Journalista for Sept. 1, 2010: What’s in front of them

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 12:03 AM



“Most retailers, myself included, tend only to see what’s in front of them. If I only ever worked in one type of store, I’d be convinced that there’d only be one superhero-and-new-release-heavy model of doing business in comics as well. Hell I worked at that store for a long time–in my last 6 months there I finally figured out that you could order books not in the Diamond catalogue each month. That you could back order things. That books exist beyond their monthly solicitation or (increasingly rare) resolicitiation… I wonder how many retailers are in the same boat? Hopefully far fewer, with the vast array of online tools available… But…”


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Recently posted to our homepage: Tom Crippen reviews the first issue of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Neonomicon. And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • As expected, Diamond Distributors has announced that it will begin shipping comics to Direct Market retailers on Tuesday, beginning in January of next year.

  • Johanna Draper Carlson catches word that the womens’-advocacy group Friends of Lulum is in danger of losing its tax-exempt status.

    (Logo at right ©2004 Diana X. Sprinkle.)


  • Three names associated with the Killer Danish Muhammed Cartoons appeared on an al-Qaeda death list.

  • A licensing attorney representing pop idols Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has sent a cease-and-desist notice to Bluewater Productions over their biography comics featuring the artists in question. Rick Marshall has the story.

  • Calvin Reid presents a look at the Lerner Publishing Group’s line of graphic novels for children, which sells in the bookstore, school and library arenas. Not mentioned in the article: sales in Direct Market shops. Write your own joke, folks.

  • Snow Wildsmith interviews Traci Todd, the senior editor for Viz Media’s line of manga for children.

  • Nicolai Hartvig examines the issues raised by a Danish gallery exhibit featuring lolicon imagery from Japanese comics.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

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



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Graphic NYC




  • Chris Arrant on Hope Larson

    “One of the hardest things about doing graphic novels is having to sit on them for so long, absolutely. I wasn’t even allowed to say I was working on A Wrinkle in Time for months, and that was a miserable time! There I was, plugging away, working on this project every day, and to anyone else it seemed like I wasn’t doing anything. It’s probably the reason I’m so active on Twitter. ‘Yes, hello, here I am, drawing comics! Writing comics! Please don’t forget about me!'”






  • Raymond Cummings on Looking for Calvin & Hobbes

    “When [Nevin] Martell descends into the nuts and bolts of Calvin & Hobbes — what made the strip work, what made it quintessential, what made it pop off of the comics page — Looking for Calvin & Hobbes really shines.”









Business and Craft


  • Scott Story: Long-form comics, short attention spans

    “When I got into comics, I figured that I knew how to write and draw comics pretty well — I had years of print comics under my belt, after all. But, I was wrong, because presenting a long-form comic on the web calls some special considerations into account.”


Comics and Art





Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Sept. 2 (London, England): David Hine will be signing books and meeting readers at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6-7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 2 (Berkeley, CA): John Porcellino and Noah Van Sciver make an appearance at Comic Relief on Shattuck Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 3 (Los Angeles, CA): An opening reception for an exhibit celebrating the new cartoon collection Bound and Gagged takes place at the Secret Headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, from 8-10PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 4-5 (San Francisco, CA): The San Francisco Zine Fest takes place at the San Francisco County Fair Building on Ninth Avenue. 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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