Journalista for March 23, 2010: Careful notes and antiquated notions

Posted by on March 23rd, 2010 at 8:31 AM




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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Roland Kelts asks whether the prosecution of Christopher Handley for in the United States for possession of lolicon manga might have spawned several recent attempts at censorship in Japan.

  • R.C. Harvey looks at the pioneering comics-publishing efforts of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.

  • Marc Sobel reviews Matt Kindt’s Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews a bunch of minicomics by Joseph Lambert.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Joe Gordon brings word that 2000 AD artist John Hicklenton passed away last week, after a long fight with multiple sclerosis.

  • The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has announced two additions to its management team: Cheyenne Allott as development manager and Brady Bonney as operations manager.





  • Shaun Manning on C.C. Colbert

    Historian Catherine Clinton discusses her first graphic novel, Booth, a collaboration with French artist Tanitoc.






  • Peter Richardson on It Was the War of the Trenches

    ©2010 Jacques Tardi.


    “Tardi’s work which is distinguished by an unstinting attention to locale and detail, captures the true horror of war in a way that no other artist has been quite able to achieve.”


  • David Goodwin on GoGo Monster

    “I’m not sure where I’d rank GoGo Monster against Matsumoto’s masterpieces […], but that seems irrelevant; it’s simply a damn good book that’s required reading for anyone interested in genuinely unique storytelling.”






  • Spencer Ackerman: Comics scribe Mark Millar’s work is sexist and racist. So how come he’s so famous?

    You really can’t answer the question without insulting his readers. Cool, huh?

    (Link via Sean T. Collins.)


  • Dan Nadel: Russ Manning on Dell

    Reproducing a 1973 article by originally published in Wonderworld #9.




Comics and Art


  • Daniel MacInnes: Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Age of the Flying Boat”

    From the story, ©1993 Hayao Miyazaki.


    “Hayao Miyazaki wrote and painted ‘The Age of the Flying Boat’ in 1989 for Model Grafx Magazine in Japan. This story was later evolved and expanded into Studio Ghibli’s 1992 movie, Porco Rosso. In 1993, Animerica Magazine scored an impressive scoop: an English translation [by Matt Thorn], released in three monthly installments, as part of their extensive coverage of Porco Rosso and all things Miyazaki.”

    (Link via Chris Arrant.)







  • Big Think: How to draw cartoons with a pointed stick


    “Forget fancy pens: in his early career, [award-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer] used sharpened dowels from the local meat market.”

    (Link via John Martz.)


Comics Culture


  • Amid Amidi: Artists want alternative to San Diego Comic-Con

    “A group of artists frustrated by the San Diego Comic-Con’s lack of emphasis on artists and art are pushing for the creation of an artist-friendly event called ‘Creator-Con.'”


  • Kristy Valenti: Emerald City Comicon 2010

    “To generalize, ECCC attendees continued to seem more interested in personal interaction with creators and pop culture personalities (such as taking pictures with Leonard Nimoy; the ‘play Rock Band with Wil Wheaton’ event was very popular), or commissioning art from cartoonists, than breaking into the field or purchasing merchandise; the majority of comics buyers appeared to be doing so in order to read them, rather than collect (the rolling suitcase/cart contingent seems to have dwindled this year). The makeup of attendees appears to have been mostly adults (or some teens and their adults); most of the children I saw were stroller-age. Just based on observation, there were fewer cosplayers there this year as well, as the upcoming Sakura-Con is a much better venue for them.”




Events Calendar




  • March 23 (Amherst, MA): The Punchbuggy Tour, featuring Ken Dahl, Liz Baillie and M.K. Reed, stops at Hampshire College’s West Lecture Hall, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • March 24 (New York City, NY): An opening reception for an exhibit of Phoebe Gloeckner’s art for The Diary of a Teenage Girl takes place at the 3LD Art & Technology Center on Greenwich Street, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • March 24 (New York City, NY): Jules Feiffer participates in an on-stage discussion with Danny Fingeroth at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 6:30PM. Details here.
  • March 24 (Providence, RI): The Punchbuggy Tour, featuring Ken Dahl, Liz Baillie and M.K. Reed, stops at Ada Books on Westminster Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • March 25 (Toronto, Ontario): Gary Panter will give a free presentation in the Ontario College of Art & Design Auditorium on McCaul Street, beginning at 6:30PM. Details here.
  • March 25 (Somerville, MA): The Punchbuggy Tour, featuring Ken Dahl, Liz Baillie and M.K. Reed, stops at Hub Comics on Bow Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • March 26-27 (Gainesville, FL): The eighth annual UF Comics Conference will be held in Room 1A of Smathers (Library East) on the University of Florida campus. Details here.
  • March 26 (New York City, NY): An opening reception for a new Blab! exhibit takes place at the Society of Illustrators on 63rd Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • March 26 (Montreal, Quebec): The Punchbuggy Tour, featuring Ken Dahl, Liz Baillie and M.K. Reed, stops at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Bernard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • March 27-28 (Inverness, Scotland): Hi-Ex, the Highlands International Comic Expo, takes place at Eden Court. Details here.
  • March 27 (London, England): The UK Web & Mini Comix Thing happens in the Great Hall at Queen Mary University on Mile End Road, from 10AM-4PM. Details here.
  • March 27 (London, England): Schmurgencon 4 inexplicably takes place at the New Globe Pub on Mile End Road, beginning at 4PM. Details here.


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