenary.

    (Link via Xaviar Xerexes.)







  • Shaenon Garrity on Summit of the Gods Vol. 1

    “Above all, Summit of the Gods succeeds in expressing the characters’ love for climbing. It’s a story that wouldn’t be out of place in Shonen Jump magazine — a hero who’s insanely passionate about something and wants to be the best — but told with an adult sensibility and the knowledge that great passion can also be great madness.”


  • Andrew Wheeler on The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD

    Dash Shaw’s new book “is an interesting, if quirky, collection of the work of a cartoonist who is still getting stronger and more confident.”







  • David Brothers: Things are getting better

    All-Negro Comics, then, was a shot across the bow of pop culture racism. It is counter-programming against the cultural politics of the era it was written in. It puts the lie to the flimsy excuse of ‘It was just a product of its time.’ Accepting that excuse means assuming the worst about the people of that time, that they were okay with denigrating and marginalizing an entire culture. It reminds me of the saying about how all evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing. At the same time, if you’re doing nothing, are you really that good?


  • Chris Ware: Origin of species

    “Cartoonists are a notoriously invisible lot. Like writers and cave salamanders, we choose a life of privacy, away from natural light and other human beings. So it was no surprise that I ran into trouble finding a simple head shot of Rea Irvin, the New Yorker‘s original art director, for my contribution to this week’s set of anniversary covers. Eustace Tilley, Irvin’s classic image of classist snobbery (and, ironically, now a de-facto seal of literary merit) is as recognizable as Ronald McDonald. However, in this age of find-everything-now, Rea Irvin is nowhere to be found. Do a Google image search and you just get twenty-eight thousand Eustace Tilleys.”

    (Link via Ken Parille.)





Comics and Art


  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: Basil Wolverton funnies

    Splash panel from the Bezerk Burk story “Furore on the Second Floor,” source unknown because I’m too lazy to look it up.


    I don’t actually have to sell you on this one, do I?







  • Hammer Museum: Gary Panter


    The avant-garde cartoonist spoke last month in Los Angeles, where he examined the relationship between comic art and fine art painting in the 20th century.

    (Link via Mike Baehr.)


Comics Culture


  • Andy Barr: Matt Wuerker wins Herblock Prize

    The Politico cartoonist makes good.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Andy Seifert talks to the King of All Funk, George Clinton.


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Sequence from the book; I don’t have the copyright information offhand..


    Excerpts from Hubert and Kerascoet’s Miss Don’t Touch Me.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • 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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2 Responses to “Journalista for Feb. 17, 2010: It’s the IP, stupid”

  1. DerikB says:

    For the record: That Trondheim piece wasn’t “rejected” from the Anthology. It’s just another one of Trondheim’s books (published by L’Association).

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