Journalista for June 22, 2010: The perceived benefit

Posted by on June 22nd, 2010 at 3:52 AM



“I’m guessing that the file locker services, even though they don’t directly provide search engines, are going to be the next boogieman that companies point to for decreasing sales. Nowadays, the comic file sharing method of choice seems to be putting the files into such an upload service and posting links on a bulletin board. The board isn’t liable; they’re just pointing out locations elsewhere and host no actual files. And courts have recently determined that such services are not liable for what users share. The movie and music industries are already trying to go after such sites, but most of them aren’t located in the U.S. In such an environment, the companies will have to go after individual users, which will cost time and money companies don’t want to spend on such efforts, as well as seeming anti-fan and overly punitive. It’s a tough choice for companies, whether the perceived benefit is worth the extensive costs.”


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From After the Snooter, ©2002 Eddie Campbell.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • The first installment of my four-part 2006 interview with The Fate of the Artist author Eddie Campbell, originally published in The Comics Journal #273. Also from that issue: my appreciation of Campbell’s literary comics.

  • Here’s the concluding installment of Steve Ringgenberg’s two-part early-1980s interview with Al Williamson, originally printed in The Comics Journal #90.

  • Kristian Williams reviews Jacques Tardi’s It Was the War of the Trenches.

  • Rob Clough reviews Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, looks at two minis by Melissa Mendes, and examines the minicomics of Maggie Morrill.

  • R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages and visits the editorial pages.

  • Kent Worcester has a question about Lev Gleason.

  • GutterGeek‘s Alex Boney begins a multipart look at DC Comics’ attempt to revive some old pulp heroes, while Chris Reilly interviews Stan Lee.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Matthias Wivel looks at how to criticize comics through a bravura reading of a page from Tintin, while Ng Suat Tong explores the Walter Benjamin/comics connection. Also, the gang kicks off a roundtable discussion in art-manga marketing, as Erica Friedman reprints her “solution to the scanlation solution” essay, for those of you who missed it the first time around.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Anime News Network brings word that manga writer Tadashi Kawashima died on June 15. Kawashima was best know for writing Alive: The Final Evolution.

  • According to Lew Stringer, U.K. entertainer Chris Sievey died yesterday morning at the age of 54. Sievey was best known for his character Frank Sidebottom, who in addition to many television appearances was also featured in a comic strip written and drawn by Sievey.

  • Mark Evanier is reporting the death of Adrienne Colan, wife of comic book artist Gene Colan, yesterday morning.

    ©2010 Nikahang Kowsar.

  • “A cartoon by Iranian exiled cartoonist Nikahang Kowsar that pokes fun at Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has been removed from the popular reformist news website Rooz, which is based outside the country.”

    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)


  • Japan’s Comic Bunch magazine ceases publication at the end of August.

  • ICv2 presents its May estimates for sales to Direct Market retailers. The market-summary verdict: “Comic sales in the direct market staged a rebound in May, up around 15% over May 2009.” Here are rankings and sales estimates for the top-300 comic books and graphic novels.

  • Rich Johnston speaks with James Parker of the Hastings multimedia-retail chain about that company’s decision to invest in comics sales and begin dealing with Diamond.

  • Brian Heater visits the Secret Headquarters and Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.


Today’s Format WarsTM report



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  • Tom Spurgeon on Gene Luen Yang

    “Practically speaking, the success of American Born Chinese has allowed me to devote more time to making comics. I’ve been able to go part-time at my day job, so I get 2-3 full days each week at my drawing table. I used to have to do comics in the early morning, at night, and on the weekends.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Dan Nadel on Wally Gropius

    “Right up front let’s admit this: Wally Gropius is a terrifying comic book and everyone reading this should buy it immediately. Tim Henlsey has crammed more horror into these 64 pages than any comic in recent memory. There is body horror, money horror, sex horror, parental horror, incest horror, school horror. Pretty much every feeling that lies just below the surface even now. We’re all supposed to be grown up, and the pangs adolescence should be safely at bay, but they never really are, and I get the feeling that Hensley knows and can articulate each and every one.”








  • Bob Temuka: Hands in the mix

    “Maybe what DC really need is another Weisenger, another hard bastard who says that things are the way they are and you can hit the pavement if you don’t like it.”




Comics and Art





Comics Culture




Events Calendar




  • June 23 (New York City, NY): There’ll be DC Comics creators a-plenty at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • June 23 (Los Angeles, CA): Josh Fialkov will be signing books at meeting readers at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, from 7-9PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • June 24 (New York City, NY): Megan Kelso and Kim Deitch
    wil give talks and sign books at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 24 (San Francisco, CA): Rob Rogers offers a multimedia presentation at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • June 26 (New Haven, CT): The New Haven Summer Comics Fest takes place at the Orbit Gallery on Court Street, beginning at 10AM. Details here.
  • June 26 (Washington DC): Shannon Gallant, Matt Wuerker, Andrew Cohen and Evan Keeling will talk cartooning at the Northwest One Neighborhood Library on L Street, beginning at 1PM. Details here.
  • June 26 (Santa Rosa, CA): Rob Rogers will serve as cartoonist-in-residence at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Hardies Lane, from 1-3PM. 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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