Journalista for March 24, 2010: Our crazy little business

Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 8:17 AM




“We must admit our love for our crazy little business of comic books. Screwy as our history is, unjust and splattered with the lifeblood of our best as our history is, we must move forward, unashamed, even a bit proud. Only that history can drag us back, and down. Only old, bad habits. Only that old, stupid self-contempt.”


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The villain explains his motivations in this seqience from Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now, ©2009 Marvel Characters, Inc.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Jason Leivian speaks with Benjamin Marra, the cartoonist behind the cult-favorite series Night Business and Gangsta Rap Posse.

  • R.C. Harvey reviews Howard Chaykin’s Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now.

  • GutterGeek‘s Beth Hewitt reviews Fumi Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook reviews the first issue of the Girl Comics anthology, Vom Marlowe reviews Toriko Gin’s Song of the Hanging Sky Vol. 1, and Ng Suat Tong presents an in-depth analysis of Miguelanxo Prado’s Streak of Chalk.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Reporters Without Borders claims that Sri Lankan police have shown no interest in investigating the disappearance of opposition journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda.

  • Ali Charafe Damache, an Algerian man jailed in connection with a plot to kill artist Lars Vilk over a Muhammed cartoon, has been refused bail.

  • Kevin Fagan looks into efforts to help underground cartoonist Ace Backwords:

    Today, at 53 years old, Backwords is nearly blind, sleeping on a hillside above UC Berkeley with four feral cats as his only nighttime companions. He landed there two years ago after the building in which he was living was sold and his publisher went belly up.

    Stubbornly independent, Backwords has always refused help — but now his friends aren’t letting him. Alarmed that glaucoma has in the past year cost him the use of his left eye and much of his right, they are forcing him to apply for federal disability, housing and health insurance payments.


  • How might blogs compete with newspapers for readership? Greg Ferenstein examines a fascinating case study, currently playing out at Penn State University.

  • Kiel Phegley speaks with IDW Publishing’s Ted Adams about his company’s newfound premier-publisher status with Diamond.


Format WarsTM notekeeping update… stuff!

  • Amazon unveils its Kindle app for tablet computing.

  • “Flurry just published a report claiming that the iPhone and iPod touch have done so well as video game platforms that they’ve taken market share from traditional handheld gaming devices like the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS,” reports Samuel Axon.

  • OR Books has decided not to offer e-books through due to the latter’s predatory pricing tactics, and has issued a manifesto explaining its rationale.

    (Link via Paul Biba.)


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops tomorrow.




  • Christopher Irving on Ben Templesmith

    The fan-favorite cartoonist sits for an interview.


  • Benjamin Ivry on Jules Feiffer

    A Q&A with the legendary cartoonist, loosely masquerading as a review of his new book, Backing Into Forward: A Memoir


  • Chris Mautner on Matt Thorn

    A conversation about my favorite conflict of interest, the Fantagraphics manga non-line.




  • Brian Heater on Almost Silent

    “For some time now, Norwegian cartoonist Jason has been on my shortlist of recommended artists for the uninitiated.”


  • Greg McElhatton on The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade

    “The one question I had to ask myself at the end, though, was if non-Penny Arcade fans (or rather, people new to the strip) would find the book funny. I’m not entirely sure. A lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff might come across less than interesting if you haven’t read the strip for a while, although I can’t help but think that watching the evolution of the strip would be interesting to anyone who likes comics simply from a technical standpoint.”


  • Andy Shaw on The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite

    ©2008 Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.


    “You could be forgiven for thinking that there aren’t really many places left to go with superhero teams. But with The Umbrella Academy, what might at first appear to be a mixed homage and pastiche of the X-Men, quickly develops a life and character of its own in the hands of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.”




  • Jason Thompson: How to illegally read manga anywhere

    “In late 2009 and early 2010, several iPhone apps were released just for the purpose of reading scanlations. Developed by tiny indy-software studios of just a few people, all of them functioned as content aggregators, taking manga from scanlation sites online and making them easier to view on your phone.”


  • Bob Temuka: The end?

    “Some comic readers shit their pants when they heard the surprising news that Disney had purchased Marvel for eleventy billion dollars. One of the many fears that have come out of the whole affair is the idea that Disney just sees Marvel as an intellectual property farm that no longer requires monthly comics. That there really isn’t any need to produce Spider-Man or Fantastic Four every four weeks, that there have been enough stories to spin off into a thousand new properties, that series that have been running for decades could just stop.

    “I say there is no reason to be afraid of this. I say it sounds like a good idea.”


  • Stephen Bissette: Forgotten Comics Wars, part nine

    This time out: The martyrdom of Marv Wolfman.


Comics and Art


  • Edward Tufte: Megan Jaegerman’s brilliant news graphics

    Infographic detail from the May 26, 1992 edition of the New York Times, ©1992 Megan Jaegerman.


    “Megan Jaegerman produced some of the best news graphics ever while working at the New York Times from 1990 to 1998. Her work is smart, finely detailed, elegant, witty, inventive, informative. A fierce researcher and reporter, she writes gracefully and precisely. Megan has the soul of a news reporter, who happens to use graphs, tables, and illustrations — as well as words — to explain the news. Her best work is the best work in news graphics.”






  • YouTube: Martin Rowson on William Hogarth


    The British cartoonist explains the importance of the 18th-century cartooning pioneer.

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)


Comics Culture


  • Today’s award news

    • Times of London cartoonist Peter Brookes has won the Press Award for “cartoonist of the year.”
    • Alan Gardner reports that Dayton Daily News editorial cartoonist Mike Peters has won the National Headliner Award.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:


    Over at the streaming-video discussion site Bloggingheads, economists Glenn Loury and Sendhil Mullainathan discuss how scarcity of time and money affect our everyday decisions, and how poverty exacerbates such situations.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • March 25 (Minneapolis, MN): Kevin Huizenga will speak at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design on Stevens Avenue, beginning at 1PM, as part of a minicomics student expo held the same day. 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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