Journalista for Nov. 16, 2010: When the milk is free

Posted by on November 16th, 2010 at 2:25 AM



“Freelancing is to employment as a one-night stand is to marriage. If newspapers want to control what you do outside work, they ought to marry you — i.e., pay you a full-time salary and benefits. Otherwise, they ought not to stand in the way of ‘dating’ — or making a living elsewhere.”

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  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook continues his look at John Wagner’s Big Book of Martyrs, focusing this time on St. Catherine.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • The Tokyo ban on drawn erotica featuring underaged characters returns from the grave.

  • Rich Johnston continues tracking the shenanigans of alleged comics-art scamster Josh Hoopes.

    Detail from the cover of Myron Moose Funnies #2.

  • Congratulations to animator, cartoonist and Myron Moose Funnies creator Bob Foster on his election to the post of Animation Guild president.

  • Ching-Li Tor speaks with Japanese publisher Eiji Han Shimizu, who publishes such works as The 14th Dalai Lama through his Emotional Content imprint “to harness the power of manga as a medium for the forces of good, or more specifically, positive and meaningful messages.”

  • Warren Ellis thinks Brian Hibbs may be a bit off on the whole Superman OGN/monthly pamphlets thing.

  • Is the North American manga industry doing a good job in marketing to casual fans? Daniella Orihuela-Gruber says the answer is “no.”


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “E Ink, the display maker, has announced that it will release a new kind of the e-color paper for the e-book reading devices.” The report singles out comics as being a potential beneficiary of the new technology.



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  • Sam Adams on Sergio Aragonés

    “Fortunately, cartooning is not a job. It’s something like eating or sleeping. It comes so natural, because I’ve done it all my life since I was a kid. The job is divided into parts — the writing part of it or the drawing part of it. It’s a 24-hour job, because sometimes I go to bed and I have to get up because the idea is there and you can’t stop doing it. So it’s a continuous thing. The thinking is constant. I always have a little piece of paper.”






  • Derik Badman on The Zabime Sisters

    “If for nothing else, I urge you to read this book for the art. Aristophane’s expressionistic brushwork is captivating and beautful. His line ranges from a thin sinuosity to thick dense slashes of black. In between is the rare (in comics at least) use of dry brush where the depletion of ink causes a disintegration of the density of the line, allowing for the white of the paper to show through and the bristles of the brush to become apparent. It’s a dense and loose style, even the panel borders are dynamic often with a panel having three thin borders and one that splashes into a thick swath of black.”






  • Noah Berlatsky: Flatland

    “Escher isn’t usually thought of as a comics artist. Yet, as this image shows, he was one — sort of.”




Comics and Art


  • John Robbins: The Receiver

    ©2010 John Robbins.

    A little what-the-hell-was-that to shake up your Tuesday…




Comics Culture


  • Tom Richmond: Cartoonists in Afghanistan, part one

    “Last year in October we took the next step and I was a part of a group of 10 cartoonists who went again to [Germany] but this time also to Kuwait and Iraq to draw for soldiers in the war zone. During that trip there was a lot of discussion as to where we could go next, and the next logical step was into the more active war zone in Afghanistan. It was obvious to the group that things were escalating in that area of the world… unlike the previous year when the answer most soldiers gave to where they had been injured was ‘Iraq,’ most of the wounded soldiers we drew in DC at Walter Reed or the Bathesda Naval Hospital and Landstuhl were hurt in Afghanistan. The ball was already rolling at that point for a trip into a much more active war zone the next year.”





Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Nov. 17 (Allentown, PA): Art Spiegelman will speak at Muhlenberg College on Chew Street, beginning at 7PM. The event is free and open to the public. Details here.
  • 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. 19 (Arlington, VA): Join a host of cartoonist for the opening of a new comics-themed exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center on Wilson Boulevard, from 7-9PM. 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.
  • Nov. 21 (Saratoga Springs, NY): Close to Home cartoonist John MacPherson will discuss his work at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry Street, from 2-4PM. 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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3 Responses to “Journalista for Nov. 16, 2010: When the milk is free”

  1. Matthias Wivel says:

    Thanks for the plug of that DK2 review, Dirk! A quick correction: it was written by Thomas Thorhauge, not I.

    Best, Matthias

  2. Dirk Deppey says:

    Sorry about that; the error’s been fixed.

  3. Matthias Wivel says: