Journalista for Nov. 23, 2010: Float, maybe?

Posted by on November 23rd, 2010 at 4:37 AM



“I think sink or swim is a bit hyperbolic… but, based on the proliferation/affordability of smart phones and upcoming wave of tablet devices, I believe it’s safe to say that most comics publishers will have some type of digital strategy as part of their business model going forward.”

– Dark Horse online-marketing manager Matt Parkinson
(link via Brigid Alverson)


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kim Munson presents the second installment of a three-part interview with Mark Bodé.
  • Rich Kreiner reviews two minicomics by David Yoder.
  • Rob Clough reviews Obligatory Artifact by Jason Overby, and RDCD Fist by Justin Skarhus.
  • R.C. Harvey reads the editorial cartoons so you don’t have to.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Roehampton University professor Ariel Kahn discusses the use of the gaze in two young adult comics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Technical glitches again prevented Comic-Con International from offering online registrations yesterday morning.

  • Something something DC Comics branded drinking glasses something lead poisoning something something something.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Today’s essential reading: George Rohac has released both his master’s thesis, entitled Copyright and the Economy of Webcomics, and the dataset behind it. As Gary Tyrrell notes:

    There’s nearly 300 survey responses covering unique visitors, comic creation time, business management time, comic longevity, prior projects, copyright/copyright equivalent asserted, merch offered, income derived, and self-assessment of whether or not that income provides a living wage, and it’s all Creative Commonsed, so you can squash numbers to your heart’s content.


  • David Brothers, meanwhile, has a more general overview of the state of digital comics.



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Graphic NYC




  • Christine Kearney on Robert and Sophie Crumb

    “Robert Crumb and his daughter Sophie may lovingly squabble about the life they have shared, but they can agree on one thing: the underground scene that allowed the elder Crumb to become a comic book cult hero hardly exists anymore.”






  • Sean T. Collins on High Soft Lisp

    Click image for larger version. Originally published in Love and Rockets Vol. 2, #17, ©2006 Gilbert Hernandez.

    “In High Soft Lisp, Gilbert traces the relationship history of Fritz Martinez, the ultimate sex goddess in a career full of them, and in so doing reveals that her every fetish outfit and sexual free-for-all is fruit from the poisoned tree. Lots of characters in this book enjoy the living shit out of Fritz’s sexuality, not least Fritz herself, but to a man and woman they’re revealed to be creepily predatory about it, embracing the worst in themselves and encouraging the worst in Fritz.”






  • Kevin Plummer: Toronto’s golden age of comic books

    “A few months later, when the Bells learned of the impending prohibition on the importation of comic books, they saw an opportunity and called Legault back. ‘We realized that U.S. comic books were selling extremely well in Canada,’ [Cy] Bell added. ‘When we heard that there might be an embargo on them, it occurred to us that here was a way we could make a lot of money.'”

    (Link via J. Caleb Mozzocco.)




Comics and Art


  • Richard Sala: Psychorama

    ©1992 Richard Sala.

    A classic strip from the macabre cartoonist.

    (Link via Mike Baehr.)




Comics Culture


  • ACBD (Google translation): Grand Prix de la Critique 2011 nominees

    Temporary link: In France, the five finalists for l’Association des Critiques et Journalistes de Bande Dessinée’s big yearly prize have been chosen. Scroll down a bit to see the list of 15 semi-finalists from which they were chosen.

    (Link via Actua BD.)




  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Southeastern Louisiana University rock historian Joseph Burns believes that he’s identified the world’s first rock-and-roll song.

    (Link via John Farrier.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Nov. 24 (Belfast, Northern Ireland): Felix Larkin will lecture on the Irish Civil War-era cartoons of Shemus (a.k.a. Ernest Forbes) at St Malachy’s Old Boys’ Association on Antrim Road, beginning at 8:30PM. Details here.
  • 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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