Journalista for March 5, 2010: Another provincial hick

Posted by on March 5th, 2010 at 8:25 AM




“Here’s another provincial hick who thinks he’s going to make it in Paris.”

– attributed to French cartoonist Jacques Villon
as he encountered Pablo Picasso in the street


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From Little Nothings Vol. 3: Uneasy Happiness, ©2010 Lewis Trondheim, perhaps?


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Noah Berlatsky reviews Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman’s Cartoon Introduction to Economics Vol. 1: Microeconomics.

  • Rob Clough reviews Lewis Trondheim’s Little Nothings Vol. 3: Uneasy Happiness.

  • Kent Worcester has more on the late U.K. cartoonist and colorist Steve Whitaker, including another gallery of art.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe reviews the first volume of Mick Takeuchi’s A Wise Man Sleeps.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Tom Spurgeon catches word that Moroccan cartoonist Khalid Gueddar has been prevented by his government from traveling to Spain.

  • “Saudi editorial cartoonists have formed an association in Riyadh to advocate their contributions to mass communications and to develop allegiances with other in the field worldwide,” reports Galal Fakkar.

  • Image Comics hires blah blah blah blah blah blah blah moves to the position of blah blah blah.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch presents month-to-month estimates for the sale of DC Comics to Direct Market retailers, now updated for January. Matthew Murray does the same for a selection of independently published genre comics.

  • Getting into the computing-tablet game: Google and Sony.




  • Caleb Goellner on Matt Kindt

    The Super Spy author discusses his work.


  • Laura Hudson on Kelly Sue Deconnick

    Like most Norse warriors, our heroine wears a skirt that would embarrass a fifteen-year-old mallrat. Promotional image for some comic or other, ©2010 Marvel Dares You To Take This Shit Seriously.


    I figure that the person who wrote the English text for Iou Kuroda’s Sexy Voice and Robo deserves coverage on general principle.






  • Menachem Wecker on Market Day

    “[James] Sturm draws Mendleman’s experiences in the marketplace and his frustrations not only from a removed, objective perspective, but also through Mendleman’s perspective.”

    (Link via Mike Rhode.)


  • Christopher Bird on Cry for Justice

    “I honestly have no idea how this comic got greenlit, let alone produced. It’s so bad on every possible level that it’s not even entertainingly bad. You just have to look at it and kind of stare.”






  • Karen Green: Doctor, doctor, give me your views

    “While my graphic novels exhibition is certainly — well, um, hopefully — influencing faculty to use comics in their coursework in innovative ways from one end of the Morningside Heights campus to the other, a whole new front in the comics-in-higher-education invasion has opened a few miles uptown, at Columbia’s medical school, located up in Washington Heights, amidst the buildings of New York Presbyterian Hospital.”




Comics and Art


  • Online portfolio: Gonçalo Viana

    Artwork for the magazine Expresso, ©2010 Gonçalo Viana.


    This is just fun stuff.


  • Leif Peng: Maryilyn Conover

    Illustration from Peng’s Marilyn Conover Flickr page.


    “She talked about the stress of being a professional illustrator and a mother — how her husband brought her a layout she had to work on in her hospital bed after delivering her baby girl — about the female art director at JWT in Chicago who refused to let her go home to look after her daughter until late in the evening because she wanted to meet then and there. ‘Oh, I wouldn’t wish that kind of life on any woman,’ said Marilyn. She adds, ‘And my husband was no help at all.’ In the ’50s, taking care of children was women’s work.”






  • YouTube: Milton Caniff


    Shel Dorf spoke to the Steve Canyon creator in 1982, and here’s the eleven-part video.

    (Link via Mike Lynch, of course.)


  • YouTube: Matt Madden and Jessica Abel

    Abel (at right) speaks in this screenshot from the video.


    The cartooning couple are profiled during a recent visit to West Virginia’s Huntington Museum of Art.


  • Comics-related podcasts

    • The Dollar Bin presents the conclusion to its marathon interview with writer/editor Christopher Priest (29.1MB).
    • Recently on Inkstuds, Robin McConnell interviewed cartoonists Malcy Duff (39.1MB) and K.C. Green (45.7MB).
    • Mouse Guard creator David Petersen and Archaia Comics publisher Mark Smylie discuss the successful series at Comixology (26.6MB).
    • Love and Capes creator Thomas Zahler is the guest on the latest episode of War Rocket Ajax (86.8MB).
    • This week on Panel Borders, Alex Fitch speaks with two artists who have inadvertently found themselves making comics for younger audiences, Joe List and Paul Collicutt (31.3MB).
    • The Mindless Ones present a recording of a Q&A with U.K. cartoonist Karen Rubins, who discusses her craft with such audience participants as David Lloyd, Dez Skinn, Corinne Pearlman and Tim Pilcher (29.4MB).
    • The Ink Panthers Show‘s Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson are joined by guest Robert Ullman (37MB).
    • Manga bloggers Ed Sizemore and Deb Aoki talk shop on Otaku in Review (35.2MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture




Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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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One Response to “Journalista for March 5, 2010: Another provincial hick”

  1. […] As part of their Walter Gropius Master Artist Series the Huntington Museum has a five minute video up featuring Matt Madden and Jessica Abel (link via Dirk at Journalista): […]