Journalista for Jan. 18, 2010: It is what it is

Posted by on January 18th, 2010 at 9:59 AM




“An organization like this could influence the design of e-readers, or give publishers more leverage in pricing, but the real purpose is to lock-in digital rights, which until now have been negotiated separately from print rights, allowing authors to self-publish online if they so choose. Obviously, publishers have a vested interest in combining digital and print rights, and with all the major publishers participating, they would be setting an industry norm, shaping expectations for the future. In short, this is industry collusion against creators. There’s really no pretty way to say it (and it’s not as bad as it may sound; consider in the US, a lot of comic publishers work with the assumption that they already have exclusive first rights in all mediums), but it is what it is.”


“Here’s the thing: if you can’t tell the difference between a legal version of a product and a pirated version, your editors certainly can’t.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gary Groth presents the fourth installment of his 1995 interview with master caricaturist David Levine.

  • Tim Kreider reviews Charles S. Johnson’s Black Humor.

  • Adam Stephanides reviews Inio Asano’s Solanin.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp.

  • Rob Clough reviews the latest issue of Jesse Reklaw’s diary comic, Ten Thousand Things to Do #6.

  • Simon Abrams reviews Jiro Kuwata’s Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan.

  • Shaenon Garrity lists a few things that the comics industry is doing right.

  • Kent Worcester has Patrick McDonnell’s poster for this year’s Jay Kennedy Scholarship competition.

  • Our sister site The Hooded Utilitarian sees the launch of a roundtable on CLAMP’s popular xxxHOLiC series: one, two.

(Above: David Levine does Henry Kissinger.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


  • Gerry Alanguilan is reporting the death last Friday of Filipino komiks illustrator Joey Celerio.

  • Rich Johnston looks into a little-noticed victim of Diamond’s minimums: 2000 AD.

  • Looks like the New York Times will be taking another stab at a content paywall. Jeff Jarvis is skeptical, naturally.

  • Tom Spurgeon interviews IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams.

  • Carol Reiter speaks with retailers Scott McAllister and Michael Smid of California’s Red Sky Comics.

  • Vaneta Rogers speaks with various retailers about Marvel’s Blackest Night stunt.

  • New Jersey retailer Ilan Strasser asks Brian Hibbs, “Should I give up the $1,500 or so I sell in variants every year?”




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  • Geoff Boucher on Bill Willingham

    First installment of a multi-part Q&A with the Fables writer.







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    “Everything is more complicated than it seems in [Fumi] Yoshinaga’s narrative universe. People are both nicer and meaner than they initially seem, and relationships are more quietly satisfying and functional than an observer might assume.

    (Above: sequence from the book, ©2010 Fumi Yoshinaga.)


  • John Seven on The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

    “It’s an adventure that’s packed with text and information, and its complications unfold at the pace of the reader — the final collaborator in the storytelling process.”







  • Dan Nadel: The romance

    “Alex Raymond (1909-1956) made a certain kind of drawing that drove the boys wild. His Flash Gordon strips are the height of lush eroticism in comics (lush as compared to Burne Hogarth’s spiky cocks and taut flesh in his highly sexed Tarzan strips), his lines not finding any form, but creating it — becoming the substance of the image itself. Like a pulpier Franklin Booth, he seemed like he couldn’t help but draw the air that swept around his characters.”


  • Christopher Irving: The swivel-arm battle grip revolution

    G.I. Joe recruited more children into the ranks of comic book readership than any other comic of the latter 20th century. While Star Wars ushered the comeback of the action figure (albeit, in a shrunken format of 3 3/4″) and pioneered a multi-media approach to merchandising in the late ’70s, G.I. Joe went one step further and created a model for non-film properties to survive in other mediums.”





Business and Craft


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    “Traveling? I don’t envy you. But if you have to travel, and you are dedicated old school cartoonist who loves the old school drawing tools, then you already have a method for safely transporting your beloved art supplies through the rigors of the TSA, the baggage handlers, airplane pressure, etc.”


Comics and Art


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    (Above: Krenkel’s cover for the ninth issue of the fanzine series.)


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    There’s some interesting stuff in here.

    (Above: Half of a Andre Devambez double-page spread from the 1913 book Auguste a mauvais caractere.)





Comics Culture



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    “Wanting to shed the image of an exclusive community, the country’s comic artists are holding an exhibition in a South Jakarta mall, to showcase their work to the public.”



  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Steffen Kverneland takes on Knut Hamsun’s Hunger.

    (Above: excerpt from the excerpt, presumably ©2010 Steffen Kverneland.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • January 22 (Detroit, MI): An opening reception for the “Funny (Not Funny)” exhibition of work by top cartoonists takes place at the University of Michigan Work : Detroit Gallery on Woodward, from 6-9PM. Details here.


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