Journalista for May 19, 2010: What the ass is going on

Posted by on May 19th, 2010 at 2:34 AM



“A while ago I made a joke to somebody that Krazy Kat is the Comics Journal/art comics world’s best comic of all time because it’s the first one in which you can’t figure out what the ass is going on. Of course I didn’t mean it seriously, but I think there is something to that: it took me the better part of my first decade as a comics reader, of absorbing everything I could from contemporary, then classic, then art comics, of working full-time in a store for five years, of trying, to be able to approach that comic on what I see as its own level.”


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From I Am an Alien. I Have a Question. — created by and ©2010 Yoshitoshi ABe.


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Events Calendar




  • May 19 (New York City, NY): Many Marvel Comics types make an appearance at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street, from 6-8PM. Details here.
  • May 19 (London, England): Cartoonist Martin Rowson explore’s Ronald Searle’s masterful penmanship at the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street, from 6:30-7:30PM Details here.


This Week:


  • May 20 (Madison, NJ): Paul Levitz will be signing books and meeting readers at Dewey’s Comic City on Park Avenue, from 5:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • May 21-23 (Copenhagen, Denmark): The Copenhagen International Comics Festival takes place at Øksnehallen on Halmtorvet, although given my knowledge of the language and region, I’ve probably gotten that wrong somehow. Details here.
  • May 21 (Copenhagen, Denmark): The Contemporary Comics Symposium will be held at the University of Copenhagen on Karen Blixens. Details here.
  • May 21 (New York City, NY): Dan Nadel will discuss and sign copies of his book Art in Time at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • May 22-23 (Bristol, England): The Bristol International Comics and Small Press Expo opens its doors at the Ramada Bristol City Hotel on Redcliffe Way. Alas, tickets have already sold out, so forget I said anything. Details here.
  • May 22 (Seattle, WA): Jim Woodring will give a slide presentation and sign books at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • May 23 (Portland, ME): The Maine Comic Arts Festival takes place at the Ocean Gateway on Thames Street. 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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