Author Archives: Jeet Heer

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Crumb in the Beginning

In 1987, the proposal to bring all of Crumb back into print in a uniform set of books was a radical publishing act which re-contextualized and re-vitalized an already momentous body of work. Continue reading

 
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Iowa Comics Conference Notebook

A visit to Iowa with a crowd of cartoonists, publishers and academics. Continue reading

 
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A Dan Clowes Notebook

From Ice Haven to Mr. Wonderful. Continue reading

 
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Lines and Frames: An Interview with R.O. Blechman

The legendary illustrator and animator talks about drawing, film, and family. Continue reading

 
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A Chester Brown Notebook

Some notes that try to tease out a fuller account of Chester’s remarkable “comic-strip memoir.” Continue reading

 
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Bill Blackbeard, R.I.P.

The man who gave comics its memory. Continue reading

 
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Notes on S. Clay Wilson

If we acknowledge that he was the artist who gave permission for Crumb to become Crumb, then it’s clear that Wilson was the central artist of the underground generation. Continue reading

 
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Black Readers & White Comics

Some more notes on race and comics. Although the notes deal with this issue from a variety of angles, one topic that I keep returning to here is the question of black readers of the comic strips. Continue reading