Journalista for Nov. 3, 2010: Refudiated

Posted by on November 3rd, 2010 at 2:25 AM



“What about films? What about comic books? Grimm’s Fairy Tales? Why are video games special?”

– Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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Bizarro panel, ©2010 Dan Piraro.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Marc Librescu presents the first installment of a three-part interview with Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Robert Stanley Martin continues the roundtable on the work of critic Charles Hatfield by arguing that comics needs more criticism from outside the subcultural bubble.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “An Irondequoit man arrested in October and charged with orchestrating the theft of an expensive comic book collection from an elderly Medina man who was beaten during the heist and later died was charged by FBI agents Tuesday with selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods on eBay.”

    Zunar, from the video accompanying the linked report.

  • Reporters Without Borders summarizes recent events surrounding the Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anawar Ulhaque — a.k.a. Zunar — including his challenge on the bans of his first two collections, as well as word that he’s facing prosecution for his third volume, which could result in a three-year jail sentence if convicted.

  • Publishers Weekly looks into NBM imprint Papercutz’ efforts to build the children’s graphic-novel market.

  • Matt Blind offers his thoughts on what a successful bookstore looks like in the Digital Era.

  • Are comics struggling in the Philippines? Gerry Alanguilan says “Not so fast.”


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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Graphic NYC




  • Vaneta Rogers on Ed Brubaker

    “It’s like a running joke, that Marvel gives us the Icon line so that we’ll be happy, but there is some truth to that. […] I don’t think I realized how much it mattered to my sanity until earlier this year when Sean and I took six months off working together. I really felt the absence of this creative chemistry.”






  • Jamie S. Rich on Lucky in Love, Book One: A Poor Man’s History

    ©2010 George Chieffet and Stephen DeStefano.

    Lucky in Love is an oddly charming book. It takes the tradition of immigrant fiction and wartime stories and channels them through archetypal cartooning styles, crafting a book that looks lighthearted but is actually darker in tone and theme than it might appear on the face of it.”






  • InformaWorld: Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics, Volume 1 Issue 1 2010

    The first issue of the Routledge academic publication is placed online for free.

    (Link via Joe Gordon.)


  • Kristy Valenti: Troublemaking

    How an attempt to woo Janet Evanovich fans with a graphic novel might not go according to plan.


Business and Craft


  • Rob Davis: Don Quixote and the truth of color

    “I’ve long found myself with a foot in both camps when it comes to drawing comics — out and out cartooning, with its possibilities for the pictures becoming graphemes, on one side and more ‘realistic’ action comic art, with its attraction of turning the mechanics of light and shade to schematics on the other. But with colour I don’t see that dichotomy. Hopefully the drawing doesn’t show the constant wrestling between cartoony and realisticy as a problem.”


Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn: Harry Hanan’s Louie

    “I have seen a lot of silent strips, but to me this is the absolute best. Others may be weirder or [artistically more challenging], but Harry Hanan’s strip presents a consistently depressing universe I keep coming back to. The gags may seem mundane, but the sad sack motive is unlike anything that you will find in today’s papers and Hana’s storytelling and timing is always impeccable.”






  • YouTube: Robert and Sophie Crumb

    Excerpt from a recent appearance in New York City.

    (Link via Richard Cowdry.)


Events Calendar




  • Nov. 3 (New York City, NY): Join Sarah Glidden for a release party celebrating her book How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 3 (Chicago, IL): Charles Burns will discuss his book X’ed Out at Quimby’s on North Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • 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. 6-7 (Easthampton, MA): New England Webcomics Weekend 2010 takes place at Eastworks on Pleasant Street. 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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