Richard Sala interview

I talked with Richard Sala, a great cartoonist who I have to admit I haven’t read enough of his work. He’s one of the only cartoonists who creates gothic humor stories. He’s compared to Edward Gorey and Charles Addams and Gahan Wilson, and it’s easy to see them in his artistic DNA but he’s much more than just the sum of those parts. His newest book (which features a glowing blurb from Lemony Snicket) is unmistakably his though it’s meant for a slightly younger demographic which means less profanity, blood and violence than his other books. Of course the real reason why he’s such a master is the mood and tone, which remain. What was stunning to learn reading “Cat Burglar Black” was his skill with dialogue, especially the scenes between our teenage heroines.


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