The Comics Journal #302: Bloody Massacre Excerpt

In this excerpt from his feature “Bloody Massacre: How Fredric Wertham, Public Backlash and the 1954 Senate Delinquency Hearings Threw the Comics Industry on the Bonfire,” Warren Bernard looks at the impact of Bill Gaines “Are You a Red Dupe?” ad, and how the release of Fredric Wertham’s book may have affected the scheduling of the hearings.

The Megan Kelso Interview

In this interview from TCJ #216, Megan Kelso and Gary Groth talk about the latter’s artistic development, sex in comics, self-publishing minicomics in the 1990s, and much more: introduction by Jason Lutes (Berlin, CCS).

Keiji Nakazawa Interview

In this 2003 interview, translator Alan Gleason talks to Keiji Nakazawa about how his firsthand experiences informed Barefoot Gen, his manga contemporaries and his career.

The Spain Interview

In this two-part interview, Gary Groth talks to Spain about Catholicism, working in a factory, rebelling against authority, teaching, the underground comix movement and Zap, and Nightmare Alley.

The Jeff Smith Interview

In this interview, Jeff Smith breaks down for Gary Groth all the work and all of the years he put in to become an overnight success.

The Joe Kubert Interview

In this 1994 interview, Joe Kubert talks about how he broke into comics in the “shop system,” his work as a freelancer and editor at DC Comics and concludes with his foray into graphic non-fiction. Kubert also talks about founding the Joe Kubert School of Art.

The Alan Moore Interview

Gary Groth’s 1987 interview with Alan Moore documents the writer’s attitude towards DC after creator protests over a proposed rating system. “The Watchmen and Swamp Thing writer explains why he’ll no longer work for DC.”

The Alison Bechdel Interview

In this 2007 interview from The Comics Journal 287, Lynn Emmert talks to Alison Bechdel about the art of Fun Home and the politics of Dykes to Watch Out For.

Maurice Sendak Q&A

An interview that took place at the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco in December 1987.

The Joe Simon Interview

In this brief interview, Joe Simon talks to Gary Groth about co-creating Captain America with Jack Kirby, as well as many other titles they worked on together.

The Gene Colan Interview

Gene Colan talks to Larry Rodman about his time on Howard the Duck, Daredevil and Tomb of Dracula.

The Jim Woodring Interview

Jim Woodring talks about his career in animation, shares anecdotes about Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, his move to Seattle, his transition from autobio to Frank, collaborating with Harvey Pekar and more.