Journalista for Sept. 27, 2010: Precious little bastards

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 3:46 AM



“Saw the Art of McSweeneys book last night, which I wasn’t sent and didn’t get a dime for. Most of my work is uncredited, thanks McSweeneys!”


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Recently posted to our homepage:

  • Bob Levin looks back at the life and art of one of the underground-comix movement’s wilder imaginations, Greg Irons.

  • Rob Clough reviews Tracy White’s memoir, How I Made It to Eighteen.

  • R.C. Harvey finds more zombies in the funny pages.

  • Tom Crippen presents a final Clifford strip by Jules Feiffer.

  • Not comics: Kent Worcester introduces us to Iraqi science-fiction artist Salih Habeeb.

  • GutterGeek‘s Jared Gardner reviews Megan Kelso’s Artichoke Tales, while Chris Reilly digs through his SPX haul.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Domingos Isabelinho discusses Bruno Lecigne’s 1985 De La Confusion Des Langages and the ongoing degradation of standards in comics, and Noah Berlatsky reviews the first four stories in Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • “Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, who was arrested on Friday under the Sedition Act, was released on Saturday, and human-rights groups are demanding to know why he was arrested in the first place:

    On Saturday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the arrest was made as the book touched on the legal system and religion, including the “Allah” issue, and was found to be detrimental to public order, reported Bernama.

    “Many try to link the arrest to his cartoons that touch on the prime minister and deputy prime minister but I’ve been informed that this is not the reason,” he said.


  • DC Comics mass-layoff watch: Rich Johnston claims…

    Most staff reduction in New York will come from temporary contracts coming to an end. DC has made it a policy to replace outgoing support staff with temporary staff for just this eventuality. New positions will open in Burbank to cover what is now needed over there, but there will be no cross-country moving arrangements for temps to fill them.


  • Judy Berman lists her picks for America’s ten best comics and graphic-novel stores.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • ICv2 presents a conversation with Masaaki Shimizu, general manager of international business strategy for the Japanese digital-publishing company Bitway.

  • Deb Aoki, meanwhile, interviews Comixology CEO David Steinberger.



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Graphic NYC




  • Greg Baldino on Julia Wertz

    “I’ve also learned that if I want to delve into more linear comickery, I need to work a lot harder. Doing 4 panel, gag style Fart Party comics is easy. Doing an onrunning narrative takes a lot more skill than I currently have, so I need to buckle down and start writing more before I draw. I have tendency to just jump right into a comic before really thinking it through. It’s served me well in the past, but not so much in the direction I want to take it.”






  • Dan Nadel on The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective

    “[…] aside from the obvious benefits of learning about Holmes, I found myself selfishly drawing tremendous inspiration from [biographer Patrick] Rosenkranz as he demonstrated the richness possible in writing the history of comics.”






  • Alex Dueben: Remembering Al Williamson

    “Many professionals have shared their experiences working with and meeting Williamson, but we wanted to provide look at the man and a career that spanned more than five decades, many genres and dozens of companies. His work harkened back to the classic illustrators, among them Alex Raymond, but Williamson was always looking ahead and pushing in new directions.”




Business and Craft


  • Nigel Parkinson: It’s a rush job!

    “Everyone in publishing has a ‘Rush Job’ every now and then. Someone else falls ill, or takes on too much, or the editor isn’t happy with what he’s been sent, or he forgets to send a script out on time, or the publisher changes the printing schedule or decides everyone is too blase, or someone else somewhere else doesn’t do what they’re supposed to do. Then someone like me gets a “Rush Job.'”


Comics and Art







  • YouTube (one, two, three and four): Katsuhiro Otomo

    A lengthy conversation with the animator and cartoonist behind Akira, originally conducted in the early 1990s and translated in subtitles.

    (Hat tip: Dash Shaw, Ryan Sands)


Events Calendar




  • Sept. 27 (Washington DC): Ted Rall will be signing books and meeting readers at Busboys & Poets on Fourteenth Street, starting at 6:30PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Sept. 30 (Los Angeles CA): Dave Cooper will appear at a book-release party and signing at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 30 (New York City, NY): Nate Neal will be signing books and meeting readers at Desert Island on Metropolitan Avenue, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 1 (Boston, MA): An opening reception for a new exhibit celebrating the pioneering art-comics publisher Highwater Books will be held at the Fourth Wall Project on Brookline Avenue, from 6-9PM. Details here.
  • Oct. 2 (Everywhere): Are you cartoonist enough to take on… 24-Hour Comics Day? Well, are you? Details here.
  • Oct. 2 (New York City, NY): Join Cuba: My Revolution creators Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel for an artist’s talk and reception at the Kentler International Drawing Space on Van Brunt Street, from 4-7PM. 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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