TCJ Archive

The Comics Journal No. 308, Winter-Spring 2022

In this issue, Gary Groth conducts a career-spanning interview with Y: The Last Man comics artist Pia Guerra about her turn to editorial cartooning and future projects. Alex Dueben explores the graphic imprint Megascope, devoted to “rediscovering powerful speculative work by and about people of color.” Jennie S. Law interviews Civil Rights activists Jennifer Lawson and Courtland Cox about their ingenious strategies — comics pamphlets about gaining political power, going undercover, mass meetings — to register voters in Lowndes County circa 1965. Nicknamed “Bloody Lowndes,” 80% of its population was Black, yet only two Black people were registered to vote. Also: a gallery of Frank Leet’s one-panel cartoons illustrating Don Marquis’s (Archy and Mehitabel) verse, a conversation with Alex Graham about self-publishing a 400-page graphic novel, a Rob Guillory (Chew, Farmhand) sketchbook, an original comic by Meg O’Shea, and more.

Blood and Thunder (6)
Annie Koyama, Ricardo Baptista, Ramon Gil, MariNaomi, David Brothers, J.M. Hunter

From the Trenches (8)
Small-Press Cons Evolve in the Age of COVID
Representatives from Autoptic, TCAF, MICE, CAKE, CXC, Seattle’s Short Run Comix & Arts Festival and SPX

Interview (20)
Pia Guerra
Interviewed by Gary Groth

Feature (68)
Through the Megascope: John Jennings’ New Imprint at Abrams ComicArts
Alex Dueben

Interview (76)
Courtland Cox and Jennifer Lawson
Interviewed by Jennie S. Law

Comic (91)
Meg O’Shea

Sketchbook (96)
Rob Guillory

Reconsidering the Canon (152)
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Tiffany Babb

Fair Warning (112)
Alex Graham
Interviewed by Rachel Miller

Gallery (128)
Rhymes of Doting Mammas: Forgotten Tales of Frightful Children
Don Marquis with original illustrations by Frank R. Leet
Introduction by John Batteiger

Scene Report (140)
Melbourne / Australia
Ben Jeurs