Journalista for Nov. 2, 2010: Maladjusted

Posted by on November 2nd, 2010 at 3:14 AM



“The saddest thing about the Kate Beaton controversy for me is that it really drove home how maladjusted comics still is re: female creators.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Bob Levin recounts the final days of underground-comics pioneer Don Donahue, who died two weeks ago.
  • R.C. Harvey continues tracking the editorial cartoons.
  • Rob Clough concludes his month-long look at comics from students and fellows from the Center For Cartoon Studies.
  • Rich Kreiner reviews two really mini minicomics: Maris Wicks’ Human Body Theater and Joe Lambert’s Gag.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky kicks off a roundtable discussion of Charles Hatfield’s book Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Online snafus bedeviled’s website yesterday, preventing registrations for next year’s big show in San Diego.

  • Digital Manga Productions and Shonen Jump announce new digital-comics initiatives. DMP’s initiative is particularly interesting: It involves hiring scanlators to produce translations for online sale, with payment promised on the back end.

    From Skyscrapers of the Midwest, ©2008 Joshua W. Cotter..

  • Skyscrapers of the Midwest author Joshua Cotter and his girlfriend are safe after a fire swept their apartment last week. Cotter is trying to raise money to surmount the event’s economic consequences — see the link for details.

  • Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort waffles on price reductions.

  • John Jackson Miller examines sales trends in the Direct Market, finding that books on the far end of the Long Tail doing somewhat better, even as titles at the top of the chart do worse.

  • Ohio retailer Kendall Swafford looks at the difference between his numbers for comic sales in his store and the reported sell-in numbers.

  • Peter Hartlaub profiles San Francisco retailer James Sime.

  • Wizard adds the eleventy-billionth convention to its schedule.



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Graphic NYC




  • Alex Dueben on Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon

    The comic-book veterans discuss their latest collaboration, a graphic-novel biography of Holocaust victim Anne Frank.






  • Jared Gniewek on Undeleted Scenes

    ©2010 Jeffrey Brown.

    “Although some of his stories chart darker human territory: the continents of need, fickleness, despair, and loneliness, make no mistake that he is funny. Some of his other books (Incredible Change Bots in particular) are downright gut busting. He’s not afraid to be corny or lame in the name of a joke. His absolute lack of fear in the face of showing his insecurities strengthens him as a joke teller.”






  • Harry Lee Green: Les Daniels’ “The EC Revolution”

    A chapter from the 1971 book Comix: A History of Comic Books in America, complete with reproductions of classic work from EC Comics.




Business and Craft


  • Brian McLachlin: Ten lessons for better coloring

    “Comics is sequential story telling and therefore its primary goal is not making the nicest picture — its about making the clearest picture to illustrate your story. Just like you don’t draw every hair on a persons head, every pore on their skin and every leaf on a tree, you need to make decisions about what colours you will and won’t include. How much shading is enough and how much is too much? With the advent of computer colouring there are a lot of mainstream comics coloured in a way that makes them more ‘realistic.’ This is often at odds with what is most clear. So I recommend that choosing colours for your characters and their surroundings becomes a question of what ‘reads’ best, not what’s most ‘real.'”

    (Link via John Martz.)


Comics and Art


  • Out of This World: School Friend Annual 1959

    From “The Jackson Family to the Rescue.”

    More classic girls’ comics from Britain.






  • Vimeo: Vanessa Davis on watercolor

    The Make Me a Woman creator demonstrated her technique recently at the School of Visual Arts.

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)


Events Calendar




  • Nov. 2 (Copenhagen, Denmark): A public roundtable debate on transgressive cartooning and freedom of speech will be held at the University of Copenhagen, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 2 (Oak Park, IL): Charles Burns and Chris Ware will discuss their work at the Unity Temple on Lake Street, from 7:30-9:30PM. Tickets are $10 Details here.


This Week:


  • Nov. 3 (Chicago, IL): Charles Burns will discuss his book X’ed Out at Quimby’s on North Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 4-7 (New York City, NY): King Con takes place… somewhere in Brooklyn, I’m assuming? The website doesn’t exactly bother to tell me. You’re on your own with this one.
  • Nov. 4 (New York City, NY): Grab your pens and paper and join in on this month’s New York Comic Jam at Jack Dempsey’s Pub on 33rd Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 4 (Portland, OR): Hereville author Barry Deutsch will give a slideshow presentation and sign books at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 5 (London, England): A one-day academic symposium on comics takes place in the Clore Centre on Torrington Square, from 9:30AM-5PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 6 (Los Angeles, CA): Join Theo Ellsworth for a reception honoring his new art show at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, from 6:30-10PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 7 (London, England): The Comica Comiket Independent Comics Fair will be held in the Ellis Room of the Royal National Hotel on Bedford Way, from noon-5PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 7 (Ottawa, Ontario): A book launch for Von Allan’s Stargazer takes place at Perfect Books on Elgin Street, beginning at 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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