Journalista for June 30, 2010: Good Advice

Posted by on June 30th, 2010 at 2:38 AM



“You’re supposed to polish the turd, not put a jacket on it.”


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From Afrodisiac, ©2009 Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Matthew Miller reviews Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s blacksploitation homage, Afrodisiac.

  • GutterGeek‘s Alex Boney reviews the first issue of David Hine and Shaky Kane’s The Bulletproof Coffin.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Robert Stanley Martin appraises the career of Frank Frazetta.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Edward J. Ashley, editorial cartoonist of [Ohio’s Toledo Blade] in the 1970s and early ’80s whose distinctive style combined humor, commentary, and humanity, died Saturday in his home. He was 88.”

  • Of course the Siegel family’s lawyer now needs a lawyer himself. You didn’t think that Warner would let Superman slip out of their fingers without resorting to a few Lex Luthor tactics, did you?

  • Kai-Ming Cha examines the battle between scanlators and manga publishers.

  • Given the utter lack of detail so far, I’m stepping lightly over the debate surrounding Marvel and DC’s competing royalty programs for digital downloads, but Augie de Blieck makes a valiant attempt to cover all the basics of the story (such as it is).

  • Robert Greenberger speaks with Classic Comics Press publisher Charles Pelto.

    There will be continuity porn. Page detail from Green Lantern #43, ©2010 DC Comics.

  • I can’t quite tell: Is Walter Richardson‘s report on Lansdowne, Virginia shop Laughing Ogre Comics a weird example of lowered expectations or a sarcastic masterpiece of damning with faint praise?

    The most important attraction in any comic shop, in my opinion, is the availability of new issues. Sure, this may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve been to some shops where new issues are in small supply. Laughing Ogre has no such trouble.

    Also, I love the fact that Goeff Johns’ Green Lantern is cited as an example of “the comics that those who are new to comics are more likely to check out.” Man, that’s comedy.


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




  • Alex Dueben on Meredith Gran

    The Octopus Pie author discusses her fan-favorite webcomic.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • David Brothers on Children of the Sea

    “Strange things happen regularly in Children of the Sea, like a young boy dissolving in a shower of light or two children having an odd connection with the ocean. It is ultimately left up to the characters, and the readers, to divine the meaning of what they have seen.”


  • Larry Cruz on Masque of the Red Death

    Panel from the comic, ©2010 Wendy Pini.

    “Sill, despite my reservations about an erotic Poe motion comic set in the future, Wendy Pini is such a professional that she almost manages to pull off a decent adaptation.”






  • Lauren Davis: What I’ve learned from reading print comics

    A look at the differences between the print- and webcomics dynamics, as seen from the online side.

    (Link via Larry Cruz.)




Business and Craft


  • John Kricfalusi: More drawing practice

    In which the Ren and Stimpy creator combines two subjects he’s still learning to draw — Asian girls and hair — attempts to conquer the learning curve and discusses the results. His attempts to get the hair right are instructive, of course, but I really respect the fact that he’s struggling with getting the girls’ faces right, as well. Too few cartoonists bother trying to draw beyond the stereotypical schema of races different than their own. Learning in public like this takes serious grit.


Comics and Art







  • Masters of Manga: Shuho Sato in action

    The Say Hello to Black Jack cartoonist demonstrates his work.


Comics Culture


  • Brigid Alverson: Comics at the ALA

    A report from the American Library Association’s midsummer meeting in Washington DC.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Over at The House Next Door, Benjamin Marra and Brandon Soderberg discuss that cinematic classic, Rambo: First Blood Part II.


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