Journalista for Feb. 3, 2010: Readers will tell

Posted by on February 3rd, 2010 at 9:15 AM




“We’ve seen strides in the reading experience on iPhones with the likes of ComiXology. In time, the iPad could offer a fine platform for graphic novels I’m sure. Whether the book publishing world is forced into an iTunes [retail] scenario, time will tell. Readers will tell.”

– First Second editorial director Mark Siegel


“I haven’t heard of anybody who has figured out a way to make serious money off a comic book iPhone app.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristian Williams begins a multi-part essay on “border horror” with a look at Infestación: The Mythology.

  • Rob Clough reviews several small-press works.

  • Later today: Tom Crippen on Marvel’s latest big-event whatchamacallit, Siege, and Rich Kreiner reviews R. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics. Don’t touch that dial!

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Still more bad behavior from Moulinsart: If I’m reading this correctly (Google translation), the Tintin rightsholder is now reported to have intimidated the French publisher BédéStory into withdrawing a volume of criticism from the Comment Hergé a créé series.

    (Link via Gianfranco Goria.)


  • Last weekend’s showdown between Macmillan and Amazon has Rupert Murdoch smelling blood in the water. Meanwhile, talks between the warring combatants drag on.

  • “Bill Ackman, whose Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund is the largest shareholder in Borders Group, told CNBC in an interview on Tuesday that he saw a Borders bankruptcy as ‘a very low probability event,'” according to ICv2.

  • James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost’s Adventures in Cartooning has won the 2010 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature.

  • Henrik Kronius reports on a memorial serice held on Monday for the late caricaturist David Levine.

  • And now, an example of former Marvel EiC Jim Shooter engaging in Jim Shooter-like behavior.

  • Today’s attempt to explain how the Apple iPad changes everything.

  • Finally, I try whenever possible to steer clear of advertising paid seminars and classes — it’s a set of floodgates that I’d pay good money not to have to open — but Del Rey Manga’s Dallas Middaugh teaching a course on how to publish graphic novels? I’d pay good money for that, too.

    (Warning: If I understand correctly, this link will self-destruct in five… four… three…)




  • Sasha Watson on James Sturm

    An interview with the educator and graphic novelist.


  • Tim O’Shea on Shawn Crystal

    The SCAD Atlanta professor discusses his entry into the funnybook-drawin’ racket.


  • Patrick Montero on Ed Power

    A short chat with the writer and co-creator of the new newspaper strip My Cage.




  • Martyn Pedler on Footnotes in Gaza

    “Combine the play of memory and subject matter and you can’t help but be reminded of the recent Israeli movie Waltz With Bashir.”


  • Greg McElhatton on Refresh, Refresh

    “A graphic novel based on a screenplay based on a short story? I suppose there are more circuitous routes out there for graphic novels, but none are immediately springing to mind. That’s the slightly thankless task that Danica Novgorodoff has with Refresh, Refresh, a story that gets traced back to a short story by Benjamin Percy. Reading the graphic novel, though, I ended up with a slightly disconcerting feeling that had I just picked up Percy’s short story that I would have ended up with a much stronger and more interesting experience.”

    (Above: promotional art for the book, ©2009 Danica Novgorodoff.)







  • Marc-Oliver Frisch: Don’t believe the truth

    “I’m convinced that everybody, deep down inside, has their own, very accurate bullshit detector for whether a scene in a piece of fiction rings true for them or not, whether they’ve thought about it a lot or not, whether they realize it or not.

    “And I think a disproportionate number of comics readers, critics and creators still fail to apply that bullshit detector a lot of the time.”





Comics and Art


  • Doug Lefler: “The Rat-Catcher’s Son”

    A little lesson about character.

    (Above: panel from the strip, ©2010 Doug Lefler. Link via Frederik Hautain.)







  • Tim Hodler: Frederic Wertham meets his critics

    “If you want to raise a generation that is half-stormtroopers and half-cannon fodder, with a dash of illiteracy, then comic books are good. In fact, they are perfect.” Hodler links to an old radio show episode (6.9MB MP3 file; the homepage is here), wherein the author of the infamous book Seduction of the Innocent defends his work.


Comics Culture


  • Robyn Chapman: 2009 year-end report

    “The Schulz Library at The Center for Cartoon Studies is now in its fifth year of operation, and our collection has grown to 8000 books. These include 1,358 graphic novels, 713 books of comic strips, 618 books of manga, 457 books from the super hero genre, and 289 European bande disinee.”


  • Sean T. Collins: SNL stars throw fundraiser for Phoebe Gloeckner stage adaptation

    “‘You know that a play adapted from the diary of a teenage girl growing up in 1970s San Francisco is going to have some weird shit,’ said Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers as he wrapped up a stand-up set consisting of Weekend Update jokes too raunchy to make it past the NBC censors. ‘Now you’re prepared.'”



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    According to Christopher Hitchens, Kim Jong-il’s regime in North Korea is even weirder and more despicable than you thought.


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Sequences from George Herriman’s Krazy Kat.

    (Above: excerpt from the May 12, 1915 strip.)


Events Calendar




  • February 3 (Winnetka, CA): Longtime comic-book artist Denys Cowan will appear at Collector’s Paradise on Winnetka Avenue, from 4-8PM. Details here.
  • February 3 (Newcastle upon Tyne, England): Grandville creator Bryan Talbot speaks at the Literary and Philosophical Society on Westgate Road, beginning at 6PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • February 4 (New York City, NY): The Art of Ditko creator Craig Yoe will discuss the book and interview a fake Steve Ditko — no, seriously, click the link — at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 4 (Carlisle, PA): Maus author Art Spiegelman will lecture in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium at Dickinson College, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 5 (Richmond, VA): Afrodisiac artist/co-creator Jim Rugg will be signing books and meeting readers at Velocity Comics on Broad Street, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • February 5 (New York City, NY): A reception for Seth’s new gallery show of work from George Sprott takes place at the Adam Baumgold Gallery on 66th Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • February 5 (White River Junction, VT): A reception for an exhibition of Belgian comics art takes place at the Center for Cartoon Studies on Main Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • February 5 (New York City, NY): Join Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan for a launch party celebrating their new Demo series at Brooklyn’s own Rocketship on Smith Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • February 6 (Toronto, Ontario): Girls With Slingshots creator Danielle Corsetto will be signing at Paradise Comics on Yonge Street, from 2-6PM. Details here.
  • February 6 (San Francisco, CA): Transmetropolitan/The Boys artist Darick Robertson makes an appearance at Comic Outpost on Ocean Avenue, from 3:30-6:30PM. Details here.
  • February 6 (Chapel Hill, NC): Afrodisiac artist/co-creator Jim Rugg will be signing books and meeting readers at Chapel Hill Comics on Franklin Street, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • February 7 (Atlanta, GA): The Atlanta Comic Convention takes place at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center on Century Boulevard, from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • February 7 (Charlotte, NC): Afrodisiac artist/co-creator Jim Rugg will be signing books and meeting readers at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find on Seventh Street, from 2-5PM. Details here.


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