Journalista for May 10, 2010: Not often overheard at a comics convention

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 2:21 AM



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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gavin Lees and Marc Sobel reviews James Sturm’s Market Day.

  • Rob Clough reviews the small-press anthology Shitbeams on the Loose.

  • R.C. Harvey looks at the grudge match between Jimmy Margulies, Abraham Foxman and Godwin’s Law.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small reviews Anke Feuchtenberger’s W the Whore Makes Her Tracks, Ng Suat Tong follows with a Feuchtenberger gallery, Matthias Wivel contemplates the relationship between classical and cartoon art, and Noah Berlatsky calls out the new Best American Comics Criticism collection for having a misleading title.

  • TCJ contributors elsewhere: Ben Schwartz discusses the state of comics criticism with Tom Spurgeon

  • In case you didn’t see that big, friendly ad up there: All this week, back issues of The Comics Journal are 30-50% off from the Fantagraphics Store. Please, do take a moment and browse, would you? There are some neat little gems in that stack…

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Danny Wayne Barton, owner of Carbon Hill, Alabama’s Kryptonite Komix, was arrested last Thursday for allegedly selling pot to police informants.

  • Tom Spurgeon discusses comics retailing with San Francisco retailer Brian Hibbs.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Nobuhiro Kubo and Reiji Murai examine the reluctance of Japanese publishers to risk their successful booksellers’ market by going digital.

    (Link trail: David WelshFrederik SchodtPublishers Weekly.)


  • Change was in the air at the Book Industry Study Group’s Making Information Pay conference held Thursday in New York City. Organized around the theme of ‘Points of No Return,’ speaker after speaker said all parts of the publishing industry needed to quickly get up to speed with the changes occurring in the industry because of the digital revolution or get left behind.”

  • Gary Tyrrell reconsiders the online cartoonists’ subscription site,

  • Simon Jones offers a few tips for manga scanlators looking to avoid the HTMLcomics treatment.

  • Paul Thurrott argues that the iPad is not, in fact, eating into netbook sales, and chides the tech press for reporting otherwise. Perhaps I conceded error too soon?

    (Link via Slashdot.)



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  • Pinya Tantiwatana on Jakraphan Huaypetch

    “Jakraphan Huaypetch did Thailand proud when he won the gold award at the third International Manga Award, hosted by the Japanese Foreign Ministry. He is the first Thai cartoonist to win the coveted prize.”

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)








  • Jason Thompson on The Rose of Versailles

    The Rose of Versailles is one of those classic manga that has been translated into almost every language except English. Originally printed in 1972-1973, with the TV anime adaptation following in 1979, it hit it big before the American market was ready to accept comics or animation from Japan. It was one of the biggest hits of the ’70s shojo manga boom, helping to establish girls’ comics as a serious force, both commercial and artistic. While Versailles warped and entertain the rest of the world — France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Iraq — with its gender-blending historical romance, Americans’ idea of a ‘Japanese comic’ was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Americans had even less idea of what a sh?jo manga was, but the closest thing in English was probably Jem. It was a dark time.”






  • Steven Grant: An open letter to Comic-Con International

    “As near as I can tell, the key logic is that Hollywood’s increased presence San Diego has increased the number of attendees beyond the San Diego Convention Center’s capacity to deal with them, and a move to the LA facility will give Hollywood easier access to the Con and accommodate the increase in attendees.”

    “My prediction, should such a move take place: it will not work out that way.”




Comics and Art


  • Harry Lee Green: Jack Davis album covers

    Another round of record jackets by the great Mad Magazine cartoonist.




Comics Culture


  • Doug Wright Awards: 2010 winners announced

    “This year’s nominees were chosen by a five-member panel who chose from works released in the 2009 calendar year. The panel included: comics historian and author Jeet Heer; filmmaker Jerry Ciccoritti; cartoonist Chester Brown; Walrus comics blogger Sean Rogers, and; writer and publisher Bryan Munn.”


  • Anime News Network: Japan Cartoonist Awards announced

    “The Shinya Shokud? manga from Yar? Abe and the Twilight Hospital manga from Makoto Ayusawa won this year’s 500,000-yen (about US$5,400) Grand Prizes.”


  • Comic-Con: Manning Award submissions due

    May 19 is the deadline, folks.




  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Futurist Jamais Cascio explains why “post-humanists” and “transhumanists” miss the point of technological change. He doesn’t explain why they’re such insufferable wankers as well, but I’ll take what I can get.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • May 12 (New York City, NY): Dan Nadel and Chip Kidd will talk comics on-stage at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • May 13 (New York City, NY): The Luna Brothers will be signing books and meeting readers at Midtown Comics on Lexington Avenue, from 4-6PM. Details here.
  • May 13 (San Francisco, CA): Daniel Clowes makes an appearance at Booksmith on Haight Street, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • May 14 (Los Angeles, CA): Daniel Clowes will offer a presentation and sign books at Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue, from 7:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • May 16 (Portland, OR): Dan Clowes makes an appearance at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, beginning at 7:30PM. 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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