Journalista for June 4, 2010: James Kochalka wins

Posted by on June 4th, 2010 at 2:31 AM



“If you head down to the comic shop this week, make sure you pick up a copy of the free Jonah Hex comic. Why? So you can see for your very eyes how photo-referencing has taken all the fun, gesture and action out of comics.”


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It’s entirely possible that the comic book from which this cover detail comes may contain goofy, stereotypical clichés.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristy Valenti presents the conclusion of a three-part roundtable on comics translation, featuring participants Anjali Singh, Helge Dascher, Camellia Nieh and Kim Thompson.

  • Anne Ishii spotlights one of the recent winners of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Erica Friedman offers a handy example of condescending ethnic stereotypes in comics…

    It’s the artists’ and writers’ fault. When you draw Asian women with Western body proportions, who serve a fat Chinese triad boss as a sex ninja assassin or are a master of Tantra AND Shaolin martial arts (something I object to because the energy use for these are contrary and you’d probably only make yourself sick trying to do both at once), you are condescending. Yes, I know you are only making entertainment, not a political statement. And yes, I am very aware that male body types in comics are just as disproportionate and extreme these days. Still, perpetuating stereotypes is not cool, or cute or clever. It’s trite and exhausting. Here’s your “condescending asshole” sign. Wear it proudly.

    …while Vom Marlowe dismisses David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Additional human remains have been found in Pasco County, Florida, which may belong to slain Timespirits writer Stephen Perry. Howard Altman has the story.

    Panel from the comic, ©2008 Throwaway Horse LLC.

  • Rob Berry and Josh Levitas explain to Brigid Alverson why they toned down their webcomic Ulysses: Seen for inclusion in Apple’s iPad store. Macy Halford offers further commentary.

    Related: The tech press doesn’t appear to be buying Steve Jobs’ story regarding the Mark Fiore affair.



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Graphic NYC




  • Out of This World on Joe Kubert

    The veteran comic-book cartoonist discusses integrating black protagonists into DC’s 1960s war comics.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics





  • John Canemaker on The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story

    “To describe Gross’ drawing style, writers have used terms such as ‘visual insanity,’ ‘frenzied froth,’ and ‘demented hilarity,’ among others. However, beneath the looseness and sheer cartoon-y energy resides the artist’s bedrock craftsmanship, intelligence and (yes) subtle drawing skills. Gross’ staging and composition within the panels is masterful, and his instincts are those of a born entertainer.”






  • Gary Reed on writing

    “I’m asked often about writing and I have to say, I usually have very little to say about it. Yes, part of it is the old adage that if you want to be a writer, than write. It’s a simple statement and much truer than most people want to accept but it’s not the entire picture.”


  • Bob Temuka: One punch!

    “For any kid living in the harmless world of mainstream comic books, knocking somebody out seems just as harmless, and the thought of what it is doing to these people’s heads is nothing worth thinking about.”


Comics and Art


  • Online portfolio: Tom Neely

    Because apparently it’s Naked People Day here at ¡Journalista!, I guess; ©2010 Tom Neely.

    A new site update means it’s time for a link.






  • Vimeo: Time and Again

    Jacques Khouri’s clever animated short takes excellent advantage of comics tropes to tell a story.

    (Link trail: Scott McCloudRachelle M.)


  • Daryl Cagle: Jeff Stahler at the NCS Reuben Award weekend

    A chat with the Columbus Dispatch cartoonist.


  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Recent guests on Robin McConnell’s Inkstuds: Kickback author and V for Vendetta illustrator David Lloyd (104.9MB); Lose creator Michael DeForge (31.7MB); and art team Jamie Q and James Kirkpatrick, a.k.a. Dusty Peas (52.4MB).
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch talks to Steffen P. Maarup about the collection of Danish comics he’s edited and translated into English, From Wonderland With love (54.4MB).
    • Tall Tales Radio presents a conversation with Tom the Dancing Bug creator Ruben Bolling (40.9MB).
    • Ed Sizemore and Johanna Draper Carlson discuss the future of manga, both digital (19.7MB) and in print (30.9MB).
    • Paul O’Brien and Al Kennedy offer commentary and criticism at House to Astonish (42.4MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Dale North: Boys Love bar in Japan does ‘this and that’ for customers

    “A press release from the joint says that your servers are boys that are ‘doing this and that to create delusions in front of customers.’ I don’t know what the hell that means, but the fujoshi in me thinks that sounds pretty awesome.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    For some reason, earlier today I found myself watching an installment of post-MST3K snarkfest The Film Crew, featuring Mike Nelson and Co. wisecracking to Hollywood After Dark, a truly awful 1968 sexploitation flick featuring Rue McClanahan as an aspiring actress turned stripper.

    No, I don’t have any sense of propriety. Why do you ask?


Events Calendar




  • June 3-5 (Derry, Northern Ireland): The 2D Festival — Fuck, I can’t make heads or tails of the locations on this website. On the off-chance that you can, details here.
  • June 4-6 (Charlotte, NC): This weekend it’s HeroesCon, taking place at the Charlotte Convention Center and boasting an inclusive gathering of the various comics tribes. Details here.
  • June 4 (New York City, NY): Join Brian Chippendale for a reception honoring a new showing of his work at Brooklyn’s own Cinders Gallery on Havemeyer Street, from 7-10PM. Details here.
  • June 4 (Seattle, WA): The Lobster and the Liver, a full-length documentary about Jim Woodring, will be shown at the Central Cinema on 21st Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 4 (Los Angeles, CA): An opening reception for a new exhibit by Vanessa Davis takes place at the Secret Headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, from 8-10PM. Details here.
  • June 4 (Los Angeles, CA): It’s all-fanboy stand-up comedy night at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 8PM. Admission is $4. Details here.


This Weekend:


  • June 5 (London, England): Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen and Becky Cloonan make an appearance at Gosh! Comics on Great Russell Street, from 2-4PM. 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.


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