Ed the Happy Clown became a graphic novel by letting go of its three successive past-lives as 1) a part of a mini-comic, 2) a part of a comic book series, and 3) a book with a different ending. What was stripped away with each incarnation is as important in establishing what Ed was and now is as what remains. Continue reading
Bhob Stewart was an eccentric fellow whose talents and intelligence contributed creatively to American culture in many ways over the course of his life.
In this Against the Grain essay, considered one of his best, zinester, writer, editor and artist Bhob Stewart (1937-2014) talks about his time working with Wallace Wood. Wood photo by Bhob Stewart. Continue reading
The second part of our career-spanning interview with cartoonist’s cartoonist Tim Hensley, in which he discusses Wally Gropius, closed captioning, Alfred Hitchcock, serialization, and his latest project. Continue reading
A career-spanning interview with the one-of-a-kind cartoonist behind Wally Gropius and Ticket Stub, in which he discusses Neil Diamond, closed-caption video, performing music in Los Angeles, the ethics of disabilities-related art, and meeting Daniel Clowes. Continue reading
Last year, I started my own comics show in Durham, North Carolina. Here’s what I learned. Continue reading
The “patron saint” of underground comix died last week at his home and by now has hopefully moved on to cartoon heaven. But he was always a procrastinator and might still be hanging out in funny book limbo. Continue reading