Journalista for Feb. 5, 2010: More power to you

Posted by on February 5th, 2010 at 9:12 AM




“Dirk, if you’re willing to bet against Apple, which is also ‘one of the largest tech companies on Earth,’ more power to you — I remember the Newton too. But don’t be surprised if these new distribution methods and platforms turn your local comic shop into the 21st century equivalent of Record World.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Tom Crippen reviews Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier and Vicente Cifuentes’ Alpha: Fall of the Hulks, and explains why Ebony White isn’t “sassy.”

  • Ian Burns reviews Seth Tobocman’s You Don’t Have to Fuck People Over to Survive.

  • R. Fiore watches Zack Snyder’s extended Watchmen cut.

  • Matthias Wivel presents photos from last weekend’s Angoulême Comics Festival in France.

  • Ben Schwartz unearths a silent 1931 promotional documentary, From Trees to Tribunes, focusing on the Tribune company’s stable of cartoonists.

  • Kent Worcester blesses us with a gallery of New Politics covers by legendary designer Bob Gill.

(Above: From Trees to Tribunes screenshot featuring Sidney Smith, creator of newspaper strip The Gumps.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Format WarsTM up-to-the-picosecond newsburst edition… Go!

Oh, there’s all kinds of moving parts to this story…

  • Slashdot links a decision by the U.S. Department of Justice, once again opposing the Google Books settlement.

  • The Amazon/Macmillan War drags on. Jason Boog’s been covering the hell out of this story, so I’ll just send you his way: Macmillan has produced two more ads explaining its side of the story (one, two), but the big news may be that Hachette has signaled its willingness to adopt the agency model, which sparked the whole brouhaha in the first place. Boog also asks whether it’s too late to change the $9.99 price point.

    Elsewhere, Andrew Wheeler addresses a few assumptions surrounding the whole sordid affair.


  • Sascha Segan reports that the foundation behind “the world’s most most popular smartphone OS,” Symbian, has announced that its software is now entirely open source:

    By placing Symbian under an open-source license, the Symbian Foundation is pitting it against Google’s Android — and, the organization hopes, setting the stage for a march on the USA.


  • Yaoi Press publisher Yamila Abraham offers further details and commentary concerning Apple’s decision to reject one of her company’s books from its app store.

    (Above: Changing the dialogue in this panel from the original edition of Margot Redding, Lawrence Rider and Studio Kosaru’s Zesty Vol. 1 didn’t do Yaoi Press any good. Link via Simon Jones.)


  • Lori Henderson looks at the e-manga boom in Japan.

  • Rosa Golijan looks at the Panelfly comics app for the iPad.


Life in interesting times

  • Mark Frauenfelder points out that lawyers for actress Olivia Munn are attempting to strongarm the online retailer into pulling a comic-book biography purporting to tell her life’s story.

  • Dave Howard speaks with The Beguiling manager Christopher Butcher.

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • Of the top-twenty books in BookScan’s estimates for mass-market graphic novel sales in January, twelve were published by Viz Media.

  • Matthew Murray presents month-to-month estimates for sales of a number of indy-produced genre titles to Direct Market retailers, now updated for December.

  • Whatever DC decides concerning the comics, it appears that a movie sequel ain’t in the cards. Elsewhere, Sean T. Collins explains the (lack of a) Wizard/Watchmen II connection.

    (Above: detail from an illustration by Art Adams, commissioned by Wizard Magazine to promote DC Comics’ Countdown: Arena miniseries. Full image at the second link.)




  • Ellen Lindner on Jimi Gherkin and Peter Lally

    “This year, Alternative Press became publishers, creating the showcase anthology Publish You (in which my work appears). As a result, they got their first table at Angoulême’s annual International Comics Festival, the biggest global comics fair outside of Japan. On the occasion of the Angoulême debut, I wanted to ask Peter and Jimi how they and their cadre of like-minded artists and activists […] had made order out of chaos and given us London cartoonists someplace new and interesting to sell our wares, meet artists from other disciplines, and — perhaps most revolutionary — enjoy the temptations of the open mic!”

    (Link via Richard Cowdry.)







  • Joe Gordon on Judge Dredd: America

    “John Wagner; one of 2000 AD‘s original crew and still esteemed by most of us as a giant of British comics writing; no-one does Dredd like Wagner and in America he gets to spin a tale where Dredd and the Judges are the villains, not the heroes but the violent, repressive regime crushing hopes of freedom and liberty in the Big Meg, maintaining order through fear.”

    (Above: detail from Colin MacNeil’s cover art for the book.)


  • Sean T. Collins on Mercury

    “Taken on the same terms as any other comic, [Hope Larson’s] Mercury is still an idiosyncratic, ultimately gutsy read.”







  • Jeet Heer: Comics and photography notes

    “To what extent were late 19th and early 20th century cartoonists like A.B. Frost and Winsor McCay, who did so much to introduce sequential movement into comics, influenced by the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge?”





Comics and Art








  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Bookworm‘s Michael Silverblatt speaks with Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman about their recent omnibus collection, The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics (14.1MB). I should warn you that there’s a Javascript pop-up ad that appears right after you load the page.
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch speaks with three members of the Canadian webcomics collective Transmission X in an interview recorded during last year’s Comica festival (30.2MB).
    • Baby Blues artist Rick Kirkman is Tom Racine’s guest on Tall Tale Features (49.8MB).
    • Long Tail Kitty author Lark Pien falls into the dreaded Comix Claptrap (48.1MB)! How oh how will she ever escape?
    • Inkstuds‘ Robin McConnell talks to Like a Dog creator Zak Sally (67MB).
    • This week on War Rocket Ajax: El Gorgo creators Mike McGee and Tamas Jakab (83.5MB).
    • San Francisco retailer Brian Hibbs holds court on industry issues over at Comic Geek Speak (39.5MB).
    • House to Astonish co-hosts Paul O’Brien and Al Kennedy return for another round of commentary and criticism (41.8MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.

    (First link via Jeet Heer.)


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Why the first cowboy to draw his gun always gets shot. Science: Is there anything it can’t explain?


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Northern Europe makes comics! Here are excerpts from Martin Kellerman’s Rocky, Lise Myhre’s Nemi, Maria Björklund’s Kaksin and some comics by Milla Paloniemi.

    (Above: panel from a strip by and ©2010 Milla Paloniemi.)


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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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