James Romberger is a fine artist and cartoonist who lives and works in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In the mid-1980s, he was co-founder with Marguerite Van Cook of the seminal East Village installation gallery Ground Zero. Romberger’s pastel drawings are in many private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Late Child and Other Animals", a graphic memoir written and colored by Van Cook and adapted and drawn by Romberger will be released in November 2014 by Fantagraphics. “Post York,” Romberger's multimedia comic book/flexidisc collaboration with his son Crosby for Uncivilized Books was nominated for an Eisner award in 2013, a year that also saw a revised edition of the critically acclaimed graphic novel "Seven Miles A Second," Romberger’s collaboration with Van Cook and the late David Wojnarowicz published by Fantagraphics Books. For DC/Vertigo, Romberger collaborated with MacArthur fellow Jay Cantor on “Aaron and Ahmed.” Romberger also writes critically for Publisher’s Weekly and the pop culture websites Hooded Utilitarian, The Beat and Comics Journal.
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 →