Black Phoenix Magazine Vol. 2, No. 1
Floating World Comics
The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero
Joe Death and the Graven Image
Marco Corona: Portraitist of Emotions
Do you remember the Ignatz line? Do you remember Reflections, lyrical and sinister – the work of Marco Corona? Let Matteo Gaspari take you on a winding tour of this idiosyncratic Italian master’s work.
Living Breathing Things: An Interview with Briana Loewinsohn, Artist of Ephemera
Ephemera: A Memoir, from artist Briana Loewinsohn, stands out as one of the most assured debut graphic novels of late. Hagai Palevsky chats with the author about childhood, memoir and the joy of drawing plants.
A note on the passing of a site contributor.
Something 4 The Weekend – This Week’s Links
I’m ready for my day off! I’m going to use it to prep for my next day off.
Murderers’ Row: Rick Leonardi
Tegan explodes into action with Episode 2 of Murderer’s Row, in which she explores the lithe lines and zero gravity acrobatics of Spider-Man 2099 co-creator Rick Leonardi.
Hope Despite Everything: Nazis, Comics & Courage
The history of comics is replete with heroes – flamboyant saviors known for outsize exploits. But one character and his creators played that role for real, as revealed in a new exhibition at Paris’ Mémorial de la Shoah.
Chris Reynolds, 1960-2023
Remembering the creator of Mauretania Comics, a truly unique figure of the UK small press scene. Chris Reynolds died on May 4, aged 62.
Building the 20th Century: Collaboration, Colonialism and Human Tragedies with the Creators of 20th Century Men
Zach sits down with the creative team behind 20th Century Men—one of the standout genre comics of the last year, available in collected form this week—for a long discussion of mutual inspiration and intense collaboration.
Ride on Time – This Week’s Links
Hey, did you hear about Wolverine? He’s the wild man from Canada.
Infidel: The Terror of White Neutrality
Ritesh Babu goes deep, deep, deep into a 2018 horror comic from Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, José Villarrubia and Jeff Powell, in which characters are haunted by the specter of racial assumptions.
Laughing Ogre Comics
We catch up with Gib Bickel, manager of the Eisner-winning Columbus, OH comic shop Laughing Ogre Comics, about decades of history, the love of a good story, and the Ogre’s perspective on today’s distribution-related challenges.
Let’s Get Physical
A brief examination of how comics (and their reception) can change in the transition from digital serialization to print permanence.
“I Don’t Mind Being Unique”: Robin Bougie on Gutter Hunter and Other Hot Pursuits
Ian Thomas chats with Canadian veteran cartoonist and zine-maker Robin Bougie, whose Gutter Hunter, a survey of sensational and long-forgotten artifacts from global comics history, will soon see its third annual issue.
Your Cousin, Marvin Berry – This Week’s Links
Nodding for approval, furious across the empty room.
The Big (Blighted) Orange
Bob casts a critical eye on one of the most lauded comics of the decade: Sammy Harkham’s Blood of the Virgin, newly collected by Pantheon this month.
Remembering Ted Richards… And A Look Back at the Air Pirates
Ted Richards, one of the notorious “Air Pirates” that parodied Walt Disney’s characters and fought the company in court, died on April 21, 2023. John Kelly tells his story, as a host of friends and colleagues pay tribute.
“That’s A Lot Of Me. I’m Sorry.”: Talking with Julia Wertz About Ambition, Self-deprecation, and Learning How to Be Earnest
Paul Constant sits down with 20-year cartooning veteran Julia Wertz, who’s done everything from webcomics to glossy magazines to major label books. This week sees the release of Impossible People, her new memoir of alcoholism and sobriety – and she’s got decades of comics still to come.
Me And You Versus The World – This Week’s Links
I threatened to turn the royal coronation into “a rock ‘n roll circus” and was placed on the No Fly List.
All My Friends in L.A. Love Me More Than You: Sammy Harkham’s Blood of the Virgin
This week marks the release of Sammy Harkham’s collected Blood of the Virgin. Brian Nicholson followed the work throughout its 12 years of serialization, and considers the artist’s handling of sex, violence, and narrative focus.
Golden Apple Comics
Zach checks in on the Los Angeles celebrity comics mecca that started his own personal journey, Golden Apple Comics. Ryan Liebowitz is on hand. Websites, distribution woes, publishing endeavors, start-up production companies, and decades of comics history are all up for discussion.
Biking and Philosophy
Jason Novak speaks with Gary Sullivan about making comics with an eye towards collage and memories of defunct message boards, and then Eleanor Davis reveals some of the work method behind her excellent memoir, You & a Bike & a Road.
“That’s The Way I See The World”: Shooting the Breeze with Geof Darrow
Matt Seneca holds on tight for a freewheeling talk with Geof Darrow, creator of The Shaolin Cowboy and longtime specialist in heavy, bloody detail.
Say Goodbye to Classical Reality – This Week’s Links
A pregnant pause, staring through the other side of the mirror.
Tegan pays tribute to a living legend of cartooning, the indefatigable Sergio Aragonés.