Journalista for Jan. 13, 2010: For real

Posted by on January 13th, 2010 at 8:37 AM




“People point out the female characters in comics because when they see one that’s fully rendered, they’re startled because it’s anomaly. But really, if you look around now, it’s that big of an anomaly anymore which I’m thrilled about, we’ve kinda forced some writers with the… cheesecake cleavage bullshit and really get down to writing the character for real.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gary Groth presents the first installment of a six-part serialization of his 1995 interview with political caricaturist David Levine, originally published in The Comics Journal #178.

  • TCJ reporter Eric Millikin speaks with former Detroit News editorial cartoonist Larry Wright.

  • Noah Berlatsky reviews Lilli Carré’s The Fir-Tree.

  • Rob Clough reviews work by Zack Soto and Rob Jackson.

  • Kent Worcester discusses Mindy Aloff’s new book, Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation.

  • Shaenon Garrity investigates the way that author Michael Chabon plundered comic-book history for his novel, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

  • And as always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

Not quite TCJ-related, but close: Tucker Stone, one of the critics participating in the Hooded Utilitarian “Best Criticism of 2009” list from yesterday, explains his choices.

(Above: Richard Nixon, as interpreted by David Levine.)

Slow News Day = It’s Entirely Possible That Nobody Got Hurt Yesterday Day. In the meantime, there’s this…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Calvin Reid examines how graphic novels are shelved in bookstores.

  • Heidi MacDonald investigates the MoCCA/Archie credit fiasco.

  • John Geddes looks at the bestselling books and funnybooks in the Direct Market for 2009.

  • Edward Sorel remembers David Levine.

  • Clay Shirky discusses an aspect of the Internet that has many publishers and creators up at night right now:

    To make a historical analogy with the last major increase in the written word, you could earn a living in 1500 simply by knowing how to read and write. The spread of those abilities in the subsequent century had the curious property of making literacy both more essential and less professional; literacy became critical at the same time as the scribes lost their jobs.

    The same thing is happening with publishing; in the 20th century, the mere fact of owning the apparatus to make something public, whether a printing press or a TV tower, made you a person of considerable importance. Today, though, publishing, in its sense of making things public, is becoming similarly de-professionalized; YouTube is now in the position of having to stop 8 year olds from becoming global publishers of video. The mere fact of being able to publish to a global audience is the new literacy, formerly valuable, now so widely available that you can’t make any money with the basic capability any more.

    (Link via Katherine Mangu-Ward.)



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  • Tom Nissley on Mark Alan Stamaty

    The political satirist discusses his work.


  • Christopher Irving on Nathan Schreiber

    A chat with the author of the Xeric-winning Power Out.

    (Above: sequence from the comic, ©2010 Nathan Schreiber.)







  • Sean T. Collins on Afrodisiac

    “What If Pim & Francie Got Bitten by a Radioactive Luke Cage?”


  • Katherine Dacey on Sinfest Vol. 1

    “The very first Sinfest strips tell you everything you need to know about Tatsuya Ishida’s cheeky yet surprisingly reverential comic. In them, we see a young man seated at a table across from the Devil, negotiating a contract that would enable him to enjoy — among other perks — a ‘supermodel sandwich’ in exchange for his soul.”







  • Paul Gravett: The best of 2009 part one, an international perspective

    A worldwide look at the past year in comics, courtesy of a variety of critics.





Comics and Art


  • Ten-Cent Dreams: “Blonde Queen of Crime”

    I want a jillion crime comics just like this one. Right now.

    (Above: panel from Crime Does Not Pay #39, drawn by Rudy Palais and possibly written by Dick Wood; ©1945 Lev Gleason.)







  • Vimeo: Parkour motion reel

    Not comics, I know, but still an excellent and inventive drawing demonstration.

    (Above: screenshot from the short film. Link via Charley Parker.)


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    “Yet even during [Vincent Van Gogh’s] slow and horrifying mental disintegration, words somehow continue to sustain him. No other artist has ever produced such an intimate record — eloquent, revealing and often desperately moving — of his life and his thoughts about art.”

    (Link via Arts & Letters Daily.)



Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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.


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