Journalista for Oct 6, 2010: I’d like to teach the world to sing

Posted by on October 6th, 2010 at 6:44 AM



“Kind of sad the Cathy comic strip ended without a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

– comedian Jim Norton


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From Stitches, ©2010 David Small.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Danica Davidson interviews Stitches author David Small.

  • Rob Clough reviews the first two issues of Toby Jones’ Memory Foam.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong looks at one of the most popular comics in Taiwan, Ma Li and Chen Uen’s Abi Jian.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Argentinian cartoonist Josè Maria Jorge died on Monday. Jorge is perhaps best known for his 42 years drawing covers and comics for the U.K. comics magazine Commando. The magazine has posted an appreciation of the artist at their website; you can see a selection of Jorge’s paintings and cover art at his website.

  • Johanna Draper Carlson has details on Diamond’s new day-early distribution program for Direct Market retailers, which will begin on January 11, 2011.

    Detail from a painting by and ©2010 Steve Rude.

  • Nexus artist Steve Rude is in bad financial straits, and is auctioning art to raise money. Tom Spurgeon has the details.

  • Alan David Doane speaks with J.C. Glindmyer, owner of the Albany, New York store Earthworld Comics.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops today.



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  • Tucker Stone on Darwyn Cooke

    Set half an hour aside for this lengthy and engaging conversation with the cartoonist behind the Parker crime-noir adaptations.






  • Greg McElhatton on Flesh and Bone

    ©2010 Julia Gfrörer.

    “As we see the story unfold its pacing is interesting, Gfrörer taking time out to watch the sad man writhe in the grass at the graveyard for a page, or a sudden five-page conversation between Jadwiga and a lion-faced being in which she tries to justify her actions up until this point as well as laying groundwork for what’s to come. It actually makes the book feel slightly off-kilter, subverting expectations and keeping you uneasy until its conclusion.”






  • Frank Santoro: Canned riff

    “Webcomics are good for gags only/contained stories for that screen, that day. They work like one pagers essentially; serialized stuff does work in theory but I’ve only read a few I actually like.”




Comics and Art


  • Harry Lee Green: Six by Wally Wood

    From “Overworked,” originally published in Creepy #9 (1966).

    Bawdy satire and horror in black and white.






  • YouTube: Al Hirschfeld draws Paul Newman

    My last act at the job I held before signing on with Fantagraphics was to fly to Manhattan to train in my replacement. The company put me up at the Hotel Pennsylvania, which happens to have a Hirschfeld original hanging in the lobby. It was a revelation to study it up close, and learn that many of those gorgeous lines were actually an accumulation of tiny little lines, drawn scratchwork-style. It’s even more of a revelation to watch the master at work in this video.

    (Link via Hey Oscar Wilde!)


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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): Darwyn Cooke will sign copies of his new graphic novel Parker: The Outfit at Borders on Penn Plaza, from 7-9PM. 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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