Journalista for Sept. 2, 2010: Two-way wrist radio

Posted by on September 2nd, 2010 at 1:41 AM



“All comics should include a moment where a bald Dick Tracy vomits blood into his hat while Bart Simpson comforts him.”


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From Drought Chic, ©1977 Shary Flenniken.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Jared Gardner interviews Drunk at the Movies author Julia Wertz.

  • Kent Worcester interviews Jewish Forward cartoonist Eli Valley.

  • International comics: Gerry Alanguilan reports on the recent Metro Comic Con in the Philippines.

  • Rob Clough reviews Peter Kuper’s sketchbook journal about his time in Mexico, Diario De Oaxaca.

  • Gavin Lees reviews Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites.

  • R.C. Harvey looks into why some women are happy to see Cathy go.

  • Shaenon Garrity digs into a 1977 cartoon book by Trots and Bonnie creator Shary Flenniken.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Caroline Small discusses two works by Lilli Carre.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Roger Masmonteil, better to known to French readers as Pifou creator Roger Mas, died last Saturday (Google translation) at the age of 86.

    Excerpt from a recent Cyanide & Happiness strip, ©2010

  • After an online petition drew 146,000 signatures, Irish Cyanide & Happiness creator Dave McElfatrick was able to convince the U.S. Immigration Office to grant him a visa.

  • “Sales at the Borders Group continued to decline in the second quarter of 2010 falling from $617 million in 2009 to $526 million, an 11.5% drop,” reports ICv2.

  • Rich Johnston notes that Diamond will bring the U.K. into line with its Stateside plan to ship new comics to retailers on Tuesday for a Wednesday street date.

  • Sarah Hood speaks with Toronto retailer Christopher Butcher.

    (Link via Peggy Burns.)


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Anime News Network offers a good round-up on recent moves by manga publishers to enter the digital-distribution market.

  • Deb Aoki interviews Crunchyroll’s Kun Gao.

  • Mark Waid and David Brothers explain why U.S. publishers should get over themselves and embrace digital comics.



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Graphic NYC




  • Alex Dueben on Faith Erin Hicks

    “There’s kind of this freedom issue when you come from webcomics and having your own way all the time, you feel skittish working for a ‘Real Publisher,’ and wonder what they’re going to be like. Are they going to try and change you, force you into some kind of comic box, make you draw in a way you dislike? What I’ve learned is that having that editorial support can make you a better cartoonist, and force you to ask the hard questions about your comics, and whether or not something is working.”






  • Alan David Doane on The Thin Black Line: Perspectives on Vince Colletta

    “Ultimately, the book will be of interest to anyone fascinated by the process of creating corporate superhero comics in their 1960s heyday, but whatever opinion you bring to the table on the subject of Colletta’s work is unlikely to be changed, and the only real enlightenment here is found in examining the (admittedly invaluable) panel-to-panel examples of raw pencils versus Colletta’s deadline-meeting, gravitas-destroying destruction of same.”


  • Katherine Dacey on Apollo’s Song

    ©2007 Tezuka Productions; translation ©2007 Camellia Nieh and Vertical, Inc.

    “Revisiting Apollo’s Song three years after its initial release, I find myself torn. On the one hand, [Osamu] Tezuka’s artwork is a feast for the eyes, featuring some of the most erotic images he committed to paper. On the other hand, it’s a deeply flawed work that, in its attitudes towards women and finger-wagging tone, shows its age.”






  • Jeet Heer: Class and comics

    “History is sometimes the story of what doesn’t happen. The great non-event in the history of comics is the inability of cartoonists to form an effective professional guild, unlike their counterparts in journalism, film, and television. There were serious efforts to organize. In the comic book field, Bernie Krigstein tried to create a guild in the early 1950s and Neal Adams made another stab in the 1970s. The story in comic strips is also interesting: despite his later-day reputation as a reactionary, Al Capp was a labour agitator in the 1940s and 1950s. He wanted to turn the National Cartoonist Society into a guild that would fight for the rights of artists against the syndicates. Ironically this attempt was resisted by liberals such as Walt Kelly, who wanted to keep the NCS as an old boy’s club (which is what it remained, although they now let women in).”




Comics and Art





Comics Culture


  • Mike Rhode: Jeff Alexander

    A chat with the Small Press Expo executive director.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Over at Bloggingheads, Hussein Ibish and Eli Lake solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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