Journalista for Oct. 15, 2010: Nuance and people pleasing

Posted by on October 15th, 2010 at 2:22 AM



“While my work may not be as politically based as, say, that comic where a goateed archer become the mayor of some city, or that miniseries where Captain America’s right to wear a mask and hit people in the head with a metal shield was challenged, there are still politics at play underneath it all. For example, my comic book, Prison Funnies, is a scathing indictment of the flawed penal system, or a bold statement on how prisons are perfect and keep bad people away from good people. I am about nuance and people pleasing, no matter what side of the political spectrum you fall under.”


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From The Storm in the Barn, ©2010 Matt Phelan.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Matt Phelan’s young-adult graphic novel, The Storm in the Barn.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe reviews Dungeons and Dragons #0.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Amongst those who say they have read one book [of] any type in the past year, 11% have read a graphic novel during that time […]”

    Cover to the first volume of Usamaru Furuya’s Ningen Shikaku [“No Longer Human”], a series we’ll hopefully soon be seeing on North American shelves.

  • So I’ve been sitting on a number of things concerning the Fantagraphics manga line, which I can’t talk about due to the slo-o-ow process of chasing down licenses. What happens when you open your mouth prematurely, in such circumstances? Take the example of Vertical

  • Are you a publisher, creator or otherwise doing public relations for comics? Reporter Nathalie Atkinson discusses PR/press relations over at On the Fourth Floor, and there’s a great deal of valuable advice on offer.

    (Link via Christopher Butcher.)


  • In a surprise turn of events, Brian Hibbs bitches at length about how publishers fuck retailers over.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • August was another good month for e-book sales, which jumped 172%.

  • Lori Henderson looks at manga publishers’ emerging digital strategies.



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Graphic NYC




  • Sarah Mirk on Lynda Barry

    Yeah, I know: It’s the second Barry interview this week to get the spotlight slot. What can I say? She’s Lynda Barry..






  • Greg McElhatton on Sisters’ Luck

    Page detail ©2010 Shari Chankhamma.

    “This is a book that slowly bleeds away its early good will the further into the book you read, unfortunately.”






  • David Brothers: Frederic Wertham was right

    You have to admit, the case is starting to look pretty strong…


Comics and Art


  • Smith Magazine: Harvey Pekar and Rick Parker’s “Garbage Collection Dispute”

    ©2010 Harvey Pekar.

    One from the late American Splendor creator.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • The Beat presents two recordings from last week’s ICv2 industry conference: the presentation of Milton Griepp’s annual report on the state of the comics industry (16.2MB), and the digital-comics panel featuring a variety of industry professionals as panelists (13.3MB).
    • This week, Inkstuds welcomes guest Dave Cooper (55MB).
    • The Daily Cross Hatch offers up a chat with Far Arden creator Kevin Cannon at the Minneapolis Indie Expo from back in August (19.6MB).
    • The Digital Strips crew discusses a variety of webcomics (28.4MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture


  • Brad Rice and Ed Sizemore (one, two): New York Anime Festival 2010

    This year, the NYAF was mashed in with the New York Comic Con. So how was the resulting show if you were a J-culture fan? There’s a hint in the title of Rice’s report…




  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Johan Norberg explains why Mario Vargas Llosa deserved the Nobel Prize for literature.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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.


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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