Journalista for Nov. 4, 2010: Mondo 2000 was so last century

Posted by on November 4th, 2010 at 3:49 AM



“Look at the technology we use. We’re cyborgs. We’re attached to our phones at ever-younger ages, while the phones have evolved forward. Most people don’t even have short-term memories anymore. We’re becoming machine people. I think superheroes are part of the vision of what we may become: Individuals with our own chest emblems. Something is going on there, a strange collapse. Like you said, more and more people want to become superheroes, even as comic-book writers and filmmakers have spent the last 10 years trying to make superheroes much more real, relatable and convincing.”

Grant Morrison,
talking fashionable techno-futurist gibberish


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Marc Librescu presents the second installment of his interview with Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro.
  • International comics: Marco Pellitteri offers a few notes on the recent Lucca Comics and Games event in Italy’s Tuscany region.
  • Rob Clough reviews the latest batch of minicomics from Silber Media.
  • R.C. Harvey commiserates with editorial cartoons over the Democrats’ recent electoral defeat.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small continues the discussion of Charles Hatfield’s book Alternative Comics by looking at how Hatfield’s theories about autobiographical comics fit the work of Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Steve Holland reports that prolific British cartoonist Roy Mitchell died on 23 May 2010, at the age of 64.

  • “Six people accused of the home invasion robbery of a 77-year-old Medina man who died of a heart attack hours after the break-in could face murder charges if authorities can link the crime to his death.”

  • In Japan, Koichi Okumura of Hokkaido has been arrested for copyright violations after allegedly distributing the 59th volume of One Piece through a filesharing program.

  • Diamond Book Distributors has hired Luke Magerko to serve as executive director of business development.

  • Longtime industry presence Bob Schreck has left IDW Publishing to serve as editor-in-chief for the new comics imprint Legendary Entertainment.

  • Marina Koreneva reports that Russian cartoonists are turning to the Internet to distribute work that is increasingly impossible to publish in print, due to state censorship:

    His Medvedev is snub-nosed and cheery, while Putin is haggard and haunted-eyed. In a recent Moscow Times cartoon, he was portrayed as Napoleon. “To find anything that has to do with political satire one has to go on the Internet, where freedom remains for the moment,” said [Viktor] Bogorad, whose drawings were passed around clandestinely in pre-Internet Soviet times.



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    ©2010 F.C. Ware.

    “In 2005, [Chris] Ware left behind the influences he’d spent his career up to that point grappling with, processing, and eventually transcending. Literally: he upped stakes from the disposable mode of delivery everyone from McCay to Herriman to King to Crumb to Spiegelman to did their work in, and slapped hard covers on his comic. This was permanent art now. And it is still, but in his most recent book, Ware the fully-developed artist goes back into the toybox of influence, rummages around among the heroes he’s left behind, and winds them up again to see if they can add anything more to what’s probably the most unmistakably individual style of comics going in the current era.”






  • Warren Ellis on what comics can do

    “[…] a curling, snarling Peter Kuper piece can sear the page with its anger in a way that no photorealistic artist will ever be able to communicate. A room drawn by Eddie Campbell will be more real than any snapshot, because his line is almost like handwriting, and has human breath upon it. Dash Shaw’s work may look rough on first look, but stay with it, look at how he conveys the essence of an idea in every panel, and you’ll realise how hard he sometimes works to evoke an entire world with so few elements.”



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Business and Craft


  • Bob Flynn: Process

    “I can’t emphasize this enough — I think a lot of us live in our heads too much. I’m guilty, as I’m sure many of you are, of lying on the couch starring at the ceiling, forcing ideas to come. Sometimes they do (for me, an idea will arrive on the bus ride to work when I’m lucky). But by drawing (or writing), you invite randomness and play to enter into the process, which you can spin into events and story elements. I’ll run an idea by my wife, too — talking out your ideas can help things coalesce.”

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)


Comics and Art


  • Thom Buchanan: Thomas Heath Robinson’s Child’s Book of Saints illustrations

    Gorgeous, delicate linework from 1898.






  • Cell shading and other advanced Photoshop techniques

    Mohammad Haque, otherwise known as AppleGeeks artist Hawk, demonstrates the techniques that he uses to draw the webcomic he co-creates.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)


Comics Culture


  • Bust Magazine: Regan Jaye Fishman

    A conversation about comics, art, feminism, media and more with one of the directors of this weekend’s King Con in Brooklyn.

    (Link via Valerie D’Orazio.)




  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    The Internet’s funniest podcast, You Look Nice Today, returns with a new episode after a six-month hiatus (28.6MB MP3).


Events Calendar




  • 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): Dash Shaw will give a talk at the SVA Theater on 23rd Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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 (Cincinnati, OH): A small press and artist book fair takes place at the Contemporary Arts Center on 6th 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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