Journalista for March 29, 2010: Bright future

Posted by on March 29th, 2010 at 10:13 AM



“There is an incredibly bright future for our market if we are willing to make it happen.”

– ComicsPRO president Joe Field


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Just posted to our multimedia page: A series of extended excerpts from Kim Thompson’s 1987 interview with the American Flagg! creator, who discussed the series that made his mark, as well as Blackhawk, Time2, his approach to the medium, genre fiction, ethnicity in comics, human nature, and much, much more. Originally recorded for Amazing Heroes #132.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the International Journal of Comic Art Vol. 12, #1.

  • Rob Clough reviews Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler’s Toon Books debut, Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework, as well as a few stories from Iain Laurie’s comics website Powwkipsie.

  • R.C. Harvey looks for a better word for comics.

  • Blaise Larmee:

    The printed object has become a trophy, a decorative object whose value lies not in itself but in the values it embodies and the performance it refers to.


  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky presents an email conversation with artist and critic Bert Stabler.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Cartoonist and comic-book editor Dick Giordano Died last Saturday at the age of 77, after struggling with Leukemia. Giordano is perhaps best known for a long stint as an editor at DC Comics, where he’s remembered as a champion of creative freedom within the confines of the corporate work-for-hire structure. Mark Evanier and Tom Spurgeon have obituaries.

    DC Comics’ executives have issued a statement, while Russ Burlingame has a round-up of reactions from a variety of friends and fellow industry professionals. Here is further commentary from Robert Greenberger, Stuart Immonen, Neil Vokes and David Allen Jones.


  • Missed it: Filmmaker and one-time comics writer Mike Valerio died the previous weekend of heart failure. Best known for writing and directing the 1999 film Carlo’s Wake, Valerio also wrote the comic-book series Stealth Force for Malibu.

    (Caught it: Tom Mason.)


  • Diamond Distributors purchasing VP Bill Schanes discusses IDW Publishing’s ascension to “premier” status.

  • Matt Blind continues his multi-essay look at planning and running a modern graphic-novel store.


Format WarsTM Applecult review… quick!

  • “Random House has not struck a deal with Apple because the company is uncomfortable with Apple’s agency model and fears iPad will spur a price-war over eBooks.”

  • Christina Warren looks at a new survey that asks, “Who will buy the iPad?”

  • The hype over the iPad, meanwhile, reminds Scott Rosenberg of the hype over CD-ROMs twenty years ago.




  • Kiel Phegley on Howard Chaykin

    The fan-favorite cartoonist revisits one of his most controversial works, Black Kiss.


  • Holly von Winckel on Rene Engström

    Sequence from the comic, ©2008 Rene Engström.


    A conversation with the Anders Loves Maria author.







  • Douglas Wolk and Evan Narcisse on Nemesis #1

    “For something so gory, it’s odd how bloodless the whole thing feels. The issue’s supercop feels fake almost from the minute you meet him. The mention of stress counsellors at the crime scene, the folksy, no-cussing demeanor, being described as Oprah’s favorite cop… all of that feels like rather cynically programmed dog whistles meant to engineer a reaction on the reader’s part. This is the guy you’re supposed to like, or least be intrigued by, and he feels like a plot automaton.”






  • Paul Gravett: Mangaphobia

    “Manga is being constantly misunderstood as one set style. The crucial key phrase in my quote about manga is ‘in all their true diversity.’ If someone were aware of the full range of American comics, they would hopefully never dismiss them all as looking like Marvel or DC superhero comics. If someone were aware of the full range of French and Belgian bande dessinées, they would hopefully never dismiss them all as looking like Asterix or Tintin. Similarly, if someone were aware of the full range of manga, they would understand that not all manga look like Naruto or Guru-Guru Pon Chan.”




Comics and Art


  • Paul Pope: Tadanori Yokoo’s manga-magazine cover designs

    Cover from a 1970 edition of Sh?nen Magazine.


    “I thought I’d be able to complete the designs with a minimum of modification, like using a movie poster or a page from a book of drawings as is, and just release the power (the designs) already possesed.”






  • YouTube: Mort Walker


    Bruce Blitz speaks with the Beetle Bailey creator.

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)


Comics Culture


  • Joe Gordon: Hi-Ex 2010

    A report from the recent shindig in Scotland.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:


    In the video podcast NSFW, “Magician and scam artist Brian Brushwood teams with sidekick Justin Robert Young for a weekly irreverent fun fest featuring unusual guests, bizarre games, and strange and wonderful tales.” The latest episode features an attempt to get two vegetarians ‘meat drunk’ and a Twitter game involving Danny DeVito and Drunk Hulk.



Events Calendar


This Week:


  • April 2-4 (San Francisco, CA): WonderCon2010 takes place at the Moscone Center South. Details here.
  • April 2-4 (Seattle, WA): Sakura=Con 2010 is a celebration of Japanese pop culture taking place at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Details here.
  • April 3 (Glasgow, Scotland): The Queen Margaret Union Comic and Toy Fair takes place in University Gardens, from 11AM-3PM. Details here.
  • April 3 (Austin, TX): John Porcellino presents a slideshow and reading at Domy Books on Cesar Chavez, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • April 3 (San Francisco): Help celebrate the 21st anniversary of Comix Experience on Divisadero Street, beginning at 8PM. 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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