Author Archives: Mark Newgarden

A Brief History of Ernie Bushmiller’s Dirtiest Comic Strip

Although intended only as a cheap laugh for his Dutch Treat Club cronies, “How To Housebreak Your Dog” assumed an illustrious afterlife. Continue reading

 

Are We Long-Form Yet?: A Chat with Bill Griffith

The longtime Zippy the Pinhead cartoonist talks about his latest book, the transition from strips to longform comics, why he chose to depict the innocent Schlitzie rather than the fraudulent Zip, and the insidious appeal of cuteness. Continue reading

 

The Importance of Being Ogdred: A Conversation with Mark Dery

Mark Dery is an essayist, educator, and cultural critic whose work you should know. Hopefully, his new biography will kick-start a reawakening: Edward Gorey was one of the darkest and lightest, funniest and dismalest, most original and most historically-rooted visual storytellers of his (or any other) time. Continue reading

 

From Pulps to Panels: A Conversation with Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

Talking to the granddaughter of comics pioneer Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, whose company evolved into the DC Comics we know today. Continue reading

 

Getting the Goat Getters: A Conversation with Eddie Campbell

The great cartoonist and idiosyncratic historian Eddie Campbell discusses what he considers the misunderstood true origins of the comic strip. Continue reading

 

The Inkwell, Continued: “All Ye Who Enter Herein Leave All Dopes Behind”

Back to The Inkwell, a now-forgotten postwar New York establishment that once catered to the cartooning elite, including Caniff, Soglow, Gross, Bushmiller, and many more. Continue reading

 

The Inkwell: “Dan O’Connor’s Bar, Grill, and School of Higher Journalism and Car-toonacy”

A look back at The Inkwell, a now-forgotten postwar New York establishment that once catered to the cartooning elite, including Caniff, Soglow, Gross, Bushmiller, and many more. Continue reading

 

Profound, Frightening, Childlike, and Ancient: A Conversation with Justin Duerr

The editor of The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley talks about one of the most mysterious, obsession-inspiring artists in comics history. Continue reading

 
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