Journalista for June 15, 2010: We need your help

Posted by on June 15th, 2010 at 2:19 AM



“Note on the Naruto page of a scan site: ‘We need your help in identifying if this is manga is licensed or not.’ Dudes, it’s licensed.”


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From Bizarro, ©2010 Dan Piraro.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristian Williams‘ three-part look at false starts in superhero comics continues with a decidedly un-Astonishing X-Men story.

  • Rob Clough reviews new minicomics by Sam Henderson and Tom Neely.

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

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Cartoonist Al Williamson died on Sunday after a long illness. He was 79 years old. Williamson was a veteran of commerical illustration, having served stints on the Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9 and Star Wars newspaper strips as well as countless comic books. Tom Spurgeon has a statement from Williamson’s family. Here are remembrances from Rick Veitch, Mark Wheatley, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker and Craig Yoe.

  • As expected, yesterday the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly voted down a bill that would have imposed stiff regulations on pornographic depictions of children in comic books and animation.

    Detail from the cover to The Art of S. Clay Wilson.

  • Lorraine Chamberlain has posted a long and detailed account of S. Clay Wilson’s efforts to recover from serious brain injuries incurred in 2008:

    It took several months before he could even write his name. I brought him a small sketch pad which he kept close by but left blank. One day I looked in it to discover his famous signature! It brought me to tears, offering hope for the first time about his ability to draw again some day. Soon after that we discovered a face he’d drawn on an easel in the dining room. A friend thought it looked like me. Two days later, I discovered four Checkered Demon faces on the same easel. I saved these little gems to show him later, thinking we would have a great laugh at their simplicity.

    In the ensuing month he surprised us all by completing a fantastic color piece he titled “Lots of Pirates.” After three months he was moved to another facility and stopped drawing. It took awhile to realize this was because he didn’t have the right furniture. I arrived one day with a lamp and a high stool to place in front of a raised table, much like his arrangement at home. He was off and running, drawing for hours at a time in the following months. But his feverish output died down after ten drawings.

    (Link via Milo George.)


  • Scott Bauer reports from the Wisconsin courtroom where Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane yesterday re-ignited their legal grudge-match.

  • Sean T. Collins has a round-up of reactions to the closing of art-comics publisher Buenaventura Press.

  • This just in: Michael Turner eBay scammer dumber than a pile of bricks.

  • Dead at last, dead at last, thank God almighty Little Orphan Annie is dead at last.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Apple has reconsidered its demands that comics adaptations of work by James Joyce and Oscar Wilde be altered to avoid depictions of nudity, dodging yet another media blunder as tech blogs and news-sites finally began to pick up the long-simmering story. Creators of both comics have been invited to resubmit their apps to include the complete and unaltered artwork.

    Another comic-book sequence that Apple demanded be censored before — oh, wait a minute. This sequence from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass actually wasn’t edited before Apple gave it the green light. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

    But is it enough? The problem goes beyond comics, particularly for gay-and-lesbian content: Ryan Tate notes that in April, “Apple rejected a gay travel guide because it contained a political caricature of Sarah Palin, a Renaissance-style painting of a penis, and a go-go boy in a gay bar with his shirt off.” Will other comics creators and publishers find themselves dealing with the 21st century equivalent of the Comics Code Authority? As the above illustration notes, if you’re backed by Marvel or DC, the answer is almost certainly “no.” For independent publishers, it may be another matter entirely. Quoting Christopher Butcher:

    Are we really prepared to hand over the keys to the digital kingdom to a company that has to be aggressively shamed into behaving well? Or should we count our blessings, because there are companies that don’t know the definition of shame who might be in the same position soon (rhymes with Amazon).

    Or as one wag at Slashdot put it, “Not since Amazon removed digital copies of 1984 from people’s Kindles while they slept has there been such a hilarious episode in the ongoing slapstick farce Let’s See What Happens When Corporations Become Publishers.”


  • Anime News Network reports that Japanese police have arrested a 14-year-old student for uploading bootleg manga to… YouTube?

    The teenager is suspected of uploading One Piece, Naruto, Major and one other work as videos between December 22, 2009 and February 9, 2010. The suspect reportedly admitted to photographing the manga, page by page, and uploading the images as videos without authorization. The police are investigating the details of how the suspect obtained the manga before release.

    The report goes on to note that “the suspect allegedly uploaded 118 manga installments from 30 works in Weekly Shonen Jump and Weekly Shonen Sunday from December of 2009 to this month. The resulting videos were accessed over 8 million times.”


  • Missed it: Scanlation site MangaHelpers has ceased and desisted before the publishers made it rain lawyers; they’ve announced their intentions to rebrand as a fan-community resource.

    (Caught it: Brigid Alverson.)


  • Of course, it’s not all bad news for scanlators. For example, Digital Manga is hiring.



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Graphic NYC




  • Tim O’Shea on Tom Scioli

    “I feel like creator-owned work is such a risk, and the rewards of it are mostly in the opportunity to be yourself and do your thing, I couldn’t really see myself working with a writer.”


  • Paul Gravett on Simone Lia

    From Fluffy, ©2007 Simone Lia.

    “The secret of Simone Lia’s disarmingly simple-looking comics is how they wittily question pre-conceived ideas and pose philosophical puzzles,” says Gravett in the introduction to his interview.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Matthew Brady on Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965

    “It’s a master class in comics art, but one could be forgiven for not even noticing and just being pulled along by the velocity of the storytelling. [Joe] Kubert has put together a signature work here, one that should be studied for years to come.”


  • Richard Bruton on Day of the Deal

    ©2010 Jason Wilson.

    Smuggling Vacation was great, but I actually think Day of the Deal is better; Wilson’s got a tighter, more focused story here, all played out over the course of one long, intricately laid out day. It may not be as wild and wacky as the madcap Smuggling Vacation, but Day of the Deal is far more insightful and poignant, still funny but a far more satisfying story.”






  • Tom Mason: Roy Crane on Roy Crane

    “Continuing my series on cartooning and cartoonists, Roy Crane wrote about himself and his work back in 1964. This is pulled from an oversized saddle-stitched magazine from Allied Publications with the creatively-challenged title These Top Cartoonists Tell How They Create America’s Favorite Comics.”




Comics and Art


  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: Al Williamson and Roy Krenkel’s “Food for Thought”

    An immaculately drawn tale from Incredible Science Fiction #32.




Comics Culture


  • Paul Gravett: Comica Argentina

    “You may not realise it, but if you enjoy great comics and cartoons, then you probably love at least one Argentinian artist, whether it’s the colourful pantomime comedies of Mordillo, the dazzling superheroics of Juan Bobillo or the late Carlos Meglia, or the gritty elegance of Eduardo Risso. Comica Argentina grew out of a moment of inspiration last year from my good friend and Argentinian cartoonist Sylvia Libedinsky who suggested that we set up an exhibition and events about Argentinian comic art in London to coincide with the bicentennial this year of Argentina’s independence from Spain in 1810.”



Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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.


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