Outbox 2

Tom Herpich returns with another heroic stack of recent reads, ranging from post-underground fantasies to French alt-comics to autobio of an unexpected type.

Jason Novak

Jason Novak: Day One

If you’re launching a talk show, people will tune in out of curiosity. And if you turn your first guest into a cat? Well, that’s how you ensure a ratings bonanza. A new Diary begins!

Lily Renee

Lily Renée Phillips, 1921-2022

The underground cartoonist and comics historian Trina Robbins presents an appreciation of Lily Renée, a Holocaust survivor well-remembered by Golden Age enthusiasts for her 1940s fantasy/SF and adventure strips for Fiction House.

Paul Coker Jr.

Paul Coker Jr., 1929-2022

Andrew Farago presents a heartfelt tribute to Paul Coker Jr., a pro’s pro of comics and animation, with comments by MAD colleagues and prominent admirers alike, and dozens of images spanning his entire career.

Hasegawa Machiko

The Transgenerational Manga Sazae-san and Its Meaning

Can you feel nostalgia for a time that you can’t remember – even from before you were born? Maybe it’s not nostalgia, but natsukashisa. In this 2014 essay, Natsume Fusanosuke examines Sazae-san, a Japanese pop culture institution which began as a newspaper strip addressing the current day, and became a television platform for fond feelings in an eternal midcentury.