Journalista for May 5, 2010: Surprisingly nonplussed about the whole thing

Posted by on May 5th, 2010 at 1:46 AM



“Allegedly, when Henry Rollins was shown an earlier version of the minicomic, his reaction was to ask if Glenn had seen it yet. Rollins thought Danzig would have been less than amused.”


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From Resistance Book One, ©2010 Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristian Williams reviews the first volume of Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis’ Resistance.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky examines the third volume of Fumi Yoshinaga’s ?oku.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Peter O’Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise, died on Monday, 3 May, shortly after his 90th birthday. Peter had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease but still kept in touch with fans and continued to pen introductions for Titan’s Modesty reprints,” reports Steve Holland. Further obituaries and memorials are available via John Freeman, Lew Stringer and Rich Johnston.

  • Jim Milliot reports: “The Authors Guild along with the Songwriters Guild of America filed a joint statement Friday with the U.S. Copyright Office asking that Congress act to eliminate what the two groups see as a potential ‘gap’ in termination rights granted under the Copyright Act.”

  • According to Karen Raugust, Congress still has a long way to go in addressing publishers’ concerns over the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which could make the resale of any book considered to be for children (think comics) legally questionable.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch has the month-to-month estimates of DC Comics’ sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for March.

    Panel from the strip, ©2010 Goats LLC.

  • Goats creator Jon Rosenberg, long considered one of the more successfull webcomics creators, is having second thoughts:

    It’s hard to come to a teenaged webcomic and not get put off by the large archive. And the books do not seem to be mitigating the problem as much as I had hoped, since most folks are trying to buy food and pay rent these days and graphic novels understandably do not provide shelter or many other things at the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid. As many other problems as Goats has, as many mistakes as I have made, this is the only one that matters right now. Without growth, I’m dead in the water. There’s only so many times I can beg you guys to buy stuff.

    (Link via Gary Tyrrell.)


  • Micha Hershman has been promoted to the position of marketing vice president for Dark Horse Comics.


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





  • Paolo Chikiamco (one, two) on Gerry Alanguilan

    The Pinoy comics creator explains why even comics benefit from informed criticism.






  • Martin Steenton on Moving Pictures

    “[Kathryn and Stuart Immonen] create an emotionally interconnected microcosm of characters that exist against the backdrop of the conflict, rather than simply because of it. More about the complex relationships between the characters than the war around them, the book’s tone (unlike its clear and striking art) is anything but black and white.”


  • Stephen Bissette on The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books

    “Despite the familiarity of the silly Gross slapschtick for seasoned devotees, it’s a hoot to drink it all in illuminated with color (all my childhood Gross exposures were black-and-white only), and the procession of beloved characters and tropes — from ‘That’s My Pop!’ to Count Screwloose and more — only fuels the fun.”






  • Ethan Persoff: The Realist Bill Gaines tribute issue

    Reprinting the 1992 memorial edition of Paul Krassner’s legendary magazine.




Comics and Art


  • Online portfolio: Jose Fragoso

    “Lola,” inspired by the Kinks song of the same name, ©2010 Jose Fragoso.

    It’s the middle of the week, and you deserve eye-candy.


  • David Apatoff: Saul Steinberg’s clouds

    Illustration ©2010 The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society.

    “But Steinberg never found a formula for clouds that could satisfy him for long. Perhaps he smiled in doubt at Constable’s claim that we are able to “truly understand” clouds. An artist with boundless curiosity, Steinberg worked in a state of perpetual inquiry.”




Comics Culture


  • Kiel Phegley: LA Inc. discuss their Comic-Con pitch

    “[Comic Book Resources] learned that last week representatives from Comic-Con’s Board of Directors traveled to Los Angeles to meet with members of LA Inc — the company who controls the downtown complex that includes the Los Angeles Convention Center — to tour the new facilities.” Phegley speaks with LA Inc senior vice president Michael Krouse about the negotiations.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Terry Pratchett explains why he likes Doctor Who, despite its many storytelling limitations.

    (Link via Richard Bruton.)


Events Calendar




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


This Week:


  • May 6-9 (Barcelona, Spain): It’s the 28th Annual Barcelona International Comics Salon! Details here.
  • May 6 (New York City, NY): Join Dan Goldman, Molly Crabapple and John Leavit for a party celebrating two new works at Sutra on First Street, from 7-10PM. Details here.
  • May 6 (Toronto, Ontario): Jim Munroe and Shannon Gerard debut their new book, Sword of My Mouth at the Tequila Bookworm on Queen Street, beginning at 7PM. 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 5, 2010: Surprisingly nonplussed about the whole thing”

  1. James Flaim says:

    Are you taking “nonplussed” to mean let down or slightly disappointed? Because it really means “confused or perplexed.”