Journalista for March 19, 2010: A well-armed lamb

Posted by on March 19th, 2010 at 8:48 AM




“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

– Benjamin Franklin
(falsely attributed, it turns out)


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • In “celebration” of the book’s re-release, here’s Kim Thompson‘s 1980 review of Don McGregor and Marshall Rogers’ graphic novel, Detectives Inc.

  • R.C. Harvey explains how comics came to be considered “for kids.”

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky kicks off a series on the relationship between art and criticism with a conversation with music critic Daphne Carr.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Sad confirmation of an earlier rumor, as Bill Jaaka’s sister describes how their mother came to learn of the one-time comic-book artist’s death last November: one, two.

    (Link via Charles Yoakum).


  • Pioneering comics retailer Joe Sarno died yesterday after a long illness.

  • While we’re on a long bummer: Sean Kleefeld passes along the news that DC Comics legend Dick Giordano is stuggling in a battle with leukemia.

  • William Lynch has been announced as the new CEO of Barnes & Noble.

  • “Comic book colorist Rachelle Rosenberg has won a court judgement for $3530 against Devil’s Due Publishing.”

  • The Frazetta family feud looks more like a soap opera every day, doesn’t it?


Format WarsTM combat microburst… done!

  • The New York Times is reporting that “ has threatened to stop directly selling the books of some publishers online unless they agree to a detailed list of concessions regarding the sale of electronic books,” in a continuing grudge-match over e-book pricing.

  • Thanks to bar-owner Jesus Guerra Calderon, peer-to-peer links and software are now legal in Spain.




  • Shaun Manning on Denis Kitchen

    The underground cartoonist and publisher discusses his career.





  • Greg McElhatton on Return of King Doug

    “When I heard about the basic premise of The Return of King Doug, I had to laugh. As far as concepts go, it’s a good one: young boy discovers a magic kingdom, is told he’s the king and savior, and responds by running screaming in the opposite direction.”






  • Marc Singer: Teaching Nat Turner

    “I’m still not entirely comfortable teaching a comic that thinks it needs to jazz up slavery with chases and fight scenes and huge Frank Miller heroes who battle dozens of guys in silhouette. I have some problems with a comic that romanticizes any part of slavery, even if it casts rebelling slaves as romantic heroes. But I wanted at least one of the nonfiction comics in our course to be something other than an autobiography, and I certainly got that in Nat Turner.”


  • Joe Gordon: Movement from the still image

    “We know that animation creates the illusion of movement through a rapid sequence of still images (as indeed does traditional celluloid film, including live action) and that comics creators have long used various devices and tricks to imply action and motion from a still frame to the reader’s eye.”




Comics and Art



  • Richard Cowdry: “How’d Ya Get inta This Bizness Ennyway?”

    Panel from Bizarre Sez #4, ©1975 Harvey Pekar.


    Harvey Pekar, Gregg Budgett and Gary Dumm present a tale from the lower end of the sex trade.






  • The Diane Rehm Show: Jules Feiffer

    The legendary cartoonist discusses his new book; click the “listen” button for streaming audio.

    (Link via Alan Gardner.)


  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Recently on Inkstuds: a chat with Afrodisiac co-creator Jim Rugg (53.9MB), and Jeet Heer, Frank Young and Gail Singer discuss the art of John Stanley (43.2MB).
    • Over at Panel Borders, Alex Fitch has been discussing children’s comics with many artists who create them (one/43.5MB, two/35.4MB).
    • Can even special guest Steve Weissman survive… The Comix Claptrap (50.9MB)?
    • The Anime News Network ANNcast presents a conversation with Kurt Hassler of Yen Press (26MB).
    • Dylan Horrocks joins Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson for the Ink Panthers Show (46.5MB).
    • Looking for reviews and industry commentary? There are two episodes of Fourcast (one/36.8MB, two/34.7MB) and a new episode of House to Astonish (43.2MB) awaiting download.

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Lit Sutra (one, two, three, four, five and six): Woodrow Phoenix in India

    “Four hours later I was ‘in conversation’ with the ever-charming Sarnath Banerjee at the British Council building. A packed room, with a very attentive audience who asked really great questions. Sarnath is a writer who draws his stories. Am I an artist who writes his stories? Is such a distinction really meaningful when comics are words and images equally dividing the tasks of narrative between them? Sarnath is great at exploring our approaches to method, intention, process.”

    (Links via Stephen Betts.)


  • Charles Hatfield: Robert Williams at CSUN

    “Robert Williams is a very entertaining speaker. He’s got a warm presence, a no-fuss extempore looseness, and a stand-up comedian’s talent for delivering nonstop comic shocks to his audience (though without stand-up’s obvious intention to be ‘funny’). He seems surprised by life, and he sounds great.”


  • The Age: Bruce Petty honored

    Cartoon ©2010 Bruce Petty.


    The Australian cartoonist “was honoured at the Melbourne Press Club’s Quill Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award for journalism.”




Events Calendar




  • March 19 (Auckland, New Zealand): Hicksville author Dylan Horrocks will attend the launch of a new edition of his book at the High Seas on Beresford Square, beginning at 6PM. Details here.


This Weekend:


  • March 20 (New York City, NY): Marvel/DC cartoonists Miguel Angel Munera, Andre Guinaldo and Sergio Ariño will appear at Midtown Comics on 40th Street, from 2-4PM. Details here.


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One Response to “Journalista for March 19, 2010: A well-armed lamb”

  1. rob05667 says:

    That leading quote attributed rang so false (the phrase “a well-armed lamb”? In the 1700s?) that I had to Google it, which discredited it with the first hit: