“I’m Never Going To Make Work That’s Not Political”: An Interview With Matt Lubchansky
Alex catches up with political cartoonist Matt Lubchansky, whose Antifa Super Soldier Cookbook arrives in April. In this conversation, Lubchansky talks about making satire work, their disinterest in straight lines and Paul Verhoeven’s impeccable precognition.
“We Were Never Comforting. And We’re Not Comforting Now”: The Denys Cowan Interview
The influential creator talks about how he got his start in comics, how a conversation with Jim Steranko helped cement his legacy, his time in animation, the return of Milestone, and how far comics has to go (and what it has to do) if it really wants to change its racist legacy.
“It Is Rare For Them Not To All Run Together In My Mind, Assuming I Recall Them At All”: The Stuart Immonen Comics Journal Interview
An expansive conversation with Stuart Immonen, whose artistic output reflects his interests: diverse, dynamic and curious. Here, he talks with Alex Dueben about his self-published work (labeled “too serious” by the biter class) and what the “Marvel method” looks like these days. Reminder: he’s not retired!
“Providence Was Really Exhausting. Finishing It Felt Like Finishing College”: An Interview With Jacen Burrows
The artist behind Crossed, Punisher: Soviet and Providence speaks with Alex about how he ended up responsible for some of the most diabolically unsettling images of the last decade, and what it’s like to go from Alan Moore to Garth Ennis.
“Am I Paying Attention To Anything Useful At All?”: A Conversation With Keiler Roberts
Keiler Roberts grapples with the place of comics and artistic creation in her life as the school year begins, and shares some coping strategies that have served her over a difficult summer.
“This Was Cultural Genocide”: An Interview With Joe Sacco
In this conversation with Alex Dueben, Joe Sacco explains how what was originally planned as a shorter piece on climate change expanded into the excellent Paying the Land, and how he worked with the Dene of Canada’s Northwest Territory to tell their stories.
“It’s Just Ridiculous”: A Conversation With George O’Connor
Alex Dueben’s catching up with cartoonists stuck at home, and this week, it’s George O’Connor in the hot seat to talk about gratitude, perspective, and uncertainty.
“We’re Grieving Our Way Of Life”: An Interview With Liz Prince
Alex Dueben checked in with Liz Prince to see how quarantine had upended her plans, the solace she found in a video game, and “social media distancing”.
“I Think We’re All Scrambling”: An Interview With Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang catches Alex up on two of his most recent comics: the sports & teaching memoir, Dragon Hoops and the retro title for DC, Superman Smashes The Klan.
Art In Quarantine: Julia Gfrörer
Julia Gfrörer talks to Alex Dueben about how the current pandemic has impacted her creative schedule, and what routines she’s using to cope with our new state of affairs.
“The Formula Is Your Friend”: An Interview With Kelly Thompson
Kelly Thompson talks about her prolific string of well-received Archie & Marvel titles, her love of humor, character voice and collaboration, and the path her freelance career has taken.
Art In Quarantine: Nicole Georges
Alex Dueben checks in with cartoonist, educator and podcaster Nicole Georges about the systems she is relying on to get through the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“I Want To See What Else We Can Get Away With”: An Interview with Avi Ehrlich
Avi Ehrlich talks about the history of Bay Area store, record label, art crew and comics publisher Silver Sprocket, and how philosophy can be more than just talk, but an actual practical business model.
“I Wanted The Opposite Of A Style”: An Interview With Jon J. Muth
Jon J. Muth–the only human artist who can lay claim to both winning a Caldecott and illustrating a memorable comic book featuring Havok–describes what drew him to the work of Stanislaw Lem for his 2019 book, The Seventh Voyage.
“Year Abroad. Dumb Luck. Decent Taste.”: An Interview With Edward Gauvin
In a fascinating, must read conversation, Edward Gauvin talks with Alex Dueben about his career as a freelancer translator, the noble responsiblity of the job, the difficulties inherent to its economic model, and some of his favorite recent European finds.
“Everybody Is Going To Get Real Miserable Really Quickly”: An Interview with Dylan Meconis
Dylan Meconis catches Alex up on what it took to get to “done” with her 400 page Queen Elizabeth graphic novel, guesstimates how far along things are with her webcomic Family Man, and apologizes for the heavy physical lifting involved in keeping up with her work via print.
The Best Comics of 2019
Comics Journal contributors chime in with their favorite comics, artists and reads from the year that was: 2019.
“All That Truly Matters In A Story Is Emotion”: An Interview with Mark Waid
Alex Dueben attempts to catch up with Mark Waid, one of the most prolific and successful comic writers of the last three decades, and while he can’t quite cover it all–they certainly cover a good bit of what has kept Waid’s creative fires burning on books like Archie, Daredevil, Superman: Birthright, Impulse and his latest, Ignited.
“They Left Me Alone And That Was Pretty Great”: An Interview With Phil Jimenez
Phil Jimenez talks with Alex Dueben about highlights from his twenty-eight year career in comics, the importance of mental health in the LGBTQ comics community, and why he’s returning to Wonder Woman.
“It Became An Obsession”: An Interview With Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm speaks with Alex Dueben about the difficulty of making graphic novel out of a conflict-free story where every reader knows the ending: Moonbound, the story of Apollo 11.
“Style Itself Influences The Mood.”: An Interview With Colleen Doran
Colleen Doran’s latest graphic novel sees her taking Harry Clarke’s illustration and stained glass work as inspiration. In this interview, she explains to Alex Dueben how the project–her newest collaboration with writer Neil Gaiman–came about.
“I Did It The Other Way Around”: An Interview With Joan Steacy
For her first foray into the artform, Joan Steacy went long–a 250 page graphic novel, detailing a semi-fictionalized account of her life. Today, she’s speaking with Alex Dueben about her life, her unusual background, and the variety of real life people who appear in Aurora Borealice.
“We Write About The Things That Obsess Us”: An Interview with J.M. DeMatteis
Alex Dueben and J.M. DeMatteis got together to discuss the recent rerelease of DeMatteis and Jon Muth’s influential Moonshadow, and the years of writing experience that surrounded the series original publication.
“Once the Ink Was Done, That Was It, Tough Luck”: An Interview with Kat Verhoeven
Begun in 2012, Kat Verhoeven’s Meat and Bone has found its way to print this year. Alex Dueben spoke with Kat about the experience of bringing her webcomic to print, and what’s changed about her work over the last eight years.