Journalista for Sept. 28, 2010: A deteriorating threat

Posted by on September 28th, 2010 at 3:24 AM



“As long as we, along with the publishers, continue to innovate to connect to readers and make comics easy to find, purchase and read both locally and digitally, I see [digital piracy] as a deteriorating threat. But, we have to take into account that these are not necessarily lost purchases, as many of these downloaders don’t read everything they download, and wouldn’t have made the purchase in the first place.”

– Comixology CEO David Steinberger


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And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • DC Entertainment announced that Robert Harras would become editor-in-chief of the company’s comics division. Harras, who had been serving as group editor for DC’s collected-editions department, has previously been editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics during the tumultuous period between 1995 and 2000, as the company stumbled through bankruptcy proceedings amidst the wreckage of an industry market crash. Warren Ellis has complimentary things to say about Harris, while Rich Johnston digs up some less-than-complimentary statements by Mark Waid, from an interview originally published a decade ago.

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists weighs in on the case of Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Awar Ulhaque (a.k.a. “Zunar”), who faces sedition charges over his work.

  • Publishers Weekly presents a conversation with Toon Books publisher Françoise Mouly.

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  • Matt Kamen asks, “Why did DC Comics cancel its digital imprint?”



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Events Calendar


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.
  • Sept. 30 (New York City, NY): Join Abby Denson, Joan Hilty and Jennifer Camper for a queer comics jam at the Fez Art Cafe on Prospect Park, beginning at 8PM. 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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