Journalista for Oct. 26, 2010: Crumbling down

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 3:27 AM



“Don’t be upset with Garry Trudeau or any other established syndicated cartoonist for speaking the truth about their chances of making a living with Web Comics. They are in the wrong place at the right time. And many of them have become complacent and comfortable with their tenure in a system that is now crumbling down all around them. They are unable to start from square one and they are 5-10 years away from their partner syndicates having established digital revenue streams for them to exploit.”


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From Rob Rodi and Simone Bianchi’s For Asgard #1, ©2010 Marvel Characters, Inc.


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And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • New Yorker cartoonist Leo Cullum died last Saturday from cancer. He was 68 years old.

  • “Acquired by new owners in June 2009,, a formerly financially troubled Web site offering downloadable and online e-books, has managed to pay off its creditors and revamp its business plan around digital distribution and online syndication,” reports Calvin Reid.

  • New Jersey retailer Ilan Strasser comments on the recent price drops by the Big Two.

    1952 comic-book cover by A.C. Hollingsworth.

  • Earth to Jim Trombetta: The United States Congress has never in its history banned a comic book.



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  • Andrew Wheeler on Parker: The Outfit

    Story ©2010 the estate of Donald E. Westlake, art ©2010 Darwyn Cooke.

    The Hunter was excellent, but The Outfit is even better — moving swiftly from scene to scene, dropping into silent action sequences seamlessly and then bouncing back to heavily narrated scenes to give the flavor of Stark’s writing and Parker’s thinking, and turning two separate novels into one cohesive graphic story.”






  • Shaenon Garrity: Ten things to know about the future of comics

    “Monthly comic books are dead. We all know this, right? Again, it’s a format with a lot of good qualities that will be sorely missed (foremost among them the ability to sample a story cheaply before investing in an entire book), but the direct market is a mess and pamphlet-style monthly comic books now barely work even as loss leaders.”




Comics and Art


  • Out of This World: Matt Baker romance stories

    “As I sorted through a pile of British romance comics I purchased recently I came across this wonderful bonanza of Matt Baker art — an Australian romance comic reprinting American romance comics in black and white. If the same procedure was used here as was the norm for the Alan Class reprint comics of the early 60s, these would have been made from the original inked artwork shipped over from the USA! This 68-page digest size Lonely Heart Library 21 has 6 Baker stories and three by other artists whom I cannot identify.”




Events Calendar




  • Oct. 26 (Mountain View, CA): Charles Burns will be signing books and meeting readers ay Lee’s Comics on Rengstorff Avenue, from noon-2PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 26 (Santa Cruz, CA): The aforementioned Mr. Burns then makes an appearance at the Bookshop Santa Cruz on Pacific Avenue, from 7:30-9PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Oct. 28 (North Adams, MA): A new exhibition on underground comix will kick off with a panel discussion featuring Howard Cruse, Gary Hallgren and Denis Kitchen (as well as an opening reception afterward) at the MCLA Gallery 51 on Main Street, from 5-8PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 28 (Washington DC): The 23rd Cartoons and Cocktails charity auction will be held at the National Press Club on 14th Street, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 29-31 (London, England): The London MCM Expo takes place at Excel London. Details here.
  • Oct. 29-31 (Long Beach, CA): The Long Beach Comic Con takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center. In Long Beach. I said that, right? Details here.
  • Oct. 30 (Seattle, WA): Charles Burns will participate in a slideshow presentation and signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. 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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