Journalista for June 16, 2010: Twist away the gates of steel

Posted by on June 16th, 2010 at 2:22 AM



“Devo makes fun of commercial culture by embodying it. In this way, they are probably best understood as the unexpected precursor to acts like Lady Gaga — right down to the weird headgear. Lady Gaga also makes fun of fame-obsessed pop culture by embodying it and taking it to an extreme. Maybe Lady Gaga’s popularity is a sign that Devo’s time has come again.”


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Last Devo reference, I promise.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristian Williams concludes his three-part look at false starts in superhero comics with the discovery that Dazzler #1 is aware of its own kitsch, at least.

  • The Hooded Utilitarian‘s Richard Cook reviews that new Iron Man movie.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Boom! Studios has announced their intention to make their entire back catalog available for sale in digital format.

  • Anime News Network reports that the Japanese e-book publisher Bitway has made a $750,000 “strategic investment” in the Asian-culture subscription site Crunchyroll, with the stated goal of working with the site “to build a comic-distribution platform overseas, with an emphasis on the United States and Canada.”

  • Deb Aoki offers a comprehensive round-up of the decision by manga publishers to join together in the fight against scanlations, and the scanlators’ reactions.

  • Brigid Alverson speaks with Ulysses Seen co-creator Rob Berry about Apple’s turnaround decision on the nudity in the comic he produces with Josh Levitas.


Life in interesting times

  • Kai-Ming Cha examines how the manga market has survived economic turbulence.

  • Hervé St-Louis interviews NBM publisher Terry Nantier.

  • Tacoma, Washington shop Comic Book Ink is moving to Lakewood.

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • You know, I was all set to buy into Brigid Alverson‘s article about how graphic novels were getting a big spotlight at the forthcoming American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington DC, until I hit the second paragraph:

    A special Gaming/Graphic Novel Pavilion on the exhibit floor will feature […]

    Suddenly, I find myself transported to a Borders bookstore in 1998, when being moved from the science-fiction section to the gaming section really was a step up!


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops today.



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Graphic NYC




  • Eric Esquivel on Brandon Graham

    “Heh, if I was the Wolverine of the art world, wouldn’t I be unable to remember my past and then when I finally did we’d all be really disappointed?”


  • Alex Pappademas on Benjamin Marra

    ©2010 Benjamin Marra.

    “I’m channeling my inner 12-year-old—when I was a kid, everything seemed more dangerous, including comic books. The more I think about it, the more Night Business seems like it’s based on the first comic books I ever read, which were really ones I wasn’t supposed to be reading.”

    (Link via Tucker Stone.)





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • David Brothers on Black Comix: African American Independent Art & Culture

    “While some of the more superheroic work features a certain amount of surface similarity, that’s where anything even approaching a consensus stops. Keith Knight’s clean and cartoony style sits right next to MShindo Kuumba I’s very clean and painterly style. Leilani Hickerson’s art style has a very all-ages appeal, while N. Steven Harris’s approach is more realistic and big on little detailed. Black comix, like all indie comix, feature a multitude of styles and looks.”


  • Sean T. Collins on Ex Machina Vol. 1-9

    “In my re-read of the series in three or four sittings prior to its imminent conclusion with issue #50, I was struck by just how clunky it is, particularly at first — much more so than I remember it.”






  • Tom Spurgeon: Al Williamson, 1931-2010

    A comprehensive recounting of the late artist’s career in comics.




Business and Craft


  • Gene Yang: Prime Baby process

    Yang walks us through the creation of a page from his most recent book.


Comics and Art





Comics Culture


  • Derik Badman: Garo in New York City

    Another look at the exhibit celebrating the influential avant-garde manga magazine.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Today’s timewaster: the David Lee Roth Soundboard.

    Also: In a follow-up to yesterday’s Not-Comics Link of the Day, Brad Rice has another weird-ass DJ Ozma video for your enjoyment.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 18-20 (Miami, FL): The Florida Supercon takes place at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Convention Center on 72nd Avenue. Details here.
  • June 18 (New York City, NY): Howard Cruse, Jennifer Camper and Ivan Velez will make an appearance at Bluestockings on Allen Street, beginning at 7PM. 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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