Cynthia Rose peels back the history of the secret life inside the bar Père Lunette: comic art born of militant politics. While the 19th century bar served society’s lowest, it also welcomed socialists, anarchists and Communards. In Père Lunette, we watch caricature evolve and witness the art’s most troubled hours. Its art personifies laughter as resistance.
Several styles of snakes in the grass.
Mark Arnold, editor and publisher of The Harveyville Fun Times!, remembers the longtime Harvey editor Sid Jacobson – also a novelist and a Billboard Top 10 hit songwriter, who enjoyed late-in-life popularity as a writer of nonfiction comics. Jacobson died on July 23.
Rolling out with the dog posse.
It’s time to catch up with Eisner-winning comics writer David F. Walker, whose work encompasses new DC superheroes, classic Marvel team-ups, Shaft, successful crowdfunding campaigns, and a fascination with auteurs.
She and Gus, from day to night.
There’s only one way to resolve the ongoing issues at Warner Bros. I am going to buy Superman and rename him Mr. Toilet.
What can Picasso tell us about cartooning? How can we define ‘drawing’ in the greater tradition of visual art? Andrew Field has a few suggestions.
In the wide world of international cultural exchange, few comics are more curious than the brooding, violent version of Spider-Man drawn by Ikegami Ryōichi in the early 1970s. Now, for the first time in English, Ono Kōsei, one of the facilitators of that project, reveals the secret origin of Supaidāman.
The novelist Jean Marc Ah-Sen discusses fear, desire, and artistic practice with Spanish artist Maria Llovet, known for her extended collaboration with the writer Brian Azzarello on Faithless, and a suite of stylish solo work.
Whew, it’s too sunny out for news! (A cartoon news imp appears.) “Oh-ho, well then, I will erase all news from the world forever.” Nooo, Mr. News, I didn’t mean it!! “Well, okay…”
In this 1988 discussion from The Comics Journal #122, writers John Wagner and Alan Grant define their politics (and those of Judge Dredd), compare Dredd artists, and talk about coping with the seemingly random taboos of British comics censorship.
Tom Shapira remembers the hugely prolific writer of British and American comics, capable of gruesome violence and tender introspection. Grant died earlier this month.
Austin English is back, bouncing around comics history and investigating the personal and metaphysical qualities of drawing.
Ian Thomas chats with prolific Chicago artist Tyrell Cannon, whose practice encompasses numerous self-published works, as well as popular collaborations such as the brand-new Beef Bros Behind Bars.
Artist and publisher Floyd Tangeman takes a walk around San Francisco with Mike Reger, veteran minicomics artist and muralist, who offers passionate testimony on the contemporary underground scene in one of the great historical comic book cities.
Tom Kaczynski sits down with Keith Tilford, the artist behind Chronosis – a heady work of theoretical physics in the form of a SF graphic novel, written by philosopher Reza Negarestani.
As the war with Russia continues, what is the state of political cartooning in Ukraine? Evheny Osievsky sits down with one of the most popular young practitioners in the expanded landscape of social media.
Two poets sit down to discuss their work in comics, as Paolo Javier & Sommer Browning talk kids, collaboration, drawing and supes.
Jason Bergman catches up with one of the most influential cartoonists of the 21st century. Jeff Smith: his dreams; his disappointments; his ongoing dawn-of-man serial Tuki, and his return to the era-defining Bone.
If I gave you a gift called news… would you take it?
Remembering R.C. Harvey, a constant, inquisitive presence in the history and study of American cartooning.
A sweeping discussion of a standout contemporary manga: Taiyō Matsumoto’s costumed action epic, which imploded from the weight of warfare in the early ’00s.