Journalista for May 4, 2010: Humble folks without temptation

Posted by on May 4th, 2010 at 2:22 AM



“Every cartoonist, their cartoons all look a little bit like them, because they spend a lot of time looking in mirrors to get the expressions down.”


“What do you think, I commanded somebody to blow up a building in the middle of Times Square?”


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Original art from Fantastic Four #59 by Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott and Stan Lee; photo by Matthias Wivel.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Matthias Wivel looks at the art exhibits at the Fumetto Comics Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.

  • Rob Clough reviews Dylan Horrocks’ Hicksville and a variety of minicomics from the MoCCA Art Festival.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews minicomics drawn and/or edited by Austin English.

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

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong reviews the fifth issue of Mike Carey and Peter Gross’ The Unwritten.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • The German television network ZDF’s talk show Markus Lanz Show has cancelled an appearance by Kurt Westergaard, the most notorious of the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoon creators, reportedly over terrorism fears.

  • On a similar note: The trial of Colleen LaRose and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, two women accused of conspiring to kill Lars Vilks over a Muhammed sort-of-cartoon, has been postponed.

  • Amid Amidi:

    The San Diego Comic-Con is pushing forward with its misguided agenda of appeasing corporate interests at the expense of alienating the indie comic and animation community. Their latest bone-headed move is to increase the price of additional exhibitor Comic-Con badges to $200 each, up from $75 last year. As anybody who has ever exhibited at Comic-Con can tell you, artists typically don’t earn truckloads of money at the event, and when all the costs of booth rental, travel, and lodging are factored in, the obscene $200 exhibitor badge essentially guarantees that an independent artist will leave the convention empty-handed.


  • Paul O’Brien presents his month-to-month estimates of Marvel comic-book sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for March.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Found on Slashdot:

    I was informed by my publisher this week that they would have to raise my e-book prices because they planned to sell them through the Apple iBooks store. How could this happen? A lot of my individual stories sell in the $1 to $3 range, which is well within the impulse purchase amount for many people. In this price range a 50-cent price difference may well be the difference between a purchase and a pass. Meanwhile, Apple is touting its new “agency model,” whereby the publishers set the prices. However, it seems that Apple requires books sold in its iBook store have prices ending in .99 — nothing else.


  • Writer Charlie Stross explains why Steve Jobs is betting the farm on mobile computing:

    My take on the iPhone OS, and the iPad, isn’t just that they’re the start of a whole new range of Apple computers that have a user interface as radically different from their predecessors as the original Macintosh was from previous command-line PCs. Rather, they’re a hugely ambitious attempt to keep Apple relevant to the future of computing, once Moore’s law tapers off and the personal computer industry craters and turns into a profitability wasteland.

    On the other hand, rumors are swirling that the company may soon be the subject of “an antitrust inquiry into Apple’s new policy of requiring software developers who devise applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only Apple’s programming tools.” Barrett Sheridan has an excellent background primer.


  • Lissa Pattillo contemplates the coming online edition of Yen Plus



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Graphic NYC




  • Tim O’Shea on Joshua Cotter

    From Skyscrapers of the Midwest, ©2008 Joshua W. Cotter.

    “Honestly, I’m jaded with the whole ‘comics’ thing in general… the ‘industry’, the process, the purpose. I’m not certain what my future in the comics world will be, and I’m not entirely sure that I’m going to continue with comics. I’ve struggled over the past ten years with my work, more than anyone can know, and while I’m absolutely grateful and honestly, quite surprised, that people have and are reacting to my work, I simply just don’t know how much I have left in me.”







  • Tom Ewing on Phonogram

    “Comics are in the wish-fulfillment business, and this is a fantasy as seductive as any superheroics.”

    (Link via Brandon Soderberg.)


  • Garrett Martin on Wilson

    “It isn’t easy to love Wilson. Despite [Dan] Clowes’ excellent artwork and elegant storytelling, the main character’s persistent and predictable misery grows stifling and repetitive. Like the best art, though, it’s hard to shake Wilson from your thoughts.”






  • Kai-Ming Cha: Because all you need, is love

    “I don’t know enough detail about the actual licensing and manufacturing process to push this too hard, but I do believe that it is a changing landscape out there for publishers and creators, and that copyright infringement isn’t going to to anywhere regardless of how many C&D letters go out.”


  • Johanna Draper Carlson: How to make superhero comics interesting again

    “This is what made Superman the success he was, and spawned the entire genre: he was an outlet for the little guy frustrated with bigwigs and sprawling events that felt out of control. Superman would bring justice where it seemed no one else could. That describes the feelings of readers today as much as in the 1930s.”


Comics and Art


  • Kevin Huizenga: “Rumbling”

    ©2010 Kevin Huizenga.

    First installment of a story by the Ganges creator.




Comics Culture


  • Brian Heater: SVA Fresh Meat 2010

    “There is, perhaps, no comics show title that more accurately captures the nature of small press book browsing than that of SVA’s Fresh Meat. Even after all of these years, it’s hard not to view such shows as something of a creative meat market. It’s one thing, after all, to judge the merits of a book from a 30 second cursory glance. It’s another thing entirely to do so with the book’s creator timidly smiling up at you, from the other side of table.”


  • Ryan Sands: Garo in New York City

    Same Hat! reader and cartoonist Noel attended the exhibit opening a few weeks back, and sent along these rad photos from inside the gallery.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    The crackdown on over 400 Los Angeles marijuana dispensaries is about to begin.

    (Link via Brian Doherty.)


Events Calendar




  • May 1-9 (Lucerne, Switzerland): It’s the Fumetto Festival, and it wants you! Details here.
  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 (Pittsburgh, PA): Whirlwind Wonderland author Rina Ayuyang reads from her book at the Toonseum on Liberty Avenue, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • May 5 (Los Angeles, CA): Contropussy creators Emma Caulfield, Camilla Rantsen, Christian Meesey and Christian Beranek will be signing at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, from 6-8PM. 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.


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One Response to “Journalista for May 4, 2010: Humble folks without temptation”

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