Journalista for June 10, 2010: Ouroboros digests its meal

Posted by on August 10th, 2010 at 5:55 AM



“It’s rare that I run these kind of things. But they have in the past made certain people a little extra cash on the weekend.”


“Lee Bermejo gets all up in Saturn Girl’s biznass for the variant cover to Adventure Comics No. 12!”


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From Color Comics, ©2010 Colleen Frakes.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reviews Matt Kindt’s Revolver and Lydia Conklin’s The Living Cain.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Colleen Frakes’ Color Comics.

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

  • The Hooded Utilitarian kicks off a roundtable discussion of E.C. Segar’s Popeye with a contribution from Shaenon Garrity.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Toy manufacturer Super 7 has filed a lawsuit against Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Archie Comics and A Squared Entertainment, claiming that the defendants “violated its trademark in a new entertainment and merchandising venture called Stan Lee and the Super Seven. And it claims Lee did so after promising not to.”

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • Tom Spurgeon catches word that a number of protests and media reports will highlight the suspicious disappearance of Sri Lankan cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, who vanished exactly 200 days ago.

  • In Pennsylvania, the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum is closing. In related news, there apparently was a cartoon museum in Ticonderoga, Pennsylvania.

    Detail from a promo image for J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis’ Superman: Earth One, ©2009 DC Comics.

  • Is DC Comics still cleaning up the mess left behind by Paul Levitz, or following in his footsteps by prematurely killing yet another line of comics? Johanna Draper Carlson asks, you decide.

  • Finally, today’s puff piece headline: British newspaper turns to cartoons after local soccer club bans photographers. I’m told people talk about this stuff around water coolers or something…?



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Graphic NYC




  • Kliph Nesteroff on Drew Friedman

    A long, sprawling interview with the master illustrator.






  • Matthew Brady on A Sort of Autobiography

    “With the onset of digital comics, an infinite number of possible ways to use the medium has erupted, and even the weirdest experiments are now visible for any number of people to experience. This is great for comics fans, who can now experience the sort of odd idea that creators might not have shared with the world otherwise. Warren Craghead’s A Sort of Autobiography is a fascinating example, using the tools provided by the site to create a series of three-dimensional comic strips, with each in a series of ten cubes representing a moment in his life, separated by decades.”


  • David Brothers on Genius

    “The story of the Black Panthers isn’t too far off from what Bernardin, Freeman, and Richardson are doing in Genius. In fact, there’s an interesting line that connects history and fiction. Many street gangs in Los Angeles rose out of the remnants of the Black Panthers, after the local chapters were left rudderless with the collapse of the Civil Rights Movement.”






  • Matt Seneca on Bringing Up Father

    “Show a page of Bringing Up Father to an alien and I can’t imagine it would have any idea that Jiggs’ top-hatted teddy bear face is supposed to code as human. Hell, I myself have trouble with that sometimes. But in his strange piling up of circles and arches [George] McManus hits the grace notes in between so many great moments in art, comic or otherwise. It’s got all the effusive, sugar-spun delicacy of Art Nouveau, but a great deal of rounded, slicing Deco sheerness as well.”




Business and Craft


  • Garen Ewing: Making The Rainbow Orchid

    “The truth is, I really love reading about other comic creators’ working methods. There’s no school program for making comics (well, there wasn’t when I was starting out), you learn your own way, and if that works, then it’s right. But there are always tips to pick up from your colleagues, and it’s nice when you see that, essentially, our working methods are often very similar.”


  • John Kricfalusi: Drawing small

    “It’s extra hard for me because I tend to get distracted by details and I magnify them.”


Comics and Art


  • Online portfolio: Nimit Malavia

    “Looming Darkness,” ©2010 Nimit Malavia.

    High-end editorial illustration — be sure to browse the “Process” section!




Comics Culture


  • Comics awards round-up

    • Johanna Draper Carlson reports that the Lulu Awards, which celebrates female achievements in cartooning and is sponsored by the Friends of Lulu, will be held at California’s Long Beach Comic Con in October.
    • According to Dan Fish, October also sees the Eagle Awards (the United Kingdom’s big comics prizes) announced at London’s Comic Con, after which “the awards will become part of London MCM Expo’s May event.”


  • Christopher Butcher: Manga in Shibuya

    “I think it’s fair to say that on my Summer 2009 trip to Japan, I spent a lot of time in stores that sell manga. I’m a pretty manga-specific guy actually. Sure, I’ll get suckered in for some cool looking toys, and I’ve got no resistance to Gashapon at all. But generally, the other otaku goods fall a little flat with me–given the choice I’m filling up my suitcase with books. Manga mostly, a few artbooks, and the occasional oddity. So when I say that my favourite manga displays in Japan were found at the Shibuya location of Tsutaya — the country wide chain of media stores — well, I hope you’ll consider it a ‘considered’ opinion.”


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Aug. 12 (New York City, NY): A panel discussion on “The Future of the Traditional Comic Strip in the Era of Dying Newspapers” takes place at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 13 (New York City, NY): A host of cartoonists will be signing in support of the new all-ages anthology, Reading With Pictures, at Forbidden Planet on Broadway from 6:45-8:15PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 14 (San Francisco, CA): Joshua Ellingson serves as cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission street, from 1-3PM. 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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