Journalista for July 19, 2010: Dogpile on the file clerk!

Posted by on July 19th, 2010 at 1:55 AM



“In the tradition of blunt candor that [Harvey] Pekar held dear, I will admit that I have found much of his work overrated — indulgent, didactic, and verbose.”


“It’s at the literary end of comics you sense a narrowing of the range, the main strand being a sort of studied Pekarian drabness. You could call it mundane realism. Direct or oblique autobiography is the mode, neurosis and alienation the dominant tone. Their archetypal hero is a morose and ill-socialised writer or collector of comics, often subject to sexual humiliation, sometimes sharing a name with the author.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Here’s Jack Baney‘s 2003 essay on Harvey Pekar and the filming of American Splendor, originally published in The Comics Journal #255.

  • Rob Clough reviews the sixth issue of Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle.

  • Tom Crippen ponders R. Crumb and the legacy of 1960s counter-culture. Also: Alex Schomburg comic-book covers!

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky looks back at Wonder Woman #20, and Ng Suat Tong responds to an essay on R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated by Ken Parille.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Cartoonist Kimihiko Tsukuda, who authored the Honobono-kun comic strip, the longest-running serialized comic strip in Japanese newspapers, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital on June 28, his family said Saturday. He was 80.”

    A cartoon by and ©2010 Shahid Mahmood.

  • Editorial cartoonist Shahid Mahmood has settled with Air Canada, six years after the airline refused to let him board a flight for unspecified reasons. The settlement ends a Human Rights Tribunal investigation “that was to examine whether Air Canada was guilty of racial profiling.”

  • SLG Publishing has announced that it will rent out its publishing expertise to interested parties.

  • Should Diamond ship comics to retailers on Monday for Tuesday sale? Heidi MacDonald has the results of a survey conducted by the distributor, while Johanna Draper Carlson.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch presents his month-to-month estimates for DC Comics sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for June.

  • For those of you just coming to the story, Tomomichi Amano offers an introductory primer to the growing conflict between the manga industry and online scanlators.

  • Texas retailer David Wheeler investigates the comics selection at a nearby Hastings outlet, after the retail chain announced that it would be stocking its shelves with a Diamond account.

  • Dale North looks at how Walmart is selling manga.

  • Rachael Jackson visits the Acme Superstore in Longwood, Florida.

  • Don’t think of the removal of homosexual themes from Radical Publishing’s re-release of Arthur Suydam’s Cholly and Flytrap as “de-gaying.” Think of it as straightening up.



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Graphic NYC




  • JoongAng Daily on Kim Sung-hwan

    A new museum exhibit gives us the opportunity to learn about the man who is “perhaps Korea’s most influential cartoonist.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • David Brothers on Revolver

    “[Matt] Kindt’s Vertigo debut is something that has all the ingredients for a rocking post-apocalyptic adventure tale, the kind of story you describe with phrases like ‘high octane’ and ‘tour de force.'”


  • Rachel Cooke on Psychiatric Tales

    ©2010 Darryl Cunningham.

    “Cunningham’s descriptions of illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are pretty bald, and you should come to his book expecting a lot of blood, sweat and tears.”






  • Fredrik Strömberg: Hansi, the girl who loved the swastika

    “One of the most successful series of religious comics of all time is the Spire Christian Comics, and this mostly due to the conversion to Christ of professional cartoonist Al Hartley.”


Business and Craft


  • Sara Ryan: Hey, so how’s that graphic novel coming?

    A prose novelist ponders the differences between writing for two kinds of print media.

    (Link via J. Caleb Mozzocco.)


Comics and Art


  • Joe Sacco: The unwanted

    ©2010 Joe Sacco.

    A look at the tribulations endured by Somali refugees in Malta.




Comics Culture


  • Prism Comics: 2010 Queer Press Grant seeking submissions

    Details at the link.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Adrian Chen offers a look at how denizens of’s /b/ forum — “ground zero for Internet mischief” — organize one of their notorious smear campaigns:

    Sometime last night after 10pm, a /b/ user posted a proposition that the board’s users troll the “pedophile” Dahvie Vanity. 4chan was still basking in its earlier harassment of Jessi Slaughter, so users quickly got on board—the thread exploded with suggestions and encouragement accompanied by unrelated pictures of boobs. One user compiled a dossier of Dahvie’s personal information — name, date of birth, links to his social networking profiles and articles about him. Someone posted a link to a chatroom. When I entered it, about 44 users were chattering in all caps about how to take Vanity down. (If you typed in lowercase a flurry of users scolded: “CAPS OR GET BANNED.”) This is where most of the detailed planning would occur, with users frequently posting to the main /b/ board for reinforcements.

    (Link via Dwight Silverman.)


Events Calendar




  • July 19 (Toronto, Ontario): Join Bryan Lee O’Malley for a Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour release party at The Beguiling on Markham Street, beginning at 9PM and not ending until everyone has been properly rocked (or 1AM, whichever comes first). Details here.


This Week:


  • July 20 (Seattle, WA): Megan Kelso will give a multimedia talk and signing at Third Place Books on 20th Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • July 21-25 (San Diego, CA): Comic-Con International takes place at the… why am I bothering? If you have tickets, you already know. If you don’t, the only way you’re getting in is by paying sucker prices from a scalper. 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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One Response to “Journalista for July 19, 2010: Dogpile on the file clerk!”

  1. […] The excellent Vanessa Davis pays tribute to Harvey Pekar on the Tablet site; in another sad twist Vanessa notes that Jeff Newelt, editor of the Pekar Project on the fine SmithMag, had arranged for her to work with Harvey recently – he should have seen the work this week.  (via Dirk at Journalista): […]