Journalista for Sept. 7, 2010: Stating the obvious

Posted by on September 7th, 2010 at 12:05 AM



“I’m going to come right out and say it — when you don’t know if a heretofore demure superhero title is going to dissolve into an orgy of rape and disembowelment in the next issue, it makes it that much harder to recommend to a new reader.”


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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad died on Saturday at the age of 86. Charles Hatfield and Michael Cavna offer memorials.

  • A suspected burglar was shot and killed last Wednesday, after a confrontation with the owner of Lancaster, California’s Bases, Cards and Comics.

  • Matt Blind continues surfing through estimated sales figures for the bookstore market.

    Detail from the cover of Ketika Nurani Bicara (“When the Conscience Speaks”).

  • The Economist examines an initiative in Bali to fight terrorism with comic books.

  • Jim Woodring will get his giant pen.


Today’s Format WarsTM report

  • Rich Johnston has a round-up on recent efforts by Marvel Entertainment to combat online piracy: one, two.

  • Robert King speaks with Boom! Studios’ Chip Mosher about the publisher’s digital-comics initiative.

    (Link via Brigid Alverson.)



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Graphic NYC




  • Johanna Draper Carlson on Colleen Doran

    The veteran cartoonist discusses hard-won lessons about the business of comics.






  • Chris Mautner and Sunday Comics Debt on A Drunken Dream

    Sequence from “Bianca,” ©1977 Moto Hagio.

    Two views on the new collection of short stories by the shōjo godmother.






  • Andrew Wheeler: Won’t you take me to Mutant Town?

    “Marvel’s mutants have served as a metaphor for just about every minority, and in some cases those minorities remain better represented in metaphor than in fact. Comics’ default position on diversity seems to be one of avoidance — a position that’s perfectly summed up by the Scarlet Witch’s memorable phrase, ‘No more mutants’. Those three words might also suggest the best way forward; let’s stop talking in metaphors and put the actual minorities in comics, to tell their own stories.”


  • Matt Seneca and Joe McCulloch: Double feature

    Double-page spread from Steranko’s Outland — larger version available at the link..

    The two critics discuss Jim Steranko’s Outland and Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey comics adaptations.




Business and Craft


  • Frank Santoro: Thinkin’ ’bout inkin’

    “Thinking about all this stuff made me wonder why most cartoonists are still only composing in black and white. How many painters do you know who only paint in black and white?”




Comics and Art


  • Peter Richardson (one, two, three and four): Carl Barks’ “Voodoo Hoodoo”

    A look at one of the more obscure Barks duck stories:

    The problem was resolved by redrawing some of the most “worrisome” scenes, but the story still remains one of the more problematic of Bark’s entire output, as aside from the less enlightened times racial stereotyping, Barks evidently experienced difficulties in handling some of the ‘undead’ aspects of Bombie’s zombiedom.




Comics Culture


  • Hugo Awards: Girl Genius wins Best Graphic Story

    It’s the second year that the science-fiction awards have offered a trophy for comics, and the second year that it’s been won by Phil and Kaja Foglio’s series. Also a winner: The Arrival author Shaun Tan, who won the award for best artist.


  • Mike Rhode: Onezumi Hartstein

    A chat with the Intervention organizer.


  • Rich Johnston: Hypercomics

    A visit to the Paul Gravett-curated exhibit in London.


  • Your Not-Comics Link of the Day:

    Novelist Paul Auster offers advice for aspiring writers.


Events Calendar




  • Sept. 7 (San Francisco, CA): A silent auction and comedy benefit for the Cartoon Art Museum takes place at the San Francisco Punchline Comedy Club on Battery Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.


This Week:


  • Sept. 9 (Washington DC): Richard Thompson and Keith Knight will make an appearance at the Politics and Prose Bookstore on Connecticut Ave, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 10-12 (Birmingham, England): The Birmingham Zine Festival happens at a variety of locations around town. Details here.
  • Sept. 10-12 (Rockville, MD): Intervention is a convention celebrating webcomics and online culture at the Hilton on Rockville Pike. Details here.
  • Sept. 10 (New York City, NY): Join Kevin Huizenga for a release party celebrating his new book, The Wild Kingdom, at Brooklyn’s own Bergen Street Comics, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 11-12 (Bethesda, MD): The Small Press Expo takes place at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center on Marinelli Road. Details here.
  • Sept. 11 (Santa Rosa, CA): Over a dozen cartoonists will participate in a sketch-a-thon at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Hardies Lane, from 1-3PM. Details here.
  • Sept. 11 (Seattle, WA): Carol Tyler will be on-hand for a gallery reception and signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Vale Street, from 6-9PM. 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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