The Dame Darcy Interview

In this 1994 interview, Dame Darcy and interviewer Darcy Sullivan talk about Victorian influences, ghosts, and pointy boobs.

The Problem with Editorial Cartooning Today

This 1988 panel about the viability of satire in editorial cartooning features Jules Feiffer, Chuck Freund, Brad Holland, David Levine, and Peter Steiner. They question what’s left to satirize in a culture that satirizes itself, and ponder if humor helps or hurts the political aims of editorial cartoonists.

Cartoons of Mass Destruction: The Whole Story Behind the Danish 12

In 2006, 12 Danish cartoonists controversially drew pictures of Muhammad at the urging of Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the weekly Jyllands-Posten. This news story from The Comics Journal #275 (April 2006) offers a multitude of perspectives — from cartoonists, Danes, Muslims, Danish Muslims — and is being rerun to help supply context for the Charles Hebdo killings.

Ralph Steadman: Into the Gentle Darkness

In this 1989 Comics Journal interview, Gary Groth picks Ralph Steadman’s brain on the topic of his growth as an artist, changing interests, loss of faith and times working with Hunter S. Thompson in a career-spanning conversation that always finds its way back to politics and all that’s wrong in the world.

The Shary Flenniken Interview

In this interview from The Comics Journal #146 (November 1991), Shary Flenniken talks about running away from home, the Air Pirates, editing National Lampoon, Trots and Bonnie, and more.

Edward Sorel’s Happy Accidents

Emerging from a partnership with some of the most famous and influential graphic designers of the time, Edward Sorel went on to become a celebrated illustrator, writer, and cartoonist whose work graces publications across the cultural spectrum. In this interview from TCJ #158 (April 1993), Sorel spoke to the Journal about his life, his art, and his uncanny ability to be in the right place at the wrong time.

The Bill Watterson Interview

In this 1989 interview, Bill Watterson talks about the tension between realities in Calvin and Hobbes, how popular art doesn’t have to pander, nuance, animation and why he chose not license the strip.

The Joey Manley Interview

In this 2006 interview, Dirk Deppey and Joey Manley discuss the webcomics subscription model, micropayments, how putting comics on the web changes them, and an e-book future.

The Peter Bagge Interview

In this interview from 1998, Peter Bagge talks about ending the first run of his Hate series, developing it for MTV, buying comics off the Internet, and being able to make a living off of doing comics.

50 Years of Mediocrity

In this piece from The Comics Journal #207, cartoonist Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle) reflects on his time at the School of Visual Arts.

Run of the Miller

In this review from The Comics Journal #82 (July 1983) Kim Thompson reads and reacts to the first issue of Ronin.

Blood and Thunder: Craft is the Enemy

This argument began with a letter by James Kochalka (American Elf) in The Comics Journal #189 (in 2005, he would expand on his theory in The Cute Manifesto). Some readers found this letter inspirational; others, such as Jim Woodring, wrote in refutations.

The Rick Veitch Interview

Rick Veitch’s career spans from the underground to the self-publishing movements. Jeremy Pinkham talks to him about being in the first class at the Joe Kubert school, working on Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, and his personal take on the superhero genre.

The Barry Windsor-Smith Interview

Barry Windsor-Smith talks to Gary Groth about transitioning out of the X titles into his own creator-owned work, Jack Kirby, subverting genre and the aesthetic state of the industry, ca. 1996.