Journalista for July 20, 2010: Scott Pilgrim conquers the world

Posted by on July 20th, 2010 at 4:05 AM




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From You Have Killed Me, ©2010 Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey reviews Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones’ You Have Killed Me.

  • Ian Burns reviews Tim Stout’s Short Notes on Long Comics.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews two small-press works by Cathy Leamy.

  • Rob Clough reviews several autobiographical minicomics.

  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner reviews Peter Milligan and Davide Gianfelice’s Vertigo series, Greek Street.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky responds to a recent critical bashing by Gary Groth.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • New employee promotions have been announced at Marvel Entertainment and Boom! Studios. Yes, I am leading with that. Can you say “slow news day”?

  • I’m generally avoiding the San Diego puff pieces, but this is good: Warren Ellis offers an excellent way to respond to the threatened appearance by Fred Phelps’ family of homophobic lunatics. As for your donation recipient, count me among the many, many people who dislike the United States’ least effective civil-rights group, the Human Rights Campaign. (“The gay-rights organization that dares not speak its nameTM — we fuck up everything we touch!“) May I recommend the NGLTF, instead?


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “ Inc. said it reached a milestone, selling more e-books than hardbacks over the past three months.”

    (Link via Jeff Jarvis.)


  • The electronics company Sharp has released a new version of the XMDF e-book file format, which supports multimedia features and is already in use for displaying manga on Japanese digital products (I’m guessing cellphones here, but that’s just a guess).

    Detail from the cover to a French edition of Number 5.

  • It looks like Japanese publisher Shogakukan is starting to develop the “carrot” side of the carrot/stick equation in dealing with online manga piracy:

    Shogakukan Inc.’s monthly comic editorial division has released Number 5, by popular cartoonist Taiyo Matsumoto, for Apple’s iPad tablet. The company hopes to win over overseas readers by having English dialogue in speech bubbles available via a setting.



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Graphic NYC




  • Joshua Glenn on Kim Deitch

    “In 2002, I pitched a story to the Boston Globe‘s Ideas section (where I was a columnist) about the fact that the cartoonists Daniel Clowes and Kim Deitch, after years of toiling in relative obscurity, had been published by Pantheon Books. I interviewed Deitch, writing down his answers to my questions — but I didn’t write down the questions, because I figured I’d remember them easily when I transcribed my notes. However, the story was killed, and I never got around to transcribing my notes — until now.”

    (Link via Richard Cowdry.)


  • Alex Wood on R. Crumb

    ©2010 Robert Crumb.

    Since everyone seems to be wondering, here’s the man himself, discussing The Book of Genesis Illustrated:

    Some people were disappointed that I didn’t do a sendup of it — my own scathing take on it. I fooled around in the sketchbooks with those ideas and I just, I didn’t like how it was working out so I just decided to do a straight illustration job of it. It seemed to me that the original text was so strange in its own way that there was no need to do any sendup or satire of it. My trial efforts to do that seemed lame, it wasn’t working out.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics









  • Sam Costello: Start. Now.

    “If Split Lip was going to see print, I realized that once again I had to do it myself.”




Business and Craft


  • Aaron Diaz: A tale of two focal points

    “A focal point is the primary focus of a picture, whether it’s a person, object or simply an abstract portion of the image. Humans have binocular, mammalian vision and our action of ‘looking’ instinctively relies on focusing, not just seeing. Unless we’re looking at a magic eye 3D image, our eyes are only really comfortable with an image that has a clear focal point. Once that’s clear, we allow our eyes to wander and take in the other details.”

    (Hat tip: Kate Beaton.)


Comics and Art


  • Andrew Salmon: Kim Song-hwan’s Korean War drawings

    Detail from one of the drawings.

    A haunting collection of the Korean cartoonist’s drawn remembrances from the horrific conflict.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)






  • Masters of Manga: Hideko Mizuno

    One of the first female manga-ka discusses her debut.


  • Farewell to Harvey

    Toby Radloff, American Splendor subject, remembers Harvey Pekar.

    (Thanks to Al Wonder for e-mailing me the link.)


Comics Culture


  • Comic-Con: Spirit of Comics retailer nominees announced

    Full list at the link.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    “After months of legal wrangling, one of the 10 safe deposit boxes in which documents belonging to the writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) and his close friend Max Brod (1884-1968) were hidden for 40 years was opened Monday in Tel Aviv.”


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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.
  • July 22 (New York City, NY): James Pannafino gives a presentation about typographic comics at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • July 24 (Dublin, Ireland): Summer Edition 2010, an artists’ book, comic and zine fair, takes place at Filmbase on Curved Street (I think?) from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • July 24 (Chicago, IL): Sara Drake, Edie Fake, Rickey Gonzales, Aaron Renier and Sam Sharpe give a reading at Fun House on Mozart, beginning at 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?)


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