Author Archives: Matt Seneca

Moebius’s Last: Le Maître à La Fin

Great cartoonists get weirder as they get older; as a general rule they stop expanding the scope of their work and drill down into old obsessions, attempting to answer the few fundamental questions that hindsight makes obvious they’ve been asking all along. Like Herriman or Ditko or Alan Moore, Moebius became more idiosyncratic and introspective with age, often seemingly in search only of himself. Continue reading

 

Dermal Lift: Barry Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X

Weapon X isn’t the only superhero comic to tear down its protagonist’s heroic facade or even to indict its readers for believing in that image – though it is one whose force and quality surpasses all but the top rank of stories to do so. Continue reading

 

Six Books from One Failed Bookstore

What can you learn from the comics found at a going-out-of-business sale? If you’re Matt Seneca, the answer is a whole hell of a lot. Continue reading

 

Q1: A Good Comic is Hard To Find

Matt Seneca’s new column for the Journal documents what he’s read so far this year–the good, the great, the bad & The Authority. Continue reading

 

Street Talk: The Guy Colwell Interview

Guy Colwell’s Inner City Romance is the most politically cogent of the San Francisco underground comics by leaps and bounds. Continue reading

 

“I’m Trying To Be Someone Who Doesn’t Understand What They’re Doing”: The Benjamin Marra Interview

The Night Business and Gangsta Rap Posse creator talks self-publishing, the connection between comics and foie gras, and the inspiration he draws from Giotto and giallo. Continue reading

 

Yokoyama’s Rubicon: Humanity/ Color/ Transcendence

Traveling through Yuichi Yokoyama’s books without a map. Continue reading

 

In The Land Unknown with Gary Panter

A conversation about process and philosophy. Continue reading