Journalista for March 25, 2010: So much more fruitful

Posted by on March 25th, 2010 at 5:04 AM




“For myself, I’ve been sort of making do. Sparkplug has never been a for profit business, but it is closer now than ever. We haven’t really been hit too hard by anything except overextending our resources and my stress levels. Both of which are pretty minor league and all of my own making. Sparkplug is regrouping in a few different ways. I’ve been on a small is beautiful kick for a few years and lately I feel like what really makes me love comics are small businesses run by a couple people, it is a community I love. I’ve been trying to go to more of small shows and avoid the big ones if possible. And we’ve been avoiding sending stuff into Diamond for over a year. I think dealing with Last Gasp, Tony Shenton and directly with stores seems to be so much more fruitful. Who knows what the future will bring, of course.”

– Sparkplug publisher Dylan Williams


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And in the news…


Above the Fold


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    (Link via Gianfranco Goria.)




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    “I’m still a bit surprised that I enjoyed a comic written by one of the co-stars of The Devil Wears Prada.






  • Pat Mills: Remembering John Hicklenton

    “For me, Johnny is the Jimi Hendrix of comic artists. Easy viewing comic ‘muzak’ he’s not. His grotesque images bear comparison with Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman and are not for the squeamish. Yet his elegant thin line work has much in common with Aubrey Beardsley. Internationally rated by artists such as Moebius, let me take you now on a brief tour of some of his creations.”


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Business and Craft


  • Joakim Gunnarsson: Panel layouts by Carl Barks

    “If original comic book pages by Carl Barks from the 60’s are rare, comic page layouts from that period are even rarer. But here are a few samples.”


Comics and Art


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Comics Culture


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Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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