TCJ 300 posts

Douglas Wolk interviews Kevin O’Neill Part Four (of Five)

Posted by on February 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
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* some images in this article are NSFW Previously: PART ONE, PART TWO, PART THREE

TCJ #300: Table of Contents

Posted by on January 8th, 2010 at 3:39 AM
The latest issue of The Comics Journal, online in its entirety!

TCJ 300: Acme Novelty Library #19 reviewed by Chris Lanier

Posted by on January 6th, 2010 at 7:57 AM
Panel from

Acme Novelty Library #19, ©2008 Chris Ware.

Part of the fun of Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library #19 is seeing him apply his style to a new mode. The first half is a science-fiction adventure story involving a desperate struggle for survival, a failed escape across inhospitable terrain, the murder of several dogs, and even a brief bout of auto-cannibalism. All this transpires on a faltering colony on Mars, and the arid setting allows Ware to maintain his usual formal distance without shortchanging the urgency of the plot. At its core, the story is one of abandonment — both intimate and infinite.

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TCJ 300: Asterios Polyp reviewed by Charles Hatfield

Posted by on January 5th, 2010 at 7:53 AM
Hana (whose name Asterios mistakes for the palindromic Hannah) and Asterios from Asterios Polyp, ©2009 David Mazzucchelli.

Great things have been expected from cartoonist David Mazzucchelli. Asterios Polyp is a great thing. In fact it's one of the rare graphic novels worthy of the tag.

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TCJ 300: Comicopia

Posted by on January 4th, 2010 at 5:37 AM

Something Old and Something New

Yes, it's the 300th issue of the Journal. Another of those magic round numbers. Comics fandom is so wrapped up in numbers that you'd think it was baseball. But it's not baseball. It's not even hardball. It's comics, the medium of pictures and words, not numbers. Still, counting as we go, we take up Art Spiegelman's latest production, the reissue last year of Breakdowns, which obliges us to cast a moistly rolling eye back 30-some years in comics history to see, by comparison, what we may have learned in the three decades that the Journal has been published by the present proprietor.

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TCJ 300: Meet the Comics Press

Posted by on January 1st, 2010 at 4:58 AM
The Firing Line Forms Here

From Tantrum, by and ©1997 Jules Feiffer.

Once upon a time there was no Comics Journal. Coverage of comics, let alone comics criticism, was very, very different.

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TCJ 300: A Cartoon Interview with Gary Groth

Posted by on January 1st, 2010 at 4:40 AM
Noah Van Sciver speaks with the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books.

TCJ 300: Post-Human Review

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 4:07 AM

Age of Geeks

The Owl Ship's controls in Watchmen: The Film Companion, photographed by Clay Enos; ©2009 DC Comics.

In the late 1970s, when this magazine came to be, Alan Moore was kicking around from one clerk job to another, collecting his paychecks from places like the Northampton gas board. He wanted to be an artist and seer, but he couldn't find the nerve to collar his destiny. One night he had a dream: His 10-year-old self looked at him and wanted to know what had happened to their life. A decade later, Moore was finishing Watchmen, and now he sits in his living room in Northampton, keeping an irritated distance from the $150 million dumb idea Hollywood has raised over his bright idea from a quarter-century back.

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TCJ 300: Blood & Thunder (Letters from our readers)

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 3:33 AM


Michael Slembrouck:

I thought it was funny that issue 298 of The Comics Journal had a lengthy essay [Comicopia, R.C. Harvey] about the dead chimp/stimulus bill editorial cartoon and how, racist or not, the author failed

TCJ 300: Journal Datebook

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 3:26 AM


This Draper Hill caricature drawn by George Fisher; ©2009 George Fisher.

Draper Hill, 1935-2009

May 13: Draper Hill was unique. A historian and scholar of the arts of editorial cartooning as well as an adroit practitioner in the arena

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