Archive for August, 2009

Interview with Leo McGovern about “A.D.”

August 31, 2009

The third article this weekend about Hurricane Katrina and the new book “A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge” focuses on Leo McGovern, one of the individuals profiled in Josh Neufeld’s book. Leo was a great guy to talk with and I’m immensely proud of this piece even though I had nothing to do with it being as good as it is. That’s all Leo.

Larry Smith and Jeff Newelt talking about Smith Magazine, Josh Neufeld’s A.D. and the Pekar Project

August 29, 2009

Yesterday we posted an interview with Josh Neufeld talking about “A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge” and today we have an interview with Larry Smith and Jeff Newelt of Smith magazine, where A.D. was originally serialized. We also talked about The Pekar Project, their new webcomic that started on Monday and the other projects they’re working on.

Josh Neufeld on “A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge”

August 28, 2009

Josh Neufeld is a fabulous cartoonist and his new book “A.D.” about the experiences of people from New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina is one of the year’s biggest comics releases. Josh is in the New York Times, he’s on NPR, and he talked to me. (Yes, I know, one of these three just doesn’t belong).

We had what I think was a great interview talking about Katrina and art, the influence of Harvey Pekar and Martha Rosler. “A.D.” is a really amazing book. (The reviewer from Newsweek didn’t like the book but admitted to crying twice while reading it.)

Today is the fourth anniversary of Katrina making landfall and in addition to Josh we’re running two other features on the site this weekend, conversations with Leo McGovern, who’s one of the subjects in “A.D.” and Larry Smith and Jeff Newelt of Smith Magazine where “A.D.” first appeared.

Jonathan Rosenberg interview

August 26, 2009

I don’t know how to explain Jonathan Rosenberg’s webcomic “Goats.” I really don’t. I can explain why it’s so much fun and a quick glance at a handful of strips reveal why it’s funny and bizarre but explaining what the strip is…I admit to being at a loss. It’s a lot of fun, though. We could all use some more fun in our lives. His new book from Random House just came out we talked about it here:

The Pekar Project at Smith Magazine

August 25, 2009

People who know me are aware of my great love for the works of Harvey Pekar. A lot of people first heard about the man when the film American Splendor (which starred two of my favorite actors, Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis) was released in 2003, and while I think it’s a fabulous movie, it only manages to hint at the brilliant ways Pekar writes.

Smith Magazine, the great online magazine that publishes a lot of great storytelling including the comics “Shooting War” and “A.D.” is doing a yearlong project with Pekar and a variety of artists. It started yesterday and there will be new content every Monday and new comics every other week.

Personally I don’t see Pekar as an internet-using fan of twitter, but I’m not familiar with the artists he’s working with and I can’t wait to see how they play with space and the interface that Smith has on their comics pages.

The next year looks a little brighter.

PVP’s Scott Kurtz hits it out of the park (yet again)

August 14, 2009

I love Scott Kurtz’s comic strip PVP and I’ve interviewed him a couple times over the years for different outlets about the strip and his other projects. At his best Kurtz manages to skewer pop culture and those obsessed with it. (That may be part of why he’s so successful on the internet).

This month though he’s done a fabulous job of taking some very pointed hits at geek culture and Twilight, Green Lantern and GI Joe. The Green Lantern bit (I could care less about Green Lantern, BTW) is so perfect that I’m incredibly jealous I didn’t think of it. The GI Joe bit I disagree with only because it fails to mention Rachel Nichols (Seriously, Kurtz, what’s up with that?)

Renee Lott interview

August 14, 2009

I think Renee Lott’s graphic novel “Festering Romance” is one of the best debuts of the year. I love her linework and what sold me on the book, because I’m not much of a romance fan, was the tone. Renee managed to balance the light and dark elements of the tale in a very sure-handed manner. I think that and her artwork which reminded me of Andi Watson when I first came across it, will make this the first of a long career. I can’t wait to see what she come sup with next and I got to talk with her about the book before San Diego Comic-Con.