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Sean Michael Robinson: Idaho School Teacher Sentenced for Possession of “Obscene” Images of Simpsons Characters

Posted by on January 20th, 2011 at 4:06 PM
On Jan. 18, former Idaho middle-school-teacher Steven Kutzner was sentenced by Judge Edward J. Lodge to 15 months in federal prison for the “Possession of Obscene Visual Representation of the Sexual Abuse of Children,” having pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 13. His prison term is to be followed by three years of Supervised Release, mandatory sex offender treatment, and a host of other strictures on his movements and activities.

Nathan Wilson: The Rat Catcher by Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Since the announcement by Karen Berger of a Vertigo sub-imprint series of hardcover, black-and-white, original graphic novels at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con and her subsequent explanation that the titles within the Vertigo Crime fold would be “smart, edgy, sexy, crime noir fiction in graphic novel form” that would appeal to both regular comic audiences and hopefully cross over into the retail, bookstore market, the results have largely been hit-or-miss. It would seem a natural fit for Vertigo to shop its company talent and own reputation within the crime genre into this new venture, but as evidenced by The Comics Journal’s own Jared Gardner a few months ago, some of the books have mostly veered towards pastiche and imitation of American crime fiction with very little substance or originality. The publication of Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez’s Rat Catcher is a decisive break from some of these earlier experiments and potentially the strongest offering from the Vertigo Crime series thus far.

Nathan Wilson: Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson by Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith

Posted by on January 13th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Nothing new in the form of information is presented; yet, for diehard Thompsonophiles, such as this reviewer, the graphic representation and sequential format provide an intriguing and innovative approach that deserves attention and praise.

Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Five (of Five)

Posted by on January 11th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the conclusion of this five-part interview, Bob Haney talks about collaborating with artist Ramona Fradon on Metamorpho, working for Filmation, the failure of cartoonists to unionize in the '60s, Carmine Infantino's undoing, Jenette Kahn's arrival at DC, reviving Batman and leaving DC for good. From "The Astounding Separated Man" in The Brave and the Bold #60. Drawn by Bruno Premiani ©1965 DC Comics

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Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Four (of Five)

Posted by on January 10th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the fourth part of a five-part interview, Bob Haney tells Michael Catron about Arnold Drake and The Doom Patrol, Eclipso, The Brave and the Bold, rapping ex-hippies and the relationship between comic books and movies.

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Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Three (of Five)

Posted by on January 7th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the third of a five-part interview from TCJ #276 and TCJ #278, Bob Haney talks about the origin of Sgt. Rock and telling off Mort Weisinger.

Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Two (of Five)

Posted by on January 6th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the second of a five-part interview (which originally ran in TCJ #276 & #278), Bob Haney explains how he broke into writing comics, interacted with the personalities at DC before the "Marvel Revolution," the Comics Code and the withering of genres other than superhero in mid-century comics.

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Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part One (of Five)

Posted by on January 5th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the first of a five-part interview (which ran in TCJ #276 and #278), longtime DC Comics writer Bob Haney, creator of The Brave and the Bold series and known for his work on Metamorpho, talks to TCJ co-founder Michael Catron about growing up during the Depression and his experiences in the Navy.

Eric Reynolds Talks About Mome, an Anthology for the 21st Century with Chris Mautner Part 2 of 2

Posted by on December 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Eric Reynolds and Chris Mautner conclude their conversation about the 20th issue of the indy anthology Mome.

Eric Reynolds Talks About Mome, an Anthology for the 21st Century with Chris Mautner Part 1 of 2

Posted by on December 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The release of the 20th volume of Mome (which happily coincided with its fifth anniversary) seemed as good a time as any to talk with Reynolds about the series, where it’s been, how it’s changed and where he hopes to take it in the future. Plus, it provided an opportunity to talk with Reynolds, who has always been thoughtful, upfront, and insightful whenever I’ve had the luck to talk to him about comics. I hope I get the chance to do so again sometime soon.

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