Journalista for June 9, 2010: Fake nuts

Posted by on June 9th, 2010 at 2:32 AM



“I’ve said this before: if scanlation fandom gets destroyed, blame the aggregators.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • We kick off a roundtable on a collection of academic essays, Boys’ Love Manga, with contributions from “Kinukitty,” Noah Berlatsky and Shaenon Garrity.

  • R.C. Harvey presents the conclusion of his survey of National Cartoonists Society history.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Matthias Wivel weighs in on the discussion of David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp.

  • A quick note: The Utilitarian was down with the technical equivalent of the flu for a short time yesterday. It’s back online now, although we’re still working on getting the damned thing to let contributors post new essays. Our apologies to the site’s many devoted readers for the hassle.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Calvin Reid reports that a group of Japanese and United States manga publishers have banded together to fight back against scanlators who pirate their works online:

    A spokesperson for the coalition said the effort shows that Japanese publishers — who license the majority of manga sold in the U.S. — are taking an aggressive interest in combating manga piracy outside of Japan as well as inside the country. The group charges that the former fan-driven practice of scanlating — begun in the 1970s to scan, translate and post manga online when it was difficult to find manga outside of Japan — has been transformed by “scanlation aggregators,” heavily trafficked, for-profit Web sites that host thousands of pirated manga editions and offer them for free to readers.

    Anime News Network has a list of the allied publishers. Kai-Ming Cha and Sean Kleefeld offer commentary.


  • Platinum Studios has transferred ownership of its webcomics portal to WOWIO.

  • That was quick: The Android EVO 4G smartphone is sold out.

  • Marvel’s Joe Quesada confirms that the company’s current digital-distribution strategy involves experimentation with the business model, and reiterates the company’s commitment to the Direct Market:

    Wherever we see the opportunity to use the Marvel App and its contents as a tool to drive new customers into comic shops to pick up single issue comics trades, and any other product, we’ll take it. We have more test runs coming up over the next few months covering different aspects of our publishing line in order to test the waters.

    Obviously, if Marvel executives become convinced that there’s sufficient money in digital distribution to offset any damage done to your local comics shop’s bottom line, they’ll cease to be so conciliatory to the DM. At that point you’ll see them rolling out the regular and simultaneous digital and print release of any significant portion of their published comic-book series, but there’s no indication that this is the case. Yet.

    Lost in the discussion so far: How great is the pressure on DC Comics to step up with their own digital distribution strategy, and how will Marvel’s moves in the coming months affect said pressure? If and when Marvel does begin designating entire series as same-day ready, will DC follow suit, or will they attempt to capitalize on retailer goodwill for not having been the ones to pull the trigger first? It may be time to dig out that old Kremlinology Handbook.

    Related: Augie de Blieck and Tom Spurgeon have further commentary.


  • Scott Stein reviews Stanza, a free comics e-reader for the iPad.


Life in interesting times


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




  • Tom Heintjes on Dan Piraro

    A long and detailed interview with the Bizarro cartoonist.




  • Karen Green on Soft City

    Soft City is both a creation of its time and timeless: the almost hallucinatory story of a society tight in the grip of an omnipresent corporation, one that employs them, feeds them, informs them, entertains them–but which may or may not be what it seems. It conveys the political sentiments of its time in a simple, pure line, with only the most meager spots of color (on the occasional traffic signal) and with almost no dialogue.”


  • Brian Heater on The Search For Smilin’ Ed!

    “For those who didn’t read the work serialized here in its original form (myself included), The Search for Smilin’ Ed Serves as a multi-layered expansion of [Kim Deitch’s] already decidedly complex universe — one glimpse at the foldout poster of the artist’s characters included in this volume should give the reader an idea of just how delightfully convoluted that world is.”





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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics


Business and Craft



  • Shane McCarthy: Breaking in

    “It took years and it took hard work, I went through a lot and here’s the advice I can give you from the experiences I had. However this will all be focusing on breaking in via conventions because that’s the only way I know (there are other ways, I just haven’t experienced them).”

    (Thanks to Matthew Badham for passing ’round the link.)


Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn: Gus Arriola’s Gordo

    Excerpt from one of the strips, ©1959 United Feature Syndicate, Inc..

    A generous selection from Arriola’s lovely newspaper strip.






  • YouTube (one, two): Tom Gammill at the Reubens

    Introductory video and… other stuff… from Gammill’s opening to last weekend’s NCS Reuben Award ceremony.

    (Links via Mike Lynch, of course.)


  • YouTube (one, two): Gene Colan, going home

    Erik Colan interviews his father as they walk through the neighborhood where the veteran cartoonist grew up.

    (Hat tip: J.K. Parkin.)


  • Joe Gordon: Alan Moore at the Magus Conference

    It’s in five parts, so it’s easier to point to the videos from Paul Gravett’s conversation with the esteemed comics writer at Gordon’s page.


Comics Culture



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    The full text of John D. Berry’s book Dot-Font: Talking About Design, a collection of essays on design and typography, is now available online for free download.

    (Link via Cory Doctorow.)


Events Calendar




  • June 9 (Berkeley, CA): Jim Woodring will discuss his work at Pegasus Books on Shattuck Avenue, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • 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 (Dublin, Ireland): Point Village Comic Festival 2010 takes place at the Point Village Market, from 11AM-5PM. 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 Tyler 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.


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