Journalista for June 17, 2010: A niche-slash-boutique print market

Posted by on June 17th, 2010 at 1:37 AM



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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough reviews Joe Daly’s Dungeon Quest and Jeffrey Brown’s Undeleted Scenes.

  • Shaenon Garrity introduces us to the uncensored world of Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker.

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

  • Over at The Hooded Ultilitarian, Ng Suat Tong presents the first installment of a two-part look at Jiro Taniguchi and Natsuo Sekikawa’s The Times of Botchan.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Missed it: Did a Moroccan court imprison a newspaper editor in retaliation for a cartoon published by said paper, which mocked a royal wedding?

    (Caught it: Tom Spurgeon.)


  • Laura Onstot investigates the grim story of Jed Waits, a former college-newspaper cartoonist who committed suicide after allegedly shooting and killing a woman last February.

    This is not a Michael Turner drawing.

  • Rich Johnston continues tracking the misadventures of a scammer who sold fake Michael Turner art on eBay.

  • Neil Gaiman discusses his ongoing legal entanglement with Todd McFarlane.

  • Simon Jones offers commentary on the recently defeated attempt by the Tokyo Assembly to penalize lewd and pornographic depictions of underaged characters in manga and anime.

  • If you stay at all current with comics-industry news, you won’t find anything new in Glen Weldon‘s overview of the recent deflation in manga sales. Still, if you have curious friends who want to catch up on the situation but don’t know much about how publishing works, this is a decent enough link to e-mail around.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “E-book sales in April rose 127.9%, to $27.4 million,” reports Publishers Weekly.

  • Anime News Network notes that Japanese publisher Shogakukan has launched has launched a free iTunes app for its Sh?nen Sunday magazine.

  • Lauren Goode quotes a PricewaterhouseCoopers report claiming that online ad revenue is set to surpass that of newspapers in the near future.

    (Link via Dwight Silverman.)


  • Graeme McMillan talks digital comics with Comixology CEO David Steinberger:

    I admit that it’s a counterintuitive model, but the comic book market is not like any other market out there. It’s not going to follow the same sales trajectory as music, because it already has terrible distribution and is already a niche-slash-boutique print market. The stores are almost a cultural center. You could compare it to vinyl, to these vinyl boutique that are popping up in urban centers and celebrating the culture of vinyl, of record stores, having a very personalized experience. That’s what comic stores already are. I don’t see any danger to that through digital, and the [print] market that’s there is really dedicated.


  • Matt Blind discusses the drawbacks of the ePub digital-file format.

  • Chris Sims considers the possible impact that the iPad may have on comics.



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Graphic NYC




  • Sam Stander on Daniel Clowes

    We haven’t had one of these in, what, over a week?


  • Michael Lorah on Cathy Malkasian

    From Temperance, ©2010 Cathy Malkasian.

    “I don’t expect people to absorb all of this in one go. I’m always a bit bereft after reading a story whose meaning drops off with the final page! What I like most about books is that they can be re-read as many times as needed”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Brian Heater on Set to Sea

    “It’s fitting, in a sense, that Set to Sea shares a title with the book of poetry penned by [Drew] Weing’s protagonist upon discovering precisely that missing thing on the deck of an embattled pirate ship. At its core, this book imbued with appropriately romantic notions of what living one’s life truly means.”


  • Katherine Dacey on Honey Hunt Vol. 1-4

    “It isn’t terribly original — the plot mirrors Skip Beat! in its basic outline — nor is its heroine a paradigm of strength and self-sufficiency — she weeps at least once every other chapter — but Honey Hunt is slick, fast-paced, and perfectly calibrated to appeal to a sixteen-year-old’s idea of the glamorous life.”






  • Kevin Huizenga: Nancy, solidarity, typograhy

    “Drawing Nancy and Sluggo almost exactly the same each time, it’s like [Ernie Bushmiller]’s making them into a font, like he’s writing ‘Nancy’ in Helvetica. All the drawings of Nancy are transparently Nancy the way a commonly used font will make a word ‘transparent.'”


  • Bob Temuka: Too much cost, not enough fun

    If you think the high price of comics is discouraging here in the States, try buying them in New Zealand.


  • Karen MacPherson: Graphic novels for youngsters that rise above kid stuff

    “Perhaps the best reason to let your kids enjoy comics and graphic novels is that they are reading what they enjoy. And, because they enjoy reading, they are much more likely to continue reading throughout their lives.”


Comics and Art


  • Archive: Eric Stanton’s bondage art

    Damn, that’s a lot of fetish cartooning.

    (Link via Osamu Nomura.)






  • YouTube: Gerald Scarfe at the Tate

    The legendary satirist is filmed preparing for a new cartoon exhibition in London.

    (Link via Mike Lynch, of course.)


Comics Culture


  • Leif Peng: A visit to the the Society of Illustrators

    “I never imagined I’d ever even set foot in the door of the Society and yet here I was — as Murray [Tinkelman]’s invited guest — eating, drinking and sharing stories with three of my idols. Hanging on the wall just inches from my head, a gorgeous original by N.C. Wyeth — and lining the walls all around this bright, inviting room; original artworks by so many of the giants of the golden age of illustration.”


  • Marc Lightdale: Gary VandenBergh’s Will Elder documentary

    “The documentary was given to the Festival in Toronto as a ‘work in progress,’ VandenBergh said. He needs additional funding to finish the project for distribution.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    If you’ve ever been in a bad personal relationship, either at home or at work, this essay might seem scarily familiar.

    (Thanks to CTJ for e-mailing me the link.)


Events Calendar




  • June 17 (New York City, NY): Jim Woodring will be signing books and meeting readers at Forbidden Planet on Broadway, beginning at 6PM. 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.


This Week:


  • 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): Join Jim Woodring for an opening reception for a new exhibit of his work at the Scott Eder Gallery on Bridge Street, from 6-9PM. 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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