Journalista for Oct. 7, 2010: Every single mistake

Posted by on October 7th, 2010 at 5:37 AM



“I’ve said before that comics seem determined to make every single mistake the music industry did enroute to finding a model for internet distribution that works, but really, I didn’t think they’d actually do it so literally — right now we’re apparently at the ‘every company wants its own service to beat all the other companies’ services’ stage, which worked for music about as well as you’d expect given that nobody cared who Beyonce and Coldplay happened to be signed with; they just wanted to download the mp3s. Comics have a slight advantage over music in this regard in that some portion of the audience does care about which comic company produces what, but given that I’m pretty sure the majority of the population doesn’t know or care that Spider-Man and Batman are made by different companies, it doesn’t seem like a growth strategy.”


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From Robert Goodin’s contribution to Mome #19, “The Spiritual Crisis of Carl Jung”; ©2010 Robert Goodin.


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Life in interesting times

  • Conrad Day, cartoonist for the Cleveland Daily Banner, died Tuesday morning at the age of 90:

    For more than 30 years, the comfortable wisdom and antics of Day’s cob-pipe smoking, overall-attired comic character “By Ned” has graced the pages of the Banner. He had his cartoon syndicated in several states, but said there was too much work attached to syndicating a strip. He restricted his work to the Banner.


  • Will the digital-comics company have to worry about complying with sharia law? Rich Johnston explains.

  • Baradan Kuppusamy looks at the delicate dance that Malaysian satirists must perform when dealing with government censorship, including an extended summary of the difficulties encountered by the cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, a.k.a. Zunar.

  • Matt Blind looks into the differences between bookstore retail and publishing sales estimates.



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  • Michael Lorah on Sarah Glidden

    “It was difficult at times. I have a friend who is a writer and at one point early on I went to him for advice because I was having trouble figuring out how to write a scene in which my character was going through some difficult emotions. I had a few different ways I was thinking of portraying the experience but none of them seemed to be working right. He told me ‘Well, try to put yourself back in the experience. Try to remember how it felt in that moment. Then just write that.’ That may sound obvious but it made a huge difference and from then on I used that method whenever a scene like that arose.”






  • John Lucas on Best American Comics 2010

    “Since matters of taste are inherently subjective, I can’t tell you if you’ll agree with Gaiman, Abel, and Madden that these 25 stories and extracts were among the most outstanding graphic-narrative works published in North America between September 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009. I will say that the editors couldn’t go too far wrong including pieces by Chris Ware, Robert Crumb, Peter Bagge, and Ben Katchor.”






  • Tim O’Neil: The importance of milieu

    “It is one of the great creative ironies in superhero comics that those characters with the most distinctive and colorful individual milieus are often less popular than characters with more generalized, which is not to say generic contexts.”




Comics and Art


  • John Porcellino: “Cloud Mountain”

    ©2007 John Porcellino.

    A story from King-Cat Comics #68, because you’re one of the people who deserves good things.

    (Link via Sean T. Collins, because I’m still rebuilding my RSS feed list after the big computer crash.)




Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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.
  • Oct. 9 (Seattle, WA): Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan will celebrate the launch of their new books at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.


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