Interviews posts

Video: Michael Arthur interviews Eleanor Davis and Co. for tcj.com (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on February 15th, 2010 at 9:05 AM
This interview with Eleanor Davis, Drew Weing, Joey Weiser and Michelle Chidester concludes with discussion about calibrating the science in fiction, "kids' rights" and "schooling grownups." Revisit Part One (of Two) here.

Video: Michael Arthur interviews Eleanor Davis & Co. for tcj.com (Part One of Two)

Posted by on February 12th, 2010 at 9:05 AM
Michael Arthur interviews married couples Eleanor Davis & Drew Weing and Joey Weiser & Michelle Chidester about The Secret Science Alliance, comics for kids, formalism and much more.

Take Two — An Interview with Ruppert/Mulot

Posted by on February 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The cartooning duo Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot are amongst the most remarkable emerging talents on the Francophone comics scene. A two-headed cartoon beast, theirs is an organic collaboration, melding writing and drawing. Their comics are possessed of a strong

“An Art Unscrolling in Time”: An Interview with Mindy Aloff

Posted by on January 31st, 2010 at 12:06 PM

As promised: my interview with the dance critic Mindy Aloff, author of Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation (Disney Editions, 2009). I learned a lot from her book, and enjoyed interviewing her for the Journal. The interview

Dance and Comics

Posted by on January 28th, 2010 at 2:41 PM

In the next few days I hope to post my interview with Mindy Aloff, the author of an excellent new book on Disney and dance, Hippo in a Tutu (2009). Aloff is an established dance critic who has written for

The Lynda Barry Interview

Posted by on January 25th, 2010 at 7:04 AM
From What It Is, ©2008 Lynda Barry.

 

From the pages of The Comics Journal #296, Managing Editor Michael Dean talks creativity and tilting at windmills with the renowned author of What It Is.

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The Watchful Eye of David Levine: Interview by Gary Groth (Part Six of Six)

Posted by on January 20th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Levine: I really feel that we'd be much better off without critics. They are an insinuation into the field because of the ignorance of the middle class who need to be told what's good. They're applying most of their time to making a living - making a good living - struggle to maintain a living, whatever it is, and they don't have time to go to the museums until they're led there by a sure thing. And here it is! "This painting by Picasso says... and you look to the light over the head... and the horse rearing means this." They need written explanations, and critical reassurance: "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!" If they took any last look at Picasso's last etchings, they're just mere cartoons, not better drawn than anybody else, they're just funny old men looking at young bodies. That's it.

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The Watchful Eye of David Levine: Interview by Gary Groth (Part Five of Six)

Posted by on January 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
GROTH: Have you ever been confronted by anyone that you’ve unflatteringly caricatured? Did Henry ever walk up to you? LEVINE: A subject’s wife asked me, saying, “He’s got everything else and I want to give him something unique for a gift.” I said, “Don’t ask me to do this. First of all it’s expensive, I don’t like it, I know the man, he’s a friend, I don’t want to do it.” Well, she convinced me that she had to have it, it was all she could think of. So I did it and I got a three-page letter from her telling me how bad my drawing was, it wasn’t up to the same quality as any of my other caricatures, it missed him entirely, on and on and on.

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The Watchful Eye of David Levine: Interview by Gary Groth (Part Four of Six)

Posted by on January 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Levin: But with Kissinger, first of all the New York Review did not want to print that. They're fearful of things sexual. On one occasion I did a drawing of Philip Roth. In the scrap material he was wearing a turtleneck sweater. Back came word from Barbara E., why did I make him a penis?

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The Watchful Eye of David Levine: Interview by Gary Groth (Part Three of Six)

Posted by on January 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Levine's caricature of Lillian Hellman.
LEVINE: I've also always preserved the sense that this is my species and I'm not interested in cutting them up in a way that is abusive. There is a point at which I think setting the context in which people function can be very upsetting. If you maim people for the violence on television, with all the new technology, that gets to be a point where you are undercutting the humanity of even the worst people you are talking about, and cartoonists have to share that. There is a tendency and a love of just going as far as you can, and that's part of a feeling in caricaturists, the really natural ones, but I caution them on two levels: One, your art director or editor is going to say, "Hey, that doesn't look like them," so you might as well not go that far. And secondly, there is this thing of, you owe a responsible position to your species.

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