Journalista for Oct. 27, 2010: Zombie pioneer

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 3:07 AM



“Cartoonists: Do you know that what you put in your panels is potentially far more interesting than how well you draw it?”


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Iron Jaw! Iron Jaw! (From the pages of the Lev Gleason-published Boy Illustories.)


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey looks back at his favorite comic-book villain, Charles Biro’s Golden Age character Iron Jaw.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong considers the what The Comics Journal didn’t manage to do (and what it did), and compares the market for fine art with the market for original comics art and finds lots of similarities.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Nervous about an upcoming Papal visit, a Spanish printer has refused to release the print-run of a humor magazine with a cartoon cover lampooning the Pope.

    (Right: the cover in question. Larger version available at the link.)


  • “The one-time studio of Archie comic strip creator Bob Montana […] is slated to be razed to make way for a building that will house retail space and professional offices.”


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Barnes & Noble has announced a color e-reader/tablet-computer hybrid, the Nook Color. The lightweight device will feature a seven-inch color touchscreen, Wifi, web-browsing and audio/video capabilities, an app store as well as a digital marketplace for e-texts, and (most importantly) will debut in November for just $249, half the cost of a bottom-of-the-line iPad. While it almost certainly won’t be as powerful or functional as Apple’s signature tablet device, the price point may well be the tipping point that turns the tablet into a mass-market device — even if the Nook Color itself doesn’t take off, its very existence will likely drive down the price point for other devices, and cost is currently what’s keeping tablet computers from mass adoption across the socio-economic spectrum, which in turn has almost certainly made comics publishers reluctant to embrace same-day/same-date distribution of their wares. However the chips fall, this may well be the digital-comics gamechanger that we’ve been waiting for.

    (Right: marketing image of the device in question, swiped from the Barnes & Noble website.)


  • “[Japanese publisher] Kodansha is telling mangaka they will get only 25% royalties on digital manga, if they deign to publish them — in spite of the fact publishers such as Amazon and Apple are offering rates as high as 70%.”

    From Reinventing Comics, ©2000 Scott McCloud.

  • Paypal has developed a no-shit, honest-to-goodness micropayments system, and Facebook has already signed on to use it. Will Scott McCloud finally get his Dewey-beats-Truman moment over Clay Shirky?

  • Jonah Weiland speaks with Underground co-creators Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber about the unexpected windfall they received after the book was bootlegged on the 4Chan forum. Here’s Lieber:

    I think we did everything right in making the comic. I’m proud of it and the reviews were stellar. Like I said, a critical darling. But sometimes if you build it… they don’t come. Most comic shops just aren’t in a position to get behind a nature-based thriller. They’ve cultivated a different audience. The good news is that people are reading our comic now. Lots of them. Every time I open gmail, there’s a bunch of donations and letters from them saying “Loved the story. Do more? Thx.”

    Related: Lieber and webcartoonist/studiomate Erika Moen speaks with Mike Masnick on the same topic.


  • If you haven’t been keeping up with all this “digital comics” stuff for a while, Shannon O’Leary has a primer to get you up to speed.


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




  • Sean T. Collins on Brian Chippendale

    “I was a little stuck — but I was also thrilled by it, because it was fun to be making this thing that was actually a graphic novel, versus a compilation of short strips, which is what Ninja was to some extent, and which is what Puke Force is.”






  • Timothy Callahan on two from Picturebox

    From Powr Mastrs Vol. 3, ©2010 C.F.

    A look at C.F.’s Powr Mastrs Vol. 3 and Brian Chippendale’s If ‘n Oof.






  • Larry Cruz: Ten things to know about the future of webcomics

    I find half of these points to be at least a bit dubious, but there’s plenty to chew on here.




Business and Craft


  • Adrian Pelletier: Four months self-employed, ten lessons learned

    “The transition from working for an employer to being self-employed does not happen over night. I took the leap at the start of 2009 and the experience has been both amazing and enlightening. Over the last four months, I’ve worked on some incredible projects with very talented people and learned a lot of lessons along the way.”

    (Link via Leif Peng.)


Comics and Art


  • Nick Jones: Chris Reynolds’ “Monitor’s Human Reward”

    ©1986 Chris Reynolds.

    “I’m still not sure why ‘Monitor’s Human Reward’ left such an impression on me. I think I’m slightly afraid to examine why it means so much to me in case deconstructing it somehow causes it to lose its power, like taking a much-loved mechanical toy apart and then not being able to make it work again. But I recognise the emotions it evokes: an unspecified longing; a sense of not knowing what it is you want until it’s right in front of you; how it feels to arrive home.”

    (Link via John Robbins.)






  • YouTube: Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon

    The veteran comic-book creators discuss their new book, Anne Frank: The Graphic Biography.


  • YouTube: Shintaro Kago inks

    Time-lapsed video of the gonzo Japanese cartoonist at work.

    (Link via Ryan Sands.)


Events Calendar




  • Oct. 27 (Washington DC): Editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore will give a lecture at Georgetown University’s Leavey Conference Center on Reservoir Road, beginning at 6PM. 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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