“You’ve Got to Constantly Reinvent Yourself”: Dan DiDio Is On a Mission to Save Comics From Itself
One of the most well-known figures in corporate-owned superhero comics returns to the direct market, single issues, and Frank Miller. We catch up with Dan DiDio about what’s different this time.
“We All Are Frustrated Artists”: An Interview With David F. Walker
It’s time to catch up with Eisner-winning comics writer David F. Walker, whose work encompasses new DC superheroes, classic Marvel team-ups, Shaft, successful crowdfunding campaigns, and a fascination with auteurs.
The Tim Sale Interview
In this 2008 interview from TCJ #291, Joseph McCabe talked to Tim Sale about the latter’s art for Batman: The Long Halloween, drawing the Marvel “Color” series (although he’s colorblind), providing drawings for the TV show Heroes and more.
“One Of The Things They Definitely Are Is Queer”: An Interview With Rachel Pollack
World Fantasy Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novelist Rachel Pollack talks with Alex about her influential work writing Vertigo’s Doom Patrol, a life spent in love with Tarot, and what motivated a still-recent return to comics writing.
“But You Get Up Again. And Then You Get Up Again. And Again.”: The Liam Sharp Interview
In this extensive interview, cartoonist, creator and innovator Liam Sharp discusses his sprawling career drawing superheroes, creating businesses, writing novels, supporting a family, embracing the struggle, representing his hometown, and much, much more. Yes, more than that.
“If I Could, I’d Completely Redraw It”: An Interview With Chaz Truog
While “Animal Man” may be the first title you think of when his name comes up, Chaz Truog’s career has gone much further than one fondly remembered DC comic. In this conversation, he talks about time spent in the monthly trenches with Coyote, his groundbreaking work on Leonardo Da Vinci in Chiaroscuro and his latest, the violent medieval epic, The Passion of Sergius & Bacchus.
“I Really Am an Underground Cartoonist”: Talking to Rick Veitch
Over the last few years, Rick Veitch has utilized a host of publishing tools to bring his older work back to print, and to return to those series as well. Jason Bergman caught up with him about his dreams, his super-heroes, and which major publisher is still frightened by his work.
Asshole in a Hat – The Early Days of Jonah Hex
Tom digs into the early days of the DC gunfighter, and considers how mounting elements of sophistication only troubled the Weird Western star.
The Light That You Shine Can Be Seen – Part 3
In the conclusion of Tegan’s look back at Knightfall, she makes her way to the other lodestone creator of 90s Batman iconography: filmmaker Joel Schumaker, whose colorful versions of Gotham City’s most popular inhabitants couldn’t be further from where Bruce Wayne now resides. Or could they?
The Light That You Shine Can Be Seen – Part 2
Tegan’s epic look at Jim Aparo, Batman, and Knightfall continues with a necessary stopover in the land of Denny O’Neil, the editor who ran USS Batman for over a decade.
The Light That You Shine Can be Seen
Tegan begins her latest project with a look at the big guy: Batman, and the “Jim Aparo” who drew him best. Knightfall may not have the most beloved conclusion, but you can’t deny the opening act. Or can you?
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Otaku – Frank Miller and Ronin
Revisiting the Frank Miller/Lynn Varley epic of the early ’80s as a story of fanboy dreams – embraced, defied, and deified.
The Strange Case of D. Bruce Berry
Steven Brower takes a look back at the wild and wooly (and probably libelous) life and times of D. Bruce Berry, which started in fandom and ended in The Fourth World.
“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.
Unknown Soldier – Known Unknowns
Tom looks back at the 1997 Unknown Soldier, when Garth Ennis and Killian Plunkett warned us of the world that was coming.
Momentism Revisited: “Batman: Three Jokers”
One of the most read print comics of the year is….a Batman comic, featuring the Joker. Joe McCulloch is here to take a look and see what this installment of America’s favorite corporate mythology had to say for itself.
“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!
Malleable Madness: Plastic Man from Jack Cole to Kyle Baker
Tom Shapira takes a fond look at the only non-Jack Cole Plastic Man comics anybody ever mentions: the Kyle Baker run from 2004.
“I Liked Superheroes The Best”: An Interview With Steve Englehart
A dependable, influential writer for both Marvel & DC Comics sits down with one of his biggest fans for a rapid fire journey through the hits, the misses, and the super-heroes that filled the pages: ladies and gentlemen, it’s Steve Englehart.
The Wreckage: Part Two
Tegan concludes her look at Grant Morrison and Richard Case’s shadow-casting run on Doom Patrol to see what it can tell us about comics, nostalgia, and Cliff Steele.
Rationality and Relevance: Dennis O’Neil
This interview was conducted in 1978 and 1980 and released in full form in The Comic Journal #66 (September 1981). Among the many topics they cover, young Gary Groth and Mike Catron ask Denny O’Neil about the potential for the art form – specifically, beyond the mass audience and the superhero genre – and talk about a promising new writer O’Neil is editing, Frank Miller.
Denny O’Neil: 1939 – 2020
The influential writer and beloved editor passed away, leaving a super-hero industry forever changed behind him.
The Wreckage: Part One
Tegan takes us back to the past, no longer as recent as it once was, for a look at the Doom Patrol–specifically, the one whose legacy remains critically intact.
The New Dynamics: Anarchy in the DM
Twenty-five years ago, DC Comics signed with Diamond Distributors. Eric Reynolds reported on a leaked memo.