Journalista for July 28, 2010: Blogger makes bank

Posted by on July 28th, 2010 at 5:22 AM



“For me, cartooning in this position in this paper is the best job in the world. Not only does it mean I get to draw and paint everyday, but it also presents a perfect opportunity to shout back at the torrent of preposterous rubbish issuing from radio, television and any other media yet to be devised every single minute of every day.”

Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell


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Captain Beefheart illustration from Heavy Metal by Brian Allen McCall.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Marc Sobel interviews cartoonist, illustrator and sculptor Brian Allen McCall.

  • Rob Clough reviews the first issue of the collaborative anthology Tag Team.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook looks back at the first comic book to feature the modern-day Flash, Showcase #4,

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Valerie D’Orazio:

    I had been advised several times to be discrete about what has been going on at Friends of Lulu, as to protect their image. The thought was: if we admit that Lulu was in trouble, it would just demonstrate that women are incapable of running an organization. It would hurt the cause of Women in Comics.

    While whether being silent on these issues truly helps FoL is debatable, it has become very clear that it has not helped me in the least. It has only really set me up as the focal point for speculation, and perhaps even blame. It has also isolated me (and in turn, Lulu) from potential assistance, and brought a tremendous burden squarely down on my shoulders alone. This has to end today.

    So I am going to set the record straight. Everything I write here can be backed up by documentation

    The takeaway: “If by September 2010 nobody steps forward and shows interest in helping run this organization, I will start taking steps to officially dissolve it as a non-profit.” Obviously, you’ll want to click the link for the full story.

    (Logo at right ©2004 Diana X. Sprinkle.)


  • “A Swedish man who translates Japanese Manga comics has been fined for possessing child porn cartoons, sparking a heated debate about censorship.”

    Cover for the April 2007 edition of Megami, one of the magazines that Kinokuniya just stopped carrying.

  • Speaking of which, Anime News Network reports that Japanese chain Kinokuniya Bookstores’ seven U.S. outlets have stopped carrying five bishōjo manga magazines due to “inappropriate content”:

    A telephone representative at one West Coast Kinokuniya branch said the magazines were removed “to comply with state regulations and to observe the importer regulations in Japan and the U.S. [for magazines] that could be difficult to carry under the law.” The representative added that these magazines “could carry some pictures that could be understood as child porn.”


  • Wait — DC Comics does this? Chris Eckert looks at the numbers and discovers that the vast majority of new titles from DC’s Vertigo line are cancelled within two years of their debut.

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • Brian Heater reports on the closing of the well-regarded Brooklyn comics shop Rocketship.

  • Paula Gardner spotlights Eisner-winning Ann Arbor, Michigan comics shop Vault of Midnight.

  • Matt Blind continues pouring through sales figures in his quest to discover how big is the e-book threat to retailers.

  • Did you know that you could make a living critiquing comics online? I think I’ve just sent a hundred bloggers’ heads reeling. (A reminder: It works for cartoonists, too.)


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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  • Christopher Irving on Jim Shooter

    The conclusion of a profile of the controversial comics editor.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Xaviar Xerexes on Welcome to the Dahlhouse

    “[Ken] Dahl is best known now for his autobiographical tale of an STD called Monsters, but this book is a great introduction to his cartooning talents.”


  • Andrew Wheeler on Grendel: God and the Devil

    Art by Tim Sale, ©2008 Matt Wagner.

    “This was only the second ‘big’ Grendel series, after the Christine Spar story (Devil’s Legacy) and a bunch of shorter pieces. This time out, writer and Grendel creator Matt Wagner shifted the focus away from the person possessed by Grendel — Eppy Thatcher, a secretly brilliant assembly-line worker addicted to a very convenient drug and who has equally convenient genius-level tinkering abilities, whose characterization is limited to being a tormented drug addict who repeatedly gloats that God hates him — to the society around him.”






  • Tim O’Neil: An argument for rules

    “Rules in fiction are like spandrels in architecture: regardless of the author’s intentions, they appear in the most inconvenient places. When you’re dealing with superheroes you’re dealing most importantly with narrative conventions that appear in many instances to actually be rules. The ‘idea’ of the superhero may be pure fantasy, but superhero stories are themselves products of decades worth of laborious genre-building, the product of thousands of creators and IP harvesters working to define the whys and whyfors of this strange hybrid corner of the pulp universe.”




Comics and Art


  • Peter Bagge: “I.M.P.” part one

    ©2010 Peter Bagge.

    Beginning an “abbreviated retelling” of the life of journalist Isabel Mary Paterson.


  • Ron Regé Jr.: “We Must Know, We Will Know”

    ©2010 Ron Regé Jr..

    Math — it’s what’s for breakfast.






  • Asterisk Animation: Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragonés

    A number of videos featuring the Mad Magazine veterans, with guest appearances by Steve Brodner.


Comics Culture


  • More Comic-Con reports of actual interest

    • ICv2 offers an interview with Comic-Con marketing director David Glanzer.
    • Calvin Reid offers a summary of this year’s big show.
    • Dennis Nishi reports from the “black panel,” in theory focusing on African-American comics and creators, although it sounds like personalities from non-comics media and professions outnumbered the ostensible subjects this time around. Given the rest of the convention, I’m not sure that I should be surprised.
    • Pam Auditore, meanwhile presents a report from the Carla Speed McNeil spotlight panel.
    • Rich Johnston presents another series of video, this time recorded in Artists’ Alley and featuring brief conversations with a bevy of vcartoonists.
    • Incidentally, passes for the full Comic-Con experience, including preview night, are already sold out.



Events Calendar


This Week:


  • July 30 (Athens, GA): Join Drew Weing for a release party celebrating his new book Set to Sea at Bizarro Wuxtry on Clayton Street, from 5-8PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 1 (Portland, OR): Joe Sacco discusses comics and journalism at the Portland Art Museum on Park Avenue, beginning at 2PM. 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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