Journalista for Nov. 30, 2010: Welcome to the 21st century

Posted by on November 30th, 2010 at 3:45 AM



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Detail from a comic by and ©2010 Dina Kelberman.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough presents the first installment of a two-part interview with artist and cartoonist Dina Kelberman, as well as reviewing Dungeon Monstres Vol. 3 by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer and Walter.
  • R.C. Harvey looks at Non Sequitur cartoonist Wiley Miller’s response to the furor over his non-Muhammed Muhammed cartoon.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Stephanie Folse begins a rereading of Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Longtime comic book artist John ‘Jon’ D’Agostino died November 29th at his home in Ansonia,” reports Mark Evanier.

  • A new judge has been selected to preside over the second murder trial of retailer and convention organizer Michael George in the 1990 murder of his wife, Barbara.

    (Right: Michael George.)


  • Eight people have been indicted in the theft of Medina, New York resident Homer Marciniak’s comic-book collection, an act that occured hours before Marciniak’s fatal heart attack.

  • Raleigh, North Carolina’s Capitol Comics is closing down one of its two retail outlets.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Rich Trenholm brings word that a Swedish court has rejected the appeal of Pirate Bay co-founders Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom over their convictions on charges of… well, founding the world’s most notorious multimedia torrent site, basically, and has increased their fines to boot.

  • In a colossally stupid judgement, the United Kingdom’s High Court has ruled that “headlines are now considered separate literary works, and thus subject to copyright, which means that clients of aggregation websites that charge for a service will have to pay for a license in order to use headlines, links and short extracts from online stories.” The decision may well mean that weblogs that link to other sites and sell banner ads, such as Rich Johnston’s Bleeding Cool — not to mention Google — have effectively been declared purveyors of pirated content.

  • Speaking of stupid, Marvel Comics is looking to introduce scarcity to the world of online comics downloads, by moving selected digital comics that had previously been offered online from its list of available wares. David Brothers explains why this is such a dumb idea.

  • Anime News Network reports that the Japan PEN Club and the Tokyo Bar Association have announced their opposition to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s latest attempt to ban manga, anime and videogames that feature anything that might possibly smack of Bad Sex Thoughts.

  • Brigid Alverson speaks with Comixology CEO David Steinberger, and answers a question that had been bugging me about a recently announced suite of development tools for publishers and creators:

    Brigid: Are you going to charge for the tools?

    David: I don’t think so. We have to do some calculations to decide. Apple charges a developer fee for you to turn in an app. There’s still a lot of overhead. I don’t have any bandwidth for the app; we host the comics, but they host the app. So if we end up with a fee it’s going to be incredibly modest, like 2 figures modest, and that will just be so I can have the manpower and the processing power to make sure the guided view is of good quality, the consumers are happy, and to continue making good tools.


    Screenshot from a video by Thomas Cannon, “created for a rhetoric class discussing the role of copyright as it pertains to the consumer, how webcomics provide the best example of artists supporting themselves through The Internet, and Machine of Death.” (Link via Joe Gordon.)

  • Techdirt presents two articles (one, two) that discuss the issues and complications involved in giving the job of online copyright enforcement to the Department of Homeland Security. Elsewhere, Terry Hart examines the potential for censorship in the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeiting Act, a.k.a. COICA.

    (Last link via Deb Aoki.)



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  • John Glynn on Bill Amend

    “I really like some webcomics and really like some print comics. What I like tends to be the content of the comics, not the business or distribution model they use. I think a lot of the bickering you see between some web/print guys tends to be sniping about business models, which unfortunately often gets interpreted as a personal attack and things devolve pretty quickly from there. My view is that the more business models that work for cartoonists, the more options we’ll have, and that’s a good thing.”






  • Martin Steenton on Cragmore

    ©2010 Pat Lewis.

    “Apparently, the greatest mistake Faust made when dealing with Mephistopheles was simply settling for a bad deal. Fortunately, Pat Lewis’ unscrupulous billionaire businessman W.P. Cragmore knows better. When the devil comes to collect your soul, you assemble your lawyers, contact R&D, and have them construct a way for you to avoid the afterlife completely. Hell, it worked for Walt Disney, right?”






  • Peter Davy: The state of bande dessinée in France

    “What the success of manga over the last decade has done, says [Xavier] Guilbert, is not so much push out traditional BD as distract French publishers from the falling sales they were seeing in their existing stables anyway.”

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)




Comics and Art


  • Doug Wheeler: American advertisers portray the natives

    Two pages from Livingston Hopkins’ 1878 giveaway comic, Big Smoker.

    “During the nineteenth century, there were a great number of sources that reinforced the projected image that Native Americans were uncivilized, hostile, and lazy savages, thus justifying to the expanding European descendant/immigrant population the stealing of native land, and destruction/decimation of their cultures. Amongst these sources, was popular advertising, some of whom used cartoon and comic strip humor to capture the attention of their intended audience.”




Comics Culture


  • J.K. Parkin: 2011 Glyph Comics Awards submissions being accepted

    “Any comics publisher — small, large, corporate, independent, self-published — as well as online comic creators and cartoonists for newspapers and other periodicals, are invited to submit black-themed material released from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2010 for consideration for award recognition.”




  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    David Mamet on the perils and pitfalls of writing scenes for film and television.

    (Link via Daniel Werneck.)


Events Calendar




  • Nov. 30 (Washington DC): Maira Kalman reads from her new book And the Pursuit of Happiness in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress on Independence Avenue, from noon-1PM. 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.
  • Dec. 4 (Quezon City, Philippines): Comics Bazaar 2010 takes place in UP ISSI’s East Virata Hall on Jacinto Street, from 1-5PM. 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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