Journalista for Oct. 29, 2010: All gone

Posted by on October 29th, 2010 at 2:57 AM



“The bookstores are empty. It’s sad. I remember a time when Fifth Avenue was lousy with bookstores. They’re all gone.”


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From King Aroo Vol. 1.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey reviews the first volume in IDW’s new King Aroo collection.
  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, “Jones” starts a two-part discussion about “visual aliens,” characters drawn in a different style from everything else around them.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Malaysian authorities have “decided to reject the application by cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque,” a.k.a. Zunar, “for a publishing permit for his book Gedung Kartun because it breached the guidelines of the Printing Press and Publications Act 1984.”

  • After a three-hour armed standoff with police, St. Louis, Missouri comics-shop owner Kenneth McClure surrendered to police on warrants for statutory rape, unlawful use of a weapon and third-degree assault.

  • Takeshi Matsui’s academic paper, “The Diffusion of Foreign Cultural Products: The Case Analysis of Japanese Comics (Manga) Market in the US,” is a long and detailed 2009 analysis of how manga entered the United States and became a cultural phenomenon (PDF file).

    (Link via everyone on Twitter.)


  • Johanna Draper Carlson asks, “Just how low are the sales that make a comic book successful?”

    A Japanese devil? Awww, how cu-u-ute!

  • Today’s cultural oddity: “Japan Fights China with Moe, China Crushed.”



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Graphic NYC




  • Corrina Lawson on Jill Thompson

    A Halloween interview with the cartoonist behind Scary Godmother.






  • Jason Thompson on Japan Inc.

    ©1986 Shōtarō Ishinomori.

    Thompson looks back at the out-of-print English translation of Ishinomori’s primer on late-20th century business practices in Japan:

    As a comic, however, Japan Inc. has some serious problems. Several factors make it hard to read, one being the weird formatting choice in the English edition: the pages read left to right but the panels aren’t flipped, so that dialogue has to be rearranged and partially retranslated to make sense read in the opposite order from the original. The fact that it doubles as an economic textbook and a comic doesn’t help either; there are lots of sidebars of economic information with only flimsy connections to the story, almost like a form of metadata.






  • Timothy Hodler: Reproductive strategies

    “So which is better, the method that presents the comic as a comic, a physical object in close to its original context (though apparently enlarged), with clearly visible tape marks and yellowing paper, or the method that cleans up the original art so that it appears almost as if published today?”


Comics and Art


  • A Journey Round My Skull: The art of Hinko Smrekar

    This Slovenian artist created some gorgeous, surreal and disturbing work.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch talks to Roger Gibson and Vince Danks, creators of the “Fortean” murder mystery comic Harker and the forthcoming Gravestown and to Alex De Campi, film-maker and writer of the e-comic Valentine (76.5MB).
    • Courtesy of the Daily Cross Hatch: a conversation with cartoonist Will Dinski (21MB), as well as the latest episode of their weekly podcast (22MB).
    • Tom Fowler and Jen Vaughn are the guests on this week’s episode of War Rocket Ajax (89.4MB).

    All podcasts are in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.


Comics Culture





  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    It’s only when she speaks that you can really tell she’s mechanical.

    (Link via Scott McCloud, who naturally got it from Renee French.)


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Weekend:


  • Oct. 30 (Keene, NH): Stephen Bissette and an all-star roster of students and alumni from the Center for Cartoon Studies will be on-hand for a Halloween extravaganza at Comic Boom on West Street, from noon-4PM. 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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