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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

From Z-Cult's website

From Z-Cult's website

Piracy | Comic-book torrent tracker Z-Cult FM has announced it’s shutting down, less than two years after it complied with demands from DC Comics and Marvel to remove links to pirated copies of copyrighted work.

“After Marvel and DC tried to sue us, we decided to remove those [links to] comics,” administrator Serj says, “then every other publisher started sending us e-mails so we removed those too. In end we were left with a tracker but not many torrents on it.” [TorrentFreak]

Publishing |  Tom Spurgeon has word that art director Arlene So has been let go from Wizard. Just last week it was reported that Darren Sanchez, vice president of production and circulation, had been fired, while photographer Dylan Brucie had quit. [The Comics Reporter]

Publishing | Tokyopop’s John Parker briefly discusses the publisher’s plans and performance, and the state of the manga market. []

Conventions | There’s a lot of coverage from this weekend’s MoCCA Festival in New York City, including recaps from Sandy Billus, Sean Collins, Geekanerd (with a photo gallery), Brian Heater and Heidi MacDonald. Much, much more undoubtedly will follow. [MoCCA]



Conventions | Don MacPherson wonders whether profiteers contributed to the early sellout of Comic-Con International. David Glanzer, the convention’s director of marketing, tells Heidi MacDonald that while people purchasing batches of badges hasn’t been an issue this year, “We may have to limit how many badges a person can purchase in the future.” [Comic-Con International]

Comic strips | Erika Niedowski provides an overview of the Anti-Defamation League’s complaint against cartoonist Garry Trudeau regarding a recent installment of Doonesbury. You can see the strip in question here. [The National]

Batman and Robin #1

Batman and Robin #1

Retailing | Retailer Mike Sterling discusses sales of Batman and Robin #1, and expectations for Batman #687, with a new creative team, and Red Robin #1: “… In both cases, curiosity is likely to drive the early sales on these titles. … But the question is how long the curiosity in this event will continue, and when will the sales begin to drop if and when the novelty wears thin. For some reason I can picture this event going on about two months longer than anyone reading it would really want it to.” [Progressive Ruin]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks with cartoonist Seth about George Sprott, 1894-1975. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Michael Cavna interviews Mallard Fillmore creator Bruce Tinsley. [The Washington Post]

Phonogram: Rue Britannia

Phonogram: Rue Britannia

Creators | The Oxford University student newspaper profiles Phonogram writer Kieron Gillen. [Cherwell]

Creators | Unknown Soldier writer Joshua Dysart has joined fellow Vertigo creators like Jason Aaron, Brian Azzarello, Jock, G. Willow Wilson and Brian Wood at the Standard Attrition blog and forums. [Standard Attrition]

Comics | I have to hand it to Marvel’s P.R. people: They sure know how to place a story in the mainstream press. As evidence, here’s “Pet Reporter” Julia Szabo interviewing writer Chris Eliopoulos about Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers. [New York Post]

Webcomics | At MoCCA, Becky Cloonan and Hwan Cho announced the September launch of their online collaboration K.G.B. [Estrigious]

Manga | Noah Berlatsky explains why Naruto is more accessible to new readers than Spider-Man: “Naruto has one single, simple, clear point of entry. Spider-Man has fifteen gazillion points of entry, none of which are actually a beginning.” [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Comics | Graeme McMillan wonders what triggered the recent spate of Wonder Woman hate. []



I disagree. You want accessibility? The title “Spider-Man” gives you a decent clue as to what you’re getting into.

I have no idea what (who?) a “Naruto” is. ;-)

I too disagree, but really with the inclusion of the Naruto “article”.

It was a a page worth of quote followed by “Naruto’s TPB’s are numbered, Spider-Man’s aren’t”.

There’s no real point other than stating the obvious. No discussion of what Marvel could do better. No reasons why things are as they are.

Which Spider-Man, Wraith? Ultimate Spider-Man? Marvel Adventures Spider-Man? Brand-New-Day-Spider-Man, which is spread over three different titles (or are they running it differently now?) And which of these titles are accessible to someone who just wants to pick up and read a Spider-Man comic they can understand? I have my answer, but it’s also the one that’s the least-read in the DM.

The Doonesbury strip in question, while probably not intended to be anti-Semitic (since it was really meant to refer to predetory lenders’ role in causing the financial crisis), definitely made its centerpiece a popular theological canard that is degrading Judaism, and isn’t even a remotely accurate reading of scripture. Of course, invoking the theological claim while then refering to “money lenders” as the enemy of Jesus also evokes Shylock form The Merchant of Venice.

“Anyone want to see if we can convince Joss Whedon to come back to the idea of a Wonder Woman movie after all?”

Eh. It’s not that Whedon gave up on writing/directing the movie, it was Warner that wanted something else and did everything to scare him off. Maybe if they change their approach (same as DC comics-wise), it’ll be doable.

Writes the ADL: “Doonesbury’s Reverend Sloan is guilty of promoting anti-Jewish stereotypes and biblical illiteracy. He owes both Jews and Christians an apology.”

They want a cartoon character to apologise!?!?!?

I think the ADL is digging a little deep on this one. It’s a very weak syllogism – “Many people subscribe to the stereotype that all jews are evil bankers, Garry Trudeau made a joke about bankers, therefore, Garry Trudeau made a joke about Jews”. No, he made a joke about bankers, and how stories about evil greedy bankers permeate history. I didn’t see anything that mentioned “Jew bankers” of the Elders of Zion or anything that suggested anything else. By this argument, all the anti-bank mentality in the country is anti-Jew mentality, and I don’t hear them claiming that.

But as I’ve said many times, you don’t get on television by saying something nice or congratulatory. You need a crisis or a scandal to get prime time coverage.My favorite example is Ice Cube’s film “Barbershop”, a black produced film with an almost all-black cast dealing with a uniquely black social gathering place, and it drew stellar crossover crowds. He drew white people to a “black” movie. The “urban leaders” (Sharpton’s crowd) could have come out and commended Cube about making a film that didn’t make black people out to be drug dealers and gangbangers, and to be able present a positive set of characters to a wide audience, but instead thay pilloried the film over a joke about Rosa Parks. If they’d presented him with a plaque for his positive achievements, it probably wouldn’t even have gotten the spot after the weather – a scene involving black outrage, it got covered and discussed for days. Which is all people are really interested in.

Well, at least in the letter I wrote to Doonesbury, I pointed out that Rev. Sloane has always been portrayed as a progressive clergyman always willing to do interfaith social-justice work. So it was pretty out of character for him to just sit back and let Sam spell out such an anti-Judaic theology without correction. So it would actually have been in character for him to say something like: “Hey! Is that what you’re getting from my sermons?!”


I think that you miss the point that leading up to the panel about Jesus’ anger at the “money lenders” there is a theological discussion about the difference between Jesus and God as presented in the Tanakh. Leaving aside that it’s a pretty inaccurate reading of the texts in question, it’s essentially a claim that Judaism is inferior to Christianity and thus deserving contempt.

I’ve been a lifetime fan of Gary Trudeau, but the cartoon does does repeat an anti-Semitic canard.

Here’s the thing about DOONESBURY: The characters make specific reference to Jews (the folks “Jesus” loses his shite with) =and= money-lenders in the context of a single panel. Not that it would have been necessary, though; ever since that rat-bastich Shakespeare tossed out his anti-Semitic blood libel, there hasn’t been a society of any consequence on this planet that =hasn’t= made the association:

money-lenders > Jews > enemies of mankind

You don’t need to put in a panel of a grinning hook-nosed Shylock or say the phrase “Jew money-lenders” or even put (or hint at the concept) “Jew” and “money-lenders” in context with one another for the term — left unrebuked — to be understood for what it is.

Plus, Trudeau’s a Canadian. They have a “Human Rights” kangaroo court up there that’ll smite writers and authors to ashen heaps for a whole lot less than what went on here. Hoo boy, he got a heap o’ trouble now.

Kevin Melrose

June 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Trudeau’s American.

Oops. My bad. Had recalled he was of some relation to the former Canadian PM and went from there.

The joke was about comparing moneylenders (bankers) to the Moneychangers At The Temple. Note it’s a child character who makes the confusion. The adults realize her error but are just following on it for fun. Presumably, moments later they corrected her. But that wasn’t shown because Trudeau expected people to get the joke.

I agree the delivery could have been more clear, but to go from there to an accusation of antisemitism is going a bit far.

The American cartoonist and the Canadian former-PM are related. At some point two branches of the same family ended up living in different countries and each produced a famous individual.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the strip amounts to antisemitism. That said, most of Trudeau’s critics grasp that the real target was the predatory lending companies that helped create the current financial crisis. The issue is that he used an interpretation of scripture that is heavily anti-Judaic in order to do so and then followed it up with a popular anti-Semitic trope as the punch line.

Both the interpretation of scripture and the stereotype have been used in recent history as incitements to anti-Semitic violence– this isn’t to say that Trudeau used them with that intent– it’s entirely possible he used both without a full awareness of the consequences.

Newsflash: Jesus was a Jew…

His dislike for money-changers, money-lenders, or whoever, had nothing to do with their religion, merely their greed. Jews can be good or bad, just like everyone else.

Read what you want into it, but actively looking for an offense where none *may* have been intended can actually cause far more harm than good.

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