Journalista for July 15, 2010: Rubber meets road

Posted by on July 15th, 2010 at 3:55 AM



“The more people leave the system — and succeed when doing so — the less necessary Diamond looks overall. I wonder what internal conversations there are like these days.”


“Will Toys ‘R’ Us be happy with Spider-Man engaging in casual sex?”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gary Groth presents the first installment of his comprehensive 1984 interview with American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar, originally published in The Comics Journal #97.

  • Jason Thompson reviews Joe Daly’s Dungeon Quest.

  • R. Fiore offers a thought experiment concerning Chris Claremont and Milo Manara’s X-Women.

  • Shaenon Garrity introduces us to Tom Hachtman’s 1980s alt-weekly strip, Gertrude’s Follies.

  • Tom Crippen blesses us with more work by Robert Binks.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong looks at the strengths and weaknesses of R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The two brothers accused of fire-bombing the home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks have been imprisoned, with the older brother being served a three year sentence and the younger two years.”

  • Publishers Weekly is reporting that Bookstore sales fell by 2.6% in May.

  • Paul O’Brien presents his month-to-month estimates for Marvel Comics sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for May, while Matthew Murray does the same for a select number of genre-based indy titles.

  • Alex Dueben interviews NBM publisher Terry Nantier.

  • You know, when you announce a new comics-publishing enterprise and begin doing the promotional rounds, this is generally the part where my bullshit detector goes off:

    I know that working closely with creators and making sure they are taken care of has always been a high priority for both of you in your own careers. What can you say at this stage about IP ownership and participation as it will be seen through Kickstart Comics?

    [Jimmy] Palmiotti: I am not working at all on that end of the business, just editing the books. My past experience with them has been great, so I can speak for myself. The deals we had on Back to Brooklyn and Random Acts were exactly what I wanted.

    [Larry] Young: That’s totally a Jason question.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • By contrast to an above story, Publishers Weekly also reports that e-book sales rose 162.8% in May.

  • Daryl Cagle:

    Are cell phone apps the business plan that will swoop in to save the editorial cartooning profession? Lots of cartoonists seem to think so. Now that we have more than 35 iPhone apps and we see how the numbers work, I can say the answer is “no,” but the story isn’t all gloomy.

    I should note that Cagle is referring to editorial-cartoon apps, which come with their own distinct issues (e.g.: the fact that the vast majority of such cartoons are fucking awful). Still, it’s early days yet: I wouldn’t go writing off such a venue until more people actually own smartphones.



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Graphic NYC




  • Jason Anders on Stephen DeStefano

    The cartoonist discusses Popeye, as every intelligent person should.

    (Link via Evan Dorkin.)


  • Masters of Manga on Hideki Mizuno

    Final panel from Fire, ©1972 Hideki Mizuno.

    Little more than a bullet-point list of career highlights, I’m spotlighting this here because I know so little about her. She’s been cited as an influence on the Year-24 Group*, and I was fascinated by the all-too-brief discussion of her epic series Fire! in Frederik Schodt’s Manga! Manga!, so I’m linking to this as a jumping-on point for further investigation.

    * Yeah, we’ve been calling them the Forty-Niners here at the Journal, but at this point the masses have spoken clearly — we might as well give in now before no one remembers what we’re talking about.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics





  • Nina Stone on Nana Vol. 20-21

    “No other comic book has touched me as deeply as Nana.”






  • Craig Fischer: Who is Harvey Pekar?

    “Meeting Harvey and his wife Joyce Brabner was a great experience. I especially remember a dinner at an old-world pizza parlor, where our conversation bounced hyperactively among several different topics, including Harvey’s ambitious, semi-systematic attempt to read important fiction from all the nations on Earth.”



  • Bhob Stewart: The Good Duck Artist unmasked
  • Shaenon Garrity (one, two): Happiness
  • Web Behrens: Queer graphic novels to watch out for
  • Kevin Church: In which I compare two writers’ approaches to Superman


Comics and Art


  • Big Blog of Kids’ Comics: Warren Kremer’s Stumbo the Giant

    “Fellow Harvey artist, Ernie Colón, had this to say about Kremer in a Comic Book Artist interview from June 2002: “The guy was like an architect. His drawings were so careful, so beautiful… The best example that I can give is when he was given the assignment for Stumbo the Giant; he just worked wonders with that strip. Such an astonishing achievement. Astonishing because here again you have an eight-panel page with a giant so big he’s using a mountain to relax on…. He (Kremer) is a complete master of comic book art.'”






  • Jim Woodring: Giant steel dip pen

    An art proposal I heartily endorse, if for no other reason than that I want to see him draw with the damned thing.

    (Link via Eric Reynolds.)


Comics Culture



  • Cian O’Luanaigh: Comics and medicine in London

    A report from a British conference, featuring Paul Gravett, Brian Fies and a whole lot of comics talk.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Photo by Dean Kaufman, from Dwell Magazine.

    “His playful eHarmony ad (‘conservative in the kitchen, liberal everywhere else’) belied a disconcertingly humorless reality.” Today’s timewaster is a sarcastic architectural blog called Unhappy Hipsters.

    (Link via Matt Madden.)


Events Calendar




  • 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 (Portland, OR): El Vocho author Steve Lafler makes an appearance at Reading Frenzy on Oak Street, beginning at 7PM. 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.


This Week:


  • 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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