Journalista for June 23, 2010: Thought that cave would never end

Posted by on July 23rd, 2010 at 4:30 AM



“As you know, [Harvey Pekar] was a great artist and a great innovator. […] A guy who turned me on to the fact that graphic art can be personal. I wanted to salute him today.”

– actress Helen Mirren


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey reviews Todd Hignite’s career-spanning retrospective, The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death.

  • Kenneth Smith concludes his journey through the Cave of False Consciosness.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky reviews Wonder Woman #21.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • According to Rich Johnston, “Without explanation, the Drug Enforcement Administration has seized and held all of the UK stock that 2000AD/Rebellion had flown over for Comic Con.”

    (Johnston also presents a hilarious photo gallery of the counter-demonstration against the notoriously homophobic Phelps family, who showed up to gather a little publicity from the big show in San Diego.)


  • Is DC Comics planning a move to Los Angeles?



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Graphic NYC




  • Michael Cavna on Keith Knight

    Knight’s contribution to “The Strip Club” section of Mad Magazine #455, ©2005 E.C. Publications, Inc.

    “Once upon a time [my cartooning aspiratioins] might have been for fame and riches. Now I’ll be selling original art that has baby scrawlings on it.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Steve Higgins on Revolver

    “The graphic novels of St. Louis-based comic creator Matt Kindt are renowned for the way in which he imbues the characters in his stories with such humanity that, no matter what fantastic situation they may find themselves in, their reactions feel real to the readers. Kindt’s work is always poignant in how it explores the emotions and psyches of people dealing with unusual circumstances, and his newest book Revolver is no exception.”






  • Ben Schwartz: Remembering Los Angeles as a hotbed of alt-weekly comics

    “None of them knew each other. They saw one another’s comics in ‘zines, weeklies and punk newspapers. ‘Yeah, there were a number of us,’ remembers Matt Groening, 30 years after his strip Life in Hell debuted in the Los Angeles Reader. ‘I don’t think we even considered it a scene. It just felt like a bunch of people in isolation.'”




Business and Craft


  • Devon Quin: How to self-publish comics

    “Yes, the fun and rewards from self-publishing your own comic books are evident to anybody with access to an electron microscope. Follow these simple instructions and you might be trapped in a special, private hell all your own because You Too Can Self Publish Your Own Comic Books!”

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)


  • Sam Costello: Objects in motion

    The Split Lip writer offers tips for staying on schedule with your work.


Comics and Art


  • Stephan Worth: Olaf Gulbransson and the magic of drawing

    “The average person who looks at a drawing doesn’t see the thought process that goes into creating it. He just sees the image. If you don’t understand the principles that go into organizing a piece of art, the act of drawing appears to be magic.”






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • The latest edition of Meltcast features a conversation with Phonogram writer Kieron Gillen (45MB).
    • Over at War Rocket Ajax, meanwhile, the gang sits down for a chat with Atomic Robo co-creator Brian Clevinger (85.9MB).
    • Inkstuds‘ Robin McConnell talks to Bill Ayers and Ryan Alexander-Tanner (73.9MB).
    • This week’s allotment of commentary and criticism is brought to you by the fine folks at House to Astonish (43.9MB) and Fourcast (38.9MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Events Calendar




  • July 21-25 (San Diego, CA): Comic-Con International takes place at the… why am I bothering? If you have tickets, you already know. If you don’t, the only way you’re getting in is by paying sucker prices from a scalper. Details here.


This Weekend:


  • July 24 (Auckland, New Zealand): Doujin Overload, a showcase for Kiwi creators, takes place at the Hyatt Regency on Waterloo Quadrant, from 10AM-5PM. Details here.
  • July 24 (Dublin, Ireland): Summer Edition 2010, an artists’ book, comic and zine fair, takes place at Filmbase on Curved Street (I think?) from 11AM-5PM. Details here.
  • July 24 (Chicago, IL): Sara Drake, Edie Fake, Rickey Gonzales, Aaron Renier and Sam Sharpe give a reading at Fun House on Mozart, beginning at 8PM. 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. (Note: Under no circumstances will I link to a Facebook page. Seriously, what idiot “advertises” their event solely on a website that requires registration to see the advertisement?)


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