Journalista for Sept. 16, 2010: Tomorrow comes today

Posted by on September 16th, 2010 at 2:00 AM

 

 

“When creators who matter to me start really thinking about the in-app or cliented digital comics form of Comixology or graphic.ly, and start doing, say, 10 or 12 page comics (with whatever notational stuff shoved in the back that they feel like adding) and releasing them for 99 US cents every two weeks or so, I’m going to get interested really fast. And so will you. Particularly when these services perfect series-specific subscriptions that sideload the books automagically into your client locker or push an alert to your device.”

 

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Panel from H.M. Bateman’s “The One-Note Man.”

 

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And in the news…

 

Above the Fold

 

Life in interesting times

  • Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris, whose Facebook post kickstarted “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day” and a subsequent fatwah, has gone into hiding.
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    Panel from Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder’s “Goodman Goes Playboy” in Help! (N©2010 in the public domain). You can download and read the whole story from our website, either as a PDF file (5.9MB) or, if you’d prefer to use your comics-reader software to read it, as a Zip file (also 5.9MB).

  • “The Delhi High Court has refused to entertain New York-based Archie Comic’s petition over copyright violations in the country, citing lack of jurisdiction as the company does not have an office in India.”
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  • “The downward trend of bookstore sales continued in July with sales declining 2.3%, to $1.08 billion,” notes Publishers Weekly.
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  • Sarah Needleman speaks with Dark Horse Comics publisher Mike Richardson.
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  • Graeme McMillan presents his month-to-month estimates for Marvel Entertainment sales to Direct Market Retailers, now updated for July.
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  • Harold Goodridge spotlights Comics Plus in Macon, Georgia.

 

 

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Profiles

 

  • Alex Dueben on Dean Haspiel

    The veteran cartoonist discusses his career. For further reading, Jamin Brophy-Warren interviews Haspiel and his Cuba: My Revolution collaborator, Inverna Lockpez.

 

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Reviews

 

  • Sean T. Collins on Batman and Robin #14


    ©2010 DC Comics.

    “I’ve read a lot of superhero comics, and this sort of attention to detail is all but nonexistent. To rely this much on subtle shifts of figurework and coloring to convey both vital plot information and to enhance our understanding and appreciation of the physical combat that is superhero comics’ bread and butter, to have the chops to pull it off and the confidence to even try… well, it’s pretty much unheard of outside of some really titanic stuff, Dave Gibbons on Watchmen/Frank Quitely on All Star Superman-type stuff.”

 

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Commentary

 

 

Comics and Art

 

 

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Comics Culture

 

  • Ryan Sands: AX exhibit in Tokyo

    Photos from a retrospective of the avant-garde manga magazine, held back in February.

 

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    Okay, one more of these things, and then I’m putting it to bed.

 

  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    A short one, today: A Softer World co-creator Joey Comeau lists five “favorite books” that are warning signs in online dating profiles.

    (Link via Michael Schaub.)

 

Events Calendar

 

Today:

 

  • 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.

 

This Week:

 

  • 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 dirk@tcj.com 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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