Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022
An obituary for one of the revelatory talents of autobiographical cartooning, and an icon of the underground era.
Drew Friedman’s Maverix and Lunatix: Icons of Underground Comix: “A masterpiece, a treasure, an encyclopedia”
John Kelly didn’t just read Drew Friedman’s new book of portraits, he asked seven of the subjects what they thought of their depictions. Plus: Friedman himself sits down for a new interview.
Diane Noomin, 1947-2022
A tribute to the late cartoonist and editor Diane Noomin, with an obituary by John Kelly and testimonials by 18 friends, colleagues and admirers.
Taking a Look at Dirty Pictures (without the pictures)
John Kelly takes a look at Brian Doherty’s new history of underground comics – and takes his concerns to the author.
Remembering Justin Green
An extraordinary group of artists, friends and admirers has been gathered by John Kelly to pay tribute to the great Justin Green, one of the most influential and powerful storytellers of the underground generation.
Justin Green, 1945-2022
Remembering the underground comix great – a pioneer in autobiographical comics and minicomics, and a private, dedicated artist.
Echoes of the Past: The Legacies of 1950s Comics Censorship in the Maus Controversy
The new boss is often the same as the old boss: history likes things that way, repetitive, punishing, obnoxious. Brian Puaca returns to TCJ to tease out the very clear connection to the comics battles of the past and the ones that are currently eating up the airwaves once again, with a look at Maus, Tennessee and…Wertham?
Transcript of the McMinn County Board of Education’s Removal of Maus
On January 10, Tennessee’s McMinn County Board of Education voted to remove Art Spiegelman’s Maus from its eighth-grade language arts curriculum, citing its use of profanity and depictions of nudity. These are the unedited minutes of that Board’s meeting.
Getting Weirdo at the Society of Illustrators
Kim Deitch, Drew Friedman, Glenn Head, John Holmstrom, Mark Newgarden, and Art Spiegelman had a wide-ranging conversation about the 1980s anthology era.
“Everything Was in Season”: Fantagraphics from 1978–1984
An excerpt from We Told You So: Comics as Art, the long-awaited and exhaustive oral history of Fantagraphics Books. This chapter’s topics include the wisdom of Gil Kane and Art Spiegelman and the growth of the Fantagraphics publishing family: Amazing Heroes, Nemo and … comic books
Another Look at the East Village Eye
“There was no money. I think we were actually paid in drugs.” — Mark Michaelson, former art director The East Village Eye Lower New York has been the scene for numerous “art movements,” and the decade between the mid-70s and mid-80s sure was one of them, especially for the convergence of comics, “art,” and punk John Kelly | February 15, 2016
The Minicomix Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The revolution will not be televised The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox – Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1970) The humble, photocopied minicomic sprang into being in the early 1970s and has become a prime engine of creativity in a vast subculture that today includes thousands of comics creators. This edition… Read more »
The Origins of RAW and a Lost Lynch is Discovered
At CXC, Spiegelman and Mouly discuss their early projects. And Jay Lynch talks about a painting of his recently rediscovered on Roadside Antiques.
Pushing the Limits: Comics and Creators That Stretch the Form
Comics as a self-aware form.
CHARLIE Horses: On Caricature and Outrage
An exploration of the impulse to caricature, a look at incidents of outrage and retaliation against cartoonists, and a personal attempt to come to terms with racist cartoons from America’s past.
Art as Transformation: WORDLESS!
If you’ve followed Art Spiegelman at all in the last 20 years, you’ve seen his lectures, filled with insight, wit, and lots of visuals projected onto screens. This has all been pretty swell — but predictable — stuff. But when have we ever seen Spiegelman take the stage to talk about comics with a giant movie screen and a six-piece jazz combo?
Art Spiegelman: Co-Mix
Five thoughts on the exhibition.
A look at Jeet Heer’s new book, In Love With Art.
The Comics Journal #302: Toon Treasury Think Tank! Excerpt
In this excerpt from the message board roundtable discussion on what to include in The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics, edited by Art Speigelman, Spiegelman, Chris Duffy, Paul Karasik, Paul Levitz and Jeet Heer figure out the book’s target audience and debate if selections from Mad magazine are suitable.
Angoulême 2012: Aftermath
One of the best festivals of the past decade. Of course, some problems persist.
Angoulême 2012: Saturday
The most eloquently curated comics show I’ve seen since the fantastic Masters of European Comics in 2001.
Angoulême 2012: Friday
The Art Spiegelman retrospective in the Castro building is amazing.
“It’s Only One Book”: An Art Spiegelman Interview
The cartoonist and editor talks about his latest book and DVD, MetaMaus.
The ABCs of Autobio Comix
In 1971 Justin Green’s Binky Brown started a revolution. Here’s what happened next.