Journalista for June 11, 2010: Just ignore the captions

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 12:38 AM



“After reading a bunch of recently collected Batman comics that date back to the 90s, I found it was a whole lot easier to just ignore the captions altogether. It meant some plot points were harder to pick up on, but it’s a Batman comic. It’s not hard to understand.”


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Life in interesting times

  • “The American Library Association is planning an unprecedented amount of graphic novel-themed programming for its annual summer conference, which will be held in Washington D.C. from June 25-28th,” reports ICv2.

  • Lori Henderson looks back at the shuttering of DC Comics’ CMX manga line.

  • Yeah, kind of a slow news day so far.



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Graphic NYC




  • Dan Copulsky on Robyn Chapman

    Panel detail from “Never Go Home,” first published in the anthology Stuck in the Middle; ©2007 Robyn Chapman.

    “I primarily teach comics history and graphic novel study. To teach, I have to do a lot of research and a lot of reading. It’s a big, never-ending history lesson for me.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Ryan Van Cleave on My Life With Charlie Brown

    “This is an interesting, highly readable book that sheds a lot of light on American’s greatest comic strip creator.”


  • Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on AX: Alternative Manga

    From the story “Push Pin Woman,” ©2010 Katsuo Kawai.

    “Overall, AX was a mixed bag for me, and I expect it will be a mixed bag for most everyone who reads it.”

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)






  • Matt Seneca: Marvel and DC

    “Thinking about it on the way to the shop on Wednesday, I was struck by how fascinating it is that with retcons and reboots and various other meta-story hocus pocus, the continuity streams at the two big houses have been pushed back to the very beginnings and made to run uninterrupted until now. By which I mean, Marvel continuity starts with Human Torch in Marvel Comics #1, and DC continuity begins at Slam Bradley in Detective Comics #1. There’s no way out of that fabric, no way to divorce your little comic from the epic tapestries that are those universes, least of all if you’re working on a book for them these days.”


Comics and Art


  • Rich Johnston: 1938 Superman newspaper-strip promotional booklet

    “Before Superman was a comic book, it was a comic strip. That no one wanted. After the publication of Action Comics, which mashed up said strips into a comic, the Superman newspaper strip was revived. And this was the publication used to try and get newspaper interest.”






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Jamie Coville has a full recording of last weekend’s Joe Shuster Awards in Toronto (107MB).
    • Dan Nadel joins Robin McConnell for this week’s episode of Inkstuds (56.2MB).
    • Serious Business is Brad Rice’s new podcast for the J-culture site Japanator. This first installment finds Ed Chavez and Jason Thompson discussing hard times in the manga industry (91.1MB).
    • For commentary and criticism, we’ve got new episodes of House to Astonish (40.5MB) and Fourcast (32MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Eisner Awards: A reminder

    Ballots for the 2010 awards must be submitted by June 15.


  • Press release: Otto Binder, Gary Friedrich to receive Bill Finger Award

    In light of Friedrich’s recent legal defeat, a Finger Award seems apt, doesn’t it?


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Reza Aslan makes the argument that Iran’s Green revolutionaries are winning in their fight against that nation’s theocratic government.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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.


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