Journalista for Jan. 25, 2010: That fact is AWESOME

Posted by on January 25th, 2010 at 9:02 AM




“I feel bad for folks like [The Dinette Set creator Julie] Larson who are stuggling with the double whammy of tectonic shifts in technology and a bum economy. But I also think it’s annoying and self-defeating to write about how the Internet is killing everything. The Internet is part of the environment now. It’s the least-cost, most effective publishing tool ever invented — when before in history has ANYONE been able to potentially reach EVERYONE on the planet at the minimal costs needed to put up a website? That fact is AWESOME and no one in their right mind would trade it away for preservation of past practices.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • From the pages of The Comics Journal #296, Managing Editor Michael Dean talks creativity and tilting at windmills with What It Is author Lynda Barry.

  • Gavin Lees presents the first installment of a two-part look at the new Scottish underground.

  • Rob Clough reviews Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza and Robert Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated.

  • Kristian Williams reviews Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy’s Joe the Barbarian #1.

  • Kent Worcester reviews the self-published anthology Fortune Cookies: New Comics about Journeys and Transformations.

  • Simon Abrams reviews Osamu Tezuka’s samurai epic, Dororo.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews DC Comics’ Superman mini-event, New Krypton.

  • Shaenon Garrity explores the Twilight/manga connection.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, our fine sister site, Noah Berlatsky reviews Diana Prince: Wonder Woman Vol. 1-4, a piece that originally appeared in The Comics Journal, and offers a round-up of commentary from last week’s xxxHoLic critical roundtable.

  • Finally, read some comics! David Ritchie shares a few VIP gag panels, while GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner presents two complete 1929 serials from pioneering female comic-stripper Gray Drayton’s Dolly Dimples and Bobby Bounce.

(Above: From What It Is, ©2008 Lynda Barry.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Deb Aoki notes that the release announcement for Yen Press’ forthcoming manga adaptation of the popular YA series Twilight sent readers scrambling for, where pre-orders for the book pushed it into Amazon’s top-100 list within hours.

  • Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers artist Nikhil Singh discusses the United Kingdom’s decision to deny him entry.

  • Bluewater Productions responds to allegations of non-payment.

  • Top Shelf co-publisher Chris Staros discusses his company’s new capitalization deal, and its relationship with Hollywood.

  • Matt Blind looks at retail-inventory strategies.

  • Say, you know what this industry needs right now? Another goddamned award.

  • Today’s odd factoid: After one of its shrines was featured in the Lucky Star manga and anime series, tourism to said shrine has earned the town of Washimiya over ¥1 billion.




  • Jun Ishikawa on Fujiko Fujio (A)

    The surviving half of the cartooning duo responsible for Doraemon discusses his fifty years (!!) in comics.








  • Brigid Alverson and Greg McElhatton on All My Darling Daughters

    Two views of the latest English-language release from cult-favorite creator Fumi Yoshinaga.


  • Laurel Maury on Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons

    “Where [Charles] Addams had a strong, middle-class ethos beneath his creepy ghouls, Wilson tapped into the creepiness beneath America’s facades. Other cartoonists question social mores; this guy questions reality.”

    (Above: a cartoon from the book, ©2009 Playboy Enterprises.)


  • Sean T. Collins on Crossing the Empty Quarter and Other Stories

    “In hopelessness there’s release.”







  • Tom Richmond: Cartooning adventures in Cuba

    “I was contacted several months ago by Jeannie Schulz, the widow of the great Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, and asked if I’d participate in a cultural exchange trip with a group of cartoonists and representatives from the Charles M. Schulz Museum to Havana, Cuba. The trip would last 6 days, during which time we’d meet with a number of newspaper cartoonists, animators, fine artists, students and art teachers in Havana. The idea was to learn about cartooning, animation and art in Cuba while we shared with them what we do back in the United States. There would of course also be time to see Havana and experience some of the culture of Cuba.

    “How do you say ‘no’ to THAT??”


  • Andrei Molotiu: Ditko and abstraction

    “Obviously, I’m a proponent of an anti-logocentric view of comics. Ditko and Kirby, in this view, only achieve their heights of artistry when they reverse that hierarchy, when the script becomes subservient to the art, rather than the reverse.”





Comics and Art


  • Gabrielle Bell: California

    New comics from one of lit-comics’ must-watch cartoonists.

    (Above: panel ©2010 Gabrielle Bell. Hat tip: Jessica Campbell.)


  • Pink Tentacle: “Desert Eyeball”

    Reprinting “a deliciously nonsensical” short piece by Maki Sasaki, from the August 1970 issue of Japan’s legendary avant-garde comics anthology, Garo Magazine.

    (Above: sequence from the story, ©1970 Maki Sasaki. Link via Ryan Sands.)


  • John Glenn Taylor: Hunter S. Thompson comics

    Three stories from Fear and Laughter, a 1977 one-shot devoted to the Gonzo writer, featuring work by William Stout, Dave Stevens and Carol Lay.

    (Above: That’s Bill Wray on inks in this splash panel, by the way; ©1977 William Stout.)








Comics Culture



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Sexually explicit jigs were a major part of the attraction of the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration stage, as Lucie Skeaping explains.

    (Link via Arts & Letters Daily.)



Events Calendar


This Week:


  • January 28-31 (Angoulême, France): The Angoulême Comics Festival is the second largest annual gathering of comics fans in the world, eclipsed only by Tokyo’s Comiket. If I have to tell you about it, you weren’t going anyway. Details here.
  • January 28 (Edinburgh, Scotland): Burke and Hare authors Martin Conaghan and Will Pickering will be signing books and meeting readers at Forbidden Planet on Southbridge Street, from 4:30-5:30PM. Details here.
  • January 28 (New York City, NY): Join Jessica Abel, Gabrielle Bell, and Jillian Tamaki for a panel discussion with Publishers Weekly‘s Calvin Reid at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • January 28 (San Francisco, CA): An opening reception for a new show spotlighting small-press cartoonist Andy Ristaino takes place at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • January 29-31 (Columbus, OH): Ohayocon is a celebration of J-culture taking place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on High Street. Details here, although you have to hunt around a bit.
  • January 29 (New York City, NY): A release party for Hotwire #3 takes place at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • January 30-31 (Richardson, TX): The Dallas Comic-Con takes place at the Richardson Civic Center on Arapaho Road. Guests include Tim Sale, Terry Moore, Jim Mahfood and many others. Details here.
  • January 30 (Seattle, WA): The Seattle Public Library’s Comixtravaganza 3 concludes with two events at the main branch on Fourth Avenue, with David Lasky and Greg Stump presenting a comic-book workshop at 1PM, and Peter Bagge discussing his work at 3PM. Details here.
  • January 30 (Washington DC): Darwyn Cooke discusses his adaptation of Donald Westlake’s Parter: The Hunter at the National Portrait Gallery on Eighth Street, beginning at 4PM. Details here.
  • January 30 (Seattle, WA): An exhibition and publication party for the book NEWAVE! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s takes place at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.


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One Response to “Journalista for Jan. 25, 2010: That fact is AWESOME”

  1. The ongoing saga of the “Lucky Star” shrine is a million times more terrifying than you can possibly imagine. In response to the otaku influx, the shrine actually built a “Lucky Star” themed portable shrine–one of those little houses for the gods that get carried through the streets in festivals. It’s a traditional Shinto festival shrine COVERED IN PICTURES OF MOE ANIME GIRLS. I don’t know what they think lives inside it, but I pray it never escapes.