Journalista for March 3, 2010: The nature of the medium

Posted by on March 3rd, 2010 at 8:45 AM

 

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“Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire. There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. This was simply meant as an homage to artists I respect, and I definitely want to apologize to any manga fans or fellow manga artists who feel I went too far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all manga. This is the nature of the medium.”

– cartoon plagiarist Nick Simmons

 

“Well, that settles it, doesn’t it? Nothing appeases a group of fans like a guy telling him that he’s sorry about how totally wrong they are.”

 

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Steve Whitaker art ©2010 the Estate of Steve Whitaker.

 

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  • March 4-7 (Bologna, Italy): The Bilbolbul International Comics Festival takes over the city and turns it into a Land of Cartoon Dreams, with a guest list that reads like a who’s-who of Eurocomics. Wish I was there. Details here.
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  • March 6 (San Francisco, CA): An opening reception for Game Over III, a videogame-oriented gallery show featuring work by a number of cartoonists, takes place at Giant Robot on Shrader Street, from 6:30-10PM. Details here.
  • March 6 (Los Angeles, CA): An opening reception for the Covered art show takes place at the Secret Headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, from 8-10PM. Details here.
  • March 7 (Sacramento, CA): SacCon, which focuses on comics, toys and anime, takes place at the Scottish Rite Center on H Street, from 10AM-5PM. Details here.

 

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to dirk@tcj.com 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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