Journalista for Nov. 22, 2010: Today’s understatement

Posted by on November 22nd, 2010 at 3:51 AM



“The comic book industry is renowned for being traditionally male-dominated, supported by the fact that the majority of titles published by the ‘Big Two’ publishers are written and drawn by male creators.”


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A mural by Mark Bodé at the 1:AM Gallery. Photo by and ©2010 Kim Munson.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kim Munson presents the first installment of a three-part conversation with comics, mural and tattoo artist Mark Bodé.
  • Rob Clough reviews the bootlegged reprint of Al Burian Goes to Hell, by Al Burian.
  • R.C. Harvey looks at Ed Stein’s newspaper strip, Freshly Squeezed.
  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner looks back at 2010.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, “Kinukitty” reviews Fusanosuke Inariya’s yaoi romance Maiden Rose and finds it surprisingly enjoyable, while Noah Berlatsky talks about film critic Manny Farber and the eternal battle between white elephant art and termite art.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • I missed this about the latest attempt to resurrect the lolicon ban in Tokyo: According to Sankaku Complex, the recently proposed legislation has a much wider reach, and “now demands a restriction on sales of anime, manga or games which ‘improperly glorify or emphasise’ illegal sexual acts, such as rape, groping, BDSM, voyeurism, exhibitionism, etc., by extension including underage sexual activity as well.”

  • “BookNet Canada is reporting that Canadian book sales in the third quarter of 2010 were down in both unit sales and dollar value when compared with third quarter results in 2009.”

    Panel from (and writer Frank Miller’s description of) Goddamn Batman #1, ©2005 DC Comics.

  • Only 13% of the Direct Market comics released in November included work by women. Tell me this news surprises you, I dare you.

  • Marc-Oliver Frisch presents his month-to-month estimates of DC Comics’ sales to Direct Market retailers, now updated for September.

  • Why was Paul Levitz credited on TV as creator of the Huntress, but not co-creators Joe Staton and Bob Layton?


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has placed a hold on this year’s attempt by the U.S. Legislature to pass draconian new Internet-censorship rules in the name of fighting piracy, effectively smothering it until next year.

    (Link via Jeff Jarvis.)



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  • Frank Santoro on Brecht Evens

    “I spend much more time staring at the drawing than drawing, to spot possibilities hiding in the unfinished image. Rough shapes are combined with fine detail. I avoid coloring in a line drawing, or drawing a contour around a shape that is already there. Ecoline’s transparency allows for many things to stay visible even though they’re in the background; A handsomely patterned floor will still be visible in the finished drawing even though the room is bustling with people. ‘A man with a hat’ will be drawn as a hat with not much below it, ‘a women in boots and heavy makeup’ will have those two things shown in detail, and the rest of her body only suggested. Especially when drawing people I avoid realistic shadows and highlights, unless it’s relevant: for example, an african face is defined by its bone-structure, the nose, cheekbones.”






  • Matt Seneca on new comics by Matt Furie and Lisa Hanawalt

    From I Want You #2, ©2010 Lisa Hanawalt.

    “When Buenaventura Press went down into the comics-publishing graveyard earlier this year, there were plenty of reasons to be sad. No more Kramers, no more Comics Art magazine, no more weird prints by our favorite weird comics artists. But Buenaventura’s delights weren’t all so high-toned and rarefied. In fact, one of the most troubling aspects of the publisher’s shutdown was that they’d been publishing some pretty amazing comics in the ongoing pamphlet format — you know, the same way Batman Odyssey comes out. There’s an immediate, approachable nature to pamphlets that something like Kramers Ergot 7, for all its imposing glory, can’t touch. And the fact that Buenaventura’s kicked off its resurrection as Pigeon Press not with more of their quixotic, glorious top-shelf quasi-comics but with new installments of those populist pamphlet series comes off like some kind of statement of purpose. Pigeon Press, it seems, is a smaller Buenaventura, perhaps one whose star-reaching ambition will no longer be allowed to run its bank accounts into the red, but one whose commitment to presenting quality comics certainly remains unaltered.”






  • Dan Nadel: Jack Kirby in the valley

    “When he first settled in Southern California in 1969, Jack Kirby was kept up at night by hippie bikers circling the hillside on which his ranch-style home was perched. The noise drove him to distraction, and Kirby, a man already infinitely distractible — a man who was forbidden to drive by his wife, Roz, because his daydreams were too vivid — was in agony. Kirby, at 52 years old, was moving deeper into the 20th century and was disturbed and inspired by it. Even in his new paradise, as with the fantastic vistas in his own work, chaos was always cracking the surface.”




Comics and Art


  • Art blog: Agence Eureka

    There’s a treasure trove of gorgeous old illustration and design at this French website.

    (Link via Richard Cowdry.)




Comics Culture


  • Ernesto Priego: The Leeds Comic Forum

    “I just came back from Leeds, where I attended the Comics Forum, an academic conference on comics attached to the Thought Bubble Balloon comics festival. It was an absolutely inspiring experience. I came back to London full of new ideas and looking forward to what comes next for comics scholarship in the UK and abroad.”

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)




  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Marty Brown reviews the fifth album from mash-up artist Girl Talk, All Day.


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Nov. 27 (Los Angeles, CA): Renée French will be signing books at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 28 (London, England): The Alternative Press Fair takes place at the St Aloysius Social Club on Phoenix Road, from noon-6PM. 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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