Journalista for Sept. 13, 2010: Still beats the newspaper money

Posted by on September 13th, 2010 at 1:48 AM



“Sure, I have to live like a street musician and pay my rent with t-shirts, but that’s a lot of fun. It forces you to improvise. There are no meetings, no conference calls, no bullshit. You just do things until something works.”

R. Stevens
on life as a webcartoonist


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1981 cartoon by Paul Conrad.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey presents a lengthy obituary for editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad, and contemplates the funny pages.

  • Roland Kelts offers a remembrance of the animator and cartoonist Satoshi Kon.

  • Rob Clough reviews the third volume of the Meathaus collective’s sketchbook compilation, Go For the Gold.

  • Another weekend, another classic Jules Feiffer Clifford strip courtesy of Tom Crippen.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Matthias Wivel examines the art of avant-garde manga cartoonist Yoshiharu Tsuge, while Noah Berlatsky argues criticism with R.C. Harvey.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “A Danish supermarket group says it has no plans to sell the upcoming memoirs of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, known for a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, reports said Friday.”

    (Link via Michael Moynihan.)


  • Writer John Scalzi speaks with Top Shelf co-publisher Brett Warnock.

  • Are Marvel and DC’s current publishing practices leading us toward a market crash? Retailer Brian Hibbs thinks so.

  • Ashley Cook covers the opening of a new comics shop in Hemet, California.


Today’s Format WarsTM report



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Graphic NYC




  • Deb Aoki on Moto Hagio

    A transcription of the SDCC 2010 spotlight interview by Matt Thorn, plus a follow-up by Aoki.






  • Michael Buntag on The Arrival

    For some reason, all the best reviews over the weekend were of older books, so they’re getting top-of-the-list treatment today… and really, any excuse to share sample art from Shaun Tan’s masterpiece should be taken and cherished.






  • Brigid Alverson: Gendered or genred?

    “Shoujo manga is a genre, and that, not the fact that it’s read by girls, accounts for its low status. Superhero comics are also a genre, and despite what some comics bloggers think, they also have a low status in the outside world. Most of my female friends will have nothing to do with them, and most adults brush them aside. The same is true of Harlequin romances, fantasy novels, and science fiction.”




Comics and Art


  • Black Sun: Shigeru Mizuki’s “The Great Goblin Trial”

    This is my first extended exposure to Mizuki’s work, and it’s got me really looking forward to Drawn & Quarterly’s forthcoming books.

    (Link via Evan Dorkin.)






  • Bloggingheads: Nina Paley vs. the teeming hordes

    The cartoonist and animator argues against overpopulation and discusses intellectual property with Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies managing director Mike Treder.


Comics Culture



  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    If by chance you were sitting there thinking, “I could really go to hear a new live set from pioneering noise-punk band Sonic Youth right about now,” well, here you go.

    (Link via Derik Badman.)


Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Sept. 15 (Dearborn, MI): Rob Worley will be signing copies of the new comic book at Green Brain Comics on Michigan Avenue, from 4-7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 15 (New York City, NY): Cuba: My Revolution artist Dean Haspiel will be signing at Midtown Comics on Lexington Avenue, from 6:30-7:30PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 16 (Los Angeles, CA): Tony Millionaire and Johnny Ryan participate in a double-launch party at Family on Fairfax Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 16 (New York City, NY): Join Stephen DeStefano for an exhibit and signing honoring his new book, Lucky in Love, at the MDH Gallery on Nineteenth Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 18 (Cincinnati, OH): The Cincinnati Comics Expo will be held at the Cintas Center on Herald Avenue, from 10AM-5PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 18 (Leeds, England): The Leeds Alternative Comics Fair will be held at A Nation of Shopkeepers on Cookridge Street, from noon-6PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 18 (San Francisco, CA): Cult-favorite manga author Junko Mizuno will be signing books and meeting readers at Giant Robot on Shrader Street, from 5-7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 18 (Denver, CO): John Porcellino celebrates the release of King-Cat Comics and Stories #71 at Kilgore Books and Comics on Thirteenth Avenue, beginning at 6PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 18 (Seattle, WA): A book release party for Jon Macy’s graphic novel, Teleny and Camille, will be held at the Bottleneck Lounge on Madison Street, beginning at 7PM. 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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