The Personal Statement

A stack of books–new editions of John Porcellino’s King-Cat collections from Drawn & Quarterly–sends our writer into a voyage of discovery regarding the influential cartoonist, whom he now reads for the first time.

Ego’s Door: A Cartoonist’s Diary

This week’s Cartoonist’s Diary comes at you in one extreme, recognizably dramatic installment: join Michael Olivo as he and a very special guest deal with existential and creative ennui via illustrative assault. Or do they?

The Frank Thorne Interview

CW: This post contains explicit, drawn pornographic images. In this conversation from The Comics Journal #280 (January 2007), Frank Thorne talks about a cartooning career that ultimately spanned more than 60 years. He worked in genres such as SF, sword and sorcery and history on comic books and strips — most notably, on Marvel’s Red Sonja title — before following his bliss.

Halcyon And On And On – This Week’s Links

Another Friday arrives, and its time for the comics biz to rest its head: but not yours, art-loving-zealot! You’ve got news to read, interviews to click on and critical essays to ponder. Clark’s got them all lined up for you–join him now, on the other side of forever!

Frank Thorne: 1930-2021

A true original, Frank Thorne’s career was a testament to joy, pleasure and rapacious creativity–and a hell of a lot of craft. In this obituary, Matt Seneca touches upon some of the many high points, following Thorne’s passing earlier this week.

Charlie and The Courtroom

Cynthia Rose looks at cartoonist François Boucq’s courtroom illustration coverage of the recent trial for the murders at Charlie Hebdo, in Montrouge and at the Hyper Cacher (“Super Kosher”) supermarket, which he covered on behalf of Charlie Hebdo and recently saw release as Janvier 2015 The Trial in collaboration with Yannick Haenel.

La Belle Dame Sans Merci – This Week’s Links

Once again, another week of comics news has arrived: reader, which story while you click on solely for the purpose of the intoxicating rage its narrative will provide? It’s a personal question that only you can answer, with that answer laying beyond the risen shore: begin your journey to truth now.

Mike Shea-Wright: Day Four

Mike Shea-Wright is an illustrator and public school teacher in New York, NY. Current focus is a quarterly mini-comic & art mail Patreon, and printing a couple projects for his Gumroad that are just sitting on his computer ready to ride. He also enjoys printmaking, bookbinding, and figuring out which left-behind student drawings will make good tattoos. He is @susan_saranwrap on Instagram.

Mike Shea-Wright: Day Three

Today, Mike is messing around with some new tools, letting The Conformist inform his thoughts and pace his training: it’s a classic Cartoonist’s Diary situation!

Mike Shea-Wright: Day Two

TCJ’s annual coverage of Garfield makes an earlier than usual appearance in today’s Diary (try to spot ’em all!). But what’s this? Pluggers to boot? My cup, she runneth over!

Si Spencer: 1961 – 2021

A look a the career of beloved British comics writer, Si Spencer, whose sudden passing has taken many by surprise in the UK comics community.

Mike Shea-Wright: Day One

How many second graders can you fit into one art class? Fix that theoretical number of children in your head before cracking open today’s Cartoonist Diary. Fix it in there with a nail gun. Then click “Continue reading”.