Journalista for Feb. 4, 2010: Not for the faint of heart

Posted by on February 4th, 2010 at 8:52 AM

 

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“Terence Blanchard and Ray Smuckles, the cat from the Web comic Achewood: separated at birth. You heard it here first.”

– jazz critic Patrick Jarenwattananon

 

“Getting the facts AND the true story at the same time is not for the faint of heart.”

 

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Recently posted to our homepage:

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  • Rich Kreiner reviews R. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics.
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  • Tom Crippen reviews Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Lark and Stefanio Gaudiano’s Siege: The Cabal.
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  • Shaenon Garrity‘s got a whole lotta Lum.
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  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.
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  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, a review of the first volume in Kairi Shimotsuki’s yaoi series, Madness.

(Above: Lum, Lum, Lum!)

And in the news…

 

Above the Fold

 

Format Wars report-from-the-frontlines special-report thing… Report!

Okay, there’s enough here that I might as well make it a thing.

  • M.G. Siegler reports that Google unlocked the multitouch functionality on its Nexus One phones yesterday, in a move seen by some commentators as a shot across Apple’s bow. The search-engine giant is alleged to have previously maintained a gentlemen’s agreement with the iPhone manufacturer not to implement such functionality in its phones.
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  • “At Apple’s request, the makers of the [Amazon-owned] iPhone and iPod Touch reader Stanza removed the application’s ability to transfer books between a PC and Stanza using a USB cable,” reports Jason Boog.
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  • Cade Metz: “Google reveals nonexistent Chrome tablet.”
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  • Marching slowly up the battlefield: the JooJoo tablet.
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  • Peter Ha brings word that Amazon has just purchased the touchpad-technology company Touchco.
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  • Harry McCracken looks at the long list of naysayers who lined up to pronounce the iPhone dead in the cradle, and wonders if the same thing might be happening a second time.

    (Link via Megan McArdle, who points out the principal difference between circumstances surrounding the two devices’ debuts.)

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  • Rant! Aaron Pressman claims that the real agenda behind Apple’s e-book partners is to kill off the e-book:

    Leave aside for a moment the completely dishonest portrait [Macmillan CEO John] Sargent paints of the old print book-selling world, and remember that he doesn’t believe the there will be any growth in book sales in the future. He’s not interested in a fair price for anybody — he’s interested in making sure that he never gives the consumer something for less than what they’re willing to pay for it. He wants to extract the big bucks from the big sellers and move on.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)

 

Life in interesting times

  • Giant Robot Magazine, one of the first North American publications to seriously cover manga, needs your help.

    (Link via Simon Jones.)

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  • You have got to be fucking kidding me.

    (Above: blah blah Simpsons blah blah blah.)

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  • The website for Karl Kerschl’s online series The Abominable Charles Christopher was hacked yesterday, according to Gary Tyrrell (who also provided us with today’s first quote, by the way). It’s since been sorted out, and the site is once again safe to visit.
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  • Paul O’Brien presents his month-to-month estimates for Marvel Entertainment’s sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for December.

    (Incidentally: In case you hadn’t guessed, Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat has moved.)

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  • And now, an Editor & Publisher news round-up… from 1950.

 

Profiles

 

  • Reed Johnson on Joe Sacco

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    (Above: detail from McCarthy’s cover to the first issue of Spider-Man: Fever.)

 

  • Mike Rhode on Darwyn Cooke

    A report from the New Frontier author’s recent talk in Washington DC.

 

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Reviews

 

  • Katherine Dacey on The Box Man

    “[Imiri] Sakabashira loves to take the familiar and make it strange, grafting a human head onto a crab’s body, for example, or stocking the local fish market with the kind of toothy critters normally found miles below the ocean’s surface. It’s also undeniable that Sakabashira has serious drawing chops; his streetscapes have a vital energy and specificity that’s missing from a lot of manga, filled with meticulously-drawn signs, clothes lines groaning under the weight of laundry, weedy lots, and tangled power lines.

    “Yet for all the obvious craft that went into The Box Man, I could never quite abandon myself to the artwork.”

 

  • Sarah Morean on The Lady’s Murder

    “[Eliza Frye’s] background as an illustrator and character artist comes across strongly in projects like The Lady’s Murder. In it, she takes a rather sexy poem from S. Albert Chatman and uses his idea to build a bony story structure from which her gorgeous art hangs lush and wild.”

    (Above: sequence from the story, which can be read online, ©2008 Eliza Frye.)

 

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Commentary

 

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    Why an interracial kiss is still a big deal.

 

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Comics and Art

 

  • Illustration blog: Nemiri

    Because a day without eye-candy is like a day without sunshine.

    (Above: illustration &copy2010 Nemiri. Link via Matt Forsythe.)

 

 

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Comics Culture

 

 

  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Meet the cast of Warren Ellis and Brandon McKinney’s “anti-Star Trek” sci-fi tale, Switchblade Honey.

    (Above: sequence from the comic, ©2003 Warren Ellis and Brandon McKinney.)

 

Events Calendar

 

Today:

 

  • February 4 (Portland, OR): Join Steven Weissman for a release party celebrating his new book Chocolate Cheeks at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • 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.

 

This Week:

 

  • 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.

 

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to dirk@tcj.com 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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