Author Archives: TCJ Administrator


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


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Plastino is inspired by Bill Everett and squares off against Jack Binder and Mort Weisinger in these excerpts from an unpublished biography by Ed Zeno.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


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


The Rick Veitch Interview

Rick Veitch’s career spans from the underground to the self-publishing movements. Jeremy Pinkham talks to him about being in the first class at the Joe Kubert school, working on Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, and his personal take on the superhero genre. Continue reading


Infantino Raises Questions About CBG Letters Policy Following Kirby Controversy Flare-Up by Greg Stump

This feature from The Comics Journal #191 summarizes the back and forth between Carmine Infantino and Mark Evanier via Comic Buyer’s Guide’s (CBG) letters column re: Infantino’s decision to have Kirby’s Superman heads redrawn. it also delves into the way CBG handled the rumor that there was a set of false sales figures shown to DC creators. Continue reading


The Comics Journal #302: Authors Meet Images by Gavin Callaghan Excerpt

In this excerpt, Gavin Callaghan makes the case for proto-cartoonists such as William Blake. Continue reading


The Comics Journal #302: Toon Treasury Think Tank! Excerpt

In this excerpt from the message board roundtable discussion on what to include in The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics, edited by Art Speigelman, Spiegelman, Chris Duffy, Paul Karasik, Paul Levitz and Jeet Heer figure out the book’s target audience and debate if selections from Mad magazine are suitable. Continue reading