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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

 
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The Artist is Not Present: A Conversation with Adrian Tomine

on the occasion of his Adrian Tomine’s new book Killing and Dying, Anne Ishii talks to the cartoonist about his authorial voice, sense of place, and fatherhood. Continue reading

 
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A Middle-Aged Dad at a Drake Show Looking Around for Approval

Old vs. Young and the identity politics of publishing. Continue reading