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Since this announcement literally occurred over tcj.com’s head…

Posted by on July 24th, 2010 at 4:29 PM
Hot news from the Fantagraphics' San Diego Comic-Con booth: Fantagraphics' Twitter: BIG #sdcc announcement: We're partnering with Disney to publish the complete Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse strips starting May 2011.

Short Notes On Long Comics: 10 Great Examples of Story Structure in Comics reviewed by Ian Burns

Posted by on July 20th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Tim Stout suggests, in his introduction to Short Notes on Long Comics, "...storytellers that utilize the strengths of three-act story structure—whether they realize it or not—have produced amazing graphic novels...this book will show you how three-act story structure is used in 10 of the most popular graphic novels on the market. From their example, you can learn how to structure your own story when you feel like you've lost your way": nothing egregious here. Surely comics writers and cartoonists utilize three-act structure in various ways. But strangely, to illustrate his point, Stout uses a screenwriting template, and makes no mention of the difference between structure in comics and structure in film.

American Blender: A Reporter Sifts Through the Many Realities of Hanging Out with Harvey Pekar the Movie Star by Jack Baney

Posted by on July 16th, 2010 at 5:01 PM
The full version of Jack Baney's 2003 piece (from TCJ#255), written in New Journalism style, about spending time with Harvey Pekar during the American Splendor film hype.

art by R. Crumb

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Dungeon Quest reviewed by Jason Thompson

Posted by on July 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The prehistoric idol on the front cover of Dungeon Quest Book One, the Mesopotamian-style frieze on the inside covers, and the idol's dangling genitals tell a lot about the content of the book: this will be a story about ciphers, icons and penises.

Gahan Wilson talks with Marc Librescu (Part Two)

Posted by on June 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Gahan Wilson interview concludes, with discussions about scary movies, the Great Depression and Mel Brooks.

Gahan Wilson talks with Marc Librescu (Part One)

Posted by on June 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I met Gahan Wilson at the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Stoker Awards Banquet in New York City in 1998. We talked over a drink at one of the cocktail parties at the weekend event. In addition to feeling somewhat awestruck to be in the presence of one of the greatest contemporary cartoonists, whose work has appeared in Playboy, , The New Yorker, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and National Lampoon, I was also struck by his affability and his sense of humor.

G. Willow Wilson Interview conducted by Ian Burns Part Three (of Three)

Posted by on June 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the conclusion of this three-part interview, Wilson talks about the cancellation of Air, the Standard Attrition website, the challenges inherent in writing memoir and being interrogated by little blonde stewardesses.

G. Willow Wilson Interview conducted by Ian Burns Part Two (of Three)

Posted by on June 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In Part Two of a three-part interview, Wilson talks about how it's harder to break into comics than The New York Times, writing superhero books in continuity, and how she scripts.

G. Willow Wilson Interview conducted by Ian Burns Part One (of Three)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010 at 1:50 PM
“I’m a comic-book writer who wears a headscarf,” says G. Willow Wilson.”That should be a contradiction.” Indeed, in a time when the news is riddled with stories about violence over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, and the ties between the West and the Middle East are increasingly strained, those characteristics could easily be dismissed as conflicting. But Wilson chooses to write not only about how the West and the Middle East conflict, but how they complement each other. Wilson made her debut in the comics medium with her book Cairo, which she collaborated on with artist M.K. Perker (and with whom she is currently collaborating on their ongoing Vertigo series, Air). Originally from Colorado, Wilson now splits her time between Seattle, Wash., and Cairo, Egypt. In her new memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, she shares her love of Islam; how she became immersed in Egyptian life; and the difficulties she had reconciling her love for both Western and Middle Eastern culture. During their recent interview in Seattle, which took place on June 11, 2010, Wilson spoke to Ian Burns about her career thus far, her experiences in the comics industry and a concept she calls “hyperpraxis.”

Al Williamson Interview conducted by Steve Ringgenberg (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 12:05 AM
In this second, and final, installment of his 1982/1984 TCJ interview, Williamson ponders comic-strip reprints, praises collectors and talks about his film and music influences. Oh, and he tackles the are-comics-Art question.

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