Journalista for May 3, 2010: FUCBD

Posted by on May 3rd, 2010 at 1:24 AM



“I’m going to be within spitting distance of Kinokuniya later today, and I already have about ten unread manga sitting here. Uh oh.”


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From Troop 142 #3, ©2010 Mike Dawson.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Chris Mautner reviews Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins’s The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade.

  • Rob Clough reviews the third issue of Mike Dawson’s minicomics series, Troop 142.

  • R.C. Harvey examines the use of color in newspaper cartoons.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, new columnist Erica Friedman discusses the non-existence of female and lesbian perspectives in comics, and Noah Berlatsky looks at the sci-fi television series Torchwood.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Go! Comi Death Watch: Kate J. O’Neil catches word that the comatose manga publisher’s online forum is down. As Lori Henderson notes, the forum was “the last place we heard anything from the publisher and with it gone… maybe that ad a few weeks ago for a manga publisher for sale was Go Comi!”

    (Link via Katherine Dacey.)


  • While I’m skipping pretty much all Free Comic Book Day coverage — we’d drown in the stuff if I didn’t — Sean Kleefeld‘s visit to Chicago’s Third Coast Comics is really more a profile of the store than anything else. I’m all about the promotion of good shops, so it gets a pass.

  • Fumiyo Kono’s Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms: the planetarium show.



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Graphic NYC




  • Daniel Best on Gene Colan

    Art ©2009 Gene Colan, characters TMMarvel Characters, Inc.

    The legendary Marvel artist discusses his recent misfortunes.







  • Carol Tyler on Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

    “This underground classic from the comix era has held up. It remains a ‘ray’ of pure genius. It is considered to be one of the most significant, groundbreaking contributions to comics history and Justin [Green] is considered the Father of the Autobiographical comic. It has earned this designation not only because of its humor, artistry and craftsmanship but also because of its honest, unflinching appraisal and confrontation of one’s personal truth.”


  • Tom Spurgeon on The Early Morning Milk Train

    “Before he was a maker of things, Rowland Emett was a creator of cartoons. He was a highly successful cartoonist, as a matter of fact, one of the more popular artists working in Punch during the late 1930s (he first published in the magazine in 1939) and through the 1940s.”






  • Chris Mautner on Lewis Trondheim

    A beginner’s guide to the prolific French cartoonist.


Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn (one, two): Nine by Gene Colan

    From Strange Tales #97.

    A generous collection of Silver Age stories.






  • YouTube: Gerald Scarfe

    A BBC profile of the renowned cartoon satirist.

    (Link via Mike Lynch, of course.)


Comics Culture


  • Paul Gravett: Jack Kirby in Switzerland

    “You might wonder why the first city to stage a major fine art retrospective on the whole career of Jack Kirby is Lucerne in Switzerland.”


  • Peggy Burns: Stumptown Comics Festival

    A report from the recent gathering in Oregon.


  • Kim De Vries: Comics by women, comics for girls

    “On April 8, I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Trina Robbins and Mike Madrid on women and girls and comics. The talk was moderated by Andrew Farago, curator of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum. This was a particularly thorough exploration because Trina is perhaps the leading historian of women comic creators, both she and Mike have exhaustive knowledge of the way women are represented in comics, and Mike has particularly looked at superheroines.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Scene from a Belgian prank-style comedy show: One woman says to another, “Excuse me, do you know what a Butt Crusher is?” The other replies, “What a coincidence — I have one with me. Let me show you…”


Events Calendar




  • May 1-9 (Lucerne, Switzerland): It’s the Fumetto Festival, and it wants you! Details here.
  • May 3 (Washington DC): Dan Clowes will appear at Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • May 4 (Tokyo, Japan): Comitia 92, a sort of SPX for original d?jinshi creators, takes place [something in Japanese that I have no hope of reading], from 11AM-4PM. Details here.
  • May 4 (Sacramento, CA): Gene Luen Yang will discuss his work at the Southgate Library on 66th Avenue, beginning at 4PM. Details here.
  • May 4 (Cambridge, MA): Hillary Chute speaks with Dan Clowes on-stage at the Brattle Theatre on Harvard Square, beginning at 6PM. Admission is $5. Details here.
  • May 4 (Los Angeles, CA): See Jaime Hernandez in conversation with Todd Hignite and Jordan Crane at Family on Fairfax Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • May 5 (Evanston, IL): Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Anders Nilsen and Chris Ware present an on-stage discussion of the graphic novel at the Block Museum of Art on Circle Drive, from 6-7:30PM. Details here.
  • May 5 (New York City, NY): David Hajdu interviews Dan Clowes on-stage at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • May 5 (Toronto, Ontario): Jeff Lemire launches the first volume of his new series, Sweet Tooth, at the Lillian H. Smith Library on College Street, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • May 6 (Toronto, Ontario): James Sturm will read from and discuss his work at the Miles Nadal JCC on Spadina Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • May 7 (Toronto, Ontario): Dan Clowes will discuss his work and sign books at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • May 8-9 (Toronto, Ontario): The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street and if you aren’t there, you’ll wish you were. Details here, and don’t forget the Doug Wright Awards!
  • May 8 (Seattle, WA): Michael Kupperman will appear at a gallery reception and book signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • May 8 (Los Angeles, CA): Join Marc Johns and Steven Weissman for a reception honoring their new exhibit at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, from 6:30-10PM. 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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