Journalista for Oct. 13, 2010: Not a good match

Posted by on October 13th, 2010 at 1:39 AM



“It’s also interesting to note that the [DC Comics] price drop is coming in January, historically the slowest month of the year for sales. I imagine that some retailers are going to see a combination of lower sales during that month, and a lower per-unit profit. Not a good match.”


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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • How slow a news day was it yesterday? It’s so slow that the decision by a Florida comics shop not to carry Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Neonomicon #2 is the top story today. That’s how slow a news day it was.

  • Oh, and some guy caught a guy who tried to steal some comic books last weekend at the New York Comic Con, apparently. Okay, that’s being mean just to work a joke, fine — congratulations to Matt Nelson for successfully knowing how to deal with an asshole.

    From a recent installment of PvP — click link for full strip — by and ©2010 Scott Kurtz.

  • Comixology chief technical officer ComiXology CTO John Roberts and webcartoonists Scott Kurtz and Brad Guigar discussed the dismal prospects for print comics at a panel held at last weekend’s big thing in NYC, and Gary Tyrrell has a transcript.

  • First Chris Ware, then Daniel Clowes — now David B. is the latest to jump ship. What’s going on over at Pantheon, I wonder?


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    “What is most interesting to me is that even though Asano is able to create this connection with his characters, it comes a fairly significant cost. Asano is unable to actually resolve the conflicts he has created.”






  • Andrew Wheeler: Look to the Northstar

    “Here’s the great gay paradox; homophobia is best tackled by greater gay visibility, and gay visibility is held back because of homophobia — most notably the pernicious claim that homosexuality does not belong in any medium that might be seen by children. This is grounded in a great misconception; that homosexuality is all about sex, while heterosexuality is all about love. This is only credible if you believe that gay people are incapable of love and straight people are incapable of lust. This seems like a stretch, yet it’s the fundamental position behind the reflexive view that homosexuality does not belong in kid-friendly media.”



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  • Liz Baillie and Publishers Weekly: New York Comic Con

    Two reports from last weekend’s show. Oh, and here’s Brigid Alverson, speaking on Twitter to Deb Aoki about the press coverage:

    Reading your musings on NYCC, it occurs to me that a lot of stuff happened at the con that wasn’t covered by anyone. Manga was covered pretty thoroughly, superheroes ditto, but everything else is pretty sparse. If you were to branch out from manga to indy comics, you would practically have the niche to yourself (except for me). And I couldn’t come close to covering everything I wanted to. It’s a big niche but few people are writing about it.


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    The dating site OK Cupid sifts through a mountain of user data to answer some questions about the differences between straight and gay people.

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Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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. 14 (Berkeley, CA): A whole host of cartoonists will be on-hand for a slideshow reading at Comic Relief on Shattuck Avenue, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 15-16 (Oregon City, OR): Scott McCloud kicks off a 24-hour comics challenge at Clackamas Community College on Molalla Avenue. 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. 15 (Los Angeles, CA): Join Coop, Mark Kalesniko, Kenny Keil and Rick Ross for a panel discussion on design and comics at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard, from 7-9PM. Admission is $25. 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. 16-17 (Somewhere in Malta): The Malta Comic Con… that’s all I got. Details here.
  • Oct. 16 (San Francisco, CA): The opening reception for a new show by Peter Thompson, Marc Bell and Jason McLean will be held at Giant Robot on Shrader Street, from 6:30-10PM. 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.
  • Oct. 16 (San Francisco, CA): The Isotope Minicomics Award ceremony and APE after-party takes place at Isotope on Fell Street, from 8PM-2PM. Details here.


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