Journalista for Oct. 4, 2010: The world has changed

Posted by on October 4th, 2010 at 6:09 AM



“I love the comic strip form, but I feel fairly certain it’s either dead or doomed — because even if there were somebody out there doing early Schulz-quality work, who would know about it? I mean, besides die-hards who consciously go spelunking for good new strips online and spread the word when they find something? Seriously, does anyone even do that? The world has changed to the point where that’s less possible, maybe impossible.”


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From Grant Morrison and Mukesh Singh’s 18 Days.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Nathan Wilson talks to Grant Morrison about his writing process, in a lengthy interview.

  • Rob Clough reviews the first issue of the queer-themed anthology series Three, as well as a number of minicomics.

  • As always, R.C. Harvey covers the funny pages.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Erica Friedman is frustrated that she can’t get manga commenters to understand the Bechdel test, and Vom Marlowe reviews a pair of comics.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Retailer and convention organizer Michael George will get a second trial for the 1990 murder of his wife. His 2008 conviction on first-dergee murder in the death of Barbara George was vacated by the judge over prosecutorial misconduct.

    (Right: Michael George.)


  • Rich Johsnton catches wind of three more DC employees — Richard Bruning, Cheryl Rubin and Steve Rotterdam, all executives, this time — who have either been fired from DC Comics or are leaving of their own accord.

  • ICv2 presents its annual interview with Marvel Entertainment publisher Dan Buckley: one, two.

  • Chris Arrant discusses the state of comics journalism with one of the two remaining justifications for Newsarama‘s continued existence, Vaneta Rogers.

    (Before you ask: J. Caleb Mozzocco.)



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Graphic NYC




  • Illustration Friday on Jim Woodring

    “Names and labels don’t matter much. Besides, there are things that cannot be said in words. So if you say them in pictures, are they not things being said? If I draw a hill that looks like a woman, it works differently that if i write ‘there’s a hill that looks like a woman.'”






  • Jason Michelitch on H Day

    ©2010 Renee French.

    “If the back cover copy hadn’t told me, I probably never would have realized that Renee French’s new Picturebox graphic novel, H Day, was about her struggle with migraine headaches, although the adorable shelving classification ‘migraine / graphic novel’ might have tipped me off. Not that it matters much for the work whether I would have figured it out or not, since the book is ‘about’ French’s migraine headaches the same way the film The Shining is ‘about’ massive cocaine use. Kubrick gave us endless snow, claustrophobic compositions, and paranoid hallucinations of dirty pig-humans having obscene sex in the room right next door CAN’T YOU HEAR THEM?”






  • Karen Green: Building blocks

    “There really are no limits any more. Graphic narrative that started, perhaps, with cave paintings at Lascaux can now use more elaborate technologies to tell more complex stories… but, as Richard McGuire proved, you can tell a pretty complex story with just a pen and paper. The same basic building blocks apply.”




Comics and Art


  • Online archive: Digital Comics Museum

    A splash panel by the great Matt Baker, from Canteen Kate #1.

    I have no idea why I haven’t linked this before now, but free registration gets you access to a massive collection of Golden Age comic books, all downloadable in handy CBZ/CBR format.




Events Calendar




  • Oct. 4 (Wrex­ham, Wales): David Lloyd will give a talk and participate in a signing at Glyndwr University’s Nick White­head Theatre on Mold Road, from 6-8PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Oct. 5 (San Francisco, CA): Join Dave Cooper for a talk and signing at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 6 (New York City, NY): Vanessa Davis makes an appearance at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway, from 7-8PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 6 (Flagstaff, AZ): Ellen Forney will lecture on comics at Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 7 (Portland, OR): Johnny Ryan celebrates the release of Prison Pit 2 at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-10PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 7 (New York City, NY): Neil Gaiman, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jessica Abel, and Matt Madden discuss the Best American Comics 2010 collection at the Barnes & Noble on 17th Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 8-10 (New York City, NY): The New York Comic Con takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on 34th Street. Details here.
  • Oct. 8 (New York City, NY): Drew Friedman will sign books as he celebrates the release of his new collection at Brooklyn’s own Deseert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 9 (Chestertown, MD): Join R. Crumb for an on-stage discussion of his art and career with illustrator Robbi Behr at the Prince Theatre on High Street, from 1-3PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 9 (San Francisco, CA): Beverly Gherman will discuss and sign copies of her new book Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, from 1-3PM. 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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