Bezango. WA a film about Pacific Northwest Cartoonists by Ron Austin and Louise Amandes

Bezango, WA: An Interview with Filmmakers Louise Amandes and Ron Austin

Back in 2011, two documentarians set out to make a movie about artists in the Pacific Northwest who make comics. They thought they were making a simple film about a beloved subject and then discovered they were in the middle of a cultural surge. Continue reading

Pushing the Limits: Comics That Stretch The Form by Paul Tumey

Pushing the Limits: Comics and Creators That Stretch the Form

Comics as a self-aware form. Continue reading

Clare Victor Dwiggins by Paul Tumey

Dead Cats at Moonlight – The Art of Clare Victor “Dwig” Dwiggins

A documentary about the forgotten comics of early 20th century childhood. Continue reading

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A Walk Through Yuichi Yokoyama’s GARDEN with Tom Van Deusen

Seattle cartoonist Tom Van Deusen and I recently sat down and had a focused discussion about Garden, the 300-page comic book by Tokyo painter and manga artist Yuichi Yokoyama that was published in 2011 by PictureBox. The conversation helps reveal the … Continue reading


Creeping Death and Snake Meat: Basil Wolverton and Max Clotfelter

Who knew, or could ever have imagined, that Basil Wolverton, perpetrator of some of the weirdest and most grotesque eyeball kicks in mid-century American pop culture, once made a serious and concentrated effort to draw Mickey Mouse comics for Walt Disney? Continue reading


CHARLIE Horses: On Caricature and Outrage

An exploration of the impulse to caricature, a look at incidents of outrage and retaliation against cartoonists, and a personal attempt to come to terms with racist cartoons from America’s past. Continue reading


God Rest Ye Merrie: The Letters of Walt Kelly and Young Peter Brown

Here’s a true story for the holiday season about a famous 45-year-old cartoonist and an eleven-year-old boy. Continue reading

Art Spiegelman WORDLESS Comics Journal

Art as Transformation: WORDLESS!

If you’ve followed Art Spiegelman at all in the last 20 years, you’ve seen his lectures, filled with insight, wit, and lots of visuals projected onto screens. This has all been pretty swell — but predictable — stuff. But when have we ever seen Spiegelman take the stage to talk about comics with a giant movie screen and a six-piece jazz combo? Continue reading