Journalista for Nov. 29, 2010: Fan entitlement is the law of the land

Posted by on November 29th, 2010 at 1:06 AM



“It always amazes me how much some comics fans hate comics creators. I never know quite what to make of it. They seem to see the comics as things that just happen on their own, with no effort on anyone’s part, and the artists as these anonymous jerks who insist on getting between them and the comics.”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Nathan Wilson reviews the new documentary DVD release Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods.
  • R.C. Harvey looks at Gene Weingarten, Dan Weingarten and David Clark’s new comic strip Barney & Clyde.
  • Rob Clough reviews a variety of comics.
  • Here’s more vintage National Lampoon art, courtesy of Tom Crippen.
  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner reviews Daren White and Eddie Campbell’s The Playwright, and Will Dinski’s Fingerprints.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Domingos Isabelinho discusses Aristophane’s The Zabîme Sisters.

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  • Tom Spurgeon on Rina Ayuyang

    “When I make comics, I try to keep the reader in mind, like how much of myself do I want to reveal to them and how can I share my thoughts in a way that they can digest without it being preachy or too cryptic.”






  • Douglas Wolk on The Alchemist

    Sequence adapted by Derek Ruiz and drawn by Daniel Sampere; ©2010 Paulo Coelho.

    “How can you tell that a graphic novel is going to be terrible? One very clear sign: if the name of the person who drew it does not appear on its front cover.”






  • George Will on the 1950s comic-book scare

    “During the oral argument about whether the law restricting children’s access to violent video games violates First Amendment guarantees of free expression, the lawyer representing game manufacturers urged the court to remember America’s history of moral panics, which he said included one in the early 1950s about comic books. Really? Yes, and the episode remains instructive.”




Comics and Art


  • Out of This World: Girl Annual #6

    Sequence from “Rag Bag Ballet,” by George Beardmore and Stanley Houghton.

    Girl, published by Hulton Press, was a powerful trendsetter in 1950s Britain. Sister paper to the famous boys’ comic, Eagle, it served readers up a rich diet of career girl heroines, middle class culture, and private school antics. This was the world of ballerinas, horse riding, and yachts. The domain of mystery stories and adventures, and careers as a nurse, model, or air hostess.”




Comics Culture


  • Stephanie Steward: Alan Moore gives back to Northampton

    You get one “warm and fuzzy holiday/charity story featuring a prominent comics-maker” out of me — and that’s it.

    (PS: Bah fucking humbug.)


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Ann Nocenti on teaching film in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

    (Link via something that might be Rich Johnston, or possibly some sort of intern.)


Events Calendar




  • Nov. 29 (London, England): The Man at the Crossroads, Paul Gravett, discusses his storied career in the medium at the Rag Factory on Heneage Street, from 6:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 29 (New York City, NY): Roz Chast, Al Jaffee and Robert Mankoff discuss the art of cartooning on-stage at Buttenwieser Hall on Lexington Avenue, beginning at 8:15PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Dec. 1 (London, England): Steve Bell and Bryan Talbot discuss their work on-stage at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, from 6:45-8:15PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (London, England): Bryan Talbot will be signing books and meeting readers at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6-7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Portland, OR): The second benefit art show for mentally disabled comic-book writer Bill Mantlo takes place at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Toronto, Ontario): Brian Chippendale & C.F. will give presentations and sign books at the Resistor Gallery on College Street, from 6:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (London, England): Join Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith as they launch their new book Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson at London Print Studio on harrow Road, from 6:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (Montreal, Quebec): Pascal Girard makes an appearance at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Bernard, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 2 (New York City, NY): Lynda Barry and Maira Kalman will appear on stage at Buttenwieser Hall on Lexington Avenue, beginning at 8:15PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 4 (New York City, NY): The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Eighth Street, from noon-9PM. 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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One Response to “Journalista for Nov. 29, 2010: Fan entitlement is the law of the land”

  1. patford says:

    There really should be no argument on the topic of piracy.
    Shaenon is being if anything too polite.
    The advocates of piracy are expressing their contempt for the artists, and the only thing they merit is a, “Fuck you asshole.”
    There’s nothing to discuss.