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Rockin’ in the New Year with The Rocket’s Xmas Covers

Happy Holidays to everyone, whatever it is you celebrate–or not celebrate–this time of the year.  In the spirit of the New Year, and in an effort to further explore some historical connections between comics and other forms of popular culture, … Continue reading

 
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An Interview with Samandal

Speaking with the editors of the Lebanese comics anthology Samandal, three of whom were recently found guilty of inciting sectarian strife, denigrating religion, publishing false news, and defamation and slander. Continue reading

 
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Will Eisner’s Star Jaws

1978 was a big year for Will Eisner. He invented… that thing where you take a massive pop culture hit, and lazily sort of mash it up with another massive pop culture hit. (He didn’t really invent that. Or the graphic novel.) Continue reading

 
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The Life and Death of Shigeru Mizuki, 1922-2015

His English translator remembers the great and influential cartoonist. Continue reading

 
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“I Used the Concepts in the Book on the Book”: A Jessica Abel Interview

Talking to the La Perdida creator and comics educator about podcasting, storytelling, and her new book. Continue reading

 
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On Ching Chow, Lucky Numbers, and Gambling

A seemingly unimportant sports-page panel strip, Ching Chow touches on a number of cultural reference points—racism, mysticism, gambling, and early comics history. Continue reading

 
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“I Had Moments Where I Just Broke Down Crying”: An Interview with Bill Griffith

A transcription of Bill Griffith interview held at this year’s Small Press Expo, at which he debuted his startling new graphic memoir, Invisible Ink. Continue reading

 
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“This Heartbreak Sonata I’ve Been Slowly Composing”: An Interview with Jeremy Sorese

A conversation with Jeremy Sorese, whose first graphic novel, the sci-fi story Curveball, debuted at Comic Arts Brooklyn. Curveball follows Avery, a young genderqueer person who works as a waiter on a cruise ship off of a science-fiction version of Chicago’s tourist-y Navy Pier. Continue reading