Journalista for Jan. 28, 2010: Do you want New Wave or do you want the truth?

Posted by on January 28th, 2010 at 10:24 AM




“Congratulations, Spider-Man! You have produced the most gratuitous and pointless instance of a lady taking her shirt off in the comics in the long history of that particular art form.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rich Kreiner wraps up his series on mainstream superhero cross-overs with a look at Blackest Night.

  • R.C. Harvey concludes his 2009 round-up, and looks at an editorial cartoon by Brian Fairrington.

  • Rob Clough reviews the first issue of the British alt-comics anthology, Solipsistic Pop.

  • Kristian Williams reviews Alan Moore’s prose essay, 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom.

  • David Ritchie has more Virgil Partch cartoons for you.

  • Over at GutterGeeks, Jared Gardner reviews the NBM-published George McManus’s Bringing Up Father collection, while Alex Boney reviews the first issue of Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy’s Joe the Barbarian.

(Above: editorial cartoon by and ©2010 Brian Fairrington.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • John Freeman and Lew Stringer are reporting the death of Scottish cartoonist William Ritchie on Monday evening. He was 78 years old. Ritchie spent four decades drawing children’s humor comics for such D.C. Thomson publications as The Beezer and Sparky.

  • Heidi MacDonald catches word that Diamond Comic Distributors is relaxing the rules concerning its sales benchmarks a bit:

    Now, however, having had almost a year to fine-tune the processes for choosing catalog offerings, Diamond will place a purchase order with a publisher or vendor to fill retailers’ initial orders for any products offered in PREVIEWS, even if those orders fall below Diamond’s minimum purchase order levels.

    Simon Jones has commentary.


  • “Tomohiro Kat? has admitted responsibility and apologized in court on Thursday for killing seven and injuring 10 in a 2008 hit-and-run and stabbing rampage in Tokyo’s otaku shopping district of Akihabara,” according to Anime News Network.

  • Say, remember those dirty cartoons of Linus Van Pelt fucking his sister Lucy that you’d see being passed around work from time to time? Felicity Caldwell reports that Australia’s Kurt James Milner is now a registered sex offender, after being caught with cartoon drawings of Simpsons and Powerpuff Girls characters getting it on. Welcome to the 21st century.

    (Above: I remind you that we’re talking about examples of “child pornography” involving these characters.)


  • Hundreds of thousands of Apple fans collapsed in post-orgasmic satisfaction yesterday, after Steve Jobs unveiled his company’s new tablet computer at a press conference in California. Streaming video of the event can be found here, while Ben Parr has the basic specs for the iPad, which starts at $499 for a 9.7-inch LCD screen, 1 GHz Apple A4 chip, 16GB in memory, built-in wifi and an estimated battery life of ten hours. A top-of-the-line model will set you back $829 and get you 64GB in memory and 3G connectivity, the latter to be provided exclusively by AT&T.

    Mashable and Gizmodo are both agreed on the device’s liabilities: No multitasking, no USB port, no SD slot and no support for Flash media, among other things. Then there’s the expensive memory upgrades, with an initial doubling of memory costing a cool $100 (which almost certainly explains the lack of an SD slot — consider that you can go to NewEgg and spend $35 to upgrade the memory of a netbook by the same amount). Harry McCracken has 25 unanswered questions about the new device.

    Comics-industry reactions: Vaneta Rogers spoke with the executive vice president of Marvel’s Global Digital Media Group, Ira Rubenstein, who would clearly be more willing to even fake enthusiasm for the iPad if it supported Flash, the engine driving the company’s digital-comics scheme. Rubenstein’s the exception to the rule, however. Most commentary from funnybooks types has been overwhelmingly positive, and Rich Johnston has a good round-up (one, two). ICv2 calls the device “a game-changer,” while Glen Weldon, Van Jensen and Andrew Wheeler offer more nuanced takes.

    Naturally, computer geeks are furiously discussing the announcement, and that gives me the chance to link some multimedia: MacBreak Weekly covered the announcement live, which can be heard in downloadable MP3 format, while the crew at Cranky Geeks debated the iPad on video (downloadable in a variety of formats), and actor/writer/techno-nerd Stephen Fry talked to the BBC about his experiences playing with the device (available in streaming video at the link).

    I’ve already had my say on the subject, and I see nothing here that leads me to alter my opinion. This isn’t the game-changer you’re waiting for, but it shines a somewhat clearer spotlight on the real thing to come. A game-changing tablet computer will combine the design philosophy and ease-of-use attributed to the iPad with the OS, hardware and functionality of a netbook, and it’ll cost $200-300 less than the lowest-priced iPad model*. Apple didn’t produce that yesterday — but someone will. Quite soon, I expect.

    * Seriously, Mike Gold? Statements like “even the high-end model is reasonably priced” isn’t exactly a good way to get people to take you seriously.


  • Canadian retail chain Indigo Books and Music ended its third quarter on an up note.

  • Calvin Reid reports from this week’s two-day Digital Book World conference in New York City.

  • First Second’s Calista Brill discusses her company’s submission process.

  • Diamond is warning retailers that a number of Marvel titles scheduled for February 3 distribution were damaged in transit, which means they’ll be reaching shops a week late.

  • Taylor Brown profiles Lawrence, Kansas retailer Joel Pfannenstiel, owner of Astrokitty Comics.

  • Today’s Team Comics newspaper essay.

  • A reminder: The business of the New York City corporate-comics industry is still boobsocks boobs.


Mike Sterling: The end of civilization

Sterling finds the most dubious items from the latest Diamond catalog, so you don’t have to.




  • Jo Glanville on Jytte Klausen

    The author of the recent book The Cartoons That Shook the World discusses the controversy over Yale University Press’ decision not to actually use the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons in her book about the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons.

    (Link via Jessa Crispin.)


  • John Hogan on John Pham

    A short Q&A with the Sublife creator.







  • Brian Heater on Market Day

    “At this moment, it becomes clear that Market Day is more than simply a story about a struggling craftsman in early 20th century eastern Europe. It’s the story of an artist—an allegory, really, for the seemingly perpetual struggle of the artist community.”

    (Above: detail from Sturm’s cover for the book.)


  • Alex Zalben on 20th Century Boys Vol. 6

    “I knew he was good based on Monster, but the double hit of Pluto and 20th Century Boys made me realize that [Naoki] Urasawa was a rare talent, creating complex, character driven manga that stacks among the best works of fiction in any field.”







  • Bart Beaty on Angoulême 2010

    “While there has been a lot of talk that this year will feature a stripped-down approach due to the effects of the global economic meltdown, you sure wouldn’t be able to tell that from looking at the program or the scope of the spectacles and exhibitions.”





Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng: Dorothy Monet

    “Monet worked at the Rahl Art Studio in New York and was apparently quite a woman as well as being an exceptional illustrator.”

    (Above: detail from an Old Gold cigarette ad from the May 27, 1946 issue of Life Magazine.)







  • Paul DeBenedetto: Dean Haspiel

    An interview with the cartoonist and Act-i-Vate co-conspirator.

    (Above: screenshot from the video. Link via Brigid Alverson.)


  • Gulf Coast Live: Kevin Kallaugher

    The Economist cartoonist discusses his craft, in an interview available in streaming audio at the link.

    (Link via Mike Rhode.)


  • YouTube: Tom Richmond vs. Palente

    The Mad Magazine caricaturist and the Cuban cartoonist sketch one another

    (Above: screenshot from the video. Link via Mike Lynch.)


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    The greatest awards-show speech ever televised.

    (Above: screenshot from the video.)



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 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.


This Week:


  • 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 (New York City, NY): An opening reception for the new show by cartoonist Bishakh Som will be held at Brooklyn’s ArtLexis on Jay Street, from 4-6PM. 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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