Tag Archives: Highlights from the Archive

Another Relentlessly Elitist Editorial

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Megan Kelso Interview

In this interview from TCJ #216, Megan Kelso and Gary Groth talk about the latter’s artistic development, sex in comics, self-publishing minicomics in the 1990s, and much more: introduction by Jason Lutes (Berlin, CCS). Continue reading