Journalista for March 7, 2010: Duty

Posted by on May 7th, 2010 at 1:53 AM



“I can only assume it is now my duty to research and study metallic covered boobs. I love my job.”


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I can’t top Tom Crippen’s description: “Jean Grey looks like a high heel in this drawing.” Detail from Art Adams’ cover for Ultimate X #2, ©2010 Marvel Characters, Inc.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Tom Crippen reviews Jeph Loeb, Arthur Adams and Peter Steigerwald’s Ultimate X #2.

  • Over at GutterGeek, Jared Gardner reviews Terry Moore’s Echo and Daniel Clowes’ Wilson, while Alex Boney reviews Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver’s The Flash: Rebirth.

  • The Hooded Utilitarian‘s Vom Marlowe reviews Ryo Takagi’s Bran Doll.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


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  • Michel Fiffe on Juan Bobillo

    Sequence from the Evan Dorkin-written Agent X #10, ©2003 Marvel Characters, Inc.

    “His works have been largely underrated which may be due in part to his absence from the stateside comics scene. However, he’s been concentrating on creating a new body of material, free from any editorial edict. In effect, we may be witnessing an artist develop a voice beyond mainstream expectations, even if those expectations were mostly self-created.”





  • Steve Hockensmith on I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!

    “If someone tries to tell you Fletcher Hanks was a genius, don’t believe them. If someone tries to tell you Fletcher Hanks was an important figure in the development of superhero comics, don’t believe them. But if someone tries to tell you Fletcher Hanks was one strange, f-ed up bastard who created some of the weirdest, creepiest, and (entirely by accident) most revealing comics of the Golden Era, that you can take to the bank.”






  • James Vance (one, two and three): The feuds that were and never were

    Li’l Abner creator Al Capp was known for the occasional grudge fight with other cartoonists. Less well-known: That several of them were, in fact, hoaxes.

    (Hat tip: Joe McCulloch.)


  • Chris Sims: The racial politics of regressive storytelling

    ©2010 DC Comics.

    “By itself, in the isolated, insular world of comics, this makes perfect sense: If the characters of the ’30s and ’40s existed on a separate Earth from the characters of the ’50s, then it makes perfect sense that characters created later would have existed on still another Earth. But the subtext here — no matter how unintentional it is — is that these newer characters don’t belong in the DC Universe. They need to be somewhere else while the real characters, the ones who, by coincidence, aren’t black or Italian or have Latino parents, have their real adventures.”


  • C.J. Joughin: Junji Ito, Uzumaki and the strange horror of life

    “During the time that I lived in Japan, just over a year in a relatively small suburban port town across the bay of Nagasaki, I lived in an area fairly reminiscent of the setting of Ito’s story Uzumaki. I have found that there are few manga that capture atmosphere of living particularly in the more rural parts of Japan as well as Junji Ito’s three-volume masterpiece.”


Business and Craft


  • Martin Conaghan: Put it on the page

    “It doesn’t matter what you write, but you need to write something — and often. All writing will improve your writing — whether it’s done in a professional capacity, or you simply do it for fun.”


Comics and Art


  • Illustration blog: Peter Campofiori

    ©2010 Peter Campofiori.

    Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch speaks with Paul Gravett about co-curating a gallery show on Jack Kirby in Lucerne, Switzerland, and with Francesca Cassavetti, Dan Lester, Sean Azzopardi and Oliver Lambden about their anthology B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. (78.8MB).
    • Jim Rugg joins Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson for The Ink Panthers Show (39.8MB).
    • The latest episode of Manga Out Loud features a roundtable discussion on Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi (56MB).
    • For your weekly dose of comics commentary and criticism, here’s War Rocket Ajax (43.3MB), The Comic Cast (68.3MB), and a two-part installment of Wait, What? (one [60.8MB], two [70.3MB]).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Mark Reicher: Is Comic-Con really worth the hype?

    “As Southern California’s three biggest convention venues woo Comic-Con International, the massive entertainment trade show, the economic trade-offs associated with such a large event are often lost in the hype.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    China and the United States are growing dangerously hostile to one another. Could this be worse than the cold war? Ian Bremmer investigates the question.

    (Link via Arts & Letters Daily.)


Events Calendar




  • May 1-9 (Lucerne, Switzerland): It’s the Fumetto Festival, and it wants you! Details here.
  • May 6-9 (Barcelona, Spain): It’s the 28th Annual Barcelona International Comics Salon! Details here.
  • May 7 (Toronto, Ontario): Dan Clowes will discuss his work and sign books at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • May 8-9 (Toronto, Ontario): The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street and if you aren’t there, you’ll wish you were. Details here, and don’t forget the Doug Wright Awards!
  • May 8 (Seattle, WA): Michael Kupperman will appear at a gallery reception and book signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • May 8 (Los Angeles, CA): Join Marc Johns and Steven Weissman for a reception honoring their new exhibit at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, from 6:30-10PM. 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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