Journalista for June 23, 2010: Any landing you can walk away from

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010 at 1:01 PM



“These comments were born of my personal frustration with the monthly schedule and the pressure I have been under trying to meet it. I need to make things clear.”


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If you’re reading this, then we’ve successfully moved the Good Ship to a new server, and have not been eaten by the Internet equivalent of sea demons. And thank goodness for that. You have my sincerest apologies for the trials and tribulations of these last few weeks. We anticipate smooth sailing from here on out to the next cockamamie fuck-up.


From After the Snooter, ©2002 Eddie Campbell.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Ian Burns presents the first installment of a three-part interview with comics-and-prose writer G. Willow Wilson.

  • Here’s the second installment in my 2006 four-part interview with Eddie Campbell, originally published in The Comics Journal #273.

  • Rob Clough reviews a variety of minicomics.

  • R.C. Harvey explains how he met the Godfather.

  • GutterGeek‘s Chris Reilly interviews Tony Millionaire.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Brigid Alverson and Katherine Dacey join the roundtable discussion on marketing alt-manga in North America, while Peggy Burns contributes a letter.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

The only real news story at the moment: Renowned Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman is in critical-but-stable condition in a Mumbai hospital. The 86-year-old cartoonist was hospitalized on Sunday “after suffering three mild strokes.”


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • While you weren’t looking, DC Comics released an iTunes app.

  • This is the Google Books case that never ends never ends never ends never ends —

  • “E-books are just files.” As Matt Blind points out, that statement has implications that are getting lost in the Format WarsTM.

  • Johanna Draper Carlson has reservations about Kickstarter fundraisers.


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




  • Golnaz Esfandiari on Kianoush Ramezani

    “A few months after the vote, because I decided not to practice self-censorship, I started to draw political cartoons that reflected the postelection repression, in order to help the Iranian people and their protest movement. Because of the problems I was facing — the arrest of my very close friends was an indirect threat against me — I was forced to leave Iran. Since December, I’ve been in France, where I am seeking political asylum.”

    (Link via Tom Spurgeon.)


  • Jessica Salter on Gerald Scarfe

    ©2010 Gerald Scarfe.

    “The cartoonist Ronald Searle was someone I looked up to hugely when I was younger. I found out where he lived in Bayswater and I used to cycle down from Hampstead planning in my mind what I would say to him, which was to ask how to become a cartoonist. But when I got there I could never make my finger physically touch the doorbell, such was my awe of this man. So I would turn my bike around and cycle home.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Jacque Nodell on Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics

    “[Michelle] Nolan chronicles the rise of American romance comics from love pulps in the early twentieth century to the decline of the romance genre in the early 1980s.This book provides a treasure trove of details, facts, anecdotes and supporting numbers that attest to romance comics’ popularity in the United States.”






  • Jennifer de Guzman: What a girl wants

    “It seems to me that many members of this clique regard it as having a clear ‘no girls allowed’ rule. They don’t want to stop using their comic shop as boys-only clubhouses. They don’t want their superhero comics to stop brutalizing and objectifying female characters. They don’t want to take the time and effort to produce and effectively market female-friendly comics when they have a built-in audience to cater to.”




Business and Craft


  • Tom Richmond: Why I still draw and ink the old-fashioned way

    “I guess I was probably born about 5-10 years too early to be a truly digital age cartoonist. I’m sort of a half-way mutant. When I started doing freelance illustration in the mid to late 1980’s, computers were still in their infancy when it came to graphics and illustration.”


Comics and Art







  • Marc Bernabe: Moto Hagio

    The godmother of modern sh?jo manga discusses the early days.


Comics Culture


  • Alan Gardner: AAEC Weekend 2010

    “So it was a bit of 2a shock after a 12 year absence to return to a much more humble association. Gone are the deep-pocket sponsors, the glitzy hotel and open bars. The times have changed. No longer do papers enjoy healthy double digit profit margins allowing them to pay the cartoonist’s dues and costs of attending the convention.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Oh, Jesus, who’s got the time these days…?


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • June 25 (Edinburgh, Scotland): Frank Quitely makes an appearance at at Edinburgh Books on West Port, beginning at 3:30PM. 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.
  • June 27 (Sacramento, CA): Indy Euphoria will explode all over the Scottish Rite Center on H Street, from 10AM-6PM. 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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