TCJ 300 posts

TCJ 300: Conversations (Introduction)

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 3:24 AM


300 issues, 33 years.*

If the concept of 300 issues of this magazine sets you reeling in a fog of disbelief, horror, and awe, imagine what it does to me. When I co-founded The Comics Journal in 1976, I

TCJ 300: Coming Comics for October 2009 – November 2009

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 3:21 AM


Image from The Book of Genesis Illustrated, ©2009 R. Crumb.


Headlining October’s new releases is a five-year labor of love from one of America’s most celebrated cartoonists: The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb. Portraying God

TCJ 300: Lost in Translation

Posted by on December 30th, 2009 at 12:01 AM


Bring the Noise
Essay by Bill Randall

From Akira Toriyama's Dragonball Vol. 3, translated by Mari Marimoto; ©1984 Bird Studio.

A little prelude. Not long after this journal started, I was a kid watching Star Blazers on a crackling UHF channel the rabbit ears barely caught. When it rained, Desslok died in the static.

TCJ 300: Continental Drift

Posted by on December 29th, 2009 at 4:54 AM
The Constant Garage

From The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius Chapter One: A Dangerous Overhaul in Heavy Metal Vol. 1 #7; ©1976 Métal Hurlant.
Spanning more or less exactly the life of the Journal, Moebius' greatest invention, the Hermetic Garage, has been a constant in his creative life. A set of concepts to which he has returned intermittently through his career and which has found new life in his most recent book — an exhilarating return to form.

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TCJ 300: Funnybook Roulette

Posted by on December 28th, 2009 at 2:44 AM


The Experience of Comics

From Girls and Boys, by and ©1979 Lynda Barry.

So here we are, with enough issues of The Comics Journal to hold off the Persians. I joined the hoplites in #52, dated December 1979,

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TCJ 300 Conversations: Stan Sakai & Chris Schweizer

Posted by on December 25th, 2009 at 4:05 AM


Cartoon by Schweizer, with Sakai on the left and him on the right ©2009 Chris Schweizer.

Historical fiction is cartoonists Stan Sakai’s and Chris Schweizer’s stock in trade: The latter is best known for his graphic novel, Crogan’s Vengeance

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TCJ 300 Conversations: Jim Borgman & Keith Knight

Posted by on December 24th, 2009 at 4:36 AM


Nov.7, 1983 panel collected in The Great Communicator, ©1985 Jim Borgman.

Jim Borgman and Keith Knight each own a piece of the vanishing real estate that is the daily-newspaper page. Not only have they managed to hold onto

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TCJ 300 Conversations: Ted Rall & Matt Bors

Posted by on December 23rd, 2009 at 3:55 AM


Syndicated since 1991, Ted Rall has been considered the “bad boy” of American editorial cartooning since at least 2001, when his “war on terror”-related anti-Bush cartoons landed him on right-wing hit lists like Bernard Goldberg’s best-selling book 100 People

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TCJ 300 Conversations: Jaime Hernandez & Zak Sally

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 5:47 AM


Both veteran comics creator Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets, now in its third, annual iteration) and minicomics publisher and cartoonist Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse, The Recidivist and the forthcoming collection Like a Dog)

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TCJ 300 Conversations: Denny O’Neil & Matt Fraction

Posted by on December 21st, 2009 at 5:07 AM


Two Young Turks: Part of a group who defected from Charlton to DC in the ’60s, comics writer Denny O’Neil, who had a background in journalism, is best known for expanding the superhero genre to include socially conscious themes

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