Author Archives: TCJ Administrator

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The Great Comic Book Heroes Intro & Afterword by Jules Feiffer

In this expanded intro and afterword to Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes, he explains how the art and business of comic books has evolved since its origin. Continue reading

 
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“The Nostrand Zone” by Bhob Stewart

In this essay from The Comics Journal #96 (March 1985), Bhob Stewart looks at the career of “Mystery Artist” Howard Nostrand. Continue reading

 
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“There Are Good Guys and Bad Guys” By Bhob Stewart

In this Against the Grain essay, considered one of his best, zinester, writer, editor and artist Bhob Stewart (1937-2014) talks about his time working with Wallace Wood. Wood photo by Bhob Stewart. Continue reading

 
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The Shary Flenniken Interview

In this interview from The Comics Journal #146 (November 1991), Shary Flenniken talks about running away from home, the Air Pirates, editing National Lampoon, Trots and Bonnie, and more. Continue reading

 
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The Bill Watterson Interview

In this 1989 interview, Bill Watterson talks about the tension between realities in Calvin and Hobbes, how popular art doesn’t have to pander, nuance, animation and why he chose not license the strip. Continue reading

 
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Excerpts from Last Superman Standing: The Al Plastino Story

Al Plastino is inspired by Bill Everett and squares off against Jack Binder and Mort Weisinger in these excerpts from an unpublished biography by Ed Zeno. Continue reading

 
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Blood and Thunder: The Complete “I Am Not Terry Beatty’s Girlfriend” Debate

In a classic example of authors responding to their critics circa 1988, Terry Beatty and his girlfriend Wendi Lee refute a negative review of Wild Dog in this series of letters from TCJ’s Blood and Thunder. An “I am not Terry Beatty’s Girlfriend” letter-writing contest ensues. Continue reading

 
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Panel on the Origin of Fantagraphics Excerpt Courtesy of Mike Catron

In this excerpt, Kim Thompson, Gary Groth and Mike Catron discuss the earliest days of Fantagraphics and The Comics Journal at the 2001 Comic-Con International: San Diego. Continue reading