Journalista for Jan. 11, 2010: Equals 2003

Posted by on January 11th, 2010 at 9:16 AM




“The collapse of the online ad market is probably the real underlying cause of recent changes at Keenspot and 2010=2003.”


“Is Denis Kitchen legendary because he’s no longer relevant? or because he wrote the ad copy?”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • New to The Comics Journal Audio Archive: Two ultra-rare 1961 episodes from The Cartoonist’s Art, a radio program hosted by then-Bringing Up Father cartoonist Vernon Greene, featuring Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould and Wash Tubbs cartoonist Roy Crane as guests!

  • TCJ reporter Eric Millikin speaks with former Editor & Publisher syndication journalist Dave Astor about life after E&P and the future of newspaper comics.

  • Michel Fiffe presents the conclusion of his five-part conversation with cartoonist Ty Templeton.

  • R. Fiore discusses the glory that was The Simpsons, in an essay first published in The Comics Journal Special Edition Vol. 4.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Kevin Huizenga’s Ganges #3.

  • Adam Stephanides reviews Toma’s X Diary.

  • Jared Gardner reviews Mark Wheaton, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsam Ekedal’s horror book, The Cleaners: Absent Bodies.

  • Rob Clough reviews the Blaise Larmee-edited zine Comics Youth #1, as well as a pair of works by Darryl Ayo and Aaron Cockle.

  • Kent Worcester looks at Michael Taussig’s book on color theory, What Color is the Sacred?

  • R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Over at sister site Hooded Utilitarian, a review of Est Em’s yaoi novel, Age Called Blue.

(Above: July 25, 1938 strip from The Collected Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy: 1938-1939, ©2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Marvel Entertainment filed suit last Friday in a Manhattan Federal court “seeking a declaration that notices of termination of copyright assignments served by the heirs of long-time Marvel artist Jack Kirby are invalid.” Kevin Melrose has the Kirby family’s response.

  • Reuters reports: “Danish prosecutors have added a terrorism charge to two charges of attempted murder against a Somali man who broke into the home of [Kurt Westergaard,] whose 2005 drawing of the Prophet Mohammad sparked global Muslim outrage,” National Public Radio‘s Liane Hansen spoke with Westergaard, who is now in hiding — the piece can be heard in streaming audio at the link.

  • The National Cartoonists Society invites members and non members alike to submit their published work for consideration in the NCS Division Awards.

  • Gianfranco Goria (Google translation) offers a brief round-up of pessimistic comics-industry news from Europe.

  • Calvin Reid walks us through the new bibliotech on display at last wekend’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

  • Douglas Wolk goes in search of the Marvel completist.

  • Presenting the fifth installment of Heidi MacDonald’s annual industry survey.

  • Hey, comics bloggers: Brigid Alverson has some advice for you on how to make your site more user-friendly.



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  • Roger Sabin on Joe Sacco

    An interview with the Footnotes in Gaza author.

    (Above: image from the book, ©2009 Joe Sacco. Link via Joe Gordon.)


  • Sean Rogers on Jeff Lemire

    The cartoonist behind The Nobody discusses his work.







  • Douglas Wolk on Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

    “[Justin] Green’s ‘neurosis,’ as he understood it at the time, turned the entire world into a struggle between sexual impurity and religious cleanliness that couldn’t really be resolved until he expressed it, with unflinching candor, in his art, bringing it out into the open so he could mock it.”


  • Stephen Weiner on Alec: The Years Have Pants

    “As we follow [Eddie] Campbell’s fictional hero from youth into middle age, we are treated to the rewards of Campbell’s development as a cartoonist. The early drawings are illustrative and often reiterate the writing in the comic panels; the more mature work becomes a partnership of the writing and art, with each commenting on the other and offering additional layers of information.”


  • Domingos Isabelinho on Asterios Polyp

    This isn’t a review or a criticism of David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp […] I’m doing a bit of metacriticism instead, again…

    (Above: panel from the book, ©2009 David Mazzicchelli.)







  • Jeet Heer: Cubists and cartoonists in Chicago, 1913

    Clash of the titans.


  • Craig Fischer: Yarrowstalks reanimator

    A look at Alan Moore’s new publishing project, Dodgem Logic.





Comics and Art


  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: The Edison Mazda calendars of Maxfield Parrish

    I’d say this was a great way to start the week, wouldn’t you?


  • Brynn Metheney: The Morae River

    Documenting the flora and fauna of a fictional wilderness in rich illustrations.

    (Above: drawing ©2010 Brynn Metheney. Link via John Martz.)





Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    This week, I dare anyone on the Internet to top this headline:

    Futuristic sex robots now just “sex robots”


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Lucy Knisley on Harry Potter and Twilight.

    (Above: excerpt from one of the strips, ©2010 Lucy Knisley.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • January 12 (Portland, OR): Footnotes in Gaza author Joe Sacco will be signing books and meeting readers at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • January 13 (Seattle, WA): Footnotes in Gaza author Joe Sacco will be doing a reading and signing at the Great Hall on Eighth Avenue, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • January 14 (Berkeley, CA): Footnotes in Gaza author Joe Sacco will be signing books and meeting readers at Books Inc. on Fourth Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • January 16 (San Jose, CA): The San Jose Comics Fest takes place at the SLG Art Boutiki and gallery on Market Street, from noon-5PM. Details here.
  • January 16 (Washington DC): The DC Anime Club will be hosting a manga-drawing workshop at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library on G Street, from 3-5PM. 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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