Author Archives: Michael Dean


Cartoons of Mass Destruction: The Whole Story Behind the Danish 12

In 2006, 12 Danish cartoonists controversially drew pictures of Muhammad at the urging of Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the weekly Jyllands-Posten. This news story from The Comics Journal #275 (April 2006) offers a multitude of perspectives — from cartoonists, Danes, Muslims, Danish Muslims — and is being rerun to help supply context for the Charles Hebdo killings. Continue reading


Greg Theakston Says the Kirby Museum Can Look Forward to a Theft Complaint for Christmas  

In what has to be one of the world’s slowest-building controversies, Theakston’s grievance with the Kirby Museum has been building for some time. Continue reading


Who Owns the Man of Steel?

Now that we know the new Superman movie is a colossal hit, it seems like a good time to review the legal conflict over who gets to rake in those profits. Continue reading

Photo by and copyright © 2013 Alex Chun.

Amazing Hero: Kim Thompson (1956-2013)

As one of the twin pillars of Fantagraphics Books, Kim Thompson helped the comics medium to grow up. He did so with the tough love of a strict parent, the internationally formed intelligence of a global citizen, and the abiding loyalty of an avid comics reader. Continue reading


Harvey Kurtzman Estate and Al Feldstein File to Regain Copyrights to 1950s Comics

The Journal has learned that legendary EC writer/editor Al Feldstein and the estate of Mad editor/cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman have filed notices to reclaim the copyrights on their work. Continue reading


MoCCA Gets a New Lease on Life at Society of Illustrators

Everything that was MoCCA — its collection, its educational programming, its logo, its heavily attended annual festival — has been subsumed, and will reportedly continue, under the auspices of the Society of Illustrators. Continue reading


MoCCA Aims for Improved Location: Closure Not Permanent

A report on the sudden news. Continue reading


An Interview with MoCCA Founder Lawrence Klein

How the museum has been able to survive, why building a permanent collect has not been a high priority, and why Klein left the museum and New York. Continue reading

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