Interviews posts

Translation Roundtable (Part Three of Three)

Posted by on June 4th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the final installment of a three-part conversation regarding comics translation, the panelists mull over censorship, works that have been translated previously, puns, scanlations, process and the marketplace, among other topics.

Translation Roundtable (Part Two of Three)

Posted by on June 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the second part of a three-part conversation on comics translation, our intrepid panelists discuss "faithfulness," the temptation to improve upon the source text, sound effects, accents, working with word balloons and much more.

Translation Roundtable (Part One of Three)

Posted by on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
This roundtable was inspired by Matt Thorn’s essay "On Translation." Anjali Singh (translator of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis 2), Helge Dascher (translator of Michel Rabagliati’s Paul books), Camellia Nieh (translator of Osamu Tezuka’s Ode to Kirihito) and Kim Thompson (my boss, who is currently translating Jacques Tardi books) graciously agreed to take part in this discussion; it turns out they were just as curious as I was to learn about what strategies their peers employ to tackle questions of faithfulness to the text, the challenges specific to working with the medium of comics, censorship, authorial and editorial give-and-take, etc. The following conversation, conducted April 18, 2010, goes a long way to explaining the brass tacks of something that, when done well, is fairly transparent to the reader. — Kristy Valenti Participants: Anjali Singh, Kim Thompson, Camellia Nieh and Helge Dascher; Moderator: Kristy Valenti; Transcription: (The Amazing) Jenna Allen

Frank Frazetta Interview

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 5:57 PM
I met Frank Frazetta in the summer of ’71 when he and his wife Ellie drove to a convention I organized in Washington, DC, to exhibit his paintings. This was something of a coup at the time, since Frazetta rarely appeared publicly and even more rarely exhibited his original paintings; no one to this day, including myself, quite knows how I pulled it off. I only remember having the chutzpah to call him up and invite him, and that he accepted on the spot.

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The Bill Willingham Interview (part four of four)

Posted by on April 30th, 2010 at 12:06 AM

The concluding installment of this 2006 interview finds the writer/creator of Fables discussing crossovers, the nature of magic in the DC universe, the changing face of the market for comics and -- oh, yeah, Fables.

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The Bill Willingham Interview (part three of four)

Posted by on April 29th, 2010 at 12:06 AM

The Fables creator discusses Coventry, Robin, superhero decadence and more in this 2006 interview.

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The Bill Willingham Interview (part two of four)

Posted by on April 28th, 2010 at 12:06 AM

The Fables creator discusses his early work with such titles as Elementals and Ironwood, and his foray into the indy-comics world.

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The Bill Willingham Interview (part one of four)

Posted by on April 27th, 2010 at 12:06 AM

The creator of the hit series Fables discusses his early years, working for TSR and the hand he played in creating Villains and Vigilantes in this first installment of an interview originally conducted in 2006 for The Comics Journal #278.

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The Making of Stumptown: a Matthew Southworth interview conducted by Jason Leivian

Posted by on April 23rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I spoke with Seattle artist Matthew Southworth about his first major comics work, Stumptown, a crime story set in writer Greg Rucka's hometown, Portland, Ore. Because the real world-setting is a major selling point of the book, in this interview, Southworth talks about the research and preparation he undertook to make his Portland as authentic as possible. He also shares some advice on how to effectively use photo-reference in comics without making it look too stiff or jarring. Southworth will be attending the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend (April 24-25). I will also moderate a panel at the Fest with Southworth, where we will further discuss the use of photo-reference and photo- realism in comics.

The Chris Onstad Interview

Posted by on April 16th, 2010 at 12:02 AM
The twisted genius behind the cult-favorite online comic Achewood discusses everything from the nature of humor to the business model that made his strip a success, in this 2006 conversation originally conducted for The Comics Journal #277.

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