Journalista for May 27, 2010: Big fish in small ponds

Posted by on May 27th, 2010 at 2:12 AM



“What if they’re scared to find out that nobody wants yet another Spider-Man or Batman story? What if they’re scared that switching to digital wouldn’t increase their overall comic book sales, thus proving that the product they’ve relied on really is insularly myopic? “


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From A Home for Mr. Easter, ©2010 Brooke Allen.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristian Williams‘ survey of the visual iconography of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray concludes.

  • Rob Clough reviews Brooke Allen’s A Home for Mr. Easter.

  • Kent Worcester reviews A.B. Sina, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland and Hilary Sycamore’s Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Not comics: Caroline Small on the sexual politics of the sci-fi sexploitation film Barbarella, and Tom Crippen recounts a memorable street altercation, both of which are long enough for me to violate my just-coined “Easter Egg” rule, for I am an incorrigible hypocrite.

  • A quick note: I’m taking advantage of a U.S. holiday and burning the last of my paid days off to give myself a four-day weekend. So no newsblogging tomorrow or Monday. ¡Journalista! returns on Tuesday, June 1.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • The Walt Disney Corporation filed a memo on Monday, in support of Marvel’s attempts to dismiss copyright claims by the Jack Kirby estate.

  • Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes has “expressed his regret” for printing a Zapiro cartoon depicting Muslim prophet Muhammed (pictured above).

  • “DC Comics has confirmed reports that it is moving to a $3.99 price point for some of its 32-page DC Universe and Vertigo imprint series effective July, following a week of speculation sparked by the release of the publisher’s August solicitations.”

  • Lisa Davis speaks with the ex-wife of missing-presumed dead Timespirits writer Steve Perry.

  • A successful sleazeball is still a sleazeball.

  • I can’t escape the feeling that I’ve linked to this at least once before, but can’t find it in search, so: Diamond employees complain about their jobs.

    (Link trail: Joe McCullochMilo George.)


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Japanese business concerns take another baby step toward e-book distribution.

    (Link via William Flanagan, who notes, “Shogakukan and Shueisha seem ready to jump on board.”)


  • Google is claiming that there are more Android phones than iPhones in China.

  • Simon Jones:

    Let’s just get to the point: Apple wants the iPad to be a handheld game console, not a handheld computer. Unless publishers collectively throw their weight behind another platform, Apple is going to get away with it.


Mike Sterling: The end of civilization

Sterling finds the most dubious items from the latest Diamond catalog, so you don’t have to.



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Graphic NYC




  • John Geddes on Neil Gaiman

    Panel detail from Wednesday Comics, ©2010 DC Comics.

    The writer discusses his collaboration with Mike Allred for Wednesday Comics.






  • Brian Hibbs on The Rise of Arsenal #3

    When the majority of a devestatingly negative review is devoted simply to recounting a comic book’s contents — and it renders the subsequent critical judgement superfluous — you know you’re talking about a seriously shitty comic book.






  • Mariana Marcaletti: A cartoon nation

    “When writer Juan Sasturain was offered the chance to recreate Argentine history through comic strips, he knew the language of cartoons would provide him infinite possibilities to re-version the past.”


  • David Welsh: Spaceshippers

    “The original demographic of To Terra presents some interesting topics of discussion. While a number of women work in sh?nen, I strongly suspect that wasn’t the case back in the 1970s. This adds another aspect of Takemiya’s status as a trailblazer. She was also one of the very first creators of sh?nen-ai, manga that focuses on romantic attachments between two men. I find Takemiya’s sh?nen-ai inclinations very much in evidence in To Terra, a flavoring that feels wonderfully transgressive in retrospect.”



  • Jeffrey Meyer: Charles Schulz’s “Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Me”
  • Leif Peng: Thomas Sawyer on Al Capp
  • Jeet Heer: Excerpts from Harold Gray’s first letter to Chester Gould
  • John Parker: Philip K. Dick in comics


Comics and Art





Comics Culture


  • Sarah Morean and Brian Heater (one, two and three): The art of festival planning

    “Recently, while doing my write up of this year’s MoCCA Fest, for which I served at the programming director, I realized that my insight from the event is likely to be fairly different from that offered by Sarah Morean, who is one of the driving forces behind the first ever Minneapolis Indie Xpo (MIX), occurring in August of this year.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Witches are overwhelming the courts in the Central African Republic. And that may be a good thing.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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