Journalista for June 2, 2010: A perfect fit

Posted by on June 3rd, 2010 at 1:21 AM



“Xerxes was the father of all Aryan Kings, the purest bloodline of Aryans worldwide. The Persians were the inventors and masters of Metalcraft, Swordmanship, Horsmanship, Archery and Cavalery. They wrote the book on how to build an Empire. They created remarkable engineering, arts and preached a unique Spirituality.

“Why such an attempt to depict him as a Negro from some primitive tribe in Africa. Why desecrate and distort and fabricate such lies?

“Because this is all a propaganda warfare againt Iran.”


“Just got this week’s New Yorker with [Kate Beaton]’s cartoon in it. (It’s a perfect fit, so I really hope there’s more in the future.)”


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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

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    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)


  • Marvel Entertainment has promoted Joe Quesada to the position of chief creative officer.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

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    “The moments you spend with Jim Woodring’s most recent work, Weathercraft, don’t lend themselves to the word reading. Experience isn’t really the right word either — the best term, the one that sticks with me the most, is witnessing.”


  • Matthew Brady on Curio Cabinet

    “It is certainly interesting to look at, for the most part, every page full of gray-washed imagery, lumpy, ugly people wandering about and encountering weirdness. The monster designs are effective, and some of the bits of surreality really stand out alongside the stiffness of the characters, but everyone sports such strange, leering faces, looking like inbred freaks with protruding teeth and heavy brows; it’s hard to empathize with the plights of any of these subhuman goofballs.”






  • Paul Gravett: Introduction to AX

    “Approach with caution! There’s a growling, spotty dog prowling amongst these pages and he’s called Manga. It’s the perfect name for a sharp-toothed, mixed breed mongrel, one who cocks a leg to piss on a snoring man lying in the street with a knife jammed into the top of his skull.”


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Panel from Leonard Starr’s Mary Perkins On Stage, shot from the original art.

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  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Screenshot from “The Beat Generation,” a note-perfect satire of early-’60s hipster culture and French New Wave filmmaking.

    The Comic Strip is a 1980s British comedy series featuring a host of comedians recognizable from such series as The Young Ones, Absolutely Fabulous and French and Saunders, and features a different full-length sketch/short film each episode. At its best, it’s fucking hysterical.


Events Calendar




  • June 3-5 (Derry, Northern Ireland): The 2D Festival — Fuck, I can’t make heads or tails of the locations on this website. On the off-chance that you can, details here.
  • June 3 (Malden, MA): Keith Knight will discuss and sign copies of his work at the Malden Public Library on Salem Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 3 (Oakland, CA): Dan Clowes will discuss and sign copies of his new book Wilson at the Diesel Bookstore on College Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 3 (New York City, NY): Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan and Pascal Dizin sign their new book City of Spies at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • June 4-6 (Charlotte, NC): This weekend it’s HeroesCon, taking place at the Charlotte Convention Center and boasting an inclusive gathering of the various comics tribes. Details here.
  • June 4 (Seattle, WA): The Lobster and the Liver, a full-length documentary about Jim Woodring, will be shown at the Central Cinema on 21st Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 4 (Los Angeles, CA): It’s all-fanboy stand-up comedy night at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 8PM. Admission is $4. Details here.
  • June 5 (London, England): Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen and Becky Cloonan make an appearance at Gosh! Comics on Great Russell Street, from 2-4PM. 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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