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Naked manga = child pornography

Posted by on August 4th, 2010 at 2:18 AM
The last few weeks, the most talked-about occurrence in the Swedish comics community is, without a doubt, the sentencing of a manga translator for the possession of drawn images under the Swedish child pornography act.

SDCC 2010: The Personal Touch

Posted by on August 4th, 2010 at 12:05 AM

From Stuck Rubber Baby, ©1995 Howard Cruse.

Presenting an audio recording from the "Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch" Panel, featuring Gabrielle Bell, Howard Cruse, Vanessa Davis, Larry Marder, Jillian Tamaki and Carol Tyler in a conversation moderated by Shaenon Garrity. Recorded on Friday, July 23. (Downloadable MP3 audiofile, 9.8MB.)

SDCC 2010 Manga for Grown-Ups Panel

Posted by on July 29th, 2010 at 4:06 PM

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Navigating the Chaos: A Conversation with Brian Allen McCall

Posted by on July 28th, 2010 at 12:02 AM
There are better ways to spend a rainy afternoon than flipping through a box of old Heavy Metal magazines, but that's exactly what I was doing when I happened upon "Is There No Justice in the Universe?" a forgotten five-page story by Brian Allen McCall in the August 1983 issue. Buried near the middle of the magazine, between a middle chapter of Tamburini and Liberatore's Ranxerox and a one-page strip by Peter Kuper, it's not surprising that this story was condemned to obscurity.

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An Interview with Moto Hagio

Posted by on July 27th, 2010 at 1:07 AM
I was lucky enough to speak to Hagio at the San Diego Comic-Con through her translator Matt Thorn, the editor of A Drunken Dream.

The Whole Wide World In Your Hands: TCJ.com Announces History-Making Global Blog Feature

Posted by on July 26th, 2010 at 2:13 PM
San Diego Comic-Con blah, blah blah … Preview clip of new Green Lantern movie yadda, yadda, yadda … Sure, all the bloggers are talking a blue streak about a big-deal comics convention in Southern California, and that's just fine, but there's a whole world out there beyond San Diego. If you doubt it, take a gander at the box labeled "International Comics" in the right-hand column on the front page. When we unveiled this site seven months ago, we had some very big ambitions and one of the biggest is now taking shape: As of today we are launching a major platform for comics news and commentary by bloggers from all over the world. On the opening day of this international gateway, you can expect to see new blog posts from respected correspondents in Argentina, Australia, Italy, The Philippines, Sweden and Turkey. Each of these nations will have its own ongoing blog on TCJ.com and over the next several weeks we will be adding blogs from every corner of the globe. All blogs will be in English but each post will have a link allowing it to be translated into the language of the blog’s home country or any one of more than 50 other languages. Our ultimate goal is to provide a hub of communications from the comics communities of virtually every nation on Earth.

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.

“Cool Japan” is no longer enough

Posted by on July 5th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
"Cool Japan" was an apt brand for the early days of manga/anime fandom. But now it's an impediment.

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