Continuing our annual tradition we present our “Best of TCJ in 2013” list. This is non-comprehensive attempt to highlight some of the better and more interesting posts from the year 2013 that you might have missed during the year, and may now have the time to revisit during the holiday season. Without further ado:
Other notable comics figures who died in 2013:
Naomi Fry interviews Geneviève Castrée.
Gary Groth’s aborted interview with Jerry Moriarty.
Dan spoke to Gabrielle Bell about her work.
Jay Babcock interviewed Ron Rege Jr.
Rob Clough spoke to Charles Forsman about Oily Comics.
Jeet Heer talked to outgoing University Press of Mississippi acquiring editor Walter Biggins.
Nicole Rudick spoke to James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook.
Adam Smith talked to British comics and jazz luminary Wally Fawkes.
Brandon Soderberg talked to Josh Bayer.
Joe McCulloch did a career-ranging interview with the Metal Hurlant co-founder Jean-Pierre Dionnet.
And James Romberger spoke to Paul Kirchner.
Matthias Wivel profiled/interviewed the Dongery collective.
Essays, Features, & Reporting:
Here’s R.O. Blechman on Maurice Sendak.
Gary Groth on E.C. Comics.
R. Fiore on a trio of important comics.
Ken Parille took a close look at Chris Ware’s Acme #19, while Frank Santoro excavated Building Stories. Frank also continued to keep us posted on all things comics new and old and inbetween. Ken also posted a great musing on a Harvey Casper comic, and made the case for Fredric Wertham (!) as America’s greatest comics critic.
Tim Hodler reported on the end of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.
Michael Dean looked at the evolving Superman rights situation.
Bill Kartalopoulos reported from the opening of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library.
John Hogan compared conceptual artist Richard Prince with cartoonist Mark Newgarden.
Sarah Boxer on The Great War.
Joe McCulloch on Fran.
Carter Scholz on New School.
Sean T. Collins on Black is the Color.
Alex Dueben on Relish.
Walter Biggins on The Rocketeer.
Matt Seneca on Jupiter’s Legacy.
Shaenon Garrity reviewed every webcomic sent to her.
We also began culling and representing some of the highlights (and low-) from the print TCJ’s long history of letter-column feuds and arguments. We started with one of the most fondly remembered, Harvey Pekar vs. R. Fiore. Then Fiore offered new, somewhat regretful thoughts on the old argument.
Sam Henderson, also with some regret, looked back at an anti-School of Visual Arts rant he’d written for TCJ fifteen years ago.
Check out “Highlights from the Archive” for much more.
And that’s all, folks! See you in 2014.