Journalista for June 14, 2010: Reasons for pessimism

Posted by on June 14th, 2010 at 1:46 AM



“Comics doesn’t mean superheroes. If you’re only interested in talking about superhero comics, for instance at your ‘women and comics’ event, then call it ‘women and superhero comics’. I mean, it might seem obvious when the second item on your agenda is ‘Female versions of already established heroes’, but people like me get grumpy when you assume superheroes are all there are to comics.”


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From Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1, ©2009 Michael Kupperman.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • GutterGeek Chris Reilly presents an interview with Michael Kupperman.

  • Kritian Williams begins a three-part look at false starts in comic books with a pair of Avengers comics.

  • Rob Clough reviews a pair of minicomics by Ed Choy Moorman.

  • Shaenon Garrity introduces us to The I Hate Mathematics! Book.

  • R.C. Harvey reads a few Gulf spill-related editorial cartoons.

  • Tom Crippen can’t quite believe that Robert Crumb said that.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • In case you missed Friday’s update: Buenaventura Press, the art-comics publisher responsible for Comics Art Magazine and recent issues of Kramers Ergot, closed down back in January. Christopher Butcher offers memorial testimony.

    From Angela #1, ©1994 Tellittothejudge.

  • Neil Gaiman’s court battle with Todd McFarlane continues today in Wisconsin.

  • Rich Johnston continues to track a scamster selling fake Michael Turner art.

  • Wizard’s Gareb Shamus adds another franchise to his increasingly MacDonald’s-like chain of comics conventions, this time in Connecticut.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch presents his month-to-month figures of DC Comics sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for April.

  • Erica Friedman presents her solution to the scanlations solution.

  • Sean Kleefeld visits a comic-book shop:

    The workers generally seem pleasant and helpful enough. It, somewhat surprisingly, doesn’t smell musty or reek of body odor. It’s by far not the worst comic shop I’ve been to, but it’s a very far cry from the best. I can’t imagine trying to get through the tight quarters on a Wednesday. Certainly not a place I would choose as my comic book shop, unless there really no other reasonable options.



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Graphic NYC




  • Kumi Matsumaru on Makoto Takahashi

    “Takahashi, born in Osaka in 1934, debuted as a mangaka in 1957 with Shojo (Girl), and began drawing manga for shojo magazines before starting to illustrate for picture books and other publications.”


  • Stefan Kanfer on Al Capp

    A detailed look back at the life and career of the Li’l Abner creator.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Moving Pictures

    “The story is told obliquely, as we get to know key moments through what the characters say and don’t say. It’s a very mature storytelling style that requires the reader’s attention and involvement.”


  • Tom Baker on Black Blizzard

    “Few people today have heard of this book, and with good reason. While it is a perfectly acceptable bit of light entertainment, it is also a rough work by a then 21-year-old artist who would later go on to create many far better manga.”






  • Noah Berlatsky: No Sequence

    Searching for meaning in a 13th century Chinese triptych.




Comics and Art


  • Sean Kleefeld: An excerpt from The History of Mr. Tuberculus

    Excerpts from an extremely rare 1844 French cartoon book, with translations.






  • Evan Dorkin

    This half-hour interview is seventeen kinds of funny, and more than worth watching in full.




Comics Culture


  • Alan Gardner: Brian Gable wins National Newspaper Award

    The Canadian press salutes the Globe and Mail cartoonist.


  • Joe Gordon: Graphic Short Fiction Prize accepting submissions

    The annual U.K. competition, sponsored by Comica, Jonathan Cape and The Observer, is once again up and running — details at the link.



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Stephen Fry contemplates art.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • June 15 (San Francisco, CA): Nancy Goldstein offers a presentation on cartoonist Jackie Ormes at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • June 16 (London, England): Philippa Perry discusses her new graphic novel, Couch Fiction, at Housmans on Caledonian Road, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 16 (New York City, NY): Sonja Ahlers, Keith Jones and Seth Scriver celebrate a triple-book release party at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • June 16 (New York City, NY): Howard Cruse, Jennifer Camper and Ivan Velez will make an appearance at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance on Barretto Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • June 17 (New York City, NY): Howard Cruse, Jennifer Camper and Ivan Velez will be signing books and meeting readers at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • June 17 (London, England): A number of Britain’s leading cartoonists will discuss the work of Ronald Searle at the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • June 19 (Riverdale, NJ): The New Jersey Comic Expo opens its doors at the Riverdale Armory on Newark Pompton Turnpike, from 10AM-6PM. Details here.
  • June 19 (Whittier, CA): Geeks Con takes place at Geeks on Greenleaf Avenue, from noon-10PM. Details here.
  • June 19 (Portland, OR): Craig Thompson will give an art demonstration at the Portland Art Museum on Park Avenue, from 2-4PM. Details here.
  • June 19 (New York City, NY): A host of cartoonists’ work can be seen at the opening reception for a new “Post-It Notes” exhibition at Giant Robot on Ninth Street, from 6:30-10PM. Details here.
  • June 19 (New York City, NY): Jim Woodring makes an appearance at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. 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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