Journalista for June 18, 2010: Our beloved blogospheric sweethearts

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 2:22 AM



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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Here’s the first installment of Steve Ringgenberg’s 1984 interview with Al Williamson, originally published in The Comics Journal #90.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong presents the second half of his review of Jiro Taniguchi and Natsuo Sekikawa’s The Times of Botchan. Oh, yeah: HU is back online.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Kaylee Byram is reporting the death of comic-book artist Rik Levins last Saturday in Tampa, Florida. He was 59 years old. Levins drew for a variety of publishers in the 1990s, including a run on Captain America.

  • “A teenager has been convicted for hitting a police officer during an attack on Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who sparked controversy with a drawing of the Prophet Mohammed.”

  • Rich Johnston asks, “Is a Manhattan comic-shop war imminent?”

  • Longtime Journal contributor David Groenewegen e-mailed me yesterday to point this out:

    Of books purchased by those who earn $100K or more [in 2008], mystery and detective fiction represent 16% of sales, juvenile 13%, romance 6%, thrillers 4%, and comics and graphic novels 4%

    Call it your random fact for the day.


  • “Hallmark Announces Its Plans for Comic-Con” — no, seriously, that’s a real headline.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Longbox CEO Rantz Hoseley talks to Brigid Alverson about his digital-comics distribution system.

  • Brian Hibbs makes the case that same-day digital comics distribution would be a bad thing for comics shops and publishers alike. As things stand now — and so long as by “publishers” you mean “Marvel and DC” — I agree with him, but I don’t think this will always be the case, and I certainly wouldn’t expect it to be nearly so true, say, three or four years from now. For smaller publishers, of course, it’s a different story…

  • Helen McCarthy makes the argument that a crackdown on scanlators now may lead to legal digital manga in the future.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)



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Graphic NYC




  • Multiversity Comics on Jeff Lemire

    Detail from the cover of Sweet Tooth #5.

    “I don’t think of comics as movies or as storyboards, if that’s kind of what you mean. I really see them as their own thing, and go at the page as a comic page and not a scene from a film.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Jeremy Estes on Art in Time

    “Reading those stories is like discovering a lost mythology. The book is full of a mystical charm that is truly out of time. It springs forth from the collapsing coil of the past to land here in the present both as an important historical marker and an artistic oddity.”


  • Wim Lockefeer on Lydie

    “In my opinion, this is one of the best graphic novels of the year, period. If this [French-language] book doesn’t get picked up by foreign publishers for translation, then I don’t know what they are looking for.”






  • Shaenon Garrity: Ten defining manga

    “Recently I’ve had some discussions about teaching classes in manga and its place in the comics medium, and my first thought, of course, is of all the awesome manga I could force my students to read. On reflection, though, it’s hard to narrow the list down. Even if one sticks to the manga available in official English translation, there’s a huge body of work out there, representing a dizzying array of subjects, genres and styles. It’s not like the old days when people had maybe heard of Lone Wolf and Cub.”


Business and Craft


  • John Kricfalusi: Opposing poses

    “If you wanna make your characters seem alive and aware of each other’s presence it’s good to balance their poses against each other so that they are reacting to each other. Try to have their lines of action vary in strength and direction.”


  • John Allison: Teeshirt treatise

    The Scary Go Round/Bad Machinery creator reflects on the shrinking market for that webcartoonist’s revenue staple, the T-shirt.

    (Link via Xaviar Xerexes.)


Comics and Art


  • Abhay Khosla: “Elementary”

    ©2010 Abhay Khosla.

    This guy should be paid to make more comics.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Dash Shaw joins host Robin McConnell for this week’s installment of Inkstuds (58.3MB).
    • New Zealand radio station 95bFM presents a conversation with Hicksville creator Dylan Horrocks (32MB).
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch speaks with newspaper cartoonist Martin Rowson (26.2MB).
    • Dan Nadel is the guest on the latest episode of Collected Comics Library (39.2MB).
    • The Ink Panthers Show celebrates its 50th episode with a two-parter, in which Alex Robinson and Mike Dawson talk comics culture (34.7MB) and chat with Matt Fraction (42.9MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Chris Oliveros: Comics at at Chicago Printers Row

    Scenes from the recent literary event in Illinois.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    If you want to keep up with the news and politics in Europe, I recommend Open Europe‘s weekday press summaries, which quotes across a wide spectrum of news publications from the continent.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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One Response to “Journalista for June 18, 2010: Our beloved blogospheric sweethearts”

  1. […] Passings | Kaylee Byram reports that Richard "Rik" Levins, an artist best known for his work in the early 1990s with Mark Gruenwald on Marvel's Captain America, passed away on June 12 at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He was 59. Levins also penciled covers and interiors for Acclaim's X-O Manowar and The H.A.R.D. Corps, AC Comics' Dragonfly and FemForce, and Marvel's The Avengers. In more recent years he worked as a game developer and modeler. [ComicMix, via Journalista] […]