Journalista for July 21, 2010: Blogging for the rest of you

Posted by on July 21st, 2010 at 2:54 AM



“I find that my faith based audience is far more tolerant of non-faith elements than my secular audience is of faith.”


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From The Big Skinny, ©2009 Carol Lay.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey reviews Carol Lay’s The Big Skinny.

  • Kenneth Smith reaches the penultimate stage in his trip through the Cave of False Consciousness.

  • R. Fiore discovers an Internet meme, and feeds his fellow TCJ cohorts into its gaping maw.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong‘s discussion of R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated continues.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Commentary over Amazon’s announcement that it’s sold more e-books than hardcovers in the past three months has been coming fast and furious in the past day or so. Here’s the smart stuff, from Megan McArdle, Linda Holmes and Andrew Wheeler.

  • Brendan Wright discusses the best digital-comics format.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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Graphic NYC




  • Germain Lussier and Laura Hudson on Bryan Lee O’Malley

    Warning: Massive spoilers for the final volume in the Scott Pilgrim series in that second link.


  • Neal Conan on Daniel Clowes

    ©2010 Daniel Clowes.

    Transcript and audio from the NPR interview with the Wilson author.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Tom Spurgeon on Powers Vol. 11

    “I think the strength of the series remains its mostly no-bullshit approach to how narratives unfold, which takes the form of a measured perspective on how its characters process the horrible things happening all around them. There’s very little in the way of histrionics in the way the young super-team at the center of the multiple-murder plots in this volume self-destructs so spectacularly, so painfully.”


  • Serdar Yegulalp on A Drunken Dream and Other Stories

    “The pieces anthologized in Drunken Dream have a lot of the more obvious shōjo elements — the main characters are predominantly girls; much of what happens involves either romance or family ties — but Moto [Hagio] doesn’t assume that a good story just needs to contain the requisite marketable elements. She infuses all this stuff with an extra layer of depth, a strength of hard-won spirit that makes you go back to her well and drink even more deeply. “






  • Eric Herschthal: The last days of Harvey Pekar

    “But there is another truth about Pekar that the mainstream press has lightly skated over: he identified deeply as a Jew.”


Comics and Art


  • Sherm Cohen: The Story of Johnny Surge

    Why go to an overcrowded convention, when you could relax and enjoy a nice comic book about milking cows?




Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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One Response to “Journalista for July 21, 2010: Blogging for the rest of you”

  1. […] NPR has audio and a transcript of a recent broadcast with the brilliant Dan Clowes talking about Wilson. (via Dirk at Journalista) […]