Journalista for May 26, 2010: Don’t need a weatherman

Posted by on May 26th, 2010 at 3:27 AM



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From Little Lulu, ©1936 Marge Henderson Buell.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristian Williams‘ tour of the iconography of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray continues.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Peter Bagge’s Hate Annual #8.

  • Shaenon Garrity shares scans from a 1936 collection of Marge Henderson Buell’s Little Lulu.

  • Kent Worcester investigates the pterodactyl hunters.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarians, Richard Cook presents a history of Wonder Woman in comic-book covers.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Gabriel Vargas, the creator of La Familia Burron, one of Mexico’s most popular comic strips, died Tuesday at the age of 95:

    The cartoon, which Vargas started in 1937, described in quirky detail the travails of a lower-class Mexican family, their extended family and the barrio where they lived.

    Comprised of father Regino Burron, a stolid barber, and his inventive and irrepressible wife, Borola Tacuche de Burron, the family wrestled with poverty and neighborhood disputes on a weekly basis

    Lambiek has a short biography of the cartoonist, from which the image at right was nicked.


  • Yes, folks, they’re headed back to court: U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb has ordered a hearing to be held on June 14, to determine just how much Todd McFarlane owes Neil Gaiman over characters that Gaiman created for McFarlane’s comic-book series, Spawn.

  • Two weeks after Muslim students interrupted his multimedia lecture at Sweden’s Uppsala University, Lars Vilks has been invited to return and complete his lecture:

    The university said Tuesday that people shouldn’t be silenced by “violence and threats.” It said police and university officials will review the security situation before the new lecture.


  • “?Adrienne Colan appeared again this morning before Judge Mathew D’Emic and was basically read the riot act for her recent behavior in regards to Gene Colan. In indictment #3017-2010, the existing order of protection (which barred ?Adrienne from directly communicating with Gene) was amended so that ?Adrienne can no longer contact her husband via third parties.”

  • Here’s today’s depressing Steve Perry news article.

  • Douglas Wolk reports on the graphic-novel presence at BookExpo America.

  • David Carter questions what the shuttering of CMX Manga may tell us about the future of DC Comics.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Rachel Deahl reports from a BookExpo America panel on modern do-it-yourself publishing:

    After getting published by Hyperion and hustling on author tours and finding only modest sales, [J.A. Konrath] self-published a number of the books he never sold to publishers as Kindle editions. He priced those books at $1.99, thinking they would be loss leaders to bolster his print sales. Instead he said he made $3,000 on the titles in the first month they were available. Now, he said, he’s selling 220 to 250 Kindle editions per day and that, in July, when Amazon’s royalty rate on titles authors self-publish to Kindle goes up to 70%, he’ll be bringing in roughly $170,000 per year (assuming his volume doesn’t abate) on a bunch of books the New York publishing establishment wasn’t interested in.


    Sequence from Skin Horse, ©2009 Shaenon Garrity and Jeffrey Wells.

  • Speaking of DIY publishing: Skin Horse creators Shaenon Garrity and Jeffrey Wells decided to use to finance the second self-published collection of their webcomic, and raised the needed $3000 in a single day.

  • Andrew McDonald speaks with Micah Baldwin, CEO of digital-comics distributor

  • Augie de Blieck discusses digital comics downloads.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops today.



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Graphic NYC




  • Todd Leopold on Jules Feiffer

    “I happened to come along at what was considered at the time the very bland, conformist ’50s. Nobody understood — maybe I didn’t — that underground, beyond all that conformity, all these things were happening.”


  • Jessica Yadegaran on Daniel Clowes

    “I find malcontents to be amusing […] I have a lot of friends who are cranky complainers, and I guess I have a high tolerance for that.”


  • Tom Mason on Gus Arriola

    Reprinting a short profile of the Gordo creator from 1964.






  • Comics Alliance (one, two) on Wednesday Comics

    ©2010 DC Comics.

    Laura Hudson, Chris Sims, David Brothers and David Uzumeri review the DC Comics showcase hardcover, story by story.


  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Twin Spica Vol. 1

    “Where American stories about astronauts emphasize their risk-taking, especially when it comes to their lives, this one tells us that ‘the most important qualities an astronaut needs are perseverance and a cooperative personality.’ That’s very manga and very Japanese in priority.”






  • Timothy Hodler: Wilson blah blah

    “Since when did everyone decide that ‘likable’ characters were important?”


Comics and Art


  • Harry Lee Green: Four stories from Mind Riot

    From “The Girl From a Different World,” ©1997 Phoebe Gloeckner.

    Comics by Ida Marx Blue Spruce, Glenn Head, Diane Noomin and Phoebe Gloeckner.






  • John Orlow: Half an interview with Jordan Crane

    The cartoonist’s half of a phone interview, with vertiginous dizziness added at no cost!

    (Link via Mike Baehr.)


Comics Culture


  • Lew Stringer: Bristol International Comic & Small Press Expo

    More from the recent gathering in England.


  • Mike Lynch: Maine Comics Arts Festival 2010

    Photos from last weekend’s big show in Portland


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    A short history of Orlando author Vita Sackville-West’s relationship with the monstrous house where she grew up.

    (Link via Jessa Crispin.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • May 27-30 (Phoenix, AZ): The Phoenix Comicon takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center. Details here.
  • May 27 (Berkeley, CA): Renee French, Trevor Alixopulos, Rina Ayuyang, Ben Catmull, Josh Frankel, Lark Pien and Joey Sayers will offer multimedia readings of their work at Pegasus Books on Shattuck Avenue, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • May 27 (Los Angeles, CA): Ben Schwartz, Sammy Harkham, R. Fiore, Joe Matt and possibly Brian Doherty will discuss the art of comics criticism at Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue, from 7:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • May 28-29 (Northampton, England): The University of Northampton will hold an international academic conference devoted to the work of Alan Moore, who will be in attendance along with Melinda Gebbie. Details here.
  • May 29-30 (London, England): The London Movie-Comic-Media Expo takes place at Excel London on the Royal Victoria Dock. Details here.
  • May 29-June 13 (Beja, Portugal): The Sixth International Festival of Beja — oh look, here’s a better link! Details here.
  • May 29 (London, England): The London Zine Symposium will be held at the Rag Factory on Heneage Street, from noon-6PM. Details here.
  • May 29 (San Francisco, CA): Amy Martin serves as cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 1-3PM. Details here.
  • May 30 (Los Angeles, CA): Join Jaime Hernandez, Johnny Ryan, Lawrence Hubbard, Dan Nadel, Sharon Rudahl, John Thompson and Barbara Mendes for an evening of funnybook fun at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Avenue, beginning at 5PM. Admission is ten bucks. 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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