Journalista for Sept. 10, 2010: Perfect World

Posted by on September 10th, 2010 at 1:17 AM



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And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • After 60 years with United Feature Syndicate, Charles Schulz’s legendary newspaper strip Peanuts will jump ship for Universal Uclick.

  • Another scanlation site vanishes — this time it’s a gay-themed manga site, disappearing not due to a take-down notice but to a service provider deciding that it no longer wishes to host a website that features comics containing explicit sexuality.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)


  • Some eight decades after the newfangled comic-book fad spawns a sweatshop industry, commentators are still outraged to discover that the New York City corporate-comics market still underpays its producers. Tom Spurgeon offers commentary.



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  • Adi Tantimedh on Alan Moore

    Everything you ever wanted to know about why the Watchmen writer hates the American comic-book industry.






  • Paul Montgomery on Cuba: My Revolution

    “[Inverna] Lockpez paints a vivid picture of a country and its problems by first telling a very personal story of self discovery. Sonya comes of age as her country transforms itself. She’s part of the transition and that, in turn, shapes her own story. This is pretty important document, and one that has shed some light on what it’s like on the other side of an ocean. She’s not rallying in the park or even pounding against the gates. She’s in there. This is her life. This is how she must base her decisions. She understands freedom much more acutely than I likely ever will.”






  • David Welsh on shōjo manga and critical reaction

    “[…] the suggestion that there’s nothing restrained or elevated to be found in current shōjo (or josei or yaoi) is just lazy, and it’s unnecessary. It’s like the author feels the need to discredit shōjo to be taken seriously.”




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Events Calendar




  • Sept. 10-12 (Birmingham, England): The Birmingham Zine Festival happens at a variety of locations around town. Details here.
  • Sept. 10-12 (Rockville, MD): Intervention is a convention celebrating webcomics and online culture at the Hilton on Rockville Pike. Details here.


This Week:


  • Sept. 11-12 (Bethesda, MD): The Small Press Expo takes place at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center on Marinelli Road. Details here.
  • Sept. 11 (Guelph, Ontario): Join Jellaby creator Kean Soo for a signing and free drawing workshop for kids at The Dragon on Wyndham Street, from noon-3PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 11 (Santa Rosa, CA): Over a dozen cartoonists will participate in a sketch-a-thon at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Hardies Lane, from 1-3PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 11 (Madison, NJ): Jim Shooter, the most beloved man in comics, will be signing books and meeting readers at Dewey’s Comic City on Park Avenue, from 1-3PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 11 (Seattle, WA): Carol Tyler will be on-hand for a gallery reception and signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 11 (San Francisco, CA): Writer Jason Aaron makes an appearance at Isotope on Fell Street, from 8PM-midnight. 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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