Journalista for Feb. 25, 2010: Great heroes of design

Posted by on February 25th, 2010 at 8:47 AM




“Comic books and cartoon books are much better designed now than ever before. While it’s true that in the past some cartoonists took an occasional interest in book design (Walt Kelly and the young Charles Schulz come to mind), in the past most comic book volumes were pretty shoddy. Who are the great heroes of design who changed things? Francoise Mouly, Chris Oliveros, Chris Ware, Chip Kidd, Tom Devlin, Jacob Covey, and Adam Grano. Am I missing any names?”


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Man, some people just don’t get allegory, do they?


From Thirteen Going on Eighteen Vol. 1, ©2009 the John Stanley Estate.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gary Groth presents the first installment of a two-part essay on attempts by NYC corporate-comics artists to produce creator-owned works.

  • Rob Clough reviews the first volume of John Stanley’s Thirteen Going on Eighteen.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Action Philosophers!

  • R.C. Harvey looks at a recent cartoon by Signe Wilkinson.

  • GutterGeek‘s Alex Boney ponders the implications of DC Comics’ announcement concerning its new management team.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, further entries in the critical roundtable on Ariel Schrag’s Likewise from Jason Thompson and Noah Berlatsky.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Girl Genius colorist Cheyenne Wright has taken ill, and it doesn’t sound good. PayPal donations to assist with the medical bills are encouraged — details at the link — and a fundraiser is being planned.

    A color panel from Incarnate, superimposed over a black-and-white panel from Bleach — many, many more examples at the below link.


  • “Is Bleach being copied and passed off as an original American comic called Incarnate by Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons?” Rich Johnston has a response from Incarnate‘s publisher, Radical Comics, in which assurances are given that production has ceased on the comic book while the allegations are investigated.

    (First link via Simon Jones, who offers commentary.)


  • In India, cartoonist Sudhir Tailang has launched a comics-billboard campaign against the government’s proposed railway budget. Amit Singh has the story.

  • Canned Dogs presents ero-manga publishing estimates for the years 2002-2009.

  • BusinessWeek‘s Seth Lubove and Andy Fixmer looks into Disney’s buying spree of various company (including Marvel) over the last decade, part of a campaign to appeal to teenage boys.


Mike Sterling: The end of civilization

Sterling finds the most dubious items from the latest Diamond catalog, so you don’t have to.




  • Deb Aoki on Benjamin

    “First came manga from Japan. Next came manhwa from Korea. Now, the latest arrival from Asia is manhua from China — and one of the leading creators of this small but fascinating group of artists is Benjamin, nee Zhang Bin.”






  • Brian Heater on From the Ashes

    “Cartoonist Bob Fingerman […] lets it be known fairly early on [in] From the Ashes that, well, there are worse possible outcomes than the decimation of six billion or so of his fellow earth dwellers.”


  • Sean T. Collins on Batman and Robin #9

    “Consider if you will the care and attention paid to the page on which Batman and Batwoman pound the stuffing out of Zombie Batman. (Okay, first consider that this comic contains a page on which Batman and Batwoman pound the stuffing out of Zombie Batman. Then move on.)”






  • Tom Spurgeon: 21 things I like about Doctor Strange

    “This post is a tribute to Neilalien, whose staggering 10th formal anniversary of blogging comics hits today, making him the Ancient One in a world where the rest of [us] are lucky on our best day to be Jennifer Kale.”


Business and Craft


  • Stephen Worth: How to think like a cartoonist

    “For the past several months, I’ve been serializing pages from a 1910 book titled Zim’s Cartoons and Caricatures, or Making the World Laugh. Eugene ZImmerman was one of the greatest cartoonists of his time, and his book is unique among ‘how to’ books because it focuses on how to think like an artist. These pages will not be left on our server once the book is complete, so download them while you can. The last five sections will be posted soon.”


  • Pete Emslie: It’s doodle time!

    “My favourite subject matter is cartooning the human face, as I love to explore the myriad shapes, sizes, and relative placement of facial features on various head shapes.”

    (Link via Mark Frauenfelder.)


Comics and Art


  • Oliver East: Trains Are… Mint #6

    ©2010 Oliver East.


    No permalink, so I’m assuming this is one of those limited-time-only deals.

    Update: East writes to let me know that the new issue “will be up online for, well, ever really. Until a print edition happens which won’t happen for years yet, so there’s no limit to how many times you can read it.”

    (Link via Richard Cowdry.)


  • Doug Gray: Bob Montana’s Archie

    Excerpt from one of the strips, ©1947 Satan Archie Comics Publications, Inc.


    A generous selection of newspaper strips and comics pages — scanned from the original art! — by the Archie creator.






  • The Dollar Bin: Christopher Priest

    The first half of a marathon three-hour conversation with the writer, editor and Milestone co-creator.


  • YouTube: Tagalog-language komiks documentary

    No, I don’t speak Tagalog either, but it’s a chance to see lots of art and hear a lot of cartoonists from a nation that strongly influenced American comics.

    (Link via Gerry Alanguilan, of course.)


Comics Culture


  • Daryl Cagle: Editorial cartooning in Columbia

    “I just got back from a cool editorial cartoonists conference in Colombia last week. I’m an editorial cartooning wonk and it was great fun to go to a conference where I didn’t know the cartoonists. In fact, the Colombian political cartoonists rarely get together themselves and it was interesting for them to meet each other.”




Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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.
  • February 28 (Berkeley, CA): Join Jason Shiga for a launch party celebrating his new book Meanwhile at Books Inc. on Fourth Street, beginning at 6PM. Details here.


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