Journalista for May 13, 2010: An art world aesthetic

Posted by on May 13th, 2010 at 1:18 AM



“Japan’s publishing industry is flagging itself and the obstacles its facing in wrestling with new media mirror the challenges that American publishers and old media establishments are faced with. That said, manga publishing in Japan has begun looking outside of its local market for readers, addressing the popularity of manga abroad, and finding ways to capitalize on it. I doubt that Sho-Shu [Shogakukan and Shueisha] will be pulling out its American arm because the American market, as depressed and recessed as it is, is still a market that they’re interested in.”


“Art comics are comics, comic strips or comic books that combine aspects of regular comics with an art world aesthetic. The term may be used to describe an artist’s aesthetic style (like Ron Rege Jr.), an illustrated story in an anthology (such as RAW), or a stand-alone publication. Sometimes printed as minicomics similar to artist’s books and zines, art comics are frequently produced in small-edition runs that employ various printmaking techniques such as silkscreen, photocopying, linocuts, or rubber stamps.”

– The Wikipedia entry for “Art Comics,” in its entirety
(link via Andrei Molotiu)


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Detail from Anne Timmons’ cover to Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott.


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Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 15 (Vienna, VA): A launch party for the new anthology Trickster: Native American Tales takes place at Big Planet Comics on Maple Avenue, from 2-4PM. 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.


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