Journalista for Sept. 21, 2010: Lost in the ocean

Posted by on September 21st, 2010 at 4:22 AM



“You gotta keep true to your specific vision and not just shit stuff out because it’s a paycheck, because otherwise it’ll just get lost in the ocean.”


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Detail from the cover of Steve Lafler’s Buzzard #1.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Rob Clough presents the second installment of his interview with Bughouse author Steve Lafler, and reviews the fourth and fifth issues of Morgan Pielli’s Indestructible Universe Quarterly.

  • Kristian Williams reviews Shannon Wheeler’s gag-panel collection I Thought You Would Be Funnier.

  • Rich Kreiner reviews the small-press anthology Werewolf!!

  • R.C. Harvey checks in with Blondie.

  • Over at The Hooded Ultilitarian, Ng Suat Tong compares Jacques Tardi’s It Was the War of the Trenches to other narratives and images.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Robin McConnell brings word that Inside Woody Allen cartoonist Stuart Hample died on September 19 from cancer, at the age of 84. Tom Spurgeon has an obituary.

  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Oregon obscenity law to be unconstitutional. The law penalized anyone who distributed sexually-oriented materials to minors. Oregon comics publishers opposed the law.

  • Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington State chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations, has spoken out in support of cartoonist Molly Norris, whose “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day” cartoon (detail above) led to death threats.

  • Marvel Entertainment will move its offices to another building in Manhattan later this year.

  • The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a legal battle over government-enforced age ratings in videogames. Larry Marder offers commentary.

  • A group of historians has concluded that celebrated Flemish cartoonist Willy Vandersteen drew cartoons during World War Two that “sympathised with the occupying forces or even presented a blatantly anti-Semitic sentiment,” something that Vandersteen has denied during his lifetime.

  • Sean Kleefeld offers detailed charts on how much Cat and Girl webcartoonist Dorothy Gambrell has earned so far this year.

  • M.K. Reed questions the extent that the Small Press Expo in Maryland can profit independent cartoonists.



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Graphic NYC







  • Playback:STL roundtable on Paradise Kiss

    I missed this when it was posted in July, and I’m sorry I did: This is a good (albeit spoiler-filled) discussion of the manga that first taught me to love manga, Ai Yazawa’s flamboyant and engrossing soap opera about young love. A check on informs me that this series is out of print but still available through third-party retailers. If you have any appreciation at all for shōjo manga, I urge you to pick up this five-volume series while you still can.




Comics and Art


  • Out of This World: Jackie Annual 1980

    From “The Last Farewell,” creator[s] unknown.

    A rare chance (at least on this side of the Atlantic) to see an extended example of girls’ comics from the U.K.




Events Calendar




  • Sept. 21 (London England): Trina Robbins will lecture on the history of female cartoonists at the Rag Factory on Heneage Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Sept. 22 (London, England): Join Judith Vanistendael for a launch party celebrating her new book Dance by the Light of the Moon at Bar Music Hall on Curtain Road, beginning at 6:30PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 24 (Halifax, Nova Scotia): Dave Sim will be signing books and meeting readers at Strange Adventures on Sackville Street, beginning at 10PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 25 (Seattle, WA): The Jet City Comic Show will be held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, from 10AM-6PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 25 (Boston, MA): The Massechusetts Independent Comics Expo takes place at the Art Institute of Boston on Beacon Street, from 10AM-6PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 25 (Toronto, Ontario): Blake Bell will discuss Golden Age cartoonist Bill Everett with his daughter, Wendy Everett, as part of a book launch at the Innis College Town Hall on Sussex Avenue, from 4:30-6PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 25 (Toronto, Ontario): Lewis Trondheim will give a drawing presentation and discuss his work onstage at the Innis College Town Hall on Sussex Avenue, 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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