Journalista for Jan. 26, 2010: My head hurts and I blame you

Posted by on January 26th, 2010 at 5:27 AM




“The most important fact to remember in considering the just passed decade is that, by all rights, it should never have happened. The comics industry should have died during the 1990s, and in hindsight it was only through the sheerest of luck that it did not.”


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The sinus headache is now two hours old, and the medicine hasn’t done squat. Before I crawl back to bed, here’s what I managed to collect prior to giving up the ghost…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The human rights and free speech organization Reporters Sans Frontieres is urging officials in Sri Lanka to spend more manpower tracking down reporter, cartoonist and political analyst Prageeth Eknaligoda,” notes Tom Spurgeon.

  • Anime News Network reports that the sentencing hearing for Christopher Handley on manga-related “obscene material” charges has been delayed until February 8, after a request from defense counsel.

  • Gareb Shamus continues to spread his convention business ever thinner.

  • Rich Johnston speculates on the possibility that Disney may move the Marvel offices.

  • Christopher Butcher and Johanna Draper Carlson yell “Dogpile on Bluewater Productions!” over the company’s abyssmal payment practices. (Note the comments section in Carlson’s post.)

  • Colleen Doran is not working on Girl Comics.

    (Link via Heidi MacDonald.)










  • Christopher Bird: Crisis on Infinite Earths‘ battle-around-the-world sequence
  • Neil Cohn: Action stars and smoke-veiled fights


Business and Craft



Comics and Art



Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Atlantic Magazine business editor (and my favorite econo-blogger) Megan McArdle explains why she still doesn’t think that health-care reform will pass in the United States:

    Almost everything polls well on its own, except tax increases. But as in my example, deciding whether you want something is not a matter of simple addition of positives and negatives. Some negatives, like price tag, can outweigh even a stunning array of positives. The things that poll badly: price tag, excise tax, individual mandate. These are crucial components that can’t be gotten rid of.

    Moreover, many of the pieces that poll well, like deficit reduction, are things that voters like, but don’t believe this bill will achieve. They’re not going to believe it any more after you pass the bill through a process that involves buying off every special interest group in sight.

    Legislators are not unaware of this problem, and they cannot be magicked into ignoring their constituents by saying, “These are not the polls you are looking for.”

    Also courtesy of McArdle, this illuminating dissection of the Stuyvesant Town real-estate debacle in New York City.


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    A Chick tract that even Jack Chick doesn’t want you to read, featuring a strangely almost-sympathetic portrayal of a gay teenager.


Events Calendar


  • 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.


Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to and let me know. Please include an online link to which I can send people for more information. No sales-only events, please — it’s nice that you’ve marked things down at your store or website, but I won’t be listing it here.


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