Journalista for Jan. 27, 2010: And can be seen as a minor PR disaster

Posted by on January 27th, 2010 at 9:09 AM




“Of all the pleasures that fiction offers, few have had such a consistent track record of building reader loyalty as a sense of personal connection. It was one of the key ingredients in Manga’s meteoric rise in the late 20th Century. There were manga series targeted at virtually any job, sport, game, social situation, or personal trauma you could name. ‘Hey, there’s a comic about me!’ is one hell of a selling point.”


“Also know that items posted in message boards are slanderous and can be seen as libel.”

– Bluewater Productions’ Darren Davis
(link via Johanna Draper Carlson)


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(Above: sequence from Rob Miller’s “Kounter Kulture Kevin,” as mentioned in Gavin Lees’ essay on Scottish comics; ©2010 Rob Miller.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Federal authorities have charged Christopher Andersen and Daniel Parrilli with running a $4 million Ponzi scheme disguised as “a business that bought and sold films and comic-book rights for huge profits,” reports Jeff Coen.

  • “Wisconsin-based Quad Graphics has acquired World Color Press, the Canadian corporation formerly known as Quebecor that is responsible for printing the majority of comics in North America,” according to ICv2.

  • Greta Guest notes the resignation of Borders CEO Ron Marshall.

  • “A Danish court on Wednesday extended the custody of a Somali-born man charged with the attempted murder of [Kurt Westergaard, one of the cartoonists] at the centre of a worldwide controversy in 2005 over images depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.”

  • Manga publisher Go! Comi explains its current marketplace difficulties to its readers:

    Go! Comi is riding out a pretty tough storm in the publishing industry right now due to a combination of economic downturn and digital theft, both of which have had a devastating effect on even the biggest publishing companies. A lot of small-to-medium publishers (we fit into medium, at this point) have had to scale back their operations, let employees go, double up workloads, and put many of their books on hiatus or cancel them entirely. It would not be unreasonable to assume Go! has had to do some of these things itself, though I can’t get into specifics there.

    (Link via Anime News Network.)


  • Spotted in the wild: the first Japanese-language manga available for sale on the Amazon Kindle. Speaking of which, Michael Fitzpatrick offers a look at the booming market for cellphone comics in Japan.

    (First link via Simon Jones, who also catches the fact that said manga was self-published.)


  • The headline says it all: “After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday‘s Web Site.” Before our current publishing model rendered the idea superfluous, we actually managed to get more online-only subscribers than that for The Comics Journal… but not that many more.

    Ooh, hey, here comes the New York Times!


  • Calvin Reid reports that Boom Studios is working with Denis Kitchen and Shannon Wheeler on a lit-comics imprint.

  • John Freeman brings word that Reliance Communication is partnering with the Cartoon Network Channel and Naraza Technology to sell Cartoon Network comics on cellphones in India.

  • Bart Croonenborghs catches the fact that Daniel Clowes’ new book, Wilson, will make a simultaneous debut in English and Dutch, which he calls “a rather unprecedented move in this respect I think.”

  • Don MacPherson investigates one comic-book store’s thought-provoking promotion:

    Strange Adventures in Halifax will host its first-ever Ladies Night on Thursday, Jan. 28. Owner Calum Johnston said it’s a chance for women who are interested in comics but might have felt intimidated or awkward about venturing into a comic-book shop, but it’s also an event for fangirls to gush about comics without guys. Johnston said there won’t even be any male staff members at the event.

    Rich Johnston has the radio ad that the shop is running in support of the promotion.


  • Brian Warmoth has a list of questions to keep in mind during today’s Apple tablet-computer announcement. Joe Gordon has more.

  • Incidentally, how many iPhone comic-reader apps does it take before the market is officially oversaturated, anyway?

  • Simon Jones, Heidi MacDonald and Tom Spurgeon join the Bluewater dogpile. All of the drawbacks of work-for-hire and creator ownership with none of the benefits of either? Hell, where do I sign?


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops tomorrow.




  • Dan Phillips on Grant Morrison

    The cult-favorite writer discusses his recent Batman work.


  • Danielle McFall on Danielle Corsetto

    The Girls With Slingshots cartoonist gets a spotlight from her hometown newspaper.

    (Above: sequence from the strip, ©2010 Danielle Corsetto.)







  • Kristy Valenti on Fruits Basket

    Concluding a two-part look at the conclusion to Natsuki Takaya’s bestselling sh?jo series.







  • Wim Lockefeer: What I will miss in Angoulême this year

    “First of course, the 100 pour 100 exposition, which presents one hundred classic pages from the brand-new Angoulême museum, along with their cover versions by current artists from around the globe. Just imagine comparing E.C. Segar with Florence Cestac, Moebius with Kazuichi Hanawa, Alberto Breccia with Lorenzo Mattotti, Milton Caniff with Jessica Abel, and George Herriman with Jean-Christophe Menu. Also in the Musée, a reprise has been organised of the exposition that was held in le Louvre in Paris earlier, featuring work by Nicolas de Crécy, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Eric Liberge and Bernard Yslaire, and aiming at illustrating the diversity in media and ways of working that comics these days represent.”


  • Joseph Galliano: The gay cartoonists who had the last laugh

    “[David] Shenton and his fellow cartoonist Kate Charlesworth, 59, are mounting an exhibition, Drawn Out and Painted Pink, at the Drill Hall in Central London, of about 240 of their four-panel, line-drawn cartoon strips from the 1970s to the present day, arranged like brickwork and with the floor space filled with wry installations that comment on gay culture and history.”





Business and Craft


  • Rad Sechrist: Rad How To

    One of the best cartooning-instructional blogs that I’ve seen in a while.

    (Above: detail from instructional art from the site, ©2010 Rad Sechrist. Link via John Martz.)


Comics and Art


  • Ten-Cent Dreams: Alex Toth horror comics

    A pair of tales demonstrating the revered comic-book cartoonist at the peak of his creative powers.

    (Above: page from Sorcery #8, ©1974 Archie Comics.)


  • Allan Holtz: Howard the Duck newspaper strip

    I’ve only ever seen a few Sundays from this strip, so it’s nice to see a few more. Why can’t this be collected, I wonder?

    (Above: sequence from Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick’s run, ©1978 Marvel Comics Group.)





Comics Culture


  • Heidi MacDonald: Fall/winter Xeric winners announced

    Details at the link.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    The winners of the National Wildlife Federation’s 2009 photography contest.

    (Link via Neatorama.)


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    A sequence from Warren Ellis and Amanda Conner’s Two-Step.

    (Above: page detail from the first issue, ©2003who the fuck knows, this is WildStorm we’re talking about, here.)


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 28 (New York City, NY): An opening reception for Jon Vermilyea’s new exhibition of prints takes place at Brooklyn’s Mishka on Broadway, from 7-10PM. 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 29 (Los Angeles, CA): Enjoy an evening of fanboy stand-up comedy at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, from 7-10PM. 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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