Journalista for Feb. 22, 2010: Pretty awful

Posted by on February 22nd, 2010 at 8:53 AM




“Cyclops and Storm seem somewhere about 7ft tall, Storm appears to have forgotten most of her top and, from that waistline, hasn’t been eating properly either. And poor Emma Frost has suffered from some really bad plastic surgery that’s taken at least 2 ft off her height. Kaare Andrews is normally a pretty good artist, but this is just pretty awful.”


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Panel from Harry Haenigsen’s October 1, 1950 Penny Sunday strip, ©1950 New York Herald-Tribune Inc..


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Douglas Wolk presents the concluding installment of his five-part interview with cartoonist Kevin O’Neill.

  • New to the TCJ Audio Archives: It’s a clash of titans as executive editor Gary Groth confronts the Spawn creator and Image Comics co-founder Todd MacFarlane in a no-holds-barred debate over artistic and commercial freedom vs. responsibility, originally recorded in 1992 for TCJ #152. Downloadable MP3s available at the link!

  • Rob Clough reviews Gregory Baldwin’s Path, and Eric H’s minicomic Odd Jobs #1.

  • Kristy Valenti reviews the first volume of Jason Thompson and Hao’s King of RPGs.

  • R. Fiore takes a look at the comics section in the latest issue of McSweeney’s, the San Francisco Panorama.

  • Rich Kreiner responds to R. Fiore’s recent essay on the continuum between realistic and cartoony art.

  • R.C. Harvey discusses the Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker’s Herblock Prize.

  • Gary Groth responds to recent critiques of the new design.

  • Over at GutterGeeks, Jared Gardner reviews the first six volumes of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, and presents a selection of Sunday strips from Harry Haenigsen’s Penny.

  • Recently posted to The Hooded Utilitarian: Noah Berlatsky reviews the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain-produced comics treatise on fair use, Down by Law (a piece originally published in The Comics Journal); and kicks off a roundtable discussion on Ariel Schrag’s Likewise with looks at other critics’ reviews and Schrag’s usage of penises in the book. Also discussing Likewise: Ng Suat Tong.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Gianfranco Goria (Google translation) is reporting the death of Italian cartoonist Antronella Toffolo over the weekend. I was unable to find any further details.

  • “A comic book portraying two fictional European Commission bureaucrats as humanitarian heroes battling to save the world is being sent to schools and homes at a cost of £200,000 to the taxpayer,” reports the Daily Mail.

  • Lori Weisberg documents the war to keep the San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego.

  • David Itzkoff looks at the recent management changes at DC Comics, while Graeme McMillan, Tom Spurgeon, Michael Avila and Russ Burlingame offer further commentary.

  • Former Marvel Entertainment figurehead Stan Lee prepares to shit out another one.

  • Casey Cromwell profiles St. Cloud, Minnesota’s Granite City Comics.


Format WarsTM gamechanger alert… guesswork!

  • The California legislature has passed a bill that would tax’s affiliates program; if signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California would be the fourth state to pass such an ordinance.

  • Lance Ulanoff examines the Amazon Kindle app form the Blackberry.

    (Link via Craig Teicher.)


  • Daniel Dilger explains why Apple can’t — “and shouldn’t” — enable Flash support on the iPad.

  • Steven Den Beste explains why he believes Google will ultimately beat Apple in the smartphone market.




  • Tom Mason on William Overgard

    A short, rarely seen profile of the cartoonist behind such strips as Steve Roper and Rudy.






  • Jeff VanderMeer on The Late Fauna of Early North America

    From the book, ©2010 Scott Musgrove.


    Scott Musgrove’s book is “a radical expansion of a little chapbook I bought awhile back, and works equally well for the graphic novel enthusiast and the art book collector.”






  • Jeet Heer: The mid-life crisis of the great commercial cartoonists

    “Think of Kirby, Ditko, Kane, and Eisner (and maybe also John Stanley). All these cartoonists started off as journeymen artists, had a mid-life crisis which made them try do more artistically ambitious work, but ended up being thwarted either by the limits of their talent or the constraints of marketplace.”


  • Douglas Wolk: Hi, kids. Do you like violence?

    “I’d like to skip over the problematic actual plot of Kick-Ass here, in part because other people have addressed some of its more dubious elements, but I can’t let its conclusion’s racial politics pass without comment.”




Business and Craft


  • Bob Rozakis: The “rights” thing redux

    “You might recall that last June I wrote of the letter I got from DC Comics, inviting me to sign away all of the reprint rights to everything I wrote between 1976 and 1998 for a portion of a portion of a royalty pool to be determined by the company. You might also recall that I decided it was not in my best interests to do so.”

    (Link via the Update-a-Tron.)


Comics and Art


  • Domingos Isabelinho: “Zr + 4HC1 ? ZrC14 + 2H2U + 3F2 ? UF6”


    Roberto Altmann’s Lettrist-inspired strip is as baffling as it is fascinating; Isabelinho discusses the strip in this essay.


  • Ten-Cent Dreams: Matt Baker Westerns


    I have no idea where these were published, but when you get the chance to look at art by one of the greatest comic-book illustrators who ever lived, who cares?




Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    “When conservatives are standing up for gays, and Democrats treat us like we are an embarrassment, there’s a problem.”

    Actually, I don’t think the first part is a problem — hell, I’d like to see more of it, though I’m not exactly ready to start holding my breath just yet. That second part, however, has been obvious since Bill Clinton was president.



Events Calendar




  • February 22 (Chapel Hill, NC): Randall Kenan will lecture on black comic-book heroes and protagonists at the University of North Carolina’s Wilson Library, beginning at 5:45PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • February 23 (Collegeville, PA): Political cartoonist Joe Szabo will speak at Ursinus College’s Musser Auditorium on Main Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 24 (New York City, NY): The West-Coast launch party for the new Popgun 4 anthology takes place at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • February 24 (Los Angeles, CA): The West-Coast launch party for the new Popgun 4 anthology takes place at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, from 7-10PM. Details here.
  • February 25 (London, England): The Losers‘ Andy Diggle and Jock make an appearance at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6-7PM. Details here.
  • February 26 (Los Angeles, CA): Penny Arcade co-creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik will be signing books and meeting readers at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 27 (New York City, NY): The New York Comic Book Marketplace will be held at the Penn Plaza Pavilion on Seventh Avenue, from 10:30AM-7PM. Details here.
  • February 27 (London, England): Pat Mills and Clint Langley make an appearance at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 1-2PM. Details here.
  • February 27 (New York City, NY): The Center for Cartoon Studies will present an evening of workshops and book signings at Queens’ own Silent Barn on Wyckoff Avenue, beginning at 4PM. Details here.
  • February 27 (Washington DC): Act-i-Vate members Dean Haspiel, Jim Dougan, Simon Fraser and Joe Infurnari will be signing books and meeting readers at Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • February 27 (Morris Township, NJ): Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for a proposed planned canine activity center and dog park, held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center from 7:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • February 27 (Toronto, Ontario): Cartoonist Guy Davis will discuss horror comics at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street, from 7:30-11:30PM. Admission is free. Details here.
  • February 28 (Toronto, Ontario): The Toronto Comicon takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, from 11AM-5PM. Details here.


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