Journalista for Nov. 18, 2010: Isolated incidents

Posted by on November 18th, 2010 at 3:18 AM

 

 

“Online pundits enthusiastically cheer isolated incidents of sales blips after pirated works manage to move stock which, by any objective standard, would be considered low. The sales blip isn’t about piracy as awesome, it’s about a clever way to frame a modest sales figure into a media event.”

 

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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey offers us a tour of the various history books on the underground-comix movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and looks at Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker’s new comic strip, Dustin.
  • Rob Clough reviews You Can’t Be Here by Nicholas Breutzman and Trigger #1 by Mike Bertino.
  • Tom Crippen presents a sampler of cartooning from National Lampoon.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Sean Michael Robinson provides a lengthy analysis of the case against Steve Kutzner, the middle school teacher who pled guilty to possessing obscene visual representations of children. Sean interviewed the prosecutor in the case.

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Today’s Format WarsTM report

 

 

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Profiles

 

  • Christopher Irving on Art Spiegelman

    “We’re here to talk about comics and his career—everything except Maus. Especially after putting together the interview manuscript to end all interview manuscripts on Art’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-volume ‘graphic novel’ (for the forthcoming MetaMaus collection by Pantheon), he’s ‘maused’ out. Maus has become that ex-girlfriend of 18 years that everyone still asks about; that really great girl that still haunts Art 25 years later.”

 

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Reviews

 

  • Matt Seneca and Sean Witzke on Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

    “On a certain level it’s just hard to put words to pictures, and Steranko invites it less than about anybody else. If you’ve got a Steranko comic at hand it’s the easiest thing in the world to point out what he did, because you just turn to those so-often-quoted passages and point. ‘He did this, and he did this, and he used the screentones to do this and the colors to do this.’ It’s when you try to verbalize those things that it gets tough, indefinable: fake fisheye lens perspectives, Crepax ripoffs, repeated acts of bad drawing, Krigstein layouts, figure animation? Hardly the stuff of revolutions.”

 

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Commentary

 

  • Rick Wallace: Shima Kosaku, salaryman manga in the age of recession

    “Perhaps part of the appeal is that the series is clearly aspirational, although it would seem to be a form of torture for the majority of salarymen, trapped in the gruelling schedule of the middle and lower ranks of the Japanese corporate hierarchy without any of the more pleasurable forms of release available to their idol.”

 

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Business and Craft

 

  • Posemaniacs: Hands for drawing

    Another free online tool from the folks at Posemaniacs, this one offering a generous variety of rotatable hands in a variety of poses.

    (I misplaced the source of this link; my apologies for that.)

 

Comics and Art

 

  • Golden Age Comic Book Stories: Willy Pogany’s Frenzied Prince illustrations

    The gorgeous art that accompanied Padraic Colum’s 1943 fantasy novel.

 

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Comics Culture

 

  • Angoulême Comics Festival: 2011 selections announced

    The full list of books receiving the spotlight next year in Feance, available at the link.

 

Also

  • Tom Richmond: Cartoonists in Afghanistan, part three
  • Aaron Bynum: Work by Jewish female cartoonists exhibited in San Francisco

 

  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Brendan O’Neill asks, “How did Thomas Paine, the ‘Father of the American Revolution,’ become the crazy uncle of American history?” (I suspect the answer may be related to the one major book that O’Neill didn’t mention, Paine’s refutation of the Bible, The Age of Reason.)

 

Events Calendar

 

Today:

 

  • Nov. 18-21 (Leeds, England): Thought Bubble 2010 takes place at various locations around town. Details here.
  • Nov. 18 (Stanford, CA): Scott McCloud will lecture on comics at Stanford University’s Hewlett Teaching Center, beginning at 6PM. The event is free and open to the public. 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.

 

This Week:

 

  • 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. 20-21 (Richmond, VA): The VA Comicon takes place at the Ramada Plaza West on Broad Street. Details here.
  • Nov. 20 (Santa Monica, CA): Gumby comics-makers Michael Aushenker and Rafael Navarro will be signing books and meeting readers at Hi De Ho Comics on Lincoln Boulevard, beginning at 2PM. 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 dirk@tcj.com 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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