The Comics Journal No. 293, Nov. 2008

Featuring interviews with Joe Matt, S. Clay Wilson, and Alex Robinson.

TCJ Subscribers: Click here to read the full issue.


Greg Stump and staff, Journal Datebook (p. 18)



Preview: Travel by Yuichi Yokoyama (p. 180)

The CCS Class of ‘08: Comics by the graduating  class (p. 137)



Noah Van Sciver, A Cartoon Interview with Joe Matt  (p. 25)

Bob Levin, The S. Clay Wilson Interview (p. 28)

Tom Crippen, The Alex Robinson Interview (p. 64)



Steven Grant, Tor #1-3 (p. 100)

Tim O’Neil, The Education of Hopey Glass (p. 103)

Bill Randall, Acme Novelty Datebook Vol. 2 and Acme Novelty Library #18 (p. 107)

Kent Worcester, Art Spiegelman Conversations (p. 111)

Kent Worcester, Tintin and the Secret Literature (p. 113)

Noah Berlatsky, Disappearance Diary (p. 115)

Rich Kreiner, Moby Dick: A Pop-Up Book (p. 117)

Noah Berlatsky, Complete WildC.A.T.S. and Wild Worlds (p. 120)

Rob Vollmar, Andromeda Stories Vols. 1-3 (p. 122)

Mini-reviews of Ganges #2, Doctor 13, Doktor Sleepless #1-3, Special Forces #1-2, Child’s Play: The Berenstain Baby Boom, Remembrance of Things Past, Nat Turner, The Astro Boy Essays, Micrographica, The EC Archives: The Vault of Horror Vol. 1, Fire Away, Tonoharu, Nightmares For Sale #1, Flight: Explorer, Mystery in Space #1-8, Northlanders #1-4 and deevee 2007 (p. 125)



R.C. Harvey, Comicopia: “Remember the Editorial Cartoon!” (p. 170)

Rich Kreiner, Meet the Comics Press: “Cartoons of State” (p. 189)

Donald Phelps, The Observer: “Manly Wade Wellman: Pulp Provincial” (p. 194)

Kenneth Smith, Time Out of Joint: “The Crypto-Revolution of Our Age” (p. 197)

Coming Comics (p. 206)

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One Response to The Comics Journal No. 293, Nov. 2008

  1. Michael Henke says:

    Although aware that the time constraints associated with scanning & formatting ~300 back issues has necessarily limited the number of complete issues available online, I subscribed to TCJ primarily for archive access. I have had great difficulty, however, even determining which complete issues are actually available. Perhaps I’m merely ignorant of some available index, but when browsing the archives by year, I have to click on every issue individually to determine whether that issue is available for reading. As the vast majority of issues are unavailable (which I lament of course, but understand), finding those available has been very difficult. Since purchasing my subscription 6+ months ago, I’ve stumbled upon one complete issue, and IIRC, it was hardly distinguishable, in any obvious manner, from the “surrounding”, unavailable issues. Sadly, I spend much less time on TCJ than I expected upon subscribing, and much less time than I’d like.

    Moreover, the lack of navigational clarity (at least for my use case) is all-the-more striking when contrasted with TCJ’s overall web presence. In perhaps every other aspect, this website really punches above its weight, lending the entire organization further credibility. Perhaps it is only a matter of taste, but I very much enjoy the color and font choices etc. Were I able to easily find the specific content I require, my time on TCJ would increase tremendously.

    Again, perhaps I simply missed the appropriate heading/filter early on and developed a tunnel vision of sorts.

    If not, please consider providing additional information re: 1) the availability of complete issues within the archive; 2) how to find that material; 3) the overall progress of the scanning efforts, with indication of what may be upcoming.

    Personally, I doubt my use case is particularly uncommon. Although I do enjoy (very much) the specific articles etc. highlighted from the archives, I also enjoy very much seeing the articles within the context of an entire issue (which itself is always, to a greater or lesser extent, part of a larger context).

    If any of my questions/concerns are unclear, please let me know, as I’d really like to access more of TCJ, and more frequently.

    Thanks for your time,

    Michael Henke

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