Journalista for Feb. 26, 2010: Nobody cares what your little funnybook is worth

Posted by on February 26th, 2010 at 8:17 AM




“Okay.. now looking at some of these photo comparisons, I can see why a few people are up-in-arms. I can tell you right now these are all purely coincidences. I never even heard of Bleach! Who would name a comic after laundry detergent?”


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  • Gary Groth presents the second half of his look at genre cartoonists’ attempt to go indy over the years.

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And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times


Format WarsTM small-fish-in-a-big-pond crumbs report… marginalized!

  • Netbook manufacturer Acer has withdrawn plans to produce an e-reader device, according to Tony Smith:

    [Acer chairman Wang Jeng-tang] said at issue is the question of whether punters will embrace e-book readers to such a degree that the category moves out of its niche and into the mainstream. He hinted that until this happens, e-book readers will not be profitable for Acer.

    And it’s a good bet that if they’re not profitable for a manufacturer like Acer, they’re not going to be pouring cash into the coffers of the likes of Amazon and Sony, both key e-book reader suppliers.

    (Link via Craig Teicher.)


  • GalleyCat‘s Jason Boog reports, “Random House, Inc. announced some sweeping adjustments in digital responsibilities at the conglomerate publisher.”

  • Felix Salmon speaks with author Yves Smith, who’s unhappy over the sudden increase in one-star Amazon reviews that her new book has received since her publisher, McMillan, jacked up the digital edition’s price.

    (Link via Paul Biba.)


  • Has found the winning formula for banner ads?

  • Lori Henderson looks at a recent move by Nintendo to bring e-books to their handheld gaming system.




  • Alex Dueben on Phil Foglio

    Mad science is the only science worth mentioning in this panel from the series, ©2010 Studio Foglio, LLC.


    The Girl Genius artist discusses his popular indy-comics series.






  • Alex Carr on Hellboy: The Wild Hunt

    “When a writer builds his fiction on a foundation of mystery, it’s rare for the answers to be as interesting as the questions […] yet The Wild Hunt delivers.”






  • Noel Murray: Bronze-age comics

    “For about a 15-year stretch, Marvel and DC put their heroes through the wringer, having them deal with racism, sexism, pollution, poverty, drugs, and a loss of faith in America.”


  • Tim Hodler: Bridges aflame

    “I’m only about halfway through Todd Hignite’s upcoming The Art of Jaime Hernandez, but while it’s possible if unlikely that the whole thing falls apart near the end, and while I have a few mostly minor qualms (some fair, some not) about its approach, even at this point it is clear that this is a rich and beautiful book, and an essential volume for the advanced Hernandezologist. I’m not going to review the book right now, but just point out a few thoughts it inspired.”


Comics and Art


  • Tom Richmond: “Goodman Goes Playboy

    Panel from the strip, N©2010 in the public domain.


    Richmond’s reposting of the notorious Harvey Kurtzman/Will Elder parody of Archie comics and ’60s hipster culture reminded me to go back and fix the links in the old ¡Journalista! page where our downloadable copies were originally archived (and are now once again accessible with a click of the mouse). Thanks, Tom!


  • Leif Peng (one, two, three and counting): Illustrators you should know

    A 1975 David Blossom illustration for Readers Digest Condensed Books.


    Introductions to the work of David Blossom, Ted CoConis and Bob Abbett.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Recent guests on the new-to-me podcast Sarcastic Voyage: Tales Designed to Thrizzle cartoonist Michael Kupperman (33.4MB), and Axe Cop artist Ethan Nicolle (24.6MB).
    • This week on Panel Borders, Alex Fitch speaks with Necessary Monsters co-creators Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (30.5MB).
    • Christopher Butcher, David Welsh and Ryan Sands join Inkstuds guest host Deb Aoki for a discussion on anternative and independent manga (56.1MB).
    • Collected Comics Library‘s Chris Marshall speaks with Art of Ditko editor Craig Yoe (43.3MB).
    • Another week means another episode of Alex Robinson and Mike Dawson’s Ink Panthers Show (22.7MB).

    As always, all podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Kiel Phegley: Comic-Con International’s future

    A conversation with convention marketing director David Glanzer.


  • Geoffrey Cain: Comics in North Korea

    “The plots are often wacky, usually pinning blame on loud-mouthed Americans and opportunist Japanese for cursing their promised land with vice. Most books are leaked to China through the border town of Dandong — a hub of smuggling in North Korean goods. Others end up in a single shop in Tokyo that specializes in hermit-state memorabilia. Still, others mysteriously make their way to university libraries in the U.S.”




Events Calendar




  • February 26 (Savannah, GA): The Savannah College of Art and Design stages its SCAD Mini-Comics Expo at the Pirates’ House on Broad Street, from 11AM-4PM. 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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 (Huntington, WV): Jessica Abel, Matt Madden and Walter Gropius will appear at an opening reception for a new comics exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art on McCoy Road, from 2-4PM. 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.


Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to and let me know. Please include an online link to which I can send people for more information. No sales-only events, please — it’s nice that you’ve marked things down at your store or website, but I won’t be listing it here.


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One Response to “Journalista for Feb. 26, 2010: Nobody cares what your little funnybook is worth”

  1. Simon_Jones says:

    In all likelihood, the quote attributed to Nick Simmons came from an impostor.