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.
Simon Deitch, 1947-2022
Remembering the late underground cartoonist: a complicated natural talent, and a child of 20th century American pop culture.
The Frank Thorne Interview
CW: This post contains explicit, drawn pornographic images. In this conversation from The Comics Journal #280 (January 2007), Frank Thorne talks about a cartooning career that ultimately spanned more than 60 years. He worked in genres such as SF, sword and sorcery and history on comic books and strips — most notably, on Marvel’s Red Sonja title — before following his bliss.
Roz Chast & Gary Groth: An Excerpt from Comics Journal #306
In these two conversations excerpted from Groth’s career spanning interview with Roz Chast, they discuss her experience at The New Yorker, then and now, and her feelings about the importance and limitations of draughtsmanship.
Muddied Waters: Katie Skelly Talks About Creating Maids
Cartoonist Katie Skelly and Gary Groth talk about Maids, her new graphic novel with Fantagraphics, the real murders that inspired it, and how much they both love Isabelle Huppert.
Al Jaffee At 99
Recently retired at the age of 99, Gary Groth catches up with Al Jaffee on his career, his comics, and the things he left behind.
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.
Art In Quarantine: Gary Groth
“I’ve been doing this for forty-four years and we’ve gone through some really, you know, bizarre times, terrible times and I’ve never experienced something quite like this before.”
On Publishing Stephen Dixon
Gary Groth reminisces on the experience of publishing Stephen Dixon, who passed away earlier this winter.
Gary Groth Interviews Gahan Wilson
Check out this 2011 conversation between cartoonist Gahan Wilson and Fantagraphics publisher and Comics Journal Editor-In-Chief Gary Groth, which originally appeared in the Fantagraphics collection of Wilson’s Playboy cartoons.
The Comics Journal #304: Excerpt from The Simon Hanselmann Interview
In this excerpt from TCJ #304, Hanselmann talks about Gretzkys, the relationship between autobiography and fiction, and selling stuffed animals.
Gary Groth on Bill Schelly
I don’t remember when I met Bill Schelly, but it may have been as late as 2006, when he pitched the idea of a Joe Kubert biography to me. It may have been earlier—and we may have corresponded briefly in the 1970s, as two teen-age comics fans putting out fanzines—but if we did, it would’ve… Read more »
Comics Journal #303: The Tomi Ungerer Interview (Excerpt)
The prolific Ungerer has been an artistic force of nature for more than 60 years — a cartoonist of international repute, a best-selling children’s book author, a painter, a prose writer, a sculptor, and a political dissident. In this excerpt, he talks about the relationship between writing and drawing.
Stan Lee, in Brief
Who —or what— was Stan Lee? Editor, hustler, hatchet man, corporate player, shill, writer, frustrated novelist, success, failure, catalyst, front man, self-parody, hack, exploiter, innovator.
“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
James Romberger’s trip through Europe, encountering all manner of comics culture along the way.
Short Run Small Press Fest 2013: Mad Stacks (of Zines)
An on the scene report.
Jack Davis in Conversation with Drew Friedman and Gary Groth
Live from Brooklyn.
My Dinner with Hitch
Gary Groth recounts one memorable evening with Christopher Hitchens.
Dave Stevens, “Unmasking the Rocketeer”
An interview with the late Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer). Originally published in TCJ 117, 1987, and now with a new postscript by Gary Groth.
The Jules Feiffer Interview
The most comprehensive interview with cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter and novelist Jules Feiffer from TCJ 124, 1988.
An Odd Man Out: Tom Sutton
An exhaustive interview with journeyman cartoonist Tom Sutton published in TCJ 230, 2001. It’s quite colorful!
An Interview with Victor Moscoso
A career-spanning conversation on design, comics, Zap, and the politics of art. Originally published in TCJ 246, 2002.
Jerry Robinson: Been There, Done That
A conversation with the late Batman artist, political cartoonist, and advocate. From TCJ 271 & 272, 2004.