Journalista for Feb. 23, 2010: No story

Posted by on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:30 AM




“So what I think the story is, is there’s no story.”


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From “The Beach” in Freddy, by and ©2009 Melissa Mendes.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Tony Millionaire’s Drinky Crows Maakies Treasury, as well as a pair of minicomics by Lucy Kinsley and Melissa Mendes.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Not comics: Donald Phelps examines Angelo Patri’s novel Pinocchio in America, R. Fiore recommends an animated short.

  • Over at GutterGeeks, Jared Gardner reviews the seventh volume of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys.

  • And at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small presents her entry in the critical roundtable on Ariel Schrag’s Likewise, while Noah Berlatsky responds to Ng Suat Tong’s take on same.

Elsewhere: Over at Bleeding Cool, film producer and semi-professional Alan Moore-antagonist Don Murphy has responded to comments made by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen artist Kevin O’Neill in Douglas Wolk’s recent interview for this website, while Pam Noles disputes O’Neill’s interpretation of the Gollywog.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Sri Lankan opposition cartoonist/journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda is still missing, after vanishing mysteriously before that nation’s recent general election.

    (Link via Alan Gardner.)


  • Is Aurora Publishing quietly shutting down? 90%-off liquidation sales never look good…

    (Link via Simon Jones, who offers commentary.)


  • Platinum Studios subsidiary plans stock offering — what could possibly go wrong?

  • WizardWorld has signed its name to a local show in Nashville, Tennessee, in a deal in which no money is alleged to have changed hands. Next up: Wizard World flea markets!

  • Sean T. Collins presents an overview of the latest skirmishes in the Marvel/DC marketplace grudge war.




  • Tim O’Shea on James Kochalka

    Sequence from the forthcoming book, ©2010 James Kochalka.


    The cult-favorite cartoonist talks Superfuckers.


  • Rick Marshall on Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik

    A Q&A with the Penny Arcade creators.






  • Tom Spurgeon on Art in Time

    “[Editor Dan] Nadel’s approach allows for little-reprinted underground oddball Michael McMillan to sit a few pages away from much-discussed art hero and hardback book series beneficiary Jesse Marsh, each asking for your honest appraisal.”


  • Kristy Valenti on Masterpiece Comics

    ©2009 R. Sikoryak.


    “Coming across a Sikoryak piece every few years is a treat; put all together, they begin to feel gimmicky and start to resemble the Classics Illustrated comics they parody too closely.”




Business and Craft


  • Al Nickerson (one, two, three, four and five): Creators rights roundtable

    Featuring commentary from Erik Larsen, Fernando Ruiz, Steve Bissette and Dave Sim.


Comics and Art



  • Tom Devlin: “Poor Pop”


    Reproducing a rare Timmy story by Howard Sparber.






  • YouTube: Tony Millionaire, sketch comic


    A surprisingly good one, too.


Comics Culture


  • Los Angeles Times: Graphic-novel category added to annual book prizes

    Work by Gilbert Hernandez, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Taiyo Matsumoto, David Mazzucchelli and Joe Sacco makes the cut.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Deborah Blum tells the little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition, with deadly consequences.

    (Link via Megan McArdle, who notes, “I wish I could say I found it surprising, but it seem to me to be of a piece with too many other brutalities in American law. We pass a law with the best of intentions, and find it doesn’t work, and so we pass new regulations and policies designed to crack down on non-compliance, until we are brutalizing the population all out of proportion to the original good we were pursuing.”)



Events Calendar




  • February 23 (Collegeville, PA): Political cartoonist Joe Szabo will speak at Ursinus College’s Musser Auditorium on Main Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • 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 26 (New York City, NY): A launch party for the latest issue of the agitprop anthology World War 3 Illustrated takes place at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art on Sullivan Street, from 8-11PM. 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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