Tag Archives: Highlights from the Archive

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Cartoons of Mass Destruction: The Whole Story Behind the Danish 12

In 2006, 12 Danish cartoonists controversially drew pictures of Muhammad at the urging of Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the weekly Jyllands-Posten. This news story from The Comics Journal #275 (April 2006) offers a multitude of perspectives — from cartoonists, Danes, Muslims, Danish Muslims — and is being rerun to help supply context for the Charles Hebdo killings. Continue reading

 
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Ralph Steadman: Into the Gentle Darkness

In this 1989 Comics Journal interview, Gary Groth picks Ralph Steadman’s brain on the topic of his growth as an artist, changing interests, loss of faith and times working with Hunter S. Thompson in a career-spanning conversation that always finds its way back to politics and all that’s wrong in the world. Continue reading

 
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The Great Comic Book Heroes Intro & Afterword by Jules Feiffer

In this expanded intro and afterword to Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes, he explains how the art and business of comic books has evolved since its origin. Continue reading

 
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“The Nostrand Zone” by Bhob Stewart

In this essay from The Comics Journal #96 (March 1985), Bhob Stewart looks at the career of “Mystery Artist” Howard Nostrand. Continue reading

 
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The Shary Flenniken Interview

In this interview from The Comics Journal #146 (November 1991), Shary Flenniken talks about running away from home, the Air Pirates, editing National Lampoon, Trots and Bonnie, and more. Continue reading

 
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Edward Sorel’s Happy Accidents

Emerging from a partnership with some of the most famous and influential graphic designers of the time, Edward Sorel went on to become a celebrated illustrator, writer, and cartoonist whose work graces publications across the cultural spectrum. In this interview from TCJ #158 (April 1993), Sorel spoke to the Journal about his life, his art, and his uncanny ability to be in the right place at the wrong time. Continue reading

 
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The Bill Watterson Interview

In this 1989 interview, Bill Watterson talks about the tension between realities in Calvin and Hobbes, how popular art doesn’t have to pander, nuance, animation and why he chose not license the strip. Continue reading

 
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The Joey Manley Interview

In this 2006 interview, Dirk Deppey and Joey Manley discuss the webcomics subscription model, micropayments, how putting comics on the web changes them, and an e-book future. Continue reading