Journalista for Jan. 5, 2010: The excitement of drawing and reading

Posted by on January 5th, 2010 at 9:04 AM




“I see everything in comics today but FUN. Where the hell is this enjoyment I knew in comics as a kid? The excitement of drawing and reading the comics?”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • The serialization of The Comics Journal #300 continues, with Charles Hatfield’s review of the landmark book by David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp.

  • Michel Fiffe presents the first installment of an interview with veteran cartoonist Ty Templeton.

  • Okay, this time for real: Shaenon Garrity reviews Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library #19.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Ken Dahl’s Monsters.

  • Kent Worcester looks forward to this year’s Fumetto International Comix-Festival in Switzerland.

  • At Hooded Utilitarian, a review of Tomoko Yamashita’s yaoi book, Dining Bar Akira.

(Above: panel from Asterios Polyp, ©2009 David Mazzucchelli.)

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Rich Johnston reports that icy conditions may delay new-comics day in the United Kingdom tomorrow, and possibly “the rest of the week, weather depending.”

  • “The 28-year-old Somali-born man charged with attempting to murder cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was arrested in Kenya in July on suspicion of being involved in a plot to attack US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Nairobi,” reports the Copenhagen Post. “The 28-year-old was released in August and returned to Denmark, where he has lived since he was a teenager.”

  • Publishers Weekly examines a report from late December concerning the challenges facing the Borders bookstore chain.

  • “, a [comics-related] content delivery system and community platform for the publishing world, today announced that they have raised $1.2 million in funding.”

  •, an instructional site edited by cartoonist Brad Guigar, will begin charging subscriptions for access. Gary Tyrrell and Johanna Draper Carlson offer commentary.

  • Saturday passes for the next San Diego Comic-Con have sold out.

  • Jeff Rivera talks to “veteran literary agent, e-book publisher and industry blogger” Richard Curtis about what publishing could look like in ten years.

  • ICv2 presents its top-ten comics business events in 2009. Also at the site: New Jersey retailer Ilan Strasser reflects upon the state of the Direct Market.

  • Vaneta Rogers speaks with publishers and creators about the road ahead in 2010.

  • Speaking of which: Heidi MacDonald likewise begins her annual survey of insights and predictions from various industry professionals.

  • Comic Book Resources‘ staff look back at the industry changes seen over the last decade.

  • Eric Burns-White ponders the fall of the House of Keen and the curse of

  • TorrentFreak argues: “Publishers fear eBook piracy, but shouldn’t.”

    (Link via Jason Boog.)


Joe McCulloch and Matthew Brady: New this week

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




  • John Preston on Matt Groening

    “Looking back, I think I had completely unjustified self-confidence.”


  • Mike Collett-White on Joe Sacco

    “I would like to step away from journalism for a while and do something else. Fiction perhaps.”







  • Joe McCulloch and Tom Spurgeon on Death Note

    “It’s a suspense comic that’s just diabolically focused on plot points, dozens and dozens of them, everything swirling around Light the ambitious kid’s efforts to evade capture while killing the shit out of criminals so as to reform the world, initially powered by new “rules” regarding how to use the deadly notebook, every one of them providing fresh fodder for cat ‘n mouse contortions, but later just sprawling all of this accumulated background over expanded scenarios.”


  • Paul Gravett on From Wonderland With Love

    “It’s clear from editor/publisher Steffen P. Maarup’s survey that, contradicting Horatio’s famous line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is nothing ‘rotten’ about the state of comics in Denmark today.”


  • Nina Stone on The Sword: Fire

    “I’m shocked by how swept away I was! Are my expecations too high now?”

    (Above: panel from the book, ©2009 Luna Brothers.)







  • Peter Kaplan: Remembering David Levine

    “So the first time I met Levine, in 1979, it was with the tremulous avidity of a Little Leaguer meeting the Babe. Needless to say, he looked exactly like a Levine drawing.”


  • Paul Gravett: Professor Munakata’s British museum adventure

    “In October 2009, the manga master Hoshino Yukinobu (born in 1954) travelled from Sapporo, Japan to the British Museum. It was his first time in London and indeed his first trip outside his homeland.”





Business and Craft


  • Brian Biggs (one, two, three, four and five): Screenprinting class

    “Our first assignment is to make a poster using two colors where the colors overlap in a meaningful way to create a third color. The other restrictions are that it must use type in some way, and the separations need to be made using cut paper rather than going through the computer or anything fancy such as that.”

    (Hat tip: Nate Williams.)


  • Neil Cohn: Storycards and visual grammar

    “Basically, you can use these cards in sequences to create lots of different novel stories. The idea is similar to McCloud’s Five Card Nancy game.”


Comics and Art


  • Homepage: What Things Do

    A group comics-site featuring Sammy Harkham, Jordan Crane and Ted May? Sign me up!

    (Above: sequence from “The Shortcut,” by and ©2010 Jordan Crane.)


  • Sarah McIntyre: “Wandsworth Cemetary, New Year’s Day”

    Repeat after me: Shufflebottom.

    (Above: panel detail from the strip, ©2009 Sarah McIntyre. Link via Joe Gordon.)


  • Freddy Milton: Gnuff

    “This story was not the first I made with the Gnuffs but the one to be regarded as the episode of introduction, and it was the first one to hit the print, both in the local co-printed Woody Woodpecker-comic as well as the American funny animal monthly magazine Critters

    (Above: sequence from the story, ©2009 Freddy Milton. Link via Kim Thompson.)





Comics Culture


  • John Platt: Cartoonists drawn to Vermont

    A profile of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.




Events Calendar


This Week:


  • December 8-10 (Sacramento, CA): The weekend’s first big J-culture event is SacAnime, taking place at the Radisson Hotel on Leisure Lane. Details here.
  • December 8-10 (Concord, NC): The weekend’s second big J-culture event is Ichibancon, happening at the Great Wolf Lodge and Resort on Weddington Road. Details here.
  • December 8-10 (Los Angeles, CA): The weekend’s third big J-culture event is Anime Los Angeles 6, taking place at the Los Angeles Airport Mariott. Details here.
  • December 10 (New York City, NY): A release party for the seventeenth edition of the Mome anthology takes place at Bergen Street Comics, from 5-7PM. Details here.


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