Journalista for Nov. 15, 2010: Never a good sign

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 2:37 AM



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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Gerry Alanguilan brings word that “Filipino Komiks Illustrator Ernie Guanlao has passed away last November 10, 2010 in the United States.”

    Art from one of the mailers in question.

  • “Steve Rustad, freelance editorial cartoonist for the Argus-Courier, has been suspended by the Petaluma newspaper for creating the artwork used in four independent campaign mailers opposing Petaluma Mayor Pam Torliatt in the 2nd District Sonoma County supervisors race.” Related: Rustad’s wife responds.

  • “Lucy Shelton Caswell plans to retire as Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, effective December 31, 2010.”

  • Good thing Diamond Distributors is cutting the dross from their Previews catalog, isn’t it?

  • The cable channel AMC (home to the new Walking Dead TV series) has refused to air a zombie-themed commercial for the Chicago Comic Vault.

  • Matthew Murray presents his month-to-month estimates for sales of a variety of genre-based indy comics to Direct Market retailers, now updated for September.

  • Brian Hibbs argues in favor of comics pamphlets.

  • Congratulations to Wizard, who may be about to buy their eleventy-billionth convention. Also, condolences to North Carolina comics fans.

  • Your headline of the day: “Spiderman not a hero to the head of Iran’s Basij.”



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Graphic NYC




  • T.J. Dietsch on Jeff Kinney

    “You know, I never even thought I had a chance to get published. In the years after college I tried to get my cartoons accepted by newspapers and was met with really tough and ominous rejection letters so I thought, and still believe that, I don’t have what it takes to produce a professional cartoon so everything past that point has just been things getting sillier and sillier and sillier and the [Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade] balloon might just take the cake.”

    (Link via Kiel Phegley.)






  • Alex Carr on Palookaville #20

    ©2010 Seth.

    “You know it’s a comic by Seth when the book features a “band” around the back cover that sports glowing blurbs and quotes, a summary of the work, the price, a barcode, and then a tiny note in parentheses: ‘The artist requests that this band be disposed of upon purchase.’ This type of artistic control isn’t new to Seth’s fans, yet Palookaville #20 marks a radical shift in format and content for the meticulous artist, writer, and designer.”






  • Kevin Patrick: Comics studies in Australia

    “The term ‘graphic novel’ was popularised by Igor Goldkind, a publicist employed by UK publisher Titan Books in 1985 to promote comic books to an adult audience. ‘My job,’ he said, ‘was to develop a semantic the general public and the book trade could understand.’ […] Goldkind exceeded his client’s brief beyond their wildest imaginings; the literary allusion built into the term ‘graphic novel’ dispelled the childish connotations associated with ‘comic books’, thereby granting critics and readers the cultural permission required to evaluate comics in the same manner as literature, cinema and music.”

    (Link via Gary Chaloner.)




Comics and Art


  • Daryl Cagle: Quantitative easing in editorial cartoons

    Detail from a drawing by French cartoonist Frederick Deligne.

    A collection of cartoon commentary from around the world.






  • Babelgum: Cartoon Masters

    New Yorker editor Bob Mankoff (left).

    A collection of videos featuring a variety of cartoonists and animators, including Mark Tatulli, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis, Bob Mankoff and others.

    (Link via Mike Rhode.)


Comics Culture


  • Michael Buntag (one, one): Komikon 2010

    A report from last weekend’s big to-do in the Philippines.


  • Rich Johnston: First-person perspective run through the corridors of DC Comics

    On the off chance that you ever wondered what the place looked like, apparently it looks like a super-rich geek’s bedroom.



Events Calendar




  • Nov. 15 (London, England): Ho Che Anderson discusses his work at the London Print Studio on Harrow Road, from 6:30-8PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Nov. 18-21 (Leeds, England): Thought Bubble 2010 takes place at various locations around town. Details here.
  • Nov. 18 (New York City, NY): Dan Nadel interviews Brian Chippendale and C.F. at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 18 (New York City, NY): Prominent cartoonists battle it out on-stage at 92YTribeca on Hudson Street, beginning at 9PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 19-20 (Lexington, KY): The UP! Fair is a celebration of sequential art and indy publishing, and it all takes place at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning on Second Street. Details here.
  • Nov. 19 (Portland, OR): Matt Fraction interviews Brian Chippendale and C.F. (followed by a signing) at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 20 (Los Angeles, CA): Brian Chippendale and C.F. will participate in a book launch and slideshow presentation at Family on Fairfax Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


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