Journalista for Feb. 8, 2010: That would be crazy…

Posted by on February 8th, 2010 at 10:45 AM




“Weird thought of the day… since Apple doesn’t allow porn manga on Apps, but does allow the Kindle reader for iPhone, and Amazon does allow porn manga (at least the light yaoi variety), might we see some publishers start offering e-books through Kindle that are actually formatted to take advantage of the iPad screen? I know that Amazon’s e-publishing platform automatically resizes images to best fit the Kindle, but might they be convinced to lift that restriction? What about running Kindle Apps on the Kindle reader for iPhone? That would be crazy…”


“The Schulz Museum is offering free admission to little (and big) red-haired girls on Valentine’s Day — how adorable is that?”


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Attention funnybook publishers of North America:

Could someone please hurry up and give me a Ken Shannon collection already? Thank you.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reviews Ed Piskor’s Wizzywig Vol. 3: Fugitive and a pair of minicomics, and also presents the first installment of his two-part top-50 comics list for 2009.

  • Jared Gardner reviews Trevor Von Eeden’s The Original Johnson.

  • Noah Berlatsky reviews the first volume of Yohei Sakai’s Dinosaur King.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the golden-age anthology, Supermen!

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the newspaper comics: one, two.

  • Over at GutterGeek, Alex Boney reviews Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass, while Jared Gardner blesses us with excerpts from Otto Soglow’s marvelous strip, The Ambassador.

  • Finally, The Hooded Utilitarian presents Vom Marlowe‘s review of the first volume of Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume’s Book of Friends, and finds Noah Berlatsky disagreeing with R. Fiore over Watchmen.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) extends its solidarity to Sri Lanka’s five main organisations of journalists as they begin a campaign of protests to draw attention to the new wave of media suppression since the country’s presidential election on January 26.” Note that one of the main subjects of the organization’s concern is Sri Lankan cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, missing since January 24.

  • Jason Boog has reported the Amazon/Macmillan grudge war over at last.

  • Today’s pointless cartoon controversy.

    (Above: the comic in question, ©2010 Rob Rogers. Image via Rich Watson.)


  • Rich Johnston confirms that Jennifer Contino has left the pioneering comics-portal site and her news-site there, The Pulse.

    Also via Johnston:

    So just how did Paul à Québec win the Angoulême Public Award — mostly voted on by French voters, when it hadn’t even been published in France? Was it all a ballot stuffing scam by Canadians?

    Well, yes… and no.


  • Sean T. Collins takes a look at the fight between Wizard and Reed for top-name guests to attend their various comics shows.

  • Geoff Gerber explains why celebutoid Olivia Munn has a case for censoring online comic book store Heavy Ink.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch presents his month-to-month estimates for DC Comics sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for December.

  • Matt Blind discusses the ins and outs of stocking and selling expensive, high-end comics volumes. Fair warning: Never ask advice from a blogger.




  • Edward Carey on Glenn Head

    The underground cartoonist discusses the medium and his career in this 2008 interview.

    (Link via Richard Cowdry.)


  • Zack Smith on Jim Rugg

    I could’a sworn I’d linked to this conversation with the artist and co-creator behind Street Angel and Afrodisiac, but apparently not.

    (Caught it: J. Caleb Mozzocco.)







  • Jeff VanderMeer and Xaviar Xerexes on Copper

    Two views of Kazu Kibuishi’s new all-ages book.

    (Above: sequence from the book, ©2010 Kazu Kibuishi.)


  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Ristorante Paradiso

    “When I heard about the premise of this restaurant-set manga, I expected that I’d enjoy it, but unfortunately, it’s one of the rare missteps of the Viz Signature line for me.”







  • Yvette Kaplan and Jerry Beck on John Stanley

    “While a pile of Archie’s languished in a shopping bag in the back of a closet in my mother’s apartment, I’ve kept my Thirteen Going On Eighteen‘s with me for my whole life; through high school, college, marriage, motherhood, 3 houses, divorce, and a cross country move. Over the years I managed to collect a few more issues — thanks to a dear comic-collector friend of mine who tracked them down. But it wasn’t easy, since hardly anyone seemed to know they existed. This was surprising especially since my comic-collector friend told me they were drawn by a famous cartoonist named John or Stanley something, I didn’t pay much attention at the time. Because I didn’t really mind that nobody knew about it. Not one bit. Because for all these years, all these wild, loud, crazy, funny, larger than life characters; Val and Judy, Evie, Billy, Wilbur, Judy Jr. and Jimmy Fuzzi have been unpopular, undiscovered and absolutely perfect. They’ve been, my little secret. Until now.


  • Ken Parille: Frozen Morisi

    “For me, part of the peculiar genius of Pete Morisi is the strange way that his drawings capture and hold stillness — the feeling of frozen-ness — in a way that almost seems intended to disrupt our desire to move from panel to panel.”





Comics and Art


  • Yuichi Yokoyama: Outdoor

    The Japanese action formalist takes to the Web in his own inimitable style. Shame about the Flash interface.

    (Above: sequence ©2010 Yuichi Yokoyama. Link via Ryan Sands.)


  • Boulet: “Long Cours”

    Again, I don’t think much of the user interface, but it’s a nice comic.

    (Above: sequence from the comic, ©2010 Boulet, I guess. Link via The Ephemerist.)








  • Hulu: Manga Mad

    It’s a generic enough documentary that I swear it feels like I’ve linked to it before, but this hour-long film nonetheless touches all the usual bases.

    (Above: screenshot from the video.)


  • YouTube: Nino Falanga, world’s fastest cartoonist

    An appearance on the old quiz show To Tell the Truth. As Mike Lynch notes:

    I don’t know much about Italian cartoonist, caricaturist, TV and film actor and director Nino Falanga. There was a certain time when you could see him on TV on Jack Paar, for instance, drawing caricatures in a minute or less.

    He also did work behind the camera, for the animation departments at MGM and UPA, and did live action film and TV work (both behind and in front of the camera) in the US, Italy and Spain.

    (Above: screenshot from the video.)


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    This one’s been sitting in my link list for a while, but a few weeks hasn’t dated it: “I’m proud of our jury system. I can’t say the same about our police.”


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Excerpts from Jacques Tardi’s Adèle & the Beast — plus a trailer from the upcoming film adaptation!

    (Above: sequence from the book, ©1976 Casterman.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • February 9 (Houston, TX): Scott McCloud will lecture at the University of Houston’s Dudley Recital Hall, beginning at 7PM. Admission is free and open to the public. Details here.
  • February 9 (New York City, NY): Comics-industry types match wits with comedians on-stage in the Comic Book Club at the Peoples Improv Theater on 29th Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • February 10 (Van Nuys, CA): Veteran comics writer Len Wein will be signing books and meeting readers at Galaxy of Comics on Saticoy Street, from 2-6PM. Details here.
  • February 10 (Westwood, CA): Advice columnist Dan Savage joins New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan onstage at the Hammer Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • February 10 (Rochester, NY): Nick Gurewitch and Chris Onstad discuss their successful careers making comics for the Internet at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Webb Auditorium on Lomb Memorial Drive, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • February 11 (Seattle, WA): An opening reception for the latest show by the Friends of the Nib cartooning circle takes place at the Vermillion Gallery on Eleventh Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • February 11 (San Francisco, CA): PvP creator Scott Kurtz will give a presentation at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • February 13 (London, England): The Alternative Press Fair takes place at the Aloysius Social Club on Phoenix Road, from noon-midnight. Details here.
  • February 13 (Seattle, WA): Legendary cartoonist Gahan Wilson will be signing books and meeting readers at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • February 14 (London, England): We Are Words and Pictures presents an all-ages comics workshop at the Notting Hill Arts Club on Notting Hill Gate, from 3-6PM. Details here.


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