Tag Archives: Highlights from the Archive

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One Picture Does Not A Comic Make

In his review of Masters of Comic Book Art from The Comics Journal #49 (August 1979), Kim Thompson makes a distinction between illustration and sequential comic art. Continue reading

 
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Another Relentlessly Elitist Editorial

Kim Thompson answers a “silly question” in this editorial from The Comics Journal #55 (April 1980) Continue reading

 
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Claire Bretécher: Triumphant Despite Traitorous Translation

In this review from The Comics Journal #42 (October 1978), Kim Thompson critiques National Lampoon’s Claire Bretecher translation. Continue reading

 
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Run of the Miller

In this review from The Comics Journal #82 (July 1983) Kim Thompson reads and reacts to the first issue of Ronin. Continue reading

 
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Blood and Thunder: Craft is the Enemy

This argument began with a letter by James Kochalka (American Elf) in The Comics Journal #189 (in 2005, he would expand on his theory in The Cute Manifesto). Some readers found this letter inspirational; others, such as Jim Woodring, wrote in refutations. Continue reading

 
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The Rick Veitch Interview

Rick Veitch’s career spans from the underground to the self-publishing movements. Jeremy Pinkham talks to him about being in the first class at the Joe Kubert school, working on Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, and his personal take on the superhero genre. Continue reading

 
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Blood and Thunder: Harvey Pekar and R. Fiore

From The Comics Journal’s letters pages (Blood and Thunder), circa 1989-1990: American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar and critic R. Fiore argue over realism and genre fiction in comics. And Animal Farm. Continue reading

 
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The Barry Windsor-Smith Interview

Barry Windsor-Smith talks to Gary Groth about transitioning out of the X titles into his own creator-owned work, Jack Kirby, subverting genre and the aesthetic state of the industry, ca. 1996. Continue reading