Journalista for Nov. 19, 2010: Hell if I know

Posted by on November 19th, 2010 at 4:02 AM



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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • International comics: Bart Croonenborghs looks at Oliver East’s Berlin and That.
  • Not comics: Donald Phelps continues to meditate on Calder Willingham’s novel about moral ambiguity and homosexuality, open and repressed, in a military academy.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe discusses her joy in the webcomic Hyperbole and a Half, written by Allie Brosh.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “A federal judge has just lifted the delay in the long-running Superman litigation, setting the stage for Warner Bros. to proceed with key depositions of the families of Man of Steel creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.”

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


  • Answer: Yes, but only when it can figure out how to sell such comics to adults.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “The US Senate Judiciary Committee has passed controversial new legislation to fight internet piracy that will allow the Justice Department to shut down domain names of sites that, in their view, enable piracy.”



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  • Sam Adams on Charles Burns

    “When I started out, originally my plan was to focus on the punk world. That was a really significant part of my life. I was in the Bay Area, there right when all this stuff was happening. Fall 1977, I was around there and just starting to see the bands there. Everything went very quickly. It was something I just really enjoyed. I had friends who were in bands. It was just a part of my life. So I wanted to write a story dealing with that particular period. I did a few attempts, and I realized I was falling back into the way that I had been writing Black Hole. It didn’t feel right, and I just wasn’t happy with the way it was going. I eventually found a way in with a story that wasn’t just about that. It certainly does put it in a very specific timeframe, and there are a lot of ideas that are about that period. But it isn’t just about that specifically.”






  • Collin David on Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur

    Detail from Infantino’s classic cover to Flash #123.

    “A significant portion of the book is comprised of Infantino discussing his relationships with different editors and writers, and he takes a no-holds-barred approach to talking about which inkers he thought did a terrible job with his pencils and which editors he hated working with. It’s definitely fun to read a comic book tell-all from the perspective of a senior guy with nothing left to lose and no one left to alienate (since most of his creative compatriots have passed on), and it illuminates some of the unusual creative choices that comic book companies were making at the time. While some decisions were motivated by sales, others were pure internal politics, and Infantino divulges them all.”




Business and Craft


  • John Allison: A manifesto for U.K. indy comics in 2010

    “The points below are what I’ve learned doing indie comics as a career. There’s always room for art for art’s sake, for hobbyism, but these are the lessons I’ve learned for those who want to escape that prevailing mood.”


  • Timothy Hodler: Two quotes

    “Here are two quotations from popular manuals on cartooning, released a half-century apart. They both give advice on how to draw women for comic books. Which quote is from which book?”


Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng (one, two, three, four and counting): Walter Haskell Hinton

    Peng offers us yet another extended look at a classic 20th-century commercial illustrator.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch talks to comic book artist and graphic designer J. H. Williams III about his work (37.4MB).
    • Inkstuds welcomes Trickster: Native American Story editor Matt Dembicki as guest (37.8MB).
    • Dale Lazarov offers some guidelines for getting into the gay erotic comics business and how to get artists to work on your project, on a recent episode of Da Vinci’s Waking Dream (12MB, scroll down to the “Episode 12” link on the right-hand side).
    • Scott Kurtz and Co. present another round of Webcomics Weekly (77MB).
    • Ed Sizemore and Co. discuss Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream and Other Stories in the latest installment of Manga Out Loud (77MB).
    • For your weekly allotment of comics commentary and criticism, we have Wait, What? (one [39.3MB] two [43.9MB]).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Thom Shanker: CADD Life webcomic becomes sensation among soldiers

    “It is penned anonymously and posted to a Facebook page, but the comic strip can be seen taped to cubicles at the Pentagon and at military headquarters by those who identify with Doctrine Man’s campaign against large institutions flying on autopilot over a rapidly changing and dangerous world.”



  • Michael Cavna: Cartoonists in Afghanistan
  • Adam Lisberg: Newspapers will run with pretty much anything containing the word “Spider-Man” in it
  • Matt Moore: Newspapers will run with pretty much anything containing the word “Spider-Man” in it


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    39-year-old Tokyo resident Fuyuhito Moriya lives in a comfortable multi-story home along with his mother, built on land roughly the size of a parking space — 30 square meters. Yes, of course there’s video…


Events Calendar




  • Nov. 18-21 (Leeds, England): Thought Bubble 2010 takes place at various locations around town. 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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 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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