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Gary Groth and Simon Hanselmann at the wedding (photo courtesy of Annie Koyama)

SPX 2014: An Indie Comics Microcosm

A report from the Small Press Expo including a visit to the Library of Congress and a glimpse behind the scenes from Ignatz jurors. So how do you summarize a show like SPX? Continue reading

 
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“I Wanted a Character Who Was Very Positive”: An Interview with Luke Pearson

Pearson has already amassed an impressive body of work, and has something of a runaway hit on his hands with the genuinely charming, smartly realized, and lovingly delineated Hilda series. He talks with us about consciously choosing a nonviolent protagonist, Scandinavian mythology, and the possibility of being typecast as a children’s artist. Continue reading

 
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SPX ’14 – Ten Comics, Eight Hours, Three Panels, One Day

Or: “What I Did Instead of Attending the Prom” Continue reading

 
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Fantagraphics Goes Underground

Questions for Gary Groth about his new imprint, FU. Continue reading

 
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A Conversation with Simon Hanselmann

Catching up with Simon Hanselmann on the eve of his US book tour for his new book, Megahex. Continue reading

 
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“It Was a Complete Revolution for Me”: A Conversation with Jules Feiffer

On the publication of Kill My Mother, which is being marketed as his first original graphic novel, the legendary cartoonist talks about noir, politics, the state of comics, and the tyranny of drawing backgrounds. Continue reading

 
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“What’s Actually There on the Page”: A Conversation with Brian Evenson about Chester Brown

The novelist and critic talks about the various incarnations of Ed the Happy Clown, the effects of format on the reader, changing his own mind on the best version of the story, and comics criticism in general. Continue reading

 
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Straddlers: A Report from the 2014 Comics & Medicine Conference

Academics, health professionals, and cartoonists including Ellen Forney and James Sturm gather to discuss the special pitfalls and benefits of creating comics regarding health issues. “I had never discussed comics in such a calculated way before.” Continue reading