Journalista for Nov. 10, 2010: Get happy

Posted by on November 10th, 2010 at 3:55 AM



“Sales below the Top 300 may be growing in importance, but when we look at a fairly long period (10 months) either they aren’t big enough in the aggregate to make much difference, or their sales are changing at about the same rate as the Top 300’s. If anything, looking at year to date numbers, sales on titles below the Top 300 are shrinking faster than sales in the Top 300, at least in periodical comics.”



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A self-portrait by Milt Gross.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey recounts the life of classic humor cartoonist Milt Gross, in the course of reviewing the book The Complete Milt Gross, Comic Books and Life Story.
  • Kent Worcester reviews the new collection of pre-Code comics, The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read!
  • Jason Thompson reviews Impact City, a digital manga by French mangaka Nekozumi.
  • Not comics: R. Fiore on Charles Bukowski.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook discusses St. Olaf as portrayed in John Wagner’s Big Book of Martyrs, and Noah Berlatsky concludes his story-by-story review of Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream with “The Willow Tree.”

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “The defense attorney for Michael George — who is accused in the 1990 slaying of his wife in their comic book store — is asking a Macomb County judge for an evidentiary hearing to determine if the prosecution’s key witness gave an interview to a Clinton Township detective after the murder, as reported in a book authored by a former Free Press reporter.”

  • ICv2 presents its estimates for October sales to Direct Market retailers, and leads with the revelation that not a single comic book sold over 100,000 copies. Here are the top-300 charts for comic books and graphic novels, and while we’re in the general vicinity, here’s John Jackson Miller reading the tea leaves: one, two.

    (Right: The cover to Uncanny X-Force #1, the best selling comic book not to break 100,000 copies in October.)


  • Lori Henderson is impressed by some recent hires at Tokyopop.

  • Brigid Alverson looks at Digital Manga Productions’ new online-comics translation initiative.

    ©2010 Randall Munroe.

  • Life imitates xkcd.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops today.



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  • Publishers Weekly on Adam Hines

    “I’ve stolen from a lot of artists, and Chris Ware is undoubtedly one of them. In particular, I’ve always loved his pacing — it feels, to me, like you’re watching his strips unfold in ‘real time,’ and I’ve striven to emulate that feeling of graceful regularity.”






  • Mike Romo on Stitches

    ©2009 David Small.

    “This is not a happy story, but it’s not one of those books where the pain described within its pages is almost exploitative. This is the story of a family at a certain time, with certain beliefs, with attitudes that seems shocking to us now, but are understandable and certainly not unheard of. It’s just a different time, and the relationships between parent and child, between father and son…were more rigid. The love for the child was tempered by something else, something less to do with heart and more to do with order.”






  • Alex Beam: Doonesbury & co.

    “There are various legends and half-truths surrounding the ‘real’ identities of many of the bedrock Doonesbury characters. Some are obvious: The on-again, off-again genius Hunter S. Thompson was the model for the crazy freebooter Uncle Duke. Walden College president King closely resembled Yale’s former president Kingman Brewster, and so on.”




Comics and Art


  • Harry Lee Green: Judge cartoons from the 1930s

    Cartoon by Dr. Seuss.

    Classic magazine cartooning as you like it.




Comics Culture


  • CBC Books: Jeff Lemire’s Essex County makes the Canada Reads Top Ten

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has spoken.





Events Calendar




  • Nov. 10 (Dallas, TX): Greg Rucka will be signing books and meeting readers at Zeus Comics on Lemmon Avenue, from 11AM-3PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 10 (London, England): Alex Fitch will discuss banned and censored comic books onstage with publisher Tony Bennet and (via speaker phone) Rick Veitch at the Idea Space on Whitechapel Road, from 6-7:30PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 10 (New York City, NY): Jules Fieffer discusses his work at the Society of Illustrators on 63rd Street, from 6:30-8:30PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Nov. 11 (New York City, NY): Liza Donnelly talks to Bob Mankoff onstage at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 11 (Los Angeles, CA): Michael Gondry will be signing copies of his new multimedia collaboration with Julie Doucet, My New New York Diary, at Family on Fairfax Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 11 (New York City, NY): Cartoonist Arnold Roth will be among those paying tribute to the National Lampoon, in a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association, beginning at 8:15PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 13 (New York City, NY): Tucker Stone will speak with Kevin Huizenga at Bergen Street Comics, beginning at 8PM. 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. (Note: Under no circumstances will I link to a Facebook page. Seriously, what idiot “advertises” their event solely on a website that requires registration to see the advertisement?)


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