Journalista for Jan. 20, 2010: Worth their while

Posted by on January 20th, 2010 at 9:06 AM




“Given that a big-city librarian may buy hundreds of copies of a single title — in hardback — it’s not hard to see why publishers felt it was worth their while to make the trek to Boston for the midwinter meeting.”


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(Above: David Levine’s take on Franz Kafka.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Amber Hunt brings word that lawyers for accused comics-shop killer Michael George and Macomb County prosecutors “are set to appear before the Michigan Court of Appeals on Feb. 9 for oral arguments in his case.”

  • ICv2 reports that the Borders bookstore chain saw a 13.7% drop in sales over the holidays.

  • Another Wizard World convention? Here you go.

  • “The Crunchyroll [manga and anime] media-distribution website quietly launched a downloadable streaming application for Apple iPhone and iPod touch mobile devices at the end of last month,” reports Anime News Network.

  • Heidi MacDonald looks into the recent Hollywood capitalization deal at Top Shelf.

  • Jason Boog rounds up the latest Apple tablet rumors, while Jim Shelley speaks with publishers about their hopes for the device.

  • Johanna Draper Carlson questions the wisdom of letting the first volume of a children’s-comics series go out of print before the second volume is released.




  • Calvin Reid on Mark Siegel

    The cartoonist and First Second editorial director discusses his new webcomic, Sailor Twain.


  • Henryk Broder on Kurt Westergaard

    Today’s visit with the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons co-creator.







  • Brian Heater on Driven by Lemons

    “If the tenuousness of sanity was, indeed, a driving factor of Skyscrapers [of the Midwest], then [Josh Cotter’s] Lemons can certainly be taken to be a logical extension of that conceit, driving ever deeper into unknown realms of perception, often times beyond familiar character reference points into pure geometrical abstractions.”


  • Mike Sterling on Rudy in Hollywood

    A passing phrase from Tom Mason in comments — I’ll be damned if I can figure out how to link to it — sums up William Overgard’s funky little strip perfectly for me:

    What a great strip – it’s the perfect niche for the web, but 30 years too soon.

    And he’s right. Rudy in Hollywood would’ve made a kickass webcomic, and possibly a more successful one. Why did I only first hear of this strip last year?

    (Above: panel from the collection, ©1983, 1984 United Feature Syndicate.)







  • Henry Chamberlain on Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman is a case of Simone pumping fresh blood into characters and stories just like she’s done with Birds of Prey and Secret Six.”





Business and Craft


  • Tomer Hanuka: Illustrating Zeitoun

    Entertainment Weekly selected Dave Egger’s Zeitoun as their best book of the year. the challenge was to keep the tone subdued — like a mute apocalypse, the sound of a scream heard underwater.”

    (Link via Alexander Blue.)


Comics and Art



  • Online portfolio: Huan Tran/Leaking Faucet Studios

    Not bad either.

    (Above: “Police Lethal Use of Tasers,” ©2010 Leaking Faucet Studios.)





Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Patrick Smith speaks with Mike Stuart, who created the animated sequences for Alan Parker’s 1982 film, Pink Floyd: The Wall.

    (Hat tip: Amid Amidi.)


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Selected bits from Pluto, in which Naoki Urasawa and co-writer Takashi Nagasaki wrest a surprising amount of drama out of a single flower.

    (Above: scanlated sequence from Pluto Vol. 6, ©2008 Naoki Urasawa/Studio Nuts, Takashi Nagasaki and Tezuka Productions.)


Events Calendar




  • January 20 (Winnetka CA): Richard Starkings will be signing books and meeting readers at Collector’s Paradise on Winnetka Avenue, beginning at noon. Details here.
  • January 20 (New York City, NY): Footnotes in Gaza author Joe Sacco will read from his work and sign books at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Prince Street, from 7-8PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • January 21 (London, England): Paul Gravett will moderate a panel entitled “How a Comic is Made,” featuring scheduled participants Andrzej Klimowski, Danusia Schejbal, Nana Li, Pat Mills and Woodrow Phoenix, at the London Print Studio Gallery on Harrow Road, from 6:30-8PM. Details here.
  • January 21 (New York City, NY): Arie Kaplan will speak with Archie Comics editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM, and the names “Bob Montana” and “Dan DeCarlo” will hang ominously in the air throughout. Details here.
  • January 21 (New York City, NY): Footnotes in Gaza author Joe Sacco will read from his work and sign books at the Brooklyn Public Library in Grand Army Plaza, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • 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.
  • January 23 (Pittsburgh, PA): Looking for Calvin and Hobbes author Nevin Martell will speak at the Toonseum on Liberty Avenue, from 5:30-7PM. Details here.


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