Journalista for Sept. 9, 2010: I’m sure a lot has changed

Posted by on September 9th, 2010 at 1:09 AM



“At DC I was told several times that comics starring African-Americans (or simply Africans, or Asians, or women, etc.) do not sell, that the majority of the comic-buying audience do not want to read them. One such proclamation happened in relation to the book Batman: Orpheus Rising, and one to the series Bad Girls. Oh, this was said about the entire Milestone line too. (This was DC Comics 7+ years ago, keep in mind; I’m sure a lot has changed since then.)”


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Events Calendar




  • 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.


This Week:


  • 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. 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 (Madison, NJ): Jim Shooter, the most beloved man in comics, will be signing books and meeting readers at Dewey’s Comic City on Park Avenue, 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.
  • Sept. 11 (San Francisco, CA): Writer Jason Aaron makes an appearance at Isotope on Fell Street, from 8PM-midnight. Details here.


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  1. […] a good stemwinder by Cory Doctorow from earlier this year (via Dirk) on the many complex ways copyright control legislation and information access are at […]