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.
Valerio Stivé pays a visit to a living legend of Italian alternative comics, for a discussion of his recent “Notebooks” of personal stories from Ukraine and Russia – and a special preview of his next book, on the 2022 invasion.
They told me I’d flown too close to the sun. But I was hotter than that.
The world mourns the loss of one of its most talented artists, Jean-Jacques Sempé.
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.
John Kelly takes a look at Brian Doherty’s new history of underground comics – and takes his concerns to the author.
Artists in conversation, as Joe Decie chats with Daniel Locke, a specialist in scientific and nonfiction comics in the UK small-press and graphic novel scenes.
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“All is calm… good night…”
Doomscroll puppy time, and painting.
Cynthia Rose peels back the history of the secret life inside the bar Père Lunette: comic art born of militant politics. While the 19th century bar served society’s lowest, it also welcomed socialists, anarchists and Communards. In Père Lunette, we watch caricature evolve and witness the art’s most troubled hours. Its art personifies laughter as resistance.
Several styles of snakes in the grass.
Mark Arnold, editor and publisher of The Harveyville Fun Times!, remembers the longtime Harvey editor Sid Jacobson – also a novelist and a Billboard Top 10 hit songwriter, who enjoyed late-in-life popularity as a writer of nonfiction comics. Jacobson died on July 23.
Rolling out with the dog posse.
It’s time to catch up with Eisner-winning comics writer David F. Walker, whose work encompasses new DC superheroes, classic Marvel team-ups, Shaft, successful crowdfunding campaigns, and a fascination with auteurs.
She and Gus, from day to night.
There’s only one way to resolve the ongoing issues at Warner Bros. I am going to buy Superman and rename him Mr. Toilet.
What can Picasso tell us about cartooning? How can we define ‘drawing’ in the greater tradition of visual art? Andrew Field has a few suggestions.
In the wide world of international cultural exchange, few comics are more curious than the brooding, violent version of Spider-Man drawn by Ikegami Ryōichi in the early 1970s. Now, for the first time in English, Ono Kōsei, one of the facilitators of that project, reveals the secret origin of Supaidāman.
The novelist Jean Marc Ah-Sen discusses fear, desire, and artistic practice with Spanish artist Maria Llovet, known for her extended collaboration with the writer Brian Azzarello on Faithless, and a suite of stylish solo work.
Whew, it’s too sunny out for news! (A cartoon news imp appears.) “Oh-ho, well then, I will erase all news from the world forever.” Nooo, Mr. News, I didn’t mean it!! “Well, okay…”
In this 1988 discussion from The Comics Journal #122, writers John Wagner and Alan Grant define their politics (and those of Judge Dredd), compare Dredd artists, and talk about coping with the seemingly random taboos of British comics censorship.
Tom Shapira remembers the hugely prolific writer of British and American comics, capable of gruesome violence and tender introspection. Grant died earlier this month.