Journalista for Oct. 5, 2010: Damage to be routed around

Posted by on October 5th, 2010 at 4:20 AM



“There’s always room for improvement. But it seems like a lot of women have simply ignored the traditional definitions and categories and found ways to make their own comics.”


“The Kodansha USA panel seems to have been removed from the NYAF schedule.”


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From Unreachable Beasts #1, ©2010 Nick Patten.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Kristian Williams reviews the new Weird War Tales one-shot from DC Comics.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews Nick Patten’s Unreachable Beasts #1.

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

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Alex Buchet looks at a book of fairy tales by Duncan Williamson, with silhouette illustrations by Alan Herriot.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Random House is folding their Del Rey Manga imprint, and in its place, will be working closely with Kodansha USA to release their manga titles in North America,” reports Deb Aoki. For commentary on the move, we turn to Christopher Butcher and Daniella Orihuela-Gruber.

  • Former Brooklyn retailer Alex Cox has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as development manager.

  • Chris Arrant discusses the state of comics journalism with Heidi MacDonald.

    Detail from the strip in question, ©2010 Wiley Miller.

  • Comedian Elayne Boosler chides newspaper editors for not running last Suday’s Non Sequitur strip by Wiley Miller, which did not contain a drawing of Muhammed.

  • Sunday Press Books… on the iPad? Isn’t that sort of missing the point?



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Graphic NYC




  • Sean T. Collins on Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez

    Originally posted in 2007 at, I’m delighted to see this lengthy and engaging interview archived at Collins’ own site after the former was destroyed by its shortsighted owners.






  • Tom Spurgeon on Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

    ©2010 G. Neri and Randy duBurke.

    “Given other limitations in the way the tale is executed — the setting never comes alive as a real place, the lack of detail save for a few instances like kids putting candy bars in Yummy’s coffin feels like the book was constructed solely from secondary sources, the figure drawing at times seems more like caricature than character — Yummy as a whole ends up not half as compelling as the story on which it is based.”






  • David Brothers: Changing from the ground up

    “What I like about the oncoming digital future is that everything is on a level playing ground, barring name recognition. There is no real difference between Brightest Day and Comic Book Comics. Comic shops no longer serve as the first line of defense/tastemaking.”




Comics and Art


  • Josh Simmons: Cockbone

    ©2009 Josh Simmons.

    While not quite the second coming of William S. Burroughs that Sean T. Collins makes it out to be, it’s still an impressively fucked-up little comic and definitely worth a read.


  • Gurafiku: Japanese graphic design

    I used to pay 30 bucks a pop for books full of stuff like this. Now I visit webpages. God bless the Internet.




Comics Culture


  • Greg Cook: Highwater exhibition in Massachusetts

    Photos from the opening reception in Cambridge.

    (Link via Dan Nadel.)


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Looking to kill a few hours? The British Film Institute has posted an astonishing number of excellent movies to the DailyMotion website, including films by Derek Jarman, Alex Cox, the Quay Brothers — even a personal documentary by Martin Scorsese about the joys of cinema.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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. 6 (New York City, NY): Nathan Fox and Jeromy Black will be on-hand for a release party celebrating their new book, Florescent Black, at Brooklyn’s own Bergen Street Comics, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 7 (Victoria, TX): Baldo co-creator Hector Cantu will lecture at the Victoria College’s Fine Arts Auditorium on Red River, from noon-1PM. 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 Desert 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.


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One Response to “Journalista for Oct. 5, 2010: Damage to be routed around”

  1. MrJM says:

    If “Cockbone” contains any of the humor inherent in WSB’s transgressive tales, it escaped me. That doesn’t mean “Cockbone” is bad — I just prefer a little funny with my fucked-up.

    — MrJM