Journalista for March 1, 2010: Today’s hot topic is theft

Posted by on March 1st, 2010 at 9:00 AM




“Sorry, Batman. Sorry, Spider-Man. Sorry, Mainstream Comic Books. You never had a chance.”


“Really? I can’t see the point in rebelling against landscape art.”



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Excerpt from a strip by F.M. Howarth.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rich Kreiner examines Vol. 32 #3 of MELUS, the journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, which in turn looks at ethnicity in “graphic narratives,” and reviews Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Comic Book Comics.

  • Rob Clough reviews a number of minicomics from Silber Media.

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

  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner presents a generous selection of late-1800s comic strips by F.M. Howarth.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Likewise author Ariel Schrag responds to last week’s critical roundtable on her book, Ng Suat Tong examines Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, and Noah Berlatsky‘s six-year-old son passes judgment on a Peanuts strip.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The Italian artist Virgilio Muzzi passed away [last Thursday] at 86. He was well-known for his Tex Willer and worked a lot for the british comics market,” reports Gianfranco Goria (Google translation).

  • Jeff Trexler reports that DC Comics has fired its legal team in the Siegel/Superman copyright case, and replaced them with Daniel Petrocelli, the lawyer who successfully represented Disney in an ugly dispute over Winnie the Pooh royalties. Trexler speculates this may indicate that negotiations between DC and the Siegel heirs have broken down, and that the company is digging in for a fight.

    Something got stolen, anyway. Panel from Kawaii Not, ©2010 Meghan Murphy.


  • What the fuck is going on with Hot Topic and cartoon theft, anyway? Now they’re selling buttons with art stolen from Meghan Murphy’s Kawaii Not.

    (Link via Xaviar Xerexes.)


  • Courtesy of Matthias Wivel, the Danish Comics Council’s reaction to the recent decision by Copenhagen daily Politiken to settle a lawsuit and offer a public apology for reprinting Kurt Westergaard’s infamous Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoon.

  • “A knife thug who stabbed a soldier to death has outraged his victim’s grief-stricken family by turning the killing into a cartoon strip.”

  • Jeffery Klaehn conducts a roundtable discussion on industry issues with a panel of prominent comics retailers.


Format WarsTM jockeying-for-position roadmap… lost!

  • According to Edward Baig, PDA maker Palm cut its revenue forecast last Thursday, due to sluggish sales of the company’s Pre device.

    (Link via Warren Ellis.)


  • Jay Yarow explains how Apple stacked the deck against Amazon’s Kindle app for its iTunes store.

  • Laptop/tablet manufacturer Lenovo follows notebook manufacturer Acer in pouring cold water on the sales potential for slate computing devices:

    Lenovo will stick with the tried-and-true Laptop-based convertible tablet designs and not bring out a slate device due to negative feedback from customers, an indication that Apple’s iPad may face resistance at businesses. “We of course build plastic mock-ups that we show (to customers)…we had a slate form factor,” Majapuro said. “The feedback was that for (our) customers it will not work because of the need to have (a physical) keyboard.”

    (Hat tip: This Week in Tech.)


    Screenshot from the Samsung ad linked below.


  • Johanna Draper Carlson spots a second cellphone ad in the wild using comics to sell its wares, this time a Samsung commercial showing a cartoonist using photos snapped with its Android-powered Behold II for photoreference.

  • Programmer and open-source advocate Eric S. Raymond explains why he believes the smartphone will eventually replace the personal computer. I think this may be the first such line of argument that not only had me agreeing with it but actually thinking, “That would be so cool…”




  • Valerie Grove, Matthew Davis (one, two and three) on Ronald Searle

    Image from the book Hello — Where Did All the People Go?, ©1969 Ronald Searle.


    Grove interviews the St. Trinian’s cartoonist on the occasion of his 90th birthday, while Davis presents an extensive and well-illustrated history of the artist’s career.


  • Adam Orchekowski on Chris Schweizer

    A chat with the creator behind Crogan’s Vengeance and Crogan’s March.


  • Mike Rhode on Jim Dougan

    The Sam & Lilah writer discusses his work.




  • Richard Bruton on Meanwhile

    A typical two-page spread from the book, ©2010 Jason Shiga.


    “Which invention you and Jimmy choose sends you spiralling off into another set of choices and has you careering around the book’s 80 pages. There are also a host of secret panels and pages, accessible by entering the correct codes discovered as you venture through the book. However, getting all of the codes isn’t something that you’ll be able to do on the first read. Or the second. Or the tenth. Or the… you get the idea. But remember — don’t cheat, because that means you miss out on the incredible adventures to be had as you find yourself coming back, time and time again to this great book.”


  • Bill Sherman on Little Nothings: Uneasy Happiness

    “The third volume collecting Trondheim’s personal one-page comic journaling […] provides a delightful introduction to the Dungeon co-creator’s smartly observant take on the world.”






  • Marc Singer on teaching Maus

    “I’ve taught Maus in a couple of grad classes now and I thought I’d gotten it down to a science, but teaching it to a room full of undergrads has opened the comic up again; I had a remarkable experience a couple of weeks ago as my opinion of Artie (the character, not the author) changed in the middle of class.”


  • Ken Parille: Casper, formalism and the “great” search party

    “If asked to pick a great comic book page, most readers (myself included) would likely point to a formally inventive page, one that uses the elements of comics in a way that immediately draws our attention to issues of construction.”




Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng: Harry Beckhoff

    1960 illustration for Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, from Peng’s Harry Beckhoff Flickr page.


    “I was going to show some work by David Grove today, but when Howard Chaykin leaves a comment and asks for Harry Beckhoff, what choice do I have?”


  • Al Davison: Id-iomatics


    The author of The Spiral Cage launches a blog devoted to his dream-based sketches and artwork.

    (Link via Richard Bruton.)




Comics Culture


  • Anime News Network: Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize nominees Announced

    Details at the link, of course.




Events Calendar


This Week:


  • March 3 (Ahmedabad, India): Writers Andy Diggle and Denise Mina will speak at the National Institute of Design — I have no further details, I’m afraid. Details here.
  • March 3 (New York City, New York): A host of Girls Comics writers and artists descend upon Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • March 4-7 (Bologna, Italy): The Bilbolbul International Comics Festival takes over the city and turns it into a Land of Cartoon Dreams, with a guest list that reads like a who’s-who of Eurocomics. Wish I was there. Details here.
  • March 6 (Austin, TX): STAPLE, the independent media expo, takes place at the Monarch Event Center on North IH-35, beginning at 11AM. Details here.
  • March 6 (Greensboro, NC): Cartoonists Matt Kindt, Ben Towle, Michael Watkins and Lyle Pollard will appear at Acme Comics on Lawndale Drive, from 10AM-7PM. Details here.
  • March 6 (Chicago, IL): A series of signings and appearances supporting the Strange Tales anthology take place at Challengers Comics and Chicago Comics, beginning at 1PM. Details here.
  • March 6 (San Francisco, CA): An opening reception for Game Over III, a videogame-oriented gallery show featuring work by a number of cartoonists, takes place at Giant Robot on Shrader Street, from 6:30-10PM. Details here.
  • March 6 (Los Angeles, CA): An opening reception for the Covered art show takes place at the Secret Headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, from 8-10PM. Details here.
  • March 7 (Sacramento, CA): SacCon, which focuses on comics, toys and anime, takes place at the Scottish Rite Center on H Street, from 10AM-5PM. 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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