Journalista for June 29, 2010: Grant Morrison says hello

Posted by on June 29th, 2010 at 2:44 AM



“There’s a reason the top creators in the industry come to Marvel and choose to make it their home year in and year out, and that’s quite simply because of the way we treat them.”

– Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada


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From The Pterodactyl Hunters in the Gilded City, ©2010 Brendan Leach.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Marc Librescu presents the conclusion of his two-part interview with macabre cartoonist Gahan Wilson.

  • Kent Worcester speaks with small-press cartoonist Brendan Leach.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews a variety of minicomics.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Stephanie Folse discusses the differences in visual language between Japanese and Western comics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Walt Steinsiek, a long-time bowling columnist for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and considered ‘the world’s greatest bowling cartoonist,’ died at his home on Sunday. He was 85.”

  • A Monday morning fire at the Kenosha, Wisconsin comics shop Heroes and Dreams is being investigated as arson.

  • As the recession deepens, school libraries are starting to find themselves on the cutting block:

    No one will know exactly how many jobs are lost until fall, but the American Association of School Administrators projects 19 percent of the nation’s school districts will have fewer librarians next year, based on a survey this spring. Ten percent said they cut library staff for the 2009-2010 school year.

    (Link via Chris Meadows.)


  • In Malaysia, “Political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, has vowed not to put down his pen even as three more of his books were seized and banned last week.” Related: Several journalism groups have protested the ban on Zunar’s books.

    Detail from the cover illustration to Battle Angel Alita Vol. 1, ©1991 Yukito Kishiro.

  • Meanwhile in Japan, Battle Angel Alita creator Yukito Kishiro had to deal with censorship issues of a different sort: His editors demanded that he make alterations to a new printing of his classic sci-fi series, even if it meant blowing his deadline on the 100th installment of sequel series Battle Angel: Last Order. Kishiro has since stated that there may not be a 101st installment.

  • Sexy philosophers? Just ask Japan.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Amazon has released its Kindle app for the Android smartphone platform.

  • Publishers Weekly reports that the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain has enjoyed increasing sales in the online world, even as bricks-and-mortar sales have stagnated:

    In his statement, B&N chairman Len Riggio observed that “The explosive growth of digital books has created the most compelling opportunity in Barnes & Noble’s history. We have found that Barnes & Noble Members, our best customers, have increased their combined physical and digital spend with us by 17% since purchasing a NOOK, and by a phenomenal 70% in total units.”


  • According to Philip Elmer-DeWitt, 77% of sales for the iPhone 4 went to consumers upgrading from previous iterations of the device.



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  • Brian Truitt on Robert Kirkman

    The Walking Dead writer attempts to stick to his comics and ignore the siren song of Hollywood.





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  • Brian Heater on Mad Magazine #504

    “Once opened, however, I discovered precisely what I’ve been missing, greeted by a pleasant surprise not unlike the one I had the first time I cracked open an issue of Nickelodeon Magazine, when that publication’s comics section was helmed by Chris Duffy and Dave Roman. Jaffee, Aragones, and Kuper aside, somewhere along the line Mad Magazine became an oasis of sorts for indie cartoonists.”


  • Frank Santoro on The Bulletproof Coffin #1

    ©2010 David Hine and Shaky Kane.

    “Like some haunting refrain of a long forgotten pop song or like David Lynch’s dreamy, uneasy nostalgia — Shaky Kane’s comics take me away to a place in space that is beyond past or future.”

    Here, read it yourself and see if you agree.






  • Katherine Dacey: Keeping your manga collection current

    Advice for librarians.




Comics and Art


  • BibliOdyssey: The Printer’s Handbook

    A gorgeous panorama of 19th-century typography and design.

    (Link via John Martz.)






  • Masters of Manga: Yoshihiro Tatsumi

    In this too-short video interview, the gekiga founder discusses the comics industry of the 1950s and his break with the subject matter of the time.


  • The Infinite Monkey Cage: Alan Moore and Jonathan Ross discuss science

    Moore and Ross join string theorist Brian Greene and hosts Brian Cox and Robin Ince to discuss the science in science fiction. This MP3 podcast only remains online through the end of the week, so I’m listing it now rather than waiting until Friday.

    (All thanks and apologies to the gentleman who sent me the link — like an idiot, I deleted the e-mail before copying your name. I promise to get it right next time.)


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