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“‘Best’ Is a Bullshit Word”: Phoebe Gloeckner on Editing The Best American Comics 2018

The eminently quotable (and phenomenally talented) artist, writer, teacher and, whether she claims it or not, critic, sits down with Sean T. Collins to talk about how she handled the selection process behind the most recent edition of Best American Comics. Continue reading

 

Forgotten Friends of the Nib: Caricature & Victor Hugo’s Head

If French press cartoons are unashamedly rude, what’s at the heart of such a caustic culture? The answer can be found in a current Paris exhibition, Caricatures: Victor Hugo On Page One. Continue reading

 

Héctor German Oesterheld’s Contributions to Mort Cinder

While the construction of Mort Cinder has been noted to be a flexible and collaborative effort between Breccia and Oesterheld, there are distinct and recurrent motifs in it which suggests it was not put together for reasons of mere entertainment or with little forethought. If anything, there is a coherence and depth in its plotting which suggests a steady hand at the tiller. Continue reading

 

The Enigma of Cecil Jensen, Part Two: Elmo Without Elmo

The later years, when Elmo made way for Little Debbie. Continue reading

 

The Enigma of Cecil Jensen, Part One: The Road to Elmo

An appreciation of the 1940s strip Elmo, which was both ahead of its time and behind the times—possessing the absurd cool of a Nathanael West or S. J. Perelman and droll ensemble comedy reminiscent of Thimble Theater. Continue reading

 

Sammy Stein on the Art/ifacts of the Real and the Virtual

Stein is at the forefront of the new French Abstract Formalist Comics, using photography, sculpture, and printed works to explore ontology and epistemology of representational image, among other things. Continue reading

 

Face Front, True Believers: The Comics Industry Sounds Off on Stan Lee

In 1995, TCJ collected anecdotes from various comics creators, excerpted here. Continue reading

 

Exploring a Specific, Lonely Psychic Wound: A Conversation with Yumi Sakugawa

The creator of Fashion Forecasts and I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You talks self-help, self-publishing, and collaboration. Continue reading