Journalista for June 26, 2010: It could be worse

Posted by on July 26th, 2010 at 4:10 AM



“The next time you’re tempted to dismiss Direct Market comics as a cultural irrelevancy because the most popular only sell like 125K copies, think of indie rock. Way more people bought Siege #1 than LCD Soundsystem’s last record.”


“Still, it could be worse. Instead of working every day for 12-16 hrs during a stultifying heatwave, I could be at Comicon. Whew!”


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A Jason Chatfield panel from the classic Australian strip, Ginger Meggs, ©2008 Lindsay Foyle.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Today marks the debut of our new International Comics section, featuring a selection of writers from around the world. Kicking things off: Juan M. Dominguez presents a beginner’s primer on Argentinian comics; Matthias Wivel reviews Judith Forest’s French album 1h25; Gerry Alanguilan reviews a pair of works from the recent Summer Komikon in the Philippines; Asli Tunc showcases the work of Turkish editorial cartoonist Latif Demirci; Rolf Heimann introduces us to the Australian comic-strip mainstay Ginger Meggs; and introductory remarks from Fredrik Stromberg and Marco Pellitteri. (You can find the latest entries in this section at that new list in the right-hand column of the page.)

  • Chris Mautner examines the recent run of Swedish comics from Top Shelf.

  • Rob Clough reviews a pair of minicomics.

  • Tom Crippen presents another round of Golden Age comic-book covers by Alex Schomburg.

  • GutterGeek‘s Alex Boney presents a round-up of genre news from last weekend’s Comic-Con.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Domingos Isabelinho examines Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López’s Enterradores, Caroline Small looks at John Vassos’ Ultimo, and Alan Choate takes digs into R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • John Callahan died on Saturday at the age of 59:

    Callahan, a quadriplegic who was paralyzed by an automobile accident, poked fun at himself and life in his frequently politically incorrect drawings, writings and songs. He and his large black wheelchair were often seen in Northwest Portland, where he spent much of his adult life.

    ©2010 John Callahan.

    Callahan’s gag panels were likelier to be funnier than those of just about any cartoonist I know — both in a “funny ha ha” way and an I-can’t-believe-someone-just-did-that kind of way. His work is more than worth tracking down.


  • In India, the cartoonist Kerala “Kevy” Varma has died. He was 86 years old.

  • Rich Johnston brings word that veteran Judge Dredd artist Carlos Ezquerra is in recovery after having a lung removed to combat cancer.

  • Del Rey Manga has laid off marketing manager Ali Kokmen.

  • In Malaysia, “online news portal Malaysiakini and political cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque have challenged the Home Ministry’s decision to ban two of the latter’s comic books.”



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Graphic NYC




  • Chris Mautner on Vanessa Davis

    “I’d struggled with drawing, and often got criticism in school for having such an illustrative, ‘flat’ style, since to draw well, you’re supposed to be open and looking, not have a style at all. It was hard because all of my favorite artists had this emphasis on flatness, line, and pattern. It changed in college, somewhat arbitrarily in my opinion, but all of a sudden my teachers were telling me how I was good at drawing — that I was finally processing my ability to draw into a confident, symbolic type of line; that my lazy approach towards perspective was actually ‘defiant.’ I was dubious but also relieved!”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Frank Santoro on Revolver

    Matt Kindt’s latest is “one of the few comics I’ve read recently that does not feel like it’s nostalgia driven or overly genre based. The press release for the book says it’s science fiction, but it feels like some weird hybrid of slice-o-life daily office life banality mixed with an action movie.”


  • Craig Fischer on Irredeemable Vol. 1-2

    From Irredeemable Vol. 1, I’m guessing ©2009 Mark Waid and maybe Peter Krause.

    “Sure enough, Irredeemable was awesome enough to keep me awake and reading, even as the ‘artier’ books in the pile made me doze.”






  • Cian O’Luanaigh: Osamu Tezuka, scourge of the medical establishment

    I almost missed this look at how the father of manga depicted the practice of medicine. Thanks, Google News!




Comics and Art







  • YouTube: George Sprod

    “Rural doctor David Sprod has uncovered the incredible story of his uncle George, an Adelaide boy who survived a Japanese World War Two prison camp to become one of Britain’s best-loved political cartoonists.”

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)


Comics Culture


  • Comic-Con reports of actual interest

    • Here are 2010’s Eisner Award winners.
    • How to damn someone with faint praise: Tom Spurgeon’s daily reports from the floor (one, two and three) were the best the funnybook press had to offer. I don’t mean to damn Spurgeon with faint praise, mind you — they’re good, interesting reports — but you almost can’t make that statement without unintentionally highlighting the fact that much of the rest of the funnybook press was attending movie panels, waiting for Joe Quesada and/or Dan DiDio feed them inane horseshit and then running into one of the convention center bathrooms and masturbating. Spurgeon’s basically got the field to himself, you know? Seriously, the signal-to-noise ratio in my RSS reader this weekend has been unbelievable.
    • One audience member stabbed another “on the side of his eye with a pen” during a panel. Geeks of Doom offers an eyewitness account.
    • Bruce Lidl reports from two events: the “Digital Comics Now!” panel, which featured a discussion among representatives from several of the cellphone/tablet “platform” companies, and the digital piracy panel, wherein script kiddies flamed each other furiously from their laptops (note: I may have just made that up).
    • Eva Volin offers a librarian’s perspective on the show.
    • Rich Johnston presents a sizeable chunk of video documenting this year’s small-press section on the main floor.
    • Kiel Phegley offers the obligatory interview with CCI marketing director David Glanzer.
    • Kate Fitzsimmons rounds up the indy-comics product announcements, so I don’t have to. (Here’s one from Drawn & Quarterly that she missed.)



Events Calendar




  • July 26 (Los Angeles, CA): Join Ivan Brandon, Sam Humphries, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Felipe Smith and musical guest Jane Weidlin for a Comic-Con Decpmpression Party at Meltdown on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • July 30 (Athens, GA): Join Drew Weing for a release party celebrating his new book Set to Sea at Bizarro Wuxtry on Clayton Street, from 5-8PM. Details here.


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