History posts

Gary Groth Interviews Harvey Pekar (1984) Part Two of Two

Posted by on July 15th, 2010 at 5:57 PM
In Part Two, Pekar rates world literature, discusses how different artists interpret his writing and generally champions the underdog.

Gary Groth Interviews Harvey Pekar (1984) Part One of Two

Posted by on July 14th, 2010 at 5:15 PM

In this Interview from TCJ #97, August 1985: Stories About Honesty, Money and Misogyny.

Gary Groth interviews Harvey Pekar (1993)

Posted by on July 12th, 2010 at 5:00 PM
This interview is reprinted from TCJ #162, October 1993, the autobio-cartoonist issue. In this interview, Groth and Pekar talk about literary values, evaluate other autobio cartoonists, and ponder how to grow a lit-comics readership. Upcoming: Gary Groth's 1985 interview with Harvey Pekar.

Lev Gleason: The Family Speaks!

Posted by on July 2nd, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Two weeks ago I asked if there was a “Lev Gleason Expert in the House?” Several readers responded, both in the comments section and via email. Alan Wald, the literary historian who first prompted this inquiry, put me in touch

Wednesday Illustrations: Robert Binks

Posted by on June 30th, 2010 at 10:23 AM
He's forgotten, but he was good. Here's some of the work illustrator Robert Binks did for Ogden Nash in 1972.

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.

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

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the first of two parts (with Part Two slated to run Monday), reprinted from TCJ, #90 (May 1984), Al Williamson and Steve Ringgenberg talk about the former's EC days, Harvey Kurtzman, working on the newspaper strips Secret Agent X-9, collaboration, the Flash Gordon comic and movie, Archie Goodwin and much more.

BL Roundtable: Conclusions: I didn’t make him for you!

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Perhaps the best criticism applied to Boys' Love Manga came courtesy of Noah Berlatsky, who wrote:
So to all these gender-theory steeped writers trying so hard to show that they've overturned patriarchy, heteronormativity, and even the c-word of capitalism itself, I say to you: the next time you read a BL manga or slash fiction story? If you really want to be subversive, instead of trying to figure out what that story says about yaoi readers and the yaoi community, and gender and homosexuality and what have you — could you start by figuring out whether you like it? Not whether you like yaoi in general, but whether you like that particular story.
I note this at the outset because the above critique could be applied just as easily to my own essay. Truth to tell, there isn't a great deal of BL that I enjoy. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty; Sidebar by Dirk Deppey; and conclusions by Berlatsky, Garrity and Kinukitty.

BL Roundtable Sidebar: The Mirror of Male-Love Love

Posted by on June 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Reflections on being both central to a genre and completely irrelevant to it, why women should be more confident in letting their freak flag fly (and a few possible reasons why they sometimes don't), why the similarities between men and women are just as interesting as the differences, a brief history of world pederasty, what it's like for a boy (on bottom), the inevitable coming-out melodrama — oh, and a review of the collection of academic essays, Boys' Love Manga. Not necessarily in that order. 10,000+ words, not even remotely safe for work. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty

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Tales of the Founding of the National Cartoonists Society Part III

Posted by on June 8th, 2010 at 11:59 PM
Tthe National Cartoonists Society could not have been started without Goldberg, and it might very well never have survived and matured without Caniff.

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