Journalista for Oct. 11, 2010: One step ahead of the spider

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 2:27 AM

 

 

“Earlier this year, 1 in 3 comic books solicited in Previews was a variant of some sort. Diamond have voiced concern over the confusion and instability this can cause and have raised the issue with publishers. That amount has now reduced to just over 1 in 4 and they hope to see it drop further.”

 

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Above the Fold

 

Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • DC Entertainment’s new digital-comics division will be formed in California, to be run by former WildStorm vice president Hank Kanalz.
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  • “Notion Ink, maker of the upcoming Adam tablet, has just announced a partnership with LongBox Digital that will see the latter’s digital comic book library and system come preloaded onto the Adam.” Elsewhere, Rich Johnston speaks with Longbox developer Rantz Hoseley about the new deal.
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  • Johnston also offers a look at Dark Horse’s digital plans, though I must admit that I totally don’t get the idea of offering digital downloads in comics shops as a way of “attracting new readers.” If offering print comics doesn’t bring them in, how exactly is the possibility of going to a comics shop to get a code with which you can download one going to be any more attractive? (I mean, aside from being attractive to retailers, who can for a brief moment fantasize that it’ll work, keeping them from the path of Tower Records after the rise of the MP3 file, before reality comes crashing down.)
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  • Adam Hadhazy reports on the digital-comics discussion at last week’s ICv2 conference in Manhattan.

 

Life in interesting times

  • DC Comics’ Bob Wayne has been promoted to senior vice-president of sales.
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  • Matthew Murray offers his month-to-month sales estimates for select indy genre comics to Direct Market retailers, now updated for August.
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  • Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander chides the paper for not running the October 3 Non Sequitur strip — Wiley Miller’s “Where’s Muhammed” cartoon.

 

 

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Graphic NYC

 

Profiles

 

  • Nick Chordas on Matt Groening

    “[…] I think with cartoonists, and myself in particular, there’s a kind of compulsive repetition of the same kind of shapes in doodles over and over again. It’s tough to break the habit and draw stuff that you haven’t drawn before.”

 

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Reviews

 

  • Chris Mautner on Acme Novelty Library #20


    ©2010 Chris Ware.

    “[…] Ware manages to make us not only care, rather deeply, about this unlikeable figure but also sympathize and, to a surprising degree, understand his plight. Without condoning or excusing his behavior, Ware manages to offer a portrait that is nuanced enough to make us reflect upon our own foibles and fears. If that’s not the mark of a great artist, I’m not sure what is.”

 

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Commentary

 

  • Dan Nadel: Steve Brower on Mort Meskin

    “One thing Jerry [Robinson] and George Roussos said about Mort is that he was very confident in his artistic abilities. I think Meskin along with Kirby really began to explore the concept of not only page design but spreads and how the pages flowed from one to the other, something comic strip artists didn’t have to be concerned with. And I think his art training showed. He made great use of negative space and POVs early on, and, using another music analogy, his figures’ movements during acting and fights were balletic.”

 

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Business and Craft

 

  • Frank Santoro: Giving up the center

    “I’m a big fan of the grid in comics. Meaning, I like to read comics that employ a fixed grid of some sort to sequence the panels.”

 

Comics and Art

 

 

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Multimedia

 

 

Comics Culture

 

  • Brian Heater: New York Comic Con 2010

    “Upstairs, things weren’t any better, with ticket lines of costumed attendees snaking around ropes, like the saddest-ever gathering of the Justice League, framed by the Javits Center lobby. Word had spread earlier in the day that NYCC had sold out Saturday, lending credence to claims that the show is shaping up to be Comic Con East, a goal that has no doubt been in the sites of its organizers since its inception.”

 

  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    On the off-chance that you haven’t seen Banksy’s opening credits for The Simpsons yet, well, here you go.

 

Events Calendar

 

Today:

 

  • Oct. 11 (Highlands Ranch, CO): Keith Knight and Stan Yan will be signing books and meeting readers at the Enchanted Grounds coffee shop on Colorado Boulevard, from 7-9PM. Details here.

 

This Week:

 

  • Oct. 13 (Los Angeles, CA): Vanessa Davis discusses and signs her book Make Me a Woman at Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue, from 7:30-9:30PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 14 (New York City, NY): An opening reception for a new graphic-novel exhibit takes place at the School of Visual Arts on 23rd Street, from 5:30-7PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 15 (Manchester, England): Miguelanxo Prado makes an appearance at the Instituto Cervantes on Deansgate, beginning at 6PM. Admission is free, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Details here.
  • Oct. 16-17 (San Francisco, CA): It’s APE — the Alternative Press Expo — at the Concourse Exhibition Center on Eighth Street. Details here.
  • Oct. 16-17 (Pittsburgh, PA): The Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo will be held at the Guardian Storage facility on Liberty Avenue. Details here.
  • Oct. 16-17 (Birmingham, England): The British International Comics Show will be held at the Think Tank at Millennium Point. Details here.
  • Oct. 16 (San Francisco, CA): It’s Storytime! and Graphic Details at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 8-11PM. Details here.

 

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to dirk@tcj.com 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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