Journalista for Oct. 28, 2010: Superior

Posted by on October 28th, 2010 at 3:33 AM



“My column was mostly about the silliness of wanting a particular format, style, or delivery system to triumph over all others and be acknowledged for all time as What a Comic Looks Like, so of course 90% of the responses have been people proclaiming their favorite format/style/delivery system superior and telling me why all the others suck and should die.”


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From Soft City, ©2008 Harriton Pushwagner.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • International comics: Our Norwegian correspondent introduces us to the work of painter, cartoonist and dancer Harriton Pushwagner.
  • Shaenon Garrity reviews Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics.
  • Tom Crippen reviews the third issue of Marvel’s The Thanos Imperative.
  • Rob Clough reviews minicomics by Matt Aucoin and Betsey Swardlick.
  • R.C. Harvey is still on the political-cartoon beat.
  • GutterGeek‘s Alex Boney prepares for a critical tour of Grant Morrison’s bibliography.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky continues his discussion of the stories in Fantagraphics’ Moto Hagio collection with a look at “Iguana Girl.”

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Tom Spurgeon catches word that underground-comix publishing pioneer Don Donahue has died.

    (Right: Cover to the comic book that launched the underground revolution, R. Crumb’s Zap Comix #1, published by Donahue’s Apex Novelties.)


  • A Federal judge has blocked a Massachusetts law meant to shield children from obscenity on the Internet, “ruling that the statute was written so broadly that it would criminalize legitimate websites and general electronic communication.” The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was one of a myriad of groups who objected to the statute.

  • Jeffery Klaehn speaks with California retailer Gail Burt.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Japanese cartoonist Shuho Sato “projected that his digital manga site, ‘Manga on Web,’ will earn over 1 million yen (over US$12,000) this month. This is the highest monthly total since the site launched in April. However, he noted that the other artists on the site only averaged several thousand yen (under US$100).”

  • James McQuivey offers three reasons why the Nook Color is the necessary next step for digital-content publishers.


Mike Sterling: The end of civilization

Sterling finds the most dubious items from the latest Diamond catalog, so you don’t have to.



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  • Michael Cavna on Mark Fiore

    “It didn’t take me long to realize that, even though it feels like it, winning the Prize is not like winning the lottery, after all the celebration, you go right back to work. I’ve actually felt more pressure to live up to the Pulitzer Prize, which I think is one of the best things about a prize like this — the never-ending post-Prize pressure to avoid professional slackery.”






  • Andrew Wheeler on Tonoharu Part Two

    ©2010 Lars Martinson.

    Tonoharu is the kind of story that rewards close re-reading; Martinson’s precise panels often hinge their emotional meaning on the tilt of an eye, or a rising blush.”






  • Jeet Heer: The tradition of the woodcut novel

    “Lynd Ward deserves to be appreciated on his own terms, and not as part of a fanciful family tree that runs from Gods’ Man to, say, Kevin Huizenga.”




Business and Craft


  • Bryan Lee O’Malley on process

    “My friend Eric Kim is teaching a class and i consented to fill out a questionnaire for his students.”


  • Mike Lynch: Gag-cartooning questions

    When in doubt, ask an expert.


Comics and Art


  • New York Public Library: Kitagawa Utamaro’s ukiyo-e prints

    Sugatami shichinin keshô,” circa 1792-1793.

    Mark Sheerin’s short essay on an exhibition in Birmingham, England led me to reacquaint myself with the artist. Like French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Utamaro drew inspiration from the prostitutes in his native city of Edo (now Tokyo), working to depict the reality hidden behind the merchantile facade — not that this was his only concern, of course. His more explicit erotic images were almost certainly what kept the jingle in his pockets, but I’ve always admired Utamaro’s more subdued character pieces, which are well-represented at the above link.




Comics Culture


  • Shawn Hoke: Mat Brinkman at the Hole Gallery

    Photos from the recent show in New York City.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Scott Gordon speaks with electronic/new-wave pioneer Gary Numan.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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One Response to “Journalista for Oct. 28, 2010: Superior”

  1. Ju-osh says:

    Er…sorry, but the links were too long. Puh-leeze delete.