Journalista for Sept. 29, 2010: Old and threadbare

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 3:23 AM



“The defenses are old and threadbare, but they still hold some truth: nobody has paid for comics news in years, and when free is the price, an audience’s complaints are heard on kindness alone.”


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Detail from the cover of The Newsboy Legion by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Vol. 1.


Recently posted to our homepage:

  • R.C. Harvey looks into Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Newsboy Legion comics, and the thorny question of who drew what.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook completes the celebration of his 30th birthday with a look at Marvel’s output in September 1980, the month he was born.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • BBC News reports: “Three men arrested in Norway in July are suspected of planning attacks to avenge cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that appeared in a Danish newspaper, Norwegian and Danish police say.” One of the suspects, an Iraqi Kurd, is reported to have confessed to the plot.

  • Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Awar Ulhaque (a.k.a. “Zunar”) has gone into hiding after being arrested and released on sedition charges by the authorities over his cartoons. Meanwhile, Malaysiakini — the newspaper which publishes Zunar’s cartoons — is fighting the government to retain its license to publish.

  • The first reported layoffs by DC Entertainment took place in the Vertigo offices, as Joan Hilty, Pornsak Pichetshote and Jonathan Vankin are let go.

  • “Warners filed a stack of legal papers the size of a tall building last night trying to persuade a judge to keep alive its claims against Marc Toberoff, the lawyer for the Siegel and Shuster families, who Warners claims improperly interfered with its key rights deals with the families.”

  • Geoff Boucher looks in on the Kirby Estate’s battle against Marvel Entertainment and Disney over ownership of the characters that Kirby created or co-created for the company.

    (Link via Mike Lynch.)


  • “Billioinaire Ron Burkle’s attempt to remove founder Len Riggio’s allies from the Barnes & Noble board of directors and amend the company’s poison pill […] were defeated as the result of a proxy vote announced at Tuesday’s annual shareholder’s meeting,” reports ICv2.

  • Andre Paploo notes that, save for a book on CLAMP, Del Rey Manga is currently soliciting no new manga volumes between November 2010 and March 2013.

    (Link via Johanna Draper Carlson.)


  • Robert Kirkman discusses digital distribution with Josh Wigler, in light of his decision to begin releasing his popular Walking Dead comic-book series digitally on the same day that new issues of the print comic hit the shelves.

  • Chris Arrant speaks with retailer and ComicsPRO president Joe Field.

  • The American Library Association lists ten graphic novels that have faced demands for their removal from shelves.

    (Link via Lan Pitts.)


  • Rogers Cadenhead would like to remind you that publisher Bluewater Productions has a lousy reputation with freelancers.


Joe McCulloch: New this week

A look at the best-sounding books scheduled to hit the comics shops today.



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    A substantial conversation with the top-rung comics colorist.






  • Jeet Heer on Love and Rockets: New Stories #3

    “Normally I wouldn’t put in a spoiler warning for a few blog notes, but this is a special case. I’m going to be talking about Love and Rockets: New Stories #3, which contains what is arguably one of the best comics stories ever, Jaime Hernandez’s ‘Browntown’ (along with the stories ‘The Love Bunglers Part One’ and ‘The Love Bunglers Part Two’ which are essential accompaniments to the main tale). These stories are built around a series of unfolding surprises. The best way, really the only way, to appreciate them is to read them. It’s essential that any commentary be read after encountering the stories. So please go out there and read Jaime’s stories in this volume (and also Gilbert’s two stories) and then come back and read these notes.”






  • Mike Lynch: 1968 Phil Seuling International Convention of Comic Art Progress Report #2

    A little slice of comics history.




Comics and Art


  • Jordan Crane: “Unraveling”

    ©2010 Jordan Crane.

    Consider this your middle-of-the-week treat.

    (Link via Mike Baehr.)






  • Vimeo: Simon Frasier

    “With a great deal of work for 2000 AD under his belt, writer and artist Simon Fraser talks about how he started working in comics, what tools he uses and how he does what he does.”


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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