Journalista for June 10, 2010: Might be confusing

Posted by on June 10th, 2010 at 1:52 AM



“Everybody seems to be familiar with Spider-Man, so I say that it isn’t that it’s a racial issue — it’s just that it might be confusing to people. […] But that’s a matter for the people at Marvel to take into consideration. I certainly don’t want to weigh in on it in any way, except to say I think [Donald Glover] is a fine actor.”


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Man and boy lover, drawn by Miyagawa Issh? circa 1750.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • My contribution to the BL roundtable contains reflections on being both central to a genre and completely irrelevant to it, why women should be more confident in letting their freak flag fly (and a few possible reasons why they sometimes don’t), why the similarities between men and women are just as interesting as the differences, a brief history of world pederasty, what it’s like for a boy (on bottom), the inevitable coming-out melodrama — oh, and a review of the collection of academic essays, Boys’ Love Manga. Not necessarily in that order. 10,000+ words, not even remotely safe for work.

  • Tom Crippen corrects an error by Neil Gaiman concerning fan conventions.

  • Rob Clough reviews the first two volumes of Kristina Stipetic’s minicomics series, Yasha Lizard.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Administrator’s note: Technical difficulties have temporarily waylaid posting on GutterGeeks and The Hooded Utilitarian. Our crack team of technicians are currently hard at work setting things to right, and we hope to have everything again running smoothly in the not-too-distant future. All apologies to you (and to the good folks behind our sister sites) for the delay.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Beano publisher D.C. Thompson is set to fire as many as 350 employees.

  • Kevin Melrose reports that Jayms Blonde creator Robert Cabell, whose titular hero is a Navel SEAL turned hairdresser, has lost his lawsuit against Adam Sandler, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures, over alleged copyright infringement stemming from the movie You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.

  • Matthew Murray presents month-to-month figures for sales to Direct Market retailers on select independent genre titles.

  • Faux comic-book publisher Platinum Studios has added former TriStar chairman Mark Canton to its board of directors.

  • Retailer and one-time distributor Frank Mangiaracina weighs in on early product delivery to the Direct Market.

  • Matt Blind discusses selling books in the post-book era.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Brigid Alverson and Brad Rice round up commentary on the new coalition of publishers devoted to fighting scanlation-aggregation piracy.

  • Off-topic, but useful information for professionals who deal with lots of big digital files: 2TB hard drives are starting to crack the $100 barrier.

    (Link via Dwight Silverman.)



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Graphic NYC




  • Dave Howard on Kate Beaton

    Excerpt from a recent strip, ©2010 Kate Beaton.

    “What drew me to comics was wanting to put them in the paper. We didn’t have many comics growing up, actually. There were no comic stores, I grew up in a really small town. We had, like, 1500 people. I read the newspaper comics, and I had favourites. When I thought about making comics, I thought that’s what a comic was. I just wanted to make people laugh, to be funny.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Erin Finnegan on Swan

    “I fell in love with Swan not because it’s about ballet, but because it’s so hardcore about it. The dancers sweat as hard and compete as ruthlessly as any athlete in a sports manga.”


  • Tim O’Neil on Ode to Kirihito

    ©2006 Tezuka Productions, English translation ©2006 Camellia Nieh and Vertical, Inc.

    Ode to Kirihito can be seen from one perspective as a catalog of suffering, a never-ending pageant of violence, rape, murder, racism, sadism and needless cruelty. The first rape begins on page 28, and it’s remarkable just how often rape recurs throughout just the first third of the book. Life in these pages sometimes appears to be nothing but the unfettered exercise of power by the strong against the weak.”






  • Glen Weldon: The Twittery confluence of comics, comics and (of course) Spider-Man

    “Many individuals have bestrode the worlds of comic book nerdery and comedy nerdery like so many asthmatic Colossi.”




Comics and Art


  • Online portfolio: Jochen Gerner

    From Liberation, ©2008 Jochen Gerner.

    Say, we haven’t featured a commercial illustrator/cartoonist here in a while, have we? Lots of gems in this site.

    (Link via John Martz.)






  • YouTube: Godfather 2010 (National Cartoonists Society edition)

    As Mike Lynch describes it: “On Saturday night, May 29, 2010, at the black tie Reuben Award dinner, the lights dimmed and several hundred cartoonists sat and watched this movie. There was no intro, no ‘let me set this up.'”


  • Vimeo: Jim Woodring on Weathercraft

    Jim Woodring discusses his graphic novel, from a talk given in May at the Fantagraphics Bookstore.


Events Calendar




  • June 10 (San Francisco, CA): Gene Yang will be signing books and meeting readers at Giant Robot on Shrader Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • June 10 (London, England): Steve Bell discusses the reportage work of Ronald Searle at the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street, from 6:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • June 10 (San Francisco, CA): Jim Woodring will discuss his work at The Booksmith on Haight Street, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • June 11 (London, England): Martin Myrone gives a curator’s talk for the new cartoon exhibit at the Tate Britain on Millbank, from 1-2PM. Details here.
  • June 12-13 (Dearborn, MI): Kids Read Comics! offers workshops, panels and presentations for the whole family at the Henry Ford Centennial Library on Michigan Avenue, and it’s free! Details here.
  • June 12 (Dublin, Ireland): Point Village Comic Festival 2010 takes place at the Point Village Market, from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • June 12 (San Francisco, CA): Joe Wos mixes live drawing and storytelling at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, beginning at 12:30PM. Details here.
  • June 12 (Seattle, WA): Join Megan Kelso for an artist’s reception and book signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • June 12 (Chicago, IL): Daniel Clowes appears at Quimby’s Books on North Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 13 (Cincinnati, OH): Carol Tyler will speak at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Eden Park Drive, beginning at 12:30PM. Details here.
  • June 13 (Los Angeles, CA): Drew Friedman will discuss his work and sign books at Family on Fairfax Avenue, beginning at 7PM. 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.


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One Response to “Journalista for June 10, 2010: Might be confusing”

  1. mblind says:

    Dirk: after posting a drunken first draft, I took the opportunity to edit [after 5 hours of sleep, when I’d be slightly more sober] the article you linked to above — for most readers, they’ll only see the edited version [who, besides us, is up a 2am?] but I’d also like *you* to re-read the ‘final’ version.

    I do a fair job while sloshed, but prefer my sober output. My habits being what they are, this will happen (many, many times) again – but I also seek to self-edit as often as is possible.