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An Interview with William M. Gaines, Part Three of Three

Posted by on October 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Concluding the definitive interview from The Comics Journal #81, the EC publisher discusses the Comics Code Authority, refutes founding editor Harvey Kurtzman's version of Mad Magazine's origins, and much more.

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An Interview with William M. Gaines, Part Two of Three

Posted by on October 13th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Gary Groth, Dwight Decker and Peppy White talk to Gaines about the EC Comics staff, horror comics and the Senate Subcommittee hearings that killed them.

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An Interview with William M. Gaines, Part One of Three

Posted by on October 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
From The Comics Journal #81: Gary Groth, Dwight Decker and Peppy White speak with the longtime publisher of Mad Magazine and EC Comics, in an absorbing and comprehensive interview.

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Ian Burns interviews Johnny Ryan about Prison Pit

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit series is spontaneous, frantic and gruesome — each page-turn reveals something unexpected. At no point does it require the reader to stop and analyze the proceedings (despite a certain interviewer’s attempt, an account of which you’ll read shortly), which is just as well; readers are too busy urgently turning the pages because they’re enjoying the story so damn much. There just isn’t time to stop and think. And that’s what makes it special. In the following conversation, Johnny Ryan and I speak about his objectives and inspirations for the Prison Pit, how it relates to his previous work in Angry Youth Comix, and how Prison Pit has affected his cartooning. — Ian Burns

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Portrait of An Artist as an Angry Youth: An introduction to the comic artist Johnny Ryan

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Jesse Tangen-Mills speaks with the envelope-pushing cartoonist: "A fan of his work for years, I've always wondered: Who is Johnny Ryan? Why does he draw 'misanthropic' comics, as he calls them? In speaking with him, weathering long pauses and Gene Simmons-like evasion, I learned that Ryan was not an angry youth at all — well, not entirely."

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David Small Talks with The White Rabbit’s Grandniece

Posted by on October 6th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Interview by Danica Davidson This all started because my grandmother opened the graphic novel Stitches, pointed to an anthropomorphic rabbit, and said, "That's Harold." That surprised me because the last time I'd seen Harold Davidson — my grandfather's older brother and hence my great-uncle — he'd looked a little more human.

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Grant Morrison on Adapting the Mahabharata for Modern Audiences

Posted by on October 4th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
While Grant (Invisibles, All-Star Superman) Morrison has talked at length about specific individual projects over the years as part of promotional events to launch a new series or title, rarely do audiences ever get to learn about his writing process. Nathan Wilson took the opportunity of the publication of 18 Days by Dynamite Entertainment and Liquid Comics to talk to Morrison about how the genesis of an idea develops into an actual script. 18 Days is an "illustrated script book" based on Morrison and artist Mukesh Singh's work toward an animated adaptation of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

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The Julia Gfrörer interview conducted by Jason Leivian

Posted by on September 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Julia Gfrörer is an artist living in Portland, OR. She has previously self-published a number of books including How Life Became Unbearable and Ariadne Auf Naxos with Teenage Dinosaur. Flesh and Bone is her first book published by Sparkplug Comic Books. It’s a grim, magical fairy tale told with a modern voice. It is primarily a love story. A man’s lover has died and he is sick with despair. He believes suicide is a mortal sin, so he asks a witch to help him “deceive God” and reunite him with his dead lover. We are then treated to a story within the story as the witch’s ritual involves two children walking through the woods as a sort of Hansel and Gretel homage. The themes and humor are reminiscent of her earlier comic, Ariadne Auf Naxos, which read more like a diary comic embellished with fantastic details. It’s satisfying to see her develop the symbolism and style of her writing into a longer story arc. *Contains NSFW images after the jump.

Greg Irons: In the Fire

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 1:06 AM
Bob Levin looks back at the life and art of one of the underground-comix movement's wilder imaginations.

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Comics and Childhood: An Overview

Posted by on September 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Ana Merino looks back and asks, "Where, in childhood, does the reading of comics begin?"

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