NEWS
He Is A Gallant Weaver – This Week’s Links
Clark Burscough | January 28, 2022
TOYOKAZU MATSUNAGA
On PaperaQ, a Webcomic by Toyokazu Matsunaga, Creator of Bakune Young
Carlo Vanstiphout | January 27, 2022
SEAN PHILLIPS
“We Get To Do Whatever We Want!”: An Interview with Sean Phillips
Ian Thomas | January 26, 2022
ALFONSO ZAPICO
The Importance of June 16th to James Joyce, And a New Graphic Biography of the Famously Obtuse Writer
R.C. Harvey | January 24, 2022
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He Is A Gallant Weaver – This Week’s Links
Little do those fools know that this column of links is on the official curriculum… of everyone’s heart!
Clark Burscough | January 28, 2022
TOYOKAZU MATSUNAGA
On PaperaQ, a Webcomic by Toyokazu Matsunaga, Creator of Bakune Young
Toyokazu Matsunaga is a true renegade of manga – and if you didn’t know he spent the ’10s on a 3,000-page webcomic serial, you do now. Translator Carlo Vanstiphout gives us a tour of the new English-language edition, with a special comment from Matsunaga himself.
Carlo Vanstiphout | January 27, 2022
SEAN PHILLIPS
“We Get To Do Whatever We Want!”: An Interview with Sean Phillips
Ian Thomas catches up with one of the most prolific comics artists of the last two decades: Sean Phillips, who has drawn zombies for Marvel, horror for Vertigo, and a metric ton of comics written by Ed Brubaker. In this conversation, the two manage to cover it all at a pretty brisk clip.
Ian Thomas | January 26, 2022
ALFONSO ZAPICO
The Importance of June 16th to James Joyce, And a New Graphic Biography of the Famously Obtuse Writer
Bob has always liked his James Joyce biographies, when they’ve shown up in prose. He also, as you well know, likes his comics. So is a comic biography of Joyce, like the one by Alfonso Zapico, going to be the peanut butter to his chocolate? Let’s put it this way: the word “best” is about to get a bit of a workout.
R.C. Harvey | January 24, 2022
NEWS
Low Winter Sun – This Week’s Links
Those three little words we all long to hear: “It’s not NFTs.” And three more: “Friday link blog!”
Clark Burscough | January 21, 2022
RON GOULART
Author Ron Goulart Dies at 89
Remembering a titan of fandom – the author of over 180 books, encompassing history, criticism, humor, science fiction and mystery. Ron Goulart died on January 14, 2022, aged 89.
Michael Dean | January 21, 2022
BEST COMICS
The Best Comics Of 2020
TCJ | December 30, 2020
FUMI YOSHINAGA
Yoshinaga Fumi: Those Gallant Girls’ Comics of Hers
In this new translation of a 2005 essay, Natsume Fusasnosuke details what he likes about the work of Yoshinaga Fumi, creator of Ōoku: The Inner Chambers – with a special emphasis on her self-contained works Garden Dreams and All My Darling Daughters.
Natsume Fusanosuke | January 20, 2022
KURT WESTERGAARD
Westergaard and the World’s Most Notorious Cartoon
Matthias Wivel grapples with the thorny legacy of Kurt Westergaard, the Danish artist behind the most notorious editorial cartoon of the 21st century thus far. Westergaard died last July.
Matthias Wivel | January 19, 2022
JONATHAN DYCK
Excerpt: Shelterbelts
An exclusive preview of Jonathan Dyck’s Shelterbelts, courtesy of Conundrum Press awaits you!
The Editors | January 18, 2022
AUBREY NOLAN
Isolation, Empathy, and Wistfulness: An Interview with Aubrey Nolan
Sam Jaffe Goldstein catches up with cartoonist Aubrey Nolan about what she learned from her art show “Protection Spells”, what influences her work, and how she sees that work going forward.
Sam Jaffe Goldstein | January 17, 2022
NEWS
Creation Matrix – This Week’s Links
I’ve been keeping a journal of inspiring phrases that pop into my head at night to use in this space. Last night I came up with “Reticence is Nothing to the Flying Man.” Is that any good? The rest were dirty.
Clark Burscough | January 14, 2022
Koyama Provides: The Artists
A collection of Koyama Provides grant recipients share about the projects, creations, and collaborations that they’ve received over the last year.
The Editors | January 13, 2022
A Rite Against Cryptoart
TCJ | April 1, 2021
ANNIE KOYAMA
“If I Can Inspire Others To Do This Kind Of Thing, That Would Be Amazing”: A Conversation About Koyama Provides
After closing Koyama Press at the beginning of 2021, Annie Koyama turned her energies towards Koyama Provides, an ongoing series of financial grants for cartoonists, comics makers and other artistic ventures. We caught up with her about the project’s first year and the motives behind it.
Tucker Stone | January 12, 2022
S. CLAY WILSON
Charlie Dear
There’s a new book of S. Clay Wilson’s correspondence out there, and Goshkin is ready to report back on the experience…and to consider why some artists end up with French bank accounts, while others worry about “a doorway reeking of piss”.
Bob Levin | January 10, 2022
NEWS
We’ll Take A Cup O’ Kindness – This Week’s Links
No— no, I’m glad about the first snowfall of the season. More time to read the links, right? Ha ha, no, it’ll melt, I’ll just let it…
Clark Burscough | January 7, 2022
MANUELE FIOR
“I Was Completely Out Of My Comfort Zone. I Was Outside Under A Pouring Rain”: Manuele Fior on Celestia and Beyond
Sitting down with one of Italian comics’ most visible contemporary talents, who saw his fifth book released in English last year: the lyrical SF story Celestia.
Valerio Stivé | January 5, 2022
BEST COMICS
The Best Comics of 2021
Gadzooks! It’s the Best Comics of 2021! And it’s so long, you can read it until 2023.
The Editors | January 3, 2022
NEWS
Fantastic Ideas For A Fantastic World – This Week’s Links
My god, the madmen did it… they’ve closed TCJ! For this year, that is…
Clark Burscough | December 23, 2021
DEREK M. BALLARD
“These are Modern American Family Comics”: The Derek M. Ballard Interview
TCJ | November 29, 2021
MICHEL RABAGLIATI
Islands In The Stream: 20 Years With Michel Rabagliati’s Paul
Cartoonist Mardou reflects on what decades of Michel Rabagliati’s Paul comics have given readers, and provides a guided path through reading them…or at least, reading as much of them as current English language translation allows!
Mardou | December 22, 2021
LEWIS TRONDHEIM
“We’re Not Doing Books To Make Our Living.”: A Dungeon Interview With Lewis Trondheim
With all new English language editions of Lewis Trondheim & Joann Sfar’s Dungeon series making its way to the United States, it was about time to check in and find out how things are going with all those fantasy mammals, and the murderer’s row of talent that has been drawing them!
Alex Dueben | December 21, 2021
TUONO PETTINATO
Tuono Pettinato: Super Cartoonist, Super Friend
Remembering the cartoonist Tuono Pettinato, a beloved figure on the Italian comics scene who died this past June.
Valerio Stivé | December 20, 2021
NEWS
Benefits Of A Classical Education – This Week’s Links
Wow, there really is only one more week ‘till Christmas. I ought to buy edible gifts tomorrow; there’s probably still food left… you know what’s REALLY nourishing, though?
Clark Burscough | December 17, 2021
RUSS JOHNSON
Mister Oswald and His Hardware Store: Russ Johnson’s Long-running Comic Strip
Bob takes us back to the hardware store (which is near the woodshed) to uncover the story behind one of the longest running comic strips in the history books, and the only comic strip that can claim consistent Hardware Retailer serialization on its resume
R.C. Harvey | December 16, 2021
COMIX EXPERIENCE
Comix Experience Talks Enigma with Peter Milligan & Duncan Fegredo
Brian Hibbs of Comix Experience sits down with Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo, creators of seminal Vertigo era “anti-superhero” comic Enigma, newly reprinted by Dark Horse and Berger Books.
The Editors | December 15, 2021
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