Journalista for Nov. 5, 2010: True for all comics, actually

Posted by on November 5th, 2010 at 4:48 AM



“Not everyone owns an iPad and not every one ever will. Putting apps on the iPad is not going to slow down scanlation sites in the least bit. Until manga is released on all platforms in an open format, iPad apps will not do anything to stem that tide.”


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©2010 Dan Piraro.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Marc Librescu presents the conclusion of his three-part interview with Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro.
  • R. Fiore draws insight on the comics industry from David Fincher’s latest film, The Social Network.
  • Here’s a pair of classic cartoons from Punch Magazine, courtesy of Tom Crippen.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Derik Badman talks about some of the formal issues addressed in Charles Hatfield’s Alternative Comics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Gerry Alanguilan brings word that a Senator has introduced the the Philippine National Graphic Novel Archive Act of 2010 to that nation’s legislative body.

  • There will soon be a Wizard World for every day of the year.

  • Marvel’s walkback on price reductions continues.

    ©2010 Bill Roundy.

  • Bill Roundy charts out and analyzes his minicomics sales at various conventions: one, two.

  • Melissa Dex Guzman pays a visit to Metropolis Comics in British Columbia.



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  • Mike Russell on Berkeley Breathed

    “I had to swindle my rights back, which was unpleasant. A necessary evil. I told them I was going to quit Bloom County unless I got the rights back which they should have never owned to begin with. They thought I was bluffing until a week before my deadline. A Post exec flew out and hurriedly signed the papers.”






  • Glen Weldon on Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts

    From Ward’s 1930 book Madman’s Drum.

    “Ward’s metaphors are simple, even stark, and he eagerly and unself-consciously commits to them; his most striking images possess an expansive — and occasionally swoony — operatic vigor. Which is why these novels attain the primal, Manichaean impact they do. Collectively, they exist on the line separating the dramatic from the melodramatic, sentiment from sentimentality.”

    (Link via Mike Rhode.)






  • Curt Purcell: Why fans love crap

    “It’s remarkable how the most passionate fandoms tend to form around material that’s quite flawed and/or ridiculous from the perspective of someone who isn’t a fan. I suspect it’s no accident. I’ll try to explain here the underlying dynamic I think is at work.”




Comics and Art


  • Leif Peng (one, two, three and four): The art of Ben Stahl

    A 1960 illustration for the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books version of The Haunting of Hill House.

    An extended look at the art and career of yet another great 20th-century commercial artist.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • This week, Carol Tyler falls into the Comix Claptrap (102.4MB).
    • Here are new episodes of Inkstuds featuring Sarah Glidden (83.7MB) and David King (55.6MB).
    • This week on Panel Borders, Alex Fitch speaks with DC Comics cartoonist Nicola Scott, while Dickon Harris talks to Batman Incorporated artist Yanick Paquette (26.7MB).
    • From the recent Long Beach Comic Con, a panel on R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated featuring Leo Partible, Fr. Chris Carpenter, Robert Luedke, Scott Shaw! and Buzz Dixon (6.5MB).
    • For your weekend dose of Wednesday Crowd commentary and criticism, there’s always House to Astonish (60.5MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


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. 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.


This Weekend:


  • 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 (Ferndale, WA): The Bellingham Comicon will be held at the Ferndale Events Center on Barrett Road, from 10AM-6PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 6 (Tucson, AZ): The Tucson Comic Con takes place at the Hotel Arizona on Broadway Boulevard, from 10AM-7PM. 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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