Journalista for Sept. 15, 2010: Where the bodies are buried

Posted by on September 15th, 2010 at 2:07 AM



“Can you imagine if Neil Gaiman actually gave interviews to the comics press, and let them know exactly where the bodies are buried? The masses would turn on him in a second.”


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From Never Forget, Never Forgive, ©2010 Rami Efal.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Marc Sobel reviews Rami Efal’s self-published graphic novel, Never Forget, Never Forgive.

  • Kent Worcester reviews Paul Buhle and Sabrina Jones’ FDR and the New Deal for Beginners.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian Richard Cook shares some random thoughts on his experience at SPX.

Before we begin, I want to let you know that we’ve dug up limited copies of six classic issues of the Journal, in the process of moving our inventory to a new warehouse. These include both Gary Groth’s classic interview Jules Feiffer and his legendary confrontation with Todd McFarlane, and they likely won’t last long. Get ’em while you can!

On to the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Brigid Alverson brings word that several boys’-love scanlation sites have received cease-and-desist notices from the Japanese publisher Libre.

    ©2010 Jeff Smith.

  • Cartoon Books, the publishing arm of Bone author Jeff Smith, is jumping ship from Diamond Book Distributors for Publishers Group West.

  • Todd Allen and Rich Johnston discuss the depressing numbers for August sales in the Direct Market.

  • The new shop Comics Cubed will open today in Kokomo, Indiana.


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




  • Poe no Ichizoku (one, two and three) on Moto Hagio

    Translations of three Japanese-language conversations with the godmother of shojo manga.

    (Hat tip: Deb Aoki.)


  • Ain’t It Cool News on Rick Geary

    A conversation with the cartoon chronicler of murder in American history.




  • David Brothers on Spider-Man: One Moment in Time

    ©2010 Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

    “More than any question of Mary Jane’s motivations, more than Spider-Man being constantly off-balance and behaving like a schmuck throughout the story, the biggest problem with “OMIT” doesn’t have to do with the story itself. The biggest problem is a question: Who wanted this story?






  • Jeremy Briggs: The Beano, the Dandy and the Nazi death list

    “Seventy years ago this year, the Nazis were working on the details of Operation Sealion, their planned invasion of mainland Britain. These plans included a list of people who were to be rounded up by, or handed over to, the Nazi security forces once they were in control of the United Kingdom. It has been said that the editors of the Beano and Dandy were included on this list due to the humorous, and therefore disrespectful, attitude that the two comics had towards Adolph Hitler.”




Comics and Art


  • Ger Apeldoorn: Chic Young’s Colonel Potterby and the Duchess

    “In the thities it became usual for Sunday strips to have ‘toppers’. A seperate strip, usually running on top of the now slighty less tha page filling main feature. Chic Young’s Blondie started out without a topper, but added one in 1934, Colonel Potterby and the Duchess.”




Comics Culture




  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    The Economist explains how mechanization and information technology has added to middle-income unemployment.


Events Calendar




  • 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. 15 (New York City, NY): R. Sikorkak’s multimedia cartoon cavalcade, Carousel, takes place at Dixon Place on Chrystie Street, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • 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. 17-19 (Atlanta, GA): Anime Weekend Atlanta takes place at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Centre on Galleria Parkway. 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 (Houston, TX): It’s Graphic Novel Day at the Houston Public Library on McKinney, with a bunch of events including guests Terry Moore, Barbara Slate, Esther Pearl Watson and Gene Luen Yang, taking place from 11AM-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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