Journalista for July 13, 2010: Hell of a week

Posted by on July 13th, 2010 at 4:32 AM



“Over at Comic Book Resources, meanwhile, editor Tom Brevoort reveals Marvel’s stunning new plan to compete with DC in making their comics even less attractive and accessible to people with lives[.]”


“I happened to focus my attention on this cover the other day, because I thought it was kind of an unusual design choice to obscure the ‘5’ in ’25’ in the banner, but then I realized the misspelling of ‘anniversary’ was probably a larger problem.”


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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • American Splendor creator and lit-comics pioneer Harvey Pekar died in his sleep early Monday morning. It didn’t take long for the tributes to begin pouring in: Tom Spurgeon contributed an early highlight, and here are more from Michael Cavna, Brian Heater (one, two), Charles Hatfield, Alison Bechdel, Gene Luen Yang and Mark Evanier. Cavna also has a round-up of reactions from a number of Pekar collaborators.

  • Spanish cartoonist Victor de la Fuente has died in France, at the age of 83. Steve Holland has an obituary.

  • Vivian Yee is reporting that James Davis has been arrested for the murder of Timespirits writer Stephen Perry. Steve Bissette has responded with a blizzard of commentary and background detail (one, two and three).

  • Everybody Draw Muhammed Day instigator Molly Norris has been singled out for death threats from Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, “a charismatic terror leader linked to the botched Times Square car bomb.”

  • “Devil’s Due Publishing has pulled its distribution of comics and graphic novels from Diamond Comic and Diamond Book Distributors.”

  • Anime News Network brings word that Hideyuki Igarashi, editor of the Japanese comics magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius, was arrested for assault and battery on atg least one woman in a Tokyo restaurant. Kodansha, Igarashi’s publisher, relieved him of his duties following the arrest.

  • Anime News Network also has further details on the creation of newly formed manga publisher Manga Factory.

  • Tomomichi Amano offers an overview of the attempts by Tokyo authorities to regulate the sale of comics and animation featuring depictions of underage characters in sexual situations.

  • ICv2 presents BookScan’s estimations for the top-twenty bestselling graphic novels in the bookstore market for the month of June, and notes that Bryan Lee O’Malley is the month’s big sales winner.

  • Presenting this month’s library manga-censorship controversy.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “Apple Inc. said it is putting new security measures in its iTunes store after hundreds of consumers’ accounts were breached by an app developer,” who had “offered more than 40 comic-book apps, which briefly dominated the book category of the App Store.”

  • Rich Johnston has details on DC Comics’ plans to compensate creators for the sale of digital comics.

  • Johanna Draper Carlson offers a survey of digital-comics distributors.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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Graphic NYC




  • Jason Heller on Jim Woodring

    “When I started formulating the first Frank comic, I knew I wanted it to be something that was beyond time and specific place. I felt that having the characters speak would tie it to 20th-century America, because that would be the idiom of the language they would use, the language I use. I thought that having it be pantomime would maybe give it a little more universality, a little more mystery, and make people who are reading it provide their own notion of what the characters were thinking or what sounds they were making.”


  • Paul Morton on Gene Luen Yang

    “So originally, when I was thinking about doing a Monkey King comic, it wasn’t connected to the Asian-American experience at all. I just wanted to do a straight Monkey King adaptation. But after seeing so many brilliantly done straight adaptations in Asia I felt that I had to do something that none of those Asian artists could do. And that was [to] use the story to talk about the Asian-American experience.”

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics





  • Abhay Khosla on Killing the Cobra #2

    “A comic you may never have heard of…? Turns out there may be good reasons you’ve never heard of it. But that’s not a reason to write about anything, right? ‘News flash! Comics: not very good sometimes.’ But when I think about why I didn’t enjoy KILLING THE COBRA: CHINATOWN TROLLOP #2 — when I really consider it, the things I’ve suggested to you so far — the lack of craft, the discomforting politics, the cliche qualities…? Well, those those don’t sound very meaningful at all, do they? I mean, if I really cared all that much about lack of craft, retrograde politics, or cliches, would I really still be reading comics, at all?”









Comics and Art


  • Oliver East: Trains Are… Mint #6

    ©2010 Oliver East.

    The latest installment of East’s critically acclaimed avant-garde minicomics series is now online for your reading pleasure.




Comics Culture



  • Adam Grano: Fantagraphics goes shooting

    You know what goes great with comics publishing? Guns. These photos are offered as proof.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Spend an hour with Penn Jillette.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • July 14 (Berkeley, CA): A release party for Derek McCulloch and Greg Espinoza’s Pug will be held at Comic Relief on Shattuck Avenue, from 4-8PM. Details here.
  • July 15 (Portland, OR): Join Dylan Meconis for a release party and sighing celebrating the new book Family Man at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 5-8PM. Details here.
  • July 15 (New York City, NY): Celebrate the release of the new book Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art & Culture at Madame X on Houston Street, from 6-11PM. Details here.
  • July 15 (New York City, NY): Bill Kartalopoulos speaks onstage with R. Sikoryak at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • July 17 (London, England): Doctor Who comics authors Una McCormack, Gary Russell and Oli Smith will appear at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 1-2PM. 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. (Note: Under no circumstances will I link to a Facebook page. Seriously, what idiot “advertises” their event solely on a website that requires registration to see the advertisement?)


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