Journalista for July 2, 2010: Dead precedents

Posted by on July 2nd, 2010 at 3:49 AM



“Dead DC imprints: Zuda, Focus, Elseworlds, Helix, Milestone, Minx, Paradox, Piranha, Tangent, America’s Best Comics, Cliffhanger, CMX, Homage.”

Chris Arrant
(capitalization and punctuation corrected)


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Notice: ¡Journalista shuts down for a ten-day summer hiatus just as soon as today’s linkage hits the Web, returning for duty on July 13.

Another notice: An upgrade to WordPress seems to have broken the ¡Journalista RSS feed. We’ve set up a working feed at this link, and are endeavoring to teach it to show the whole entry rather than just the teaser text. All apologies for the hassle.


From Mome #18, ©2010 Dave Cooper.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reviews Mome #18.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Alex Buchet‘s examination of the racial politics of Tintin continues, while Noah Berlatsky describes his comics consumption.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • A Swedish prosecutor has charged two men with arson over an attempted attack on the home of Muhammed cartoonist Lars Vilks.

  • Continuing what by this point has become standard company procedure, DC Comics announced yesterday that it would be shutting down its original digital-comics initiative, Sean Kleefeld offers commentary. Question for the class: How many more publishing imprints will DC have to kill before Diane Nelson is outed as Paul Levitz in drag?

  • Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden need just a bit more archival help to complete their book, How to Read Nancy — specifically, they need good scans of a few hard-to-find comic strips. Here’s the list, if you think you might be able to help.



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Graphic NYC




  • Laura Hudson on Matt Fraction

    “I suspect one of the reasons I did as well as I did at Marvel as quickly as I did was because I was always trying to think about what my folks are going to get. How do you write the X-Men for a 60-year-old man or a 39-year-old woman. How do you write Iron Man for someone who thinks Iron Man might be a robot?”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Alan Gardner on No Cartoon Left Behind!

    “[Rob Rogers] is one of those genuine good guys with a good deal of talent. This best of volume speaks to the later.”


  • Lauren Davis on Nathan Sorry

    Panel from the story, ©2010 Rich Barrett.

    “[Rich] Barrett also has a knack for building suspense. At 47 pages, it’s a slow burn so far, but one of nicely building mysteries.”






  • Ken Quattro: Will Eisner’s Wonder Man testimony

    Oh, this is a find — transcripts from the young Eisner’s testimony in the copyright lawsuit filed by DC Comics against Vistor Fox, over a Superman clone that the latter had opportunistically published after the initial success of the former’s Action Comics.

    (Link via Heidi MacDonald.)




Comics and Art


  • Jason Turner: The Page 100 project

    Excerpt from an adapted snippet of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, as interpreted by Jason Rainey.

    “So ages ago, Dave Howard suggested to me that it might be an interesting idea for cartoonists to try adapting a part of a novel they liked. And then recently when JD Sallinger died, that notion came back to me, and then I thought oh it might be interesting to attempt to do a comic of some portion of one of his books. As I sat on the couch staring at the shelves of books, I thought it might be fun to try it with different books. Maybe just a page. Maybe the SAME PAGE from each book. Say, page 100. And thus…”

    (Link trail: Joe GordonJoe Decie.)






  • Vimeo (one, two and three): Kate Beaton animated

    At this point, I’m pretty much obligated by the Gods of Comics to link to these.

    (Hat tip: Xaviar Xerexes.)



Events Calendar




  • July 1-4 (Los Angeles, CA): Anime Expo 2010 takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Figueroa Street. Details here.
  • July 2 (Toronto, Ontario): Octopus Pie creator Meredith Gran makes a last-minute appearance at The Beguiling on Markham Street, from 5-7PM. Details here.
  • July 2 (White River Junction, VT): A reception for “Caboose,” an exhibition of art about White River Junction, takes place at the Center for Cartoon Studies on Main Street, from 5-8PM. 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?)

Also: In case you didn’t see the notice up top, this blog is now on hiatus until July 13, so don’t bother with listings that take place before then.


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One Response to “Journalista for July 2, 2010: Dead precedents”

  1. […] were animated takes on Kate Beaton’s brilliant Hark! A Vagrant series? Thankfully Dirk at Journalista did (via Xaviar Xerexes) – they are pretty simple animations (and I like the deliberate […]