Journalista for Sept. 24, 2010: Adventures in poverty

Posted by on September 24th, 2010 at 5:25 AM



“I could have made more money babysitting than I made doing Cerebus during the first two years. But I kept doing it.”


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From Blast, possibly ©2010 Manu Larcenet.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Ana Merino looks back and asks, “Where, in childhood, does the reading of comics begin?”

  • R. Fiore explains to Tom Spurgeon why DC wouldn’t move its publishing business to Los Angeles along with its electronic media stuff.

  • International comics: Matthias Wivel reviews Ulli Lust’s Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens.

  • International comics: Bart Croonenborghs looks at Manu Larcenet’s new book, Blast.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Sean Michael Robinson looks at the Choose Your Own Adventure series.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (a.k.a. Zunar) “said on Friday he had been arrested under the Sedition Act and his offices raided by police over his new book, just hours before its planned launch.”

  • For some reason, this guy’s work seems to piss off the Malaysian government, comic by and ©2010 Zunar.


  • Nikki Finke reports: “Warner Bros Chairman/CEO Barry Meyer stays on for 2 more years. President/COO Alan Horn leaves next April and becomes consultant until the end of 2013. An Office Of The President is created and shared by Jeff Robinov, Bruce Rosenblum, and Kevin Tsujihara. Those are the headlines from today’s shakeup and succession announcement.” Heidi MacDonald ties it all back to DC Comics.

  • After selling Marvel Entertainment to Disney, CEO Isaac Perlmutter is now the 250th richest man in the United States, according to Forbes Magazine.

  • J. Caleb Mozzocco notes that Marvel and DC are forging ahead with $4.99 titles and multiple titles featuring the same characters and spinoffs.

  • As much as I’d like to avoid the whole “DC leaves publishing in Manhattan and moves everything out to California” story until something laughably resembling concrete information shows up, three interesting think pieces showed up yesterday, and they strike me as worthy of consideration. Tom Mason has written an essay essentially stating (if I’m reading him right) that Warner Brothers has abandoned DC Comics in New York, allowing the legacy media that created all that intellectual property to fade away and die while the true 21st-century permutations of said properties are given the space and attention needed to grow out on the West Coast, in the form of movies, games and whatnot. Meanwhile, Tom Spurgeon has twelve very well-considered questions that he’d like to see answered, and David Brothers offers up a few answers of his own.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • While Marvel and DC are unlikely to take the lead in this whole “same day digital release” thing any time soon, Robert Kirkman is another matter altogether.

  • Deb Aoki speaks with ComicLoud publisher Jiro Nemoto about his entry into the international digital-comics market.

  • Warren Ellis contemplates the notion of going all-digital with his creator-owned work.



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  • Michael Mechanic on Al Jaffee

    “[…] Mad came out at a time when things were looking politically pretty dim, with the McCarthy movement. Senator McCarthy was accusing anyone who had a liberal thought in his mind of being a communist sympathizer. And, of course, the Cold War was in full bloom, so the fact that Mad could come out and in a humorous way criticize American institutions like advertising — I’m sure J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI and the McCarthyites and all those people, they probably had dossiers on all of us. And it turns out, years later, the FBI did have a dossier on Mad as a possible suspect Communist-sympathizing organization. It’s kinda ridiculous.”






  • Paul Montgomery on The Marvelous Land of Oz

    We’ve all seen at least one visual interpretation of Oz as a setting before, but not since Walter Murch’s 1985 film Return to Oz has the place looked so perfectly off-kilter, weird, and wonderful.






  • Daryl Cagle: There’s a big culture gap between American cartoonists and the rest of the world

    “The most respected world cartoons are wordless; the cartoonists believe cartoons are a universal language, understandable by all. In fact, there is quite a wide culture gap — most world cartoons look strange to an American eye and we have a hard time finding world cartoonists to syndicate, whose work can be understood by our audience.”


  • Brendan Wright: Are there actually enough all-ages comics?

    “he fact is that no matter how I try to justify their necessity, these books don’t really sell, at least not in the comics market. And maybe not really so much in the book market, which we have been told really want all-ages and kids’ books, but licensed ones. And, champion second-guesser that I am, I’ve started to wonder if maybe publishing really good all-ages and kids’ comics just simply won’t do the trick, if maybe the world really doesn’t want them in the numbers I’ve convinced myself they do.”


Comics and Art


  • Mike Lynch (one, two): Caricatour #1

    This short-lived satirical magazine won’t convince anyone that Crumb was too hard on the hippies, but as a historical curiosity, it has its moments.






  • Comics-related podcasts

    • Panel Borders‘ Alex Fitch sits down for a chat with comics writers Paul Cornell and David Hine (32.8MB).
    • Paper Rad co-founder Jacob Ciocci and his Extreme Animals partner David Wightman talk to Robin McConnel on this week’s installment of Inkstuds (45.8MB).
    • War Rocket Ajax features a conversation with superhero cartoonist Phil Hester, plus a discussion of the recent Small Press Expo in Maryland (102.6MB).
    • Dan Mazur, co-organizer of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, is the guest on Art School Fraud (24.8MB).
    • Manga Out Loud finds Ed Sizemore, Johanna Draper Carlson and Julia Somethingorother discussing their experiences at SPX (62.4MB).
    • As always, commentary and criticism is yours for the listening on House to Astonish (43.8MB), Fourcast (30.9MB) and Wait, What? (one 57.8MB, two 38.3MB).

    (All podcasts are in Downloadable MP3 audiofile format.)


Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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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