Journalista for June 16, 2010: Draconian limitations

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 4:58 AM



“I absolutely agree that the iPad and it’s decendents will be the new format for publishing, including comics and magazines. I can see a virtual news stand in the future full of individual issues and subscriptions for magazines, comics, comic books and newspapers… delivered without user effort to your mobile tablet device in a format that is easy and natural to browse, read and enjoy. However I don’t see the iPad being that device, but some other piece of hardware that doesn’t force the Draconian limitations on the content providers that Apple does.”


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The Hope Street Studio all-seeing eye knows all..


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gavin Lees pays a visit to Glasgow, Scotland’s Hope Street Studio, where professional creators like Jamie Grant, Frank Quitely, Gary Erskine and Dominic Regan had formed a creative nexus with emerging independent artists and writers — and through the magic of streaming video, you can follow along!

  • Rob Clough reviews the second volume of John Stanley’s Melvin Monster.

  • R.C. Harvey on Wiley Miller’s Non Sequitur.

  • Tom Crippen graces us with another of Jules Feiffer’s classic Clifford strips.

  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner reviews the first three issues of David Lapham and Javier Barreno’s Crossed: Family Values, and says goodbye to Cathy Guisewite’s longrunning newspaper strip, Cathy.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Matthias Wivel discusses Rembrandt, R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated and the ambiguity of illustration, while Andrew Farrago contemplates the multimedia Popeye.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Steve Holland brings word that veteran D.C. Thomson cartoonist Ted Rawlings died on August 6 at the age of 89.

    Detail from the cover of Winchester #1.

  • SLG Publishing has found itself embroiled in a legal battle over one of its publications, and is launching a legal-defense fund to help defray the costs:

    So far just responding to the letters we have gotten has cost us well into five figures, more than we could possibly ever hope to recover publishing comics for the next two years. We have tried raising money by having sales, doing clearances and the like but given the times we live in and perhaps the lack of urgency about them, those things have not really done much to help us out.

    As Rich Johnston notes, Vado never mentions the title of the comic in question, but the hints he leaves all but outs it as Winchester #1, which revolves around Sarah Winchester and the legendary Minchester Mansion.


  • “Bookstore sales slipped again in June, falling 0.8%, to $1.10 billion,” reports Publishers Weekly.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Another untrustworthy “comics on the iPad” article, this time courtesy of the Wall Street Journal‘s Yoree Koh:

    E-book downloads of anime titles onto the tablet reader sprinted past the number of reads downloaded onto its sister gadget the iPhone in July, according to eBook Initiative Japan Co., a Tokyo-based e-book distribution website. Consumers downloaded 600 digital mangas onto the iPad via the online distributor last month, according to the site. That may not be a huge number, but the iPad has only been in Japan since the end of May, and the 600 is still twice the number of titles downloaded in iPhone version.

    Ignore the whole “e-book downloads of anime titles” thing, and consider that the article never compares iPad sales to manga sales on other kinds of cellphones. Here’s Kenji Hall, writing back in 2007:

    Last year, Japanese consumers spent an estimated $20 million to view manga on handsets, according to Tokyo research firm Impress R&D. Manga now accounts for half the books that publishers sell for cell phones. “Our sites sell a combined 10 million episodes every month,” says Katsuyuki Kobayashi, a deputy general manager at NTT Solmare, which runs the Comic-I and Comic C’moA sites, Japan’s biggest online stores for cell-phone comics.

    600 digital mangas, in a marketplace that was turning over 10 million downloads a month three years ago? What’s wrong with this picture?



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Graphic NYC




  • Danielle Riendeau on Lien Fan Shen

    The Taiwanese cartoonist discusses the hurdles that she jumped in order to publish a gay-themed comic-book story in the 1990s.

    (Link via Prism Comics.)






  • Alexander Danner on Family Man Vol. 1

    ©2010 Dylan Meconis.

    “This is, in this case at least, an argument for print over web. The print pages are substantially larger than Meconis runs them online, and all the more rewarding for it. Countless little details come into focus that are completely unperceivable in the web version.”






  • Stephan Pastis: On the retirement of the comic strip Cathy

    Panel from a Pearls Before Swine Sunday strip, ©2010 Stephan Pastis.

    My first contact with the creator of Cathy was a phone call.

    “Hi, there… My name is Stephan Pastis, and I draw the comic strip Pearls Before Swine.”

    Long pause. Awkward. Chilly.

    “I know who you are,” replied Cathy Guisewite.

    No “How are you doing?” or “Nice to meet you” or even “Hello.”

    Just a “I know who you are.”

    It’s the kind of greeting a Nazi hunter would give to Josef Mengele when he found him hiding behind a South American palm tree.

    (Link via Alan Gardner.)




Comics and Art


  • Al Davison: Muscle Memory

    ©2010 Al Davison.

    The author of The Spiral Cage begins the online serialization of his next graphic novel.

    (Link via Richard Bruton.)






  • Vimeo: Dave McKean

    The artist behind the graphic novel Cages spoke in 2009 at the Irish creative conference, Offset.

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)


  • YouTube: Spotlight on Howard Cruse

    Blake Bell interviews the Stuck Rubber Baby author on-stage at last month’s Comic-Con in San Diego.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Aug. 18 (London, England): Bryan Lee O’Malley will be signing books and meeting readers at Gosh! Comics on Great Russell Street, from 4:30-6:30PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 18 (New York, NY): See James Sturm in conversation with Sandee Brawarsky at the Congregation Rodeph Sholom on 83rd Street, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 19 (San Francisco, CA): Nicole Hollander will participate in a presentation and signing at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 19 (Montreal, Quebec): Historian and scholar Jeet Heer discusses modern comics at the Libairie Drawn & Quarterly on Bernard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 20 (London, England): Join Becky Cloonan for the opening of her new art show at Orbital Comics on Great Newport Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 21-22 (Manila, Philippines): The Metro Comic Con happens at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City… is that still in Manila? I’m sitting here in Arizona, so I have no idea. Details here.
  • Aug. 21 (Minneapolis, MN): The Minneapolis Indie Xpo takes place at the Soap Factory on Second Street, from 9AM-5PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 21 (Plano, TX): The Dallas Webcomics Expo will be held at the Southfork Hotel on the Central Expressway, from 11AM-6PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (New York City, NY): Join Alex Robinson, Mike Dawson and Josh Flanagan for a live taping of the Ink Panthers Show at Brooklyn’s own Bergen Street Comics, from 11AM-2PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (London, England): Comica Comiket, the Independent Comics Summer Fair, takes place at the PumpHouse Gallery in Battersea Park, from noon-6PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (Beverly Hills, CA): Sheldon creator Dave Kellett will celebrate the launch of his latest book with a talk, signing and free drinks at the Crescent Lounge on Crescent Drive, beginning at 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. (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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