Our classically-named correspondent Matt Seneca examines two 1970s comics depicting combat in ancient times: one ‘mainstream’, full of blood and thunder; and one ‘underground’, satirical. But maybe they are more alike that it seems…
“I’m gonna miss it here.”
“Am I happy here?”
Presenting a new recurring feature by the artist Tom Herpich, reviewing comics he has recently read – vintage manga, indie comics and graphic novels alike.
“Adulting is a trap!”
Brian Doherty sits down with a true original of American art, as Barbara “Willy” Mendes discusses underground comics, religious painting, psychedelic music and much more.
“How am I 30?”
I may not be a knight of arts and letters, but I’d make one hell of a squire of article descriptions. Point me at a windmill!
From 2008, we bring you this rare interview with the underground cartoonist Simon Deitch, covering all the ups and downs of life.
Where can we look for inspiration in considering the state of graphic novels? Andrew Field suggests the world of literary criticism, and the sense of “strangeness” valued by Harold Bloom.
Comics, in a way, are a depiction of time. Memoir, in a way defies time. Here, Lane Yates explores how Julie Doucet’s new memoir disrupts notions of time at the very heart of the comics form.
Valerio Stivé sits down with a truly global cartoonist, Antoine Cossé, to discuss the visionary, allegorical, and popular nature of his huge new book.
Save us, news! Throw your light down the halls of ignorance! If I am not linked I have only these walls! Ah! News!
In this 2008 interview from TCJ #291, Joseph McCabe talked to Tim Sale about the latter’s art for Batman: The Long Halloween, drawing the Marvel “Color” series (although he’s colorblind), providing drawings for the TV show Heroes and more.
You may know Natsume Fusanosuke the writer, but how about Natsume Fusanosuke the artist? In this new translation of segments from a 1993 book, Natsume recalls an encounter with that classic American text, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way… and then he draws the Marvel Way.
Remembering one of the defining artists of prestige superhero comics from the last 30 years, an intelligent and vivid stylist who rendered age-old characters with rare warmth. Tim Sale died on June 16.
Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury is approaching its 52nd birthday this year, and R.C. Harvey is your guide to the origins of this American institution.
Andrew Neal chats online with Audra Stang, the author of slice-of-life ensemble stories that span decades in the lives of working class youths. What are the thought processes behind detailing the many characters in The Audra Show and Star Valley Stories? You’ll find out here!
Waking up in a pool of sweat and one word glistens in the thick, humid air: NEWSLINKS.
A perspective on Crashpad, Gary Panter’s evocation of the underground era, from somebody who was there.
Pairing vast natural vistas with LGBTQ characters often denied their own presence in those places, artist Melanie Gillman has become a standout talent in YA webcomics and graphic novels. Tasha Lowe-Newsome examines two of their works.
RJ Casey is back with a freewheeling chat starring the California Bay Area’s Freak Comics, a trio of young artists pursuing their own visions of art in an inclusive group setting. PLUS: See a man’s skin cut right off his body!
What if… I GOT TIRED OF NEWS. I drop to the floor. But then I hear your claps, your cheers… I rise to my feet… one hand to my ear…