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!
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.
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.
Comics Journal contributors chime in with their favorite comics, artists and reads from the year that was: 2019.
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.
If one is going to spend ten years on a single subject, George Herriman is a good 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 »
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 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 »
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 »
An on the scene report.