Journalista for Sept. 23, 2010: And what’s up with her hips?

Posted by on September 23rd, 2010 at 4:41 AM



“I haven’t seen Power Girl’s blood-splattered breasts in a while, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen them on the cover of a comic book.”


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  • Rob Clough reviews Rick Geary’s The Axe-Man of New Orleans.

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  • Shaenon Garrity introduces us to Hiroshi Masumura’s Atagoul.

  • Not comics: Kenneth Smith concludes his “Flotsam” series.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Alex Buchet discusses how comics influences architecture and vice versa, looking particularly at comics creators who are also architects and designers.

Today: Absolutely nothing about DC Comics. Let’s let someone else chew over carefully processed two-day-old press releases and on-message marketing sessions interviews and pretend that he’s giving you something new and insightful, shall we?

On to the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • In Yemen, a court has ordered the release of cartoonist Kamal Sharaf. The prosecutor in Sharaf’s case is reportedly appealing the decision. Sharaf, whose cartoons are often critical of Yemen’s government and society, was detained by security forces on August 16.

  • This week’s laid-off editorial cartoonist is Ed Gamble, who was let go from the Florida Times-Union.

  • “We affirm the right of free speech for Molly Norris, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and all others including ourselves.” A defense of free speech by American and Canadian Muslims. Am I alone in finding it ironic that North American Muslims are more vociferous in their support for Ms. Norris than are U.S. print journalists? Well, aside from Signe Wilkinson, I mean.

  • French winemaker Jean-Pierre Amoreau has withdrawn his 2003 Château le Puy from the market after the wine was featured in the popular manga/anime Drops of God, due to a sudden onset of speculators trying to buy it all up.

  • Johanna Draper Carlson catches Tokyopop making demonstrably false marketing claims. Comic-book company stretches the truth in a press release! At least pretend to be surprised.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • E-book sales jumped 150% in July, according to Publishers Weekly.

  • ICv2 reports, “A new bill introduced in the Senate on September 20th by Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy and Utah Republican Orrin Hatch will provide the government with new weapons to use against Websites offering pirated content whether it is movies, music, or manga.” Sounds good, right? The Electronic Freedom Foundation doesn’t think so.



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    “I was writing really heavy, opaque fiction […] But when my friends saw my writing and my comics they were like, ‘Screw this writing stuff, you’re good at the comics! They’re funny at least.'”






  • Michael May on Death-Day Part One

    ©2010 Sam Hiti.

    “One of the coolest things about Sam Hiti’s work is his ability to tell insane adventure stories in a truly artistic way. His distinct, Latin-influenced style combines with his fantastically wild imagination to create unique worlds full of monsters and demons and fascinating tough guys willing to kill them.”






  • Erika Moen: So you wanna move to Portland

    If you want to live in the city’s vibrant cartooning scene, be prepared: “Portland is a good city to be self-employed in — that is, all the work you do will be through your computer for someone who lives in another state. That is because there are no jobs in Portland.”


Comics and Art


  • Diversions of the Groovy Kind: Three from Archie’s Super Hero Comics Digest Magazine

    Art by Wally Wood.

    Featuring work by Wally Wood, Tom Defalco, Chic Stone, and Jesse Santos.




Events Calendar


This Week:


  • 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 (Manhattan Beach, CA): Mouse Guard creator David Petersen makes an appearance at The Comic Bug on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, from 3-5PM. 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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