Journalista for Sept. 8, 2010: Basic unit

Posted by on September 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM



“I really need to be thinking more about SPREADS, not pages. The spread is the ‘basic unit’ of comics.”


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From Scalped #39, ©2010 Jason Aaron and Rajko Milosevic.


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  • Nathan Wilson reviews issues #39-40 of Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s crime-noir series, Scalped.

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  • GutterGeek‘s Alex Boney reviews Marvel’s Girl Comics miniseries.

  • Over at The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong looks at the architecture of Josh Simmons’ House.

And in the news…


Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • According to the proprietor of the Eastern Edge weblog:

    [Slam Dunk creator] Takehiko Inoue’s current break from his comic serials due to poor heath is officially “indefinite” (info via Inoue’s website).

    Here’s the entry in question (Google translation) on Inoue’s site.


  • The justice system deals with would-be comics shop burglers in Glassboro, New Jersey and Lafayette, Indiana.

    (Both links via Kevin Melrose.)


  • “With sales of trade books falling about 6.8% on a same store basis in the second quarter and forecasts calling for more book sales to migrate from print to digital over the next few years. the number one focus at Borders is to redefine its store model, Mike Edwards, CEO and Glen Tomaszewski, interim CFO, said in an interview with Publishers Weekly after release of its second quarter results [last] Wednesday morning.”

  • Heidi MacDonald compares two comics shops with radically different aesthetics.



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    The British graphic novelist contemplates a film adaptaion of her book Tamara Drewe.






  • Glen Weldon on The Wild Kingdom

    ©2010 Kevin Huizenga.

    “Narratively tidy it is not. Neither, for all its humor, could The Wild Kingdom be considered a light read. Instead, what Huizenga has created is a collection of spiky, intellectually adventurous stories that fit together at odd angles. The result: a mordantly funny field guide to a very specific and modern species of dread.”






  • Timothy Hodler: A reverse Dr. Wertham?

    Under Stan Lee, Marvel Comics was a right-wing plot — pass it on!




Comics and Art


  • Enrique Flores: Cavalcade of Spanish illustrators

    Illustration by José Picó, source unknown.

    Start scrolling and do not stop until you hit the bottom… and then click the “Next Page” button. You will thank me.

    (Link via Leif Peng.)




Events Calendar




  • Sept. 8 (Franklin, IN): Andrei Molotiu will lecture on abstract comics at Franklin College, 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 (Guelph, Ontario): Join Jellaby creator Kean Soo for a signing and free drawing workshop for kids at The Dragon on Wyndham Street, from noon-3PM. 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.


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One Response to “Journalista for Sept. 8, 2010: Basic unit”

  1. […] Creators | Takehiko Inoue announced he’s placing his award-winning samurai adventure Vagabond on hiatus because of ongoing health problems. The manga has been serialized since 1998 in Kodansha’s Weekly Morning magazine and collected in 32 volumes; 31 of those have been released in the United States. Inoue will continue to work on his basketball manga Real, which is released at the more leisurely pace of about one volume per year. [The Eastern Edge, via Journalista] […]