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The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #5

Posted by on July 2nd, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Newspaper syndication is one of the most brutal ways to make a living in comics, and that’s saying a lot.  Just to lay out the current situation: according to editor Tea Fougner, King Features receives about 300 submissions a month,

Lev Gleason: The Family Speaks!

Posted by on July 2nd, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Two weeks ago I asked if there was a “Lev Gleason Expert in the House?” Several readers responded, both in the comments section and via email. Alan Wald, the literary historian who first prompted this inquiry, put me in touch

Gahan Wilson talks with Marc Librescu (Part One)

Posted by on June 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I met Gahan Wilson at the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Stoker Awards Banquet in New York City in 1998. We talked over a drink at one of the cocktail parties at the weekend event. In addition to feeling somewhat awestruck to be in the presence of one of the greatest contemporary cartoonists, whose work has appeared in Playboy, , The New Yorker, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and National Lampoon, I was also struck by his affability and his sense of humor.

G. Willow Wilson Interview conducted by Ian Burns Part One (of Three)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010 at 1:50 PM
“I’m a comic-book writer who wears a headscarf,” says G. Willow Wilson.”That should be a contradiction.” Indeed, in a time when the news is riddled with stories about violence over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, and the ties between the West and the Middle East are increasingly strained, those characteristics could easily be dismissed as conflicting. But Wilson chooses to write not only about how the West and the Middle East conflict, but how they complement each other. Wilson made her debut in the comics medium with her book Cairo, which she collaborated on with artist M.K. Perker (and with whom she is currently collaborating on their ongoing Vertigo series, Air). Originally from Colorado, Wilson now splits her time between Seattle, Wash., and Cairo, Egypt. In her new memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, she shares her love of Islam; how she became immersed in Egyptian life; and the difficulties she had reconciling her love for both Western and Middle Eastern culture. During their recent interview in Seattle, which took place on June 11, 2010, Wilson spoke to Ian Burns about her career thus far, her experiences in the comics industry and a concept she calls “hyperpraxis.”

Al Williamson Interview conducted by Steve Ringgenberg (Part One of Two)

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the first of two parts (with Part Two slated to run Monday), reprinted from TCJ, #90 (May 1984), Al Williamson and Steve Ringgenberg talk about the former's EC days, Harvey Kurtzman, working on the newspaper strips Secret Agent X-9, collaboration, the Flash Gordon comic and movie, Archie Goodwin and much more.

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #4

Posted by on June 16th, 2010 at 10:00 AM

A couple of weekends back, I attended the annual meeting of the National Cartoonists Society in Jersey City. Meanwhile, the Cartoon Art Museum here in San Francisco is showing a 60th anniversary retrospective of Beetle Bailey. Both these events reminded

False Starts, Part One of Three: Avengers #1 and Secret Avengers #1

Posted by on June 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the abstract, one might assume that the first issue of a new series would represent a fresh start, and that one might pick it up and simply read it, without wading into a morass of back-story dozens of titles wide and hundred of issues deep. In the Marvel Universe, at least, that assumption would be wrong.

Breaking news: Buenaventura Press closes

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 11:43 AM
Alvin Buenaventura made the announcement earlier today:
In January of 2010, I closed the doors at Buenaventura Press in Oakland, California. I was forced to let go of the dedicated employees who had worked so tirelessly for so little money in order to create art that we all believed in. This meant that I had to abandon all current and future projects and discontinue sales and distribution.

Drawing in Oil

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 8:19 AM
Some Gulf Gusher Cartoons

BL Roundtable: Anthropologize Me One More Time, Baby by “Kinukitty”

Posted by on June 9th, 2010 at 12:05 AM
In the first part of a three-part roundtable (with opening shots on Wednesday, a sidebar on Thursday, and conclusions on Friday), "Kinukitty" offers a yaoi fanfic writer's perspective on Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre, Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry, and Dru Pagliassotti, editors (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. Inc., 2010)

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