Journalista for June 8, 2010: Some big literary cinematic comic

Posted by on June 8th, 2010 at 3:37 AM



“What if the ambitions were at a much higher level? I suppose that now I work in a tradition that does not exist. Some big literary cinematic comic, whatever you want to call it. That’s what I and others are doing, I think. But it didn’t exist before. Not really. So we had to create it. Without an airbrush.”


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From Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers, ©2010 Matt Kindt.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey presents the second installment of his history of the National Cartoonists Society.

  • Rob Clough reviews Matt Kindt’s Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Dan Mazur’s minicomic, The Way It Crumbles.

  • Not comics: R. Fiore has a bad time at the movies.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky offers a few thoughts on literary modernism and comics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Steve Jobs introduced and demonstrated the new iPhone yesterday in San Francisco. Peter Ha liveblogged it, while the folks at did the same in audio and video (the latter should be posted online sometime today).

  • Sean Kleefeld considers Marvel’s same-day digital release of an Invincible Iron Man Annual.

    Admit it, you thought people were making this up, didn’t you? From The Rise of Arsenal #3, ©2010 DC Comics.

  • Final thought about this whole “same-day digital distribution” stuff: If it means that Marvel and DC find themselves opening up to the general public once again, and start thinking twice about comic books wherein former Teen Titan Speedy Arsenal gets hopped up on drugs and beats an alley full of hoodlums with a dead cat because he couldn’t get it up for his supervillain babymama, then I’m all for same-day digital distribution, if for no other reason than that I won’t have to type anything like “former Teen Titan Speedy Arsenal gets hopped up on drugs and beats an alley full of hoodlums with a dead cat because he couldn’t get it up for his supervillain babymama” again until the next S. Clay Wilson comic comes out.



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Graphic NYC




  • Ian Burns on Kim Deitch

    “You know what happens is I ease into laying out, because when I’m coming up with a story, I’m also drawing and doing sketchbook stuff, and when I’m mentally played out, rather than just start working, I’ll just shift over and start drawing. I’ll go back to the last point in the story where I thought I was going good, and just start drawin’ a picture of that, and that’ll start giving me an idea, so even by the time I’m ready to start doing layouts, I’ve pretty much designed everything as I was writing it, and in a lot of cases, have drawings that are just about good enough to be layouts.”


  • Brian Heater on Gene Deitch

    Concluding a four-part interview with the influential animator and cartoonist.





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics




  • Andrew Wheeler on Scarlett Takes Manhattan

    ©2009 Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt.

    Scarlett, like its main character, is a sexy, never more than half-serious romp through a garish fun-house version of the turn of the last century, with more sex and voluptuous nudity than most sexy stories twice its length and just enough plot to connect the points of its story.”






  • Noel Murray: Superhero reconstruction vs. deconstruction

    Thoughts on the thematic difference between Astro City and Planetary.


  • Neil Cohn: Comprehending and producing two-dimensional drawings

    “When we draw from perception, we route our vision through the schematic information we use to draw. This is why people’s life drawing reflects their own ‘style’ — they are those mental patterns. In some ways, learning to draw proficiently with ‘realistic accuracy’ may be the suppression of these schemas.”


  • Sadie Maddox: Comic-book store etiquette

    “On the other side, there was one comic store I entered that the guy barely looked up. Um, ok, fine he was reading a comic… forgiven. Then when I asked where the manga was, he pointed in a vague directions. Um, ok…. found a very small manga section which is ok, I don’t expect a comic store to carry anything they don’t want to. Picked up the latest Shojo Beat. Then, I went to pay. Another guy had come out from the back and after patiently waiting for them to finish their conversation, I laid my magazine on the counter. They both exchanged a look and, I swear to god, actually smirked. Yup, I left the pretty Shojo Beat right where it was and walked out.”


Business and Craft


  • David Apatoff: A few thoughts on an empty studio

    “If you look for the magic ingredient that distinguished Frazetta from his peers, you won’t find any clues left behind in his studio.”


Comics and Art


  • Rod McKie: Weathercraft and Nutwood

    From Weathercraft, ©2010 Jim Woodring.

    This examination of the hidden threads between Jim Woodring’s work and classic Rupert the Bear stories is as much essay as art showcase, but the fact that whole stories are reproduced means this is a fantastic opportunity for Woodring newbies to read some good, mind-blowing work and maybe get a little food for thought. Everybody wins!




Comics Culture


  • J.K. Parkin: Russ Manning Award nominees announced

    Congratulations all around.


  • Mike Lynch: Reubens Weekend link round-up

    Linking to linkbloggers is never a sin.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    “By conventional standards, the Assassins should have been no match for the superior conventional military power of any of their many enemies. But near the end of the 11th century, the charismatic and ruthless Hasan-i Sabbah forged this small, persecuted sect into one of the most lethally effective terrorist groups the world has ever known.”

    (Link via Arts & Letters Daily.)


Events Calendar




  • June 8 (New York City): Steve Dillon makes an appearance at Forbidden Planet on Broadway, beginning at 5PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • June 9 (Berkeley, CA): Jim Woodring will discuss his work at Pegasus Books on Shattuck Avenue, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • June 10 (San Francisco, CA): Gene Yang will be signing books and meeting readers at Giant Robot on Shrader Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • June 10 (London, England): Steve Bell discusses the reportage work of Ronald Searle at the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street, from 6:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • June 10 (San Francisco, CA): Jim Woodring will discuss his work at The Booksmith on Haight Street, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • June 12-13 (Dearborn, MI): Kids Read Comics! offers workshops, panels and presentations for the whole family at the Henry Ford Centennial Library on Michigan Avenue, and it’s free! Details here.
  • June 12 (San Francisco, CA): Joe Wos mixes live drawing and storytelling at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, beginning at 12:30PM. Details here.
  • June 12 (Seattle, WA): Join Megan Kelso for an artist’s reception and book signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • June 12 (Chicago, IL): Daniel Clowes appears at Quimby’s Books on North Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • June 13 (Cincinnati, OH): Carol Lay will speak at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Eden Park Drive, beginning at 12:30PM. Details here.
  • June 13 (Los Angeles, CA): Drew Friedman will discuss his work and sign books at Family on Fairfax Avenue, beginning at 7PM. 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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One Response to “Journalista for June 8, 2010: Some big literary cinematic comic”

  1. mblind says:

    Love the allusion. As I recall, in most versions John Henry wins the duel against the steam drill — right before he falls over dead. It may be that I will argue this same point until I end up the same way.