Journalista for March 4, 2010: Hardly anything

Posted by on March 4th, 2010 at 8:20 AM




“The definition of the book itself, as far as we can see, is up for grabs. We don’t understand at the moment what the consumer is prepared to pay for them.”

– Penguin Books CEO John Makinson


“In terms of the industry here in Washington, there is hardly anything in existence in the way of comic book publishing.”


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Panel from Gotham Central Book Two, art by Michael Lark and Stephano Gaudino, ©2004 DC Comics.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka and Co.’s Gotham Central Book Two.

  • Robert Stanley Martin reviews Esther Pearl Watson’s Unlovable.

  • Shaenon Garrity can’t believe anyone would be down-to-the-bone stupid enough to rip off Tite Kubo’s popular fight manga, Bleach.

  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner reviews the online version of Garbrielle Bell’s Lucky.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky explains why he hates that Chip Kidd Peanuts book.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • In Bangladesh, “Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan on Thursday filed a defamation suit against Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman and three others” — including cartoonist Shishir Bhattacharya.

  • In Japan, “the city of Kitakyushu is seeking to boost international exchange for ‘otaku’ enthusiasts of Japanese subculture by creating an arts-business complex including a ‘manga’ comic museum and a variety of shops by around 2012,” according to Satoshi Iizuka.

  • David Brothers notes that DC Comics has been pulling quotations from the Dwayne McDuffie-written Milestone Forever miniseries — always at the last minute, never giving the author a chance for re-writes — in the context of stories that sound like a series of metaphors for institutional racism.* Whatever could he be talking about, I wonder…?

    * I should note that I haven’t read the comics in question, so I’m going by the limited context I’ve picked up around the blogosphere. Grains of salt, and all that.


  • Paul O’Brien presents his month-to-month estimates for sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for January.

  • Michael Hicks speaks with Michigan retailer Ben Davis about surviving a recession and the paucity of child readers in the Direct Market.

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • John C. Dvorak explains how the newspaper business killed itself through syndication.

  • Jeff Trexler offers further commentary on the Christopher Handley obscene-manga conviction.

  • Franklin Harris has a warning for would-be funnybook speculators.

  • I had no idea that Moomins creator Tove Jannson had written a lesbian novel.

    (Link via Jessa Crispin.)


  • Westerners looking to succeed in Japan’s comic market, take heart! It’s entirely possible — you just need to pick the right subject matter.




  • John Hogan on Trevor Von Eeden and Jeremy Love

    A discussion of race-related issues in the funnybook industry. Note that Love, working in his own self-created genre territory, is much more sanguine about the state of things than Von Eeden, who spent the majority of his career in the belly of the NYC corporate-comics beast — a fact that will not surprise readers of Von Eeden’s interview from The Comics Journal #298.

    (Link via Rich Watson.)


  • Dan Solomon on three all-ages cartoonists

    Andy Runton, Chris Schweizer and Paul Benjamin discuss comics for children, in advance of this weekend’s Staple! in Austin, TX.






  • Chris Murphy on Girl Comics #1

    Sequence from the comic, art by Colleen Coover, ©2010 Marvel Characters, Inc.


    “Those afraid that the title would mean the content would be targeted solely at a what Marvel believes a female audience wants, your concerns are unfounded.”






  • Dash Shaw: Thirteen (Going on Eighteen) Notes

    “This isn’t a review. These are just a few different notes/ideas after reading Drawn and Quarterly’s recent collection of John Stanley’s Thirteen (Going on Eighteen).”


  • Lori Henderson: The truth is out there

    “Here’s what I don’t get about conspiracies. Why is it necessary to cook up some elaborate theory when the straight, simple answer works best? Why would a blogger like Melinda change her mind about scans? Is it because she prefers to support the manga industry? Or is it because she’s been enlisted by a consortium of publishers and is being paid in free manga to speak out again scanalations? Which is the more plausible explanation?”


  • Comics Alliance: Gender-swapped fan art

    “Can I just say real quick that on a completely unironic level, I think these things are hilarious and kind of awesome? Like, I can’t even pretend that if I could draw, which I can’t, I would not be doing this exact same thing.”


Comics and Art


  • Mark Anderson: Henry cigarette cards


    Awww, what a cute way to sell tobacco to British children!


  • Au carrefour étrange: Sexy illustrations from V Magazine

    Georges Pichard reveals France to be a magical land where every woman buys the same-sized bra.


    A rare opportunity to see French cartoonists Georges Pichard and Jean-Claude Forest in their natural habitat — just like koala bears!

    (Link via The Ephemerist.)






  • YouTube: Ronald Searle at 90


    A new interview with the world-famous British cartoonist.

    (Link via John Martz.)


  • YouTube: Vaughn Shoemaker

    A brief sketch of the life and work of a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartoons.

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)


Comics Culture


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Taylor Barnes explains how Mexican immigrants are creating jobs in the United States.


  • Your Scans_Daily Link of the Day:

    Detail from the comic, ©2010 Alitha Martinez.


    Introducing Alitha Martinez’s Yume and Ever.


Events Calendar




  • 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.
  • March 4 (Washington DC): Cartoonist Kyle Baker and scholar William H. Foster II will discuss the graphic novel and its African-American practitioners at Howard University’s Blackburn Auditorium on Sixth Street, from 3-5:30PM. Details here.
  • March 4 (University Park, PA): Fun Home author Alison Bechdel will speak at Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center, beginning at 6PM. The event is free and open to the public. Details here.
  • March 4 (Puyallup, WA): Art Spiegelman lectures at the Liberty Theater on Main Avenue, beginning at 7PN. Tickets are $12. Details here.


This Week:


  • March 5 (Philadelphia, PA): A release party for Box Brown’s Everything Dies takes place at Brave New Worlds Comics on Second Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • March 5 (Rocky River, OH): Frazz cartoonist Jef Mallet will speak and sign books at Century Cycles on Detroit Road, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • March 6 (Austin, TX): STAPLE, the independent media expo, takes place at the Monarch Event Center on North IH-35, beginning at 11AM. Details here.
  • March 6 (Greensboro, NC): Cartoonists Matt Kindt, Ben Towle, Michael Watkins and Lyle Pollard will appear at Acme Comics on Lawndale Drive, from 10AM-7PM. Details here.
  • March 6 (Chicago, IL): A series of signings and appearances supporting the Strange Tales anthology take place at Challengers Comics and Chicago Comics, beginning at 1PM. Details here.
  • 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.


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