Journalista for Oct. 1, 2010: A direct threat

Posted by on October 1st, 2010 at 5:14 AM



“It is the duty of the government of the United States to protect her from physical harm, which is a direct threat given by those people who are violating her civil rights to express herself and her thoughts.”

– human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali
on cartoonist Molly Norris


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • International comics: Bart Croonenborghs looks at Pieter van Oudheusden and Ephameron’s Gone.

  • Rob Clough reviews the second issue of the U.K. alt-comics anthology Solipsistic Pop, and offers a minicomics round-up.

  • Nathan Wilson reviews the Tom De Haven book Our Hero: Superman on Earth.

  • Tom Crippen introduces us to Mac Raboy’s other superhero, Green Lama.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, architect and cartoonist Aaron Costain compares architectural plans to comics, while Noah Berlatsky reviews the title story from the Moto Hagio collection A Drunken Dream.

Oh, and attention Nancy collectors: We’re still looking for a bunch of Ernie Bushmiller’s 1942 strips in order to publish a complete version of the strip. Click the link if you think you might be able to help us out.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Denmark’s foreign minister met Wednesday with ambassadors from 17 Muslim countries in a move to avoid tensions ahead of the five-year anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.”

    A teenage Alice finds a different kind of Wonderland in Lost Girls, ©1995 Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.

  • Laura Hudson reports that Lost Girls has cleared United Kingdom Customs and can now be legally imported into that nation, despite a law on the books outlawing sexual imagery involving minors.

  • Lindsey Robbins looks into how Maryland comics shops are facing the uncertainties of the modern marketplace.

  • One in four adult comic-book readers is over the age of 65, according to a recent study.

  • California retailer Brian Hibbs compares his Vertigo and DC-superhero sales.

  • Tom Spurgeon discusses the state of comics journalism, the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons and the Creators Bill of Rights.

  • I wasn’t aware that comic books don’t count as “books” for the purposes of U.S. Postal Service customers sending work via media mail.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • “Children are ready to try e-books, with some thinking that a bigger selection of electronic texts would make reading for fun even more fun, according to a new study. But a solid majority of parents aren’t planning to join the digital revolution.”

  • Paul O’Connor, Chris Ulm and Tom Mason discuss comics in the digital age: one, two.


Mike Sterling: The end of civilization

Sterling finds the most dubious items from the latest Diamond catalog, so you don’t have to.



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Graphic NYC




  • Sasha Watson on Marc-Antoine Mathieu

    “Mathieu is well-known in France as a graphic novelist who, with every book, expands the boundaries of the form. He does this with a unique combination of intellectual weightiness and the purest sense of play. It’s the same in conversation; he’ll be discussing a mathematical or philosophical concept, about which he’s read widely and consulted several experts, and then suddenly he’s laughing — you’re both laughing — at some comical application of the idea. Trying to keep up with him is thought-provoking and funny and exhilarating, and it’s all those things at the exact same time.”

    (Link via Christopher Butcher.)






  • Brian Heater on Norman Pettingill: Backwoods Humorist

    “Pettingill is, not surprisingly, aself-taught artist. After all, it’s hard to imagine that there existed too many opportunities for a formal training in fine arts, given his upbringing as the son of a trapper. It’s a fact clearly reflected in the cartoonist’s work, as well, seemingly beholden to no particular logic, save for that which is self-imposed.”






  • Mike Rhode: A comics villain revisited

    What will the opening of Fredric Wertham’s papers mean for comic-book scholarship?




Comics and Art


  • Vanessa Davis: “Safer Torah”

    Detail from the strip, ©2010 Vanessa Davis.

    I’d say that a new Davis comic was an excellent way to end the week, wouldn’t you?

    (Link via Peggy Burns.)






  • YouTube: How to make your own interactive comic

    An instructional video by one of the medium’s certified geniuses, Jason Shiga.

    (Link via Ryan Sands.)


  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Wisconsin Public Radio‘s Veronica Rueckert speaks with seminal alt-cartoonist Lynda Barry (23.3MB).
    • Dustin Harbin speaks with Robin McConnell in the latest installment of Inkstuds (61.1MB).
    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch talks to comic book writer and novelist Simon Spurrier (27.2MB).
    • This week, War Rocket Ajax welcomes guest Colleen Coover (89.3MB).
    • Mike Rhode presents a panel discussion with five Washington DC area cartoonists: Matt Wuerker, Ben Claassen, Andrew Cohen, SL Gallant and Evan Keeling (93.1MB).
    • Archival comics-collection editor Dean Mullaney discusses his work on the Collected Comics Library podcast (44.3MB).
    • Jason Thompson joins the conversation on Manga Corner (26.5MB).
    • As always, your weekly dose of criticism and commentary cand be found at Fourcast (41.1MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Joe Gordon: Graphic Short Story Prize deadline looms

    Less than a week, folks.


  • Heidi MacDonald: Comic-Con to stay in San Diego

    Press release at the link.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Over at Bloggingheads, Henry Farrell and Julian Sanchez offer a detailed and informed discussion of the day’s hot-button tech issues.


Events Calendar




  • Sept. 30 (Los Angeles CA): Dave Cooper will appear at a book-release party and signing at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 30 (New York City, NY): Nate Neal will be signing books and meeting readers at Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 30 (New York City, NY): Join Abby Denson, Joan Hilty and Jennifer Camper for a queer comics jam at the Fez Art Cafe on Prospect Park, beginning at 8PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Oct. 1 (Boston, MA): An opening reception for a new exhibit celebrating the pioneering art-comics publisher Highwater Books will be held at the Fourth Wall Project on Brookline Avenue, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 2 (Everywhere): Are you cartoonist enough to take on… 24-Hour Comics Day? Well, are you? Details here.
  • Oct. 2 (New York City, NY): Join Cuba: My Revolution creators Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel for an artist’s talk and reception at the Kentler International Drawing Space on Van Brunt Street, from 4-7PM. 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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2 Responses to “Journalista for Oct. 1, 2010: A direct threat”

  1. siegfriedsasso says:

    Lindsey Robbins looks into how Maryland comics shops are facing the uncertainties of the modern marketplace.

    Yo Dirk- the above link is not working…

  2. Dirk Deppey says:

    Shit, sorry about that. It’s been fixed.