Journalista for Nov. 24, 2010: The nature of the beast

Posted by on November 24th, 2010 at 2:31 AM



“This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths — just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kim Munson‘s three-part conversation with the comics, mural and tattoo artist Mark Bodé concludes.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Sean Michael Robinson discusses some out of print how-to-draw books.

Not much happening at the moment. A quick programming note: This blog goes silent tomorrow while I take advantage of a paid company holiday — something involving turkey, I think? — but returns for the usual round of news-and-such links on Friday morning. See you then.

So let’s take one last look at what’s out there and then let’s all take a day off, shall we?


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Calvin Reid speaks with Diamond Book Distributors marketing vice president Kuo-Yu Liang:

    Breaking down some details. Cash-register sales are outpacing net purchases, meaning sell-through is up. In the U.S., the biggest growth is coming from online sales (Amazon,,,,,, etc.) while bricks & mortars are generally down. Tough year in the library and school market, our customers are blaming it on budget cuts. Nice growth in mass market, in particular at Wal-Mart and Target.


  • Heidi MacDonald looks into Boom! Studios’ successful publishing and marketing strategies.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops today.



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  • Mish Way on Julia Wertz

    “I have a very negative streak in me that I rode for many years and am just coming out of now which I attribute to quitting drinking and starting to get out of my own head and communicate with others more.”






  • John Freeman on Grandville Mon Amour

    ©2010 Bryan Talbot.

    Grandville Mon Amour is an ingenious and enjoyable conspiracy-laden tale, set in a world Bryan himself describes as ‘like Jules Verne and Sherlock Holmes directed by Quentin Tarantino — with animals.'”






  • Mayank Khurana: The comics of India

    “India is a country of diversity. Consider this: India is the seventh largest country by geographical area and second largest by population (approx 1.1 billion people). It is the world’s largest democracy. It is a country where language (22 National Languages and 843 regional dialects) and culture changes drastically every few hundred kilometers so much so that it becomes unrecognizable even to those of us living here.”




Comics and Art


  • Stephen Kroninger: LithOpinion Magazine covers

    Never underestimate the importance of design.




Events Calendar




  • 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.


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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