Journalista for Jan. 22, 2010: Minus Sam the Eagle

Posted by on January 22nd, 2010 at 9:59 AM




“This list of potential DC publishers is exactly like my own minus Sam The Eagle, a Wonder Woman robot controlled by rotating Comics Journal messageboard posters, and a newly-constituted Master Blaster consisting of Bill Jemas riding on Jim Shooter’s shoulders.”


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(Above: image from Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of Donald Westlake’s Parker: The Hunter, ©2009 Darwyn Cooke and the estate of Donald E. Westlake.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • French cartoonist Jacques Martin died yesterday in Switzerland, at the age of 88. Martin, a longtime assistant on Hergé’s Tintin series, was best known for his bestselling adventure strip Alix. Matthias Wivel has more.

  • The Grand Rapids Press reports, “Jevon Sawyer, the man who shot and gravely injured a [Kentwood, Michigan] comic book store owner, will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison for the April 25, 2008 [robbery] that went bad when Dave Pirkola fought back.”

  • Publishers Weekly reports on growing concern over the viability of the Borders bookstore chain.

  • Today’s college newspaper comic-strip controversy.

    (Above: Either you’ll never guess in a million years why this is controversial, or you’ll get it in one. Sequence from the offending strip, ©2010 David Ferrier and Rashad Baiyasi.)


  • Writing for The Telegraph, Michael Prodger names Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis one of the twenty best books of the decade.

  • Marvel Entertainment and Phillip K. Dick: Two tastes that taste weird together.

  • The Eastern Edge offers an analysis of the current manga recession in Japan.

  • Ruben Bolling makes a Haitian relief challenge.

  • “The amount of time youngsters are spending on the web has ballooned to proportions that exceed the average adults full working week, according to a new study.”

    (Link via Slashdot.)










  • Tom Spurgeon on Market Day

    “James Sturm’s new graphic novella Market Day did a fair job of breaking my heart. That it did so in a way I saw coming pages and pages off failed to lessen the blow.”


  • David Brothers and Don MacPherson on Joe the Barbarian #1

    Two views of Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy’s new series.

    (Above: page detail from the issue, possibly ©2010 Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy.)







  • Marc Singer: Teaching from Understanding Comics

    “As I reread Understanding Comics I was appalled by the blithe ignorance that pervaded a book I once loved. But the important question is not how useful I find the book now, but how useful it can be for a group of students who have never studied comics before, and on that account Understanding Comics seems to have done its job.”





Business and Craft


  • Gary Panter: From art to animation

    Robin McConnell reproduces a 1994 article from Step by Step Magazine, in which the cartoonist discusses process in considerable detail.


  • Jake Parker: Fixing it old school

    “How to fix an inking mistake without using Photoshop (a.k.a. how comics used to be made).”

    (Link trail: Chris MautnerJohn Martz.)


Comics and Art


  • Jeffrey Brown: Wolverine: Dying Time

    Get this digital copy of Brown’s unauthorized 2004 minicomic while you can (9.5MB ZIP file).

    (Above: sequence from the comic. Link via Jarod Rosello.)







  • Comics-related podcasts

    • The Sound of Young America (15.8MB) welcomes renowned cartoonist Gahan Wilson.
    • Bryan Lee O’Malley tours the Comics Audiosphere, making stops at Inkstuds (56.3MB) and War Rocket Ajax (67.8MB).
    • Raina Telgemeier joins Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson for the Ink Panthers Show (40MB).
    • The Comix Claptrap makes a surprise return appearance, complete with Johnny Ryan in tow (50.2MB).
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch talks to Ian Rakoff, a volunteer lecturer in sequential art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, who is primarily responsible for the museum’s acquisition of nearly 20,000 comics in their library (49MB).
    • The folks at Fourcast (36.7MB) talk about the only thing more useless than comics: the Comics Blogosphere!
    • We close out with another round of criticism and commentary, courtesy of Al Kennedy and Paul O’Brien at House to Astonish (41.1MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    I’ve been watching The Tonight Show on for the past week or so, for what I’m sure are the obvious reasons. It turns out, however, that because I used Hulu, I missed a bit from Wednesday’s show…

    (Above: screenshot from the offending sketch.)


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Here, have some Suzie.

    (Above: sequence from Suzie Comics #60, creator[s] unknown; ©1947 MLJ Magazines.)


Events Calendar




  • 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 22 (Seattle, WA): Greg Stump will give a workshop on making comics at the Seattle Public Library’s South Park Branch on Eighth Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Weekend:


  • January 23 (Cardiff, Wales): There’ll be a launch party for the graphic novel Forty Five taking place at Forbidden Planet on Duke Street, beginning at 1PM. Details here.
  • January 23 (Seattle, WA): Matthew Southworth will give tips on drawing comics at the Seattle Public Library’s University Branch on Roosevelt Way, beginning at 2PM. 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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