Journalista for May 11, 2010: Why, oh why

Posted by on May 11th, 2010 at 1:05 AM



“Why, oh why, oh WHY does every single page turn in Zuda require blurring the page I was just on and subjecting me to an unreasonably slow loading bar?”


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A Princess of Mars, painted by Frank Frazetta; ©1970 Frazetta Properties, LLC.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Gary Groth presents his 1994 interview with painter and cartoonist Frank Frazetta, originally conducted for The Comics Journal #174 and later reprinted in The Comics Journal Library: Classic Comics Illustrators.

  • Gavin Lees presents a downloadable MP3 audiofile recording (56.6MB) of Former Shonen Jump editor Jason Thompson’s “Censorship in Manga” lecture from the 2010 Sakura Con in Seattle, WA.

  • R.C. Harvey looks back at Peter O’Donnell’s long-running comic strip Modesty Blaise and judges other strips by their politics.

  • Rob Clough reviews three comics by British cartoonist Francesca Cassavetti.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews three minicomics by Nate Doyle.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook reviews Peter Milligan and James Romberger’s Bronx Kill.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Legendary fantasy illustrator and one-time comic-book artist Frank Frazetta died yesterday morning of complications from a stroke. He was 82 years old. Robert Greenberger offers an appreciation of the seminal artist, while Vaneta Rogers collects tributes and remembrances by a variety of comics creators.

  • “Canwest Global Communications Corp. has found a buyer for the country’s largest newspaper chain, agreeing Monday to sell its publishing division to a group of its creditors being led by National Post president and CEO Paul Godfrey for $1.1 billion.”

  • Stick a fork in it: Simon Jones notes that the registration for the website of manga publisher Go! Comi has expired, while Anime Briefs all but finds the death certificate in a forgotten file-cabinet drawer:

    I was able to look up a phone number for Go! Media Entertainment LLC (the company for which Go! Comi is an imprint) and reached an answering machine for “David and Audrey” — presumably CEO David Wise’s home number; I left a message but I would encourage you guys NOT to look up the number and bother them. Especially since the Google listing that gave me the number ALSO says that “this place is permanently closed.”


    Screenshotg from an online video-stream of the press conference referenced below.

  • “Tokyo Governor Shintar? Ishihara acknowledged during a Friday press conference that even though he backs a bill to regulate sexualized depictions of ‘nonexistent youths,’ the bill’s vague language needs to be rewritten to resolve misunderstanding.”

  • Also via Anime News Network: “New Mexico’s Albuquerque Public Schools held a Thursday hearing over a parent’s concerns on the Death Note manga series, but a committee voted unanimously against a proposed district-wide ban on the manga.”

  • Stanley Pignal looks at the war being waged upon Tintin fans and critics by Moulinsart, the holding company managing the rights to Hergé’s creation.

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • Brigid Alverson examines the role of Direct Market retailers in the crackdown on pirate-comics website


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Laura Tiffany speaks to a number of successful webcartoonists about how they earn a living from online comics.

    (Link via Gary Tyrrell.)



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  • Avoid the Future on Jarrett Williams

    From Super Pro K.O.!, ©2010 Jarrett Williams.

    “I always think you should pull inspiration from things around you. I started really thinking about why I loved pro wrestling and thought that there was something there that would really fit with the type of stories I loved to draw.”






  • Michael Buntag on Ristorante Paradiso

    “Natsume Ono is the latest beneficiary of a growing market for adult and experimental manga which every U.S. publisher seems to be banking on these days. Indeed, her art seems to come out of left field of mainstream conventions. It’s recognizable enough to be labeled ‘manga.’ But just quirky enough to attract the attention of the indie crowd.”


  • Savage Critics on Wilson

    Abhay Khosla, Joe McCulloch, Tucker Stone, Sean T. Collins, Douglas Wolk, Brian Hibbs, David Uzumeri and Chris Eckert discuss Dan Clowes’ new book.






  • Tim O’Neil: Why does anyone care about superhero movies?

    “If you think about it, the phenomenon doesn’t make a lot of sense. Perhaps there is something to be said for the idea that the current era of visual media has fundamentally crippled our imaginations to such an extant that we can’t regard any open text as being ‘closed’ until we receive corresponding visual input. And of course, once we see the movie version we’ve received the ‘definitive’ version, the version set in our minds eye whenever we care to re-experience the original text.”



  • Jason Thompson: Eight reasons Hiroyuki Takei is the greatest shonen-manga artist working today
  • David Welsh: All over the map


Comics and Art


Frank Frazetta eye-candy round-up

©1967 Frazetta Properties, LLC.




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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