Journalista for Jan. 29, 2010: What you agreed to buy

Posted by on January 29th, 2010 at 9:24 AM

 

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“So now, if you see Weirdo Comic #1 in Previews and it strikes your fancy, you can get a copy. You may never see Weirdo Comic #2… but at least you’ll get what you agreed to buy.”

 

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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kent Worcester reviews Sabrina Jones’ Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography.
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  • Rich Kreiner reviews Dave Sim’s Glamourpuss.
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  • Attention artists: The Hooded Utilitarian‘s Vom Marlowe has a recommendation on white ink for you.

(Above: panel from Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography, ©2010 Sabrina Jones.)

And in the news…

 

Above the Fold

 

Life in interesting times

  • Anime News Network is reporting the death of Japanese cartoonist Keiko Tobe yesterday, at the age of 52. She was known here in the States for With the Light, her series about the trials of a young couple raising an autistic son — now left uncompleted.
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  • The Borders bookstore chain will cut its corporate staff by 10%.
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  • Amazon.com, by contrast, had a kick-ass 2009:

    Total revenue at the e-tailer rose 28% for the year, to $24.5 billion, and net income increased 40%, to $902 million. The fourth quarter was the best of the year with sales up 42% and earnings jumping 71%.

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  • Some have asked whether Disney’s purchase of Marvel Entertainment would negatively affect the former company’s licensing agreement with Boom Studios. Preliminary evidence would seem to suggest that the answer is “No.”
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  • Today’s college-newspaper cartoon kerfuffle.

    (Link via Alan Gardner.)

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  • In the course of an article about Zep’s new book series, Lionel Laurent discusses the state of the French comics industry:

    The broader French comic market has managed to resist a year of economic slowdown in France, growing 0.3 percent in 2009, according to GfK research.

    The market is worth around 400 million euros ($561.6 million) in total annual sales, with the average price of a French-language comic — or “bande dessinnee” — at around 11.60 euros ($16.29), says GfK.

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  • Heidi MacDonald’s comics-n-culture blog The Beat is going solo. The new website will be here.
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  • Alessandro Michelucci (Google translation) notes the impending launches of two new, English-language academic journals devoted to comics.
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  • According to Jim Milliot, there’s little consensus among publishers on how best to bring e-books to market.
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  • Further iPad commentary from Simon Jones, Matt Blind, Tom Spurgeon and Dilbert creator Scott Adams.

    Related: Jeff Bezos would like to remind you that Amazon has sold millions of Kindles.

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  • Kathryn Lynch-Morin pays a visit to Coy’s Comics in Saginaw, Michigan.

 

Profiles

 

  • Dina Weinstein on Josh Neufeld

    The A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge author discusses the book’s creation.

 

  • Dave Howard on Kean Soo

    A conversation with the creator of the award-winning Jellaby series.

 

Also

 

 

Reviews

 

  • Christopher Butcher on not simple

    “There is no other manga in English like not simple. A profound and moving character piece, it is affecting and well told. [Natsume] Ono approaches sex, family, and the everyday horrors that humans inflict on one another in ways that most manga-ka wouldn’t dare.”

 

  • Kevin Church on A Distant Neighborhood

    “For such a fantastical plot, A Distant Neighborhood‘s overall tone is sedate, creating a stronger work. [Jiro] Taniguchi has created a domestic drama about choice, avoiding pratfalls that others have found in similar plots.”

 

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Commentary

 

  • Andy Rooney: My friend, Bill Mauldin

    “I do remember that those of us on the staff of the newspaper in London were cool to Bill when he arrived. We regarded the London edition of the Stars and Stripes as the only real newspaper, and he had been with our little brother in Italy.”

 

  • Karen Gellender: Twilight manga, a reality check

    “I seem to recall spending a lot of time in my youth reading The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High, yet somehow I made the difficult transition to becoming a manga fan without my brain exploding.”

 

Also

 

 

Business and Craft

 

  • Amid Amidi: Chuck Jones

    Amidi reproduces John Canemaker’s 1980 profile of the famed animator from Cartoonist PROfiles, which offers a tantalizing glimpse at Jones’ creative process.

 

Comics and Art

 

  • Illustration blog: Dan Hay

    There’s some damned imaginative cartooning at this link.

    (Above: cartoon ©2010 Dan Hay. Link via Adam Koford.)

 

  • Leif Peng: Wicks and Henninger

    “[Ren] Wicks shared space with Joe Henninger, a competent tight illustrator and instructor at the Art Center School. He helped a lot during my one year there… was a very popular guy and good teacher. [Henninger] did aircraft jobs in those days. A conservative, detail type, illustrator.”

    (Above: detail from Ren Wicks’ illustration for a Cole of California ad published in the May 1, 1950 edition of Life Magazine.)

 

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Multimedia

 

  • YouTube: New Yorker cartoonists

    Pat Byrnes, Roz Chast and Ed Koren discuss working for the magazine on-stage with its cartoon editor Bob Mankoff.

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

 

  • Comics-related podcasts

    • WTF‘s Marc Maron speaks with Peter Bagge (19MB).
    • Dirty Dishes creator Amy Lockhart is the guest on this week’s edition of Inkstuds (49MB).
    • The Comic Cast presents an interview with Transformers writer/artist Nick Roche (41MB).
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch talks to Brian Andersen about his self published indie comics So Super Duper, Sex and the Superhero and Unabashedly Billie… (32.5MB).
    • Mocktopus cartoonist Max Huffman joins the gang at War Rocket Ajax (64.2MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.

 

Comics Culture

 

 

  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    John Jurgensen looks at the business of Lady Gaga, and how she took advantage of the tools of modern culture to create her success.

 

 

Events Calendar

 

Today:

 

  • 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 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.

 

This Weekend:

 

  • 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 (San Francisco, CA): Justin Hall, Serena Valentino, Ted Naifeh, Tristan Crane and Greta Christina will be among the participants in the Kinky Comic Carnival held at Wicked Grounds on Eighth Street, from 2-5PM. 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.

 

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to dirk@tcj.com 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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