Journalista for July 22, 2010: The possibilities are end…

Posted by on July 22nd, 2010 at 4:31 AM



“So I just told them that if they said that 10 years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked […] But these days I don’t want Watchmen back. Certainly, I don’t want it back under those kinds of terms.”


“Is this the first public statement that DC would be willing to do new Watchmen stories, whether or not Moore and Gibbons are involved? Because, dude, I’ve got one comic book story in me, and that story is Watchmen 2: Seymour Rising.”


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From Market Day, ©2010 James Sturm.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reviews Jason’s Werewolves of Montpelier, and explores the themes in James Sturm’s Market Day.

  • Tom Crippen blesses us with more cartoon drawings by Robert Binks.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, “Kinukitty” reviews the first volume of Youka Nitta’s Otodama: Voice From the Dead, while Richard Cook reviews Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver’s Flash: Rebirth.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Scanlation-aggregation site One Manga has announced that all unauthorized manga translations will be taken offline by “early next week.”

    Spot Muhammed in this picture.

  • Not comics: “Zachary Adam Chesser, the 20-year-old Virginia man who earlier this year allegedly posted controversial blog entries about the creators of TV’s South Park, was arrested Wednesday on charges of providing material support to a Somali extremist group linked to al-Qaeda,” reports Michael Cavna. Chesser had strongly implied that series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone would meet a grisly end over their decision to kinda-sorta feature Muslim prophet Muhammed in protest over the reaction to the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons.

  • Leeds, England shop OK Comics is facing a potentially disastrous loss of business due to construction work.

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • “A study by the Canadian Council on Learning released Wednesday encouraged teachers and school boards to accept comic books and other materials in graphic form to encourage reading among the young, especially boys.”

  • Matt Blind sifts through a blizzard of statistical data on bookselling, and reaches a few conclusions.

  • Heidi MacDonald:

    […] if fans of Harvey [Pekar] would like to donate needed funds to help defray the costs of everything from groceries to granite, they can PAYPAL a donation to Harvey’s wife Joyce Brabner, and donate to at PAYPAL.


  • Seriously: Two full decades after the rights to Watchmen should’ve reverted back to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee approached Moore with an offer to give them back their work — provided they agree to various sequels or whatever — and they expected him to say anything other than “Fuck off and die”? Either DC Comics have exactly such spin-offs in the planning stages, or DiDio and Lee are the most clueless idiots in comics.



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Graphic NYC




  • Jonathan Ross on Jim Steranko

    “I did 29 comic books. A number of experts have gone through those books: one said he found 150 narrative devices that had never been done in comic books before.”

    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)


  • Christopher Irving on Jim Shooter

    First of a two-part interview, in which the one-time Marvel editor-in-chief walks back through his controversial career.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Martin Steenton on Fingerprints

    ©2010 Will Dinski.

    “The biggest struggle I faced when planning a review of Fingerprints was exactly how to go about classifying it. It’s not that the elements of its narrative make-up are hard to pick apart (far from it), rather in the way writer/ artist Will Dinski chooses to combine them.”






  • Matt Seneca: Fusion album

    A close reading of Stan Lee and Moebius’ The Silver Surfer.



  • Jeet Heer: B.N. Duncan as letter hack
  • Glen Weldon: Five great books they won’t talk about at Comic-Con


Comics and Art


  • Matthias Wivel: Traces of soul, mind and body

    An essay augmented with illustrations rather than a significant gallery, Wivel’s enlightening essay walks us through the development of naturalism in the Italian Renaissance. More fans of modern-day popular art should be aware of art history, in my opinion, so I’m spotlighting this here.




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.
  • 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.


This Week:


  • July 24 (Auckland, New Zealand): Doujin Overload, a showcase for Kiwi creators, takes place at the Hyatt Regency on Waterloo Quadrant, from 10AM-5PM. 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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