Journalista for July 29, 2010: Something ends, something else begins

Posted by on July 29th, 2010 at 12:50 AM



“San Diego Comic Con has changed a lot since I started going there. Most seem to think it has changed for the better. Maybe it did for a lot of people. But to me it no longer feels like a place for the kind of art and comics that I want to do. Hollywood has taken over the festival, and it’s dominant presence is pushing out what put the word ‘Comic’ in Comic Con. It has become San Diego Movie Con. The comic companies still there use this as a trade show for promotion and to sell properties to film and t.v. producers. And I’m not interested in doing that.”


“For the first time at Comic-Con in 16 years, I felt surrounded by the film and television industries. I felt like I was attending the comics portion of their show.”


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Illustration by Robert Binks.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Tom Crippen offers a final gallery of illustrations by Robert Binks.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Alan Choate concludes his defense of R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The Tokyo District Court ruled that Atsushi Kase’s Zero-sen manga infringed on a man’s rights and defamed him by using his likeness, and the court ordered the manga’s publisher Kodansha to pay a fine of 550,000 yen (about US$6,300) on Wednesday.”

  • Johanna Draper Carlson contemplates the difficulties currently surrounding the feminist comics-advocacy group Friends of Lulu.

  • The Hero Initiative would like its budget guy back.



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  • Tim O’Shea on Jen Van Meter

    “I fuss over transitions quite a lot, actually; we only have these twenty-two pages and when my transitions are too abrupt, I feel like when you’re in traffic and hitting every red light. If I can figure out some way to ease it, either with that kind of fluidity or with a little humor or some kind of parallel situation, it just feels better to me.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Brian Heater on Ghostopolis

    “TenNapel paints the afterlife with big, sweeping strokes. It’s a little Ghost Busters, a little Wizard of Oz, with living dinosaur skeletons, giant bugs, and shape-shifting evil wizards thrown in for good measure. It’s almost as if the artist, certainly no stranger to Hollywood pitches, wrote the book with cinematic adaptation in mind. After a few pages, it should come as no surprise that the story was optioned to a major studio before the book even managed to hit store shelves.”


  • Greg McElhatton on Bikeman #1

    ©2010 Jon Chad.

    “It’s worth saying at this point that while Chad’s writing is great, his art is perhaps even better. He draws his characters in a soft, understated way, with gentle ink lines and a rounded face. The character of Bikeman, with his bear mask and garb, could have come across as deliberately terrifying or savage. Instead under Chad’s pen, he’s mysterious and guarded, but you also instantly trust him based on his appearance. Chad also packs a ridiculous amount of detail into his comics, drawing every single leaf on a tree, the texture of the bark on the trunk, and the individual links on a bicycle chain. Chad is the sort of artist who clearly would rather take the extra time to get everything looking just right, and we as readers benefit from that extra care.”






  • Michael Cavna: Why a town’s “favorite son” cartoonist is good for the civic soul

    “The political cartoonist and the gag cartoonist and the comic-book writer are all different beasts with differing creative missions, of course. One shared trait, though, is that each can become a consensus touchstone and a source of inspired town pride in a place so often rife with polarizing ‘official’ voices. Through ink, the cartoonist can be a crucial connective glue.”




Comics and Art


  • Chris Sims: Gojin Ishihara’s terrifying children’s art

    I would’ve loved picture books like this when I was a kid…






  • Eva Volin on Lark Pien

    “I was thrilled when Lark Pien agreed to answer my questions. Years ago, when I first walked up to her booth, I didn’t know she had done the color on Gene Luen Yang’s book American Born Chinese. I just knew I really liked the paintings she had on display. In addition to being nominated for an Eisner and winning the Harvey for her work on American Born Chinese, she has also published her own stories, including Long Tail Kitty and the upcoming Mr. Elephanter.”


  • YouTube: Harvey Pekar

    The trailblazing comics writer discusses his career in footage originally filmed for the documentary The Cartoonist.

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)


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.
  • July 31-Aug. 1 (Oxford, England): Caption, Oxford’s long-running small-press comics and minicomics convention, takes place at the East Oxford Community Centre on Princes Street. 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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