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Art Spiegelman


Bob Levin reckons with the career and comics of Art Spiegelman in response to Breakdowns, newly released in paperback.


Remembering Michael Dougan

A few days ago, posts began to appear on social media reporting the death of cartoonist Michael Dougan, a longtime presence on the Seattle scene who had moved to Japan in recent years. A much-loved contributor to anthologies such as Weirdo and Real Stuff, in addition to the solo books East Texas: Tales from Behind… Read more »

Jiro Taniguchi

Taniguchi Jirō and His Gekiga Years

Japanese publishers have launched a massive series of reprints spanning the career of the late Taniguchi Jirō, with many supplemental essays. Today we present a 2022 item from Natsume Fusanosuke, laying out a theory of gekiga’s evolution via Taniguchi’s collaboration with the writer Sekikawa Natsuo.

Retail Therapy

Big Bang Comics

Ireland’s Big Bang Comics reports to Zach and TCJ about the changes they’ve seen in the old school single-issue comics retail model, and whether a periodical-focused store has an economic future.


AfterShocks and Tremors

A recent bankruptcy filing by a comics publisher has resulted in multiple stories of non-payment to creators, some of whom question whether they will ever see compensation for the work they have performed.

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