Journalista for May 6, 2010: The biggest surprise

Posted by on May 6th, 2010 at 1:46 AM



“I have been offline for almost four weeks now. I imagined by this time I would have all kinds of dramatic stories about resentful co-workers, domestic tension, and feelings of isolation, but so far the biggest surprise has been how uneventful it is. The benefits have outweighed the hassles.”


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Classic Marston/Peter nuttiness from Wonder Woman: Amazon, Icon, Hero, ©2010 DC Comics.


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Life in interesting times

  • Amber Hunt reports that a Michigan court of appeals has ordered a new trial for retailer/convention organizer Michael George over the 1990 murder of his wife:

    The appellate court previously had refused to hear the case; Smith’s office appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the Court of Appeals had to hold hearings and issue a decision.

    Barbara George, 32, was shot once in the head while preparing a surprise birthday party for her husband at Comics World, the store they operated. Though Clinton Township police were suspicious that Michael George killed his wife, the case went cold for 17 years until a detective reopened it.

    George (pictured at right) remains in the Macomb County Jail awaiting the new trial.


  • Reuters brings word that a Dutch prosecutor will appeal the recent court ruling “acquitting a Muslim group of insulting Jews with a cartoon suggesting they invented the Holocaust, in a case testing the bounds of free speech.”

  • “The BD specialist shop Fichtre, one of Canada’s unique comics shops and an almost 100 percent reliable partner through which comics scholars, journalists, creators and fans facilitated their purchase of French-language comics, has closed its doors,” according to Tom Spurgeon.

  • Every time someone fully opens their Direct Market distribution to someone other than Diamond, it’s news. This time, it’s Boom! Studios. For further commentary, here’s Johanna Draper Carlson.

  • Matthew Murray has month-to-month comparisons for sales of a number of genre-related indy titles to Direct Market retailers, now updated for March.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “Comic book pirating website has been shut down and all of its servers confiscated, following an FBI search based on a warrant alleging criminal copyright infringement. The FBI investigation was performed in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, a consortium of comic publishers and their legal counsel,” reads said legal counsel’s press release.

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will reclassify digital broadband, in an attempt to circumvent a recent Supreme Court ruling that forbade the agency from imposing “Net neutrality” restrictions upon Internet service providers. Amy Schatz has the story.

  • “Google Inc. plans to begin selling digital books in late June or July, a company official said Tuesday, throwing the search giant into a battle that already involves Inc., Apple Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc.”



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Graphic NYC




  • Jeffrey Renaud on Joe Kubert

    ©2010 Joe Kubert.

    The legendary cartoonist discusses his new book, Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965.







  • Comics Alliance on Hellboy in Mexico

    You’re goddamned right that’s Corben drawing hot Hellboy-on-luchadore action. ©2010 Mike Mignola.

    A roundtable discussion on Mike Mignola’s collaboration with Richard Corben and Dave Stewart.


  • Lori Henderson on Rin-Ne Vol. 4

    “And there’s some tidbits thrown out about Rinne’s and Sakura’s relationship, and for once, it’s not what you’d expect from [Rumi] Takahashi.”




Business and Craft


  • Shaenon Garrity: Publishing your first comic

    “Some people will buy it, some people won’t, some people will care, most people won’t, and before you know it you’ll be moving on to the next thing. Very few cartoonists make a big impact with their first book. Put it this way: how many people read Lost at Sea when it came out? Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks? Goodbye Chunky Rice? Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron? How many of these books have you even heard of?”


Comics and Art





Comics Culture


  • Kiel Phegley: David Glanzer on Comic-Con’s future

    The marketing director for the convention organization discusses the hubbub over the home show’s eventual destination.

    Related: Tom Spurgeon speaks with Glanzer about the recently discussed rise in cost for extra exhibitors’ badges at the San Diego show, while Christopher Butcher is less-than-impressed with San Diego’s attempts to woo Comic-Con International.


  • David Baillie: Comics at the London Book Fair

    “The London Book Fair is an annual publishing juggernaut that attracts attendees and exhibitors from all over the world. They usually have a small, but notable, comics presence but this year promised to be the start of a new relationship between the event and the comics medium. Not only had they declared a section of the floor the ‘Graphic Novel Pavilion,’ but the second day (of the four) also featured a schedule of industry-related panel discussions.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Video: Drug raid in Missouri. I should warn you that this is a fucked-up abuse of authority that will likely piss you off.


Events Calendar




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


This Week:


  • 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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