Journalista for Oct. 20, 2010: Really disappointing

Posted by on October 20th, 2010 at 6:40 AM



“I realized at a certain point that the thing that keeps me drawing comics and the thing that has always moved me along is that comics history is really disappointing. […] It’s not the same as the history of novels, history of art, history of movies, the body of work is pretty spotty. The things we imagined don’t really exist. We imagine that Alex Toth did really amazing comics in the 50s that really worked, that were like Howard Hawk’s movies, but he didn’t do that. He never made a comic you could read. It’s terrible, and I say that thinking that he was one of the greatest genius’ of the 20th Century.”


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From “The Duel Over Superman!” in Superman #150, Written by Robert Bernstein, with art by Kurt Schaffenberger; ©1962 DC Comics.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Tom Crippen presents the second installment of his three-part Mort Weisinger resource list, and puts Don Martin and Penguin Books in a duel to the death… okay, I may be exaggerating just a bit with that last one.

  • Rob Clough reviews G.P. Bonesteel’s Abortion Andy: Baby Steps.

  • Not comics: Donald Phelps looks at the Preston Sturges-written film The Power and the Glory.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook provides a chronicle of images of Asians on comics covers from the 1930s to the present.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • The Hollywood Reporter brings word of a delay in the lawsuit between Warner Bros./DC Comics and the Jerry Siegel estate over ownership of Superman, due to the former’s attempts to wrap the latter’s lawyer in legal shenanegans.

    (Link via Kevin Melrose.)


    “El Pueblo y el Gobe,” by Felix Pissarro.

  • Last week, the government of Puerto Rico censored nine political cartoons from an art show held by the Puerto Rico Cartoonists Association in the lobby of the commonwealth’s elections department.

    (Thanks to J.H. Vazz for e-mailing me the link.)


  • In New York, “an unassuming 77-year-old bachelor who had hoped to sell a valuable comic book collection and leave the money to his family was robbed by a Rochester businessman’s thugs, was roughed up and hours later died of a heart attack, authorities said.”

  • ICv2 presents their estimates for September sales of comics to Direct Market retailers, and comes right out and notes that they put the industry’s third quarter for 2010 squarely in the wow, that sucked category, stating that “sales of comics and graphic novels were down a combined 12% for the quarter.” Here’s the market summary, and here are the top-300 lists for comic books and graphic novels.

    (Right: The cover to the top-selling funnybook for last month, Wolverine #1, in which our hero apparently uses yoga to battle some sort of bowel difficulties.)


  • Not that this was exactly in doubt, but the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office has ruled that American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar died of natural causes.

  • Erik Henriksen speaks to Portland, Oregon comics-shop retailers about the coming ubiquity of digital comics, and where that leaves them.

  • Steve Leiber charms the pants off that feared Internet menace/grand collection of fellow travellers (depending upon your point of view), the swarming otaku hordes of 4chan.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops today.



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Graphic NYC




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  • Larry Cruz on Split Lip

    From “The Harvestmen,” drawn by Sami Makkonen ©2007 Sam Costello.

    “[Writer] Sam Costello’s Split Lip is a horror comic that contains ghosts and murderers and monsters. And yet, it’s the unflinching depiction of death and dying that I find most chilling.”






  • Stephen Bissette on Boody Rogers

    “It was tough to find any comics with Rogers’s work. It was tucked away in the fat, 64-page potpourris of titles like Big Shot and solo (I think) Rogers titles like Babe, Dudley (“The Teen-Age Sensation!”) and Sparky Watts, all pricey 1948-1950 Pre-Code oddities that seemed scarcer than chicken teeth and finer than fur on a frog, judging by their prices (when they could be found at all).”




Comics and Art


  • Douglas Wheeler: Frederick Burr Opper’s Willie and His Papa

    It’s been a little while since I’ve spotlighted Wheeler’s archival work, and this is a dandy set of 1901 cartoons by a pioneer in the field.






  • CNN: Iraq celebrates its caricature artists

    A look at an exhibition of caricature art in Baghdad.

    (Link via Kevin Kallaugher.)


Comics Culture


  • Isaac Cates and Mike Lynch: 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art

    Two reports from last weekend’s big to-do at Ohio State University.


  • Christopher Butcher: New York Comic Con 2010

    “My first thought on NYCC, and this is brutally unfair I know, is that Reed has utterly and completely blown it with this show.”


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Evan Dorkin reminded me that it’s been a couple of years since I’ve linked to one of my favorite musical numbers: Cab Calloway’s “The Jumpin’ Jive,” with the amazing Nicholas Brothers tearing up the floor. And since I have nothing else to put here today, this seems like a good time to hip all you latecomers out there to the ol’ zaz zuh zaz

    Small-type bonus link — and I think I threw this one down last time as well, but it’s worth a thousand links — Here’s Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers from the 1948 musical The Pirate, performing “Be a Clown,” the piece that first introduced me to the Bros.’ dancing genius.


Events Calendar




  • Oct. 20 (Portland, OR): Lynda Barry will appear for a slideshow presentation, Q&A and signing at Reading Frenzy on Oak Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here


This Week:


  • Oct. 21 (New York City, NY): Denis Kitchen gives an artist’s talk at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 23 (Portland, OR): Vanessa Davis and Julia Wertz will appear for a slideshow presentation, Q&A and signing at Reading Frenzy on Oak Street, beginning at 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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