The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age
Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny
SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny
Gross Prophets: Pete Maresca on Milt Gross and Sunday Press
Paul catches up with friend, collaborator and comics historian Pete Maresca on his latest publication via Sunday Press: Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross. No subject is out of bounds!
The Craziest Damn Superhero Universe: All Time Comics
Paul Tumey goes all in on the work found in All Time Comics, a gonzo series of super-hero comics made by the likes of Trevor Von Eeden, Josh Simmons, Josh Bayer, Julia Gfrörer, Noah Van Sciver and more.
Ominous Absurdity From “The Pits of Hell” by Ebisu Yoshikazu
This collection of surreal and savage manga stories drawn in a naïve art style vibrates on my bookshelf and issues forth the sounds of thumping pachinko machines, clattering speedboat motors and roars of rage so intense there is no doubt in my mind they have the power to rip my head off.
The Best Comics of 2019
Comics Journal contributors chime in with their favorite comics, artists and reads from the year that was: 2019.
“The Sanest Guys In The Ball Park”: An Interview With Paul Tumey
Paul Tumey reflects back on the conclusion of a seven year project: Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny. In this conversation with Michael Tisserand, Tumey walks us through the history of American newspaper comics comedy..and to define the word “screwballist”!
Seeking Salivation! Food in Early Comics
University of Washington professor José Alaniz invited me to prepare and deliver a guest lecture on early comics for his class on food-themed comics. You could say I hoped the project would turn out to be something I could sink my teeth into. I was not disappointed.
A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two)
If one is going to spend ten years on a single subject, George Herriman is a good one.
A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One)
“Herriman was talking about race and identity — as profoundly as anyone has, in my opinion — but I never see that as his big “Topic.” It was just part of his world, and the world he created, even if others were slow to recognize it.” -Michael Tisserand The first time I saw Michael… Read more »
Gene Ahern Covers The Conventions
You might have missed this. Gene Ahern, a popular newspaper cartoonist covered the tense, rancorous presidential nominations by sending Major Hoople, his Our Boarding House comic strip character, to the Republican and Democratic national conventions. It’s understandable if you didn’t happen to catch Ahern’s coverage in the funny pages. After all, it happened in 1928.… Read more »
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 »
A Walk Through Yuichi Yokoyama’s GARDEN with Tom Van Deusen
Seattle cartoonist Tom Van Deusen and I recently sat down and had a focused discussion about Garden, the 300-page comic book by Tokyo painter and manga artist Yuichi Yokoyama that was published in 2011 by PictureBox. The conversation helps reveal the way important new works get into a creator’s mind and influence them in subtle ways.… Read more »
Short Run Small Press Fest 2013: Mad Stacks (of Zines)
An on the scene report.