Journalista for June 28, 2010: Your ugly rose-colored glasses

Posted by on June 28th, 2010 at 3:09 AM



“In my mind, will Hasting be any more successful than, say, Barnes & Noble or Borders? Sure, when those chains started carrying manga and trade paperback in bulk it had an immediate negative impact on the Direct Market. But one needs to look at the long haul. Now Borders is dealing with an incredibly tenuous financial position in its overall market. And I think carrying comic book related materials contributed to that.”

– Kansas retailer Chris Walsh


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    According to The Guardian, Quaife’s stint in Ontario included a gig as a political cartoonist for a local weekly. In the late 1990s, he published The Lighter Side of Dialysis, a collection of cartoons inspired by his treatment for kidney failure, samples from which can be read at the website


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