Archive for October, 2009

Eddie Campbell interview

October 20, 2009

Eddie Campbell has been one of my favorite cartoonists for years. He’s possibly best well known for illustrating “From Hell” the epic story around the Jack the Ripper murders that Alan Moore wrote, but he’ll always be the man behind the Alec books. I talked with him about the Complete Alec which is coming out and his other work.

Nick Bertozzi interview

October 20, 2009

I love Nick Bertozzi’s work. His graphic novel “The Salon” was this strange historical-fantasy about Left bank Paris and the birth of cubism that centered around Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein and others. As part of Act-i-vate he’s created a lot of different webcomics, Persimmon Cup being the best known, but my favorite would have to be piece his piece on the Shackleton expedition. His new book is a departure, Stuffed!, which he didn’t write, has a very different style and approach, and it just proves what many of us thought, which is that Bertozzi can do just about anything.

Girls with Slingshots 5th Anniversary

October 1, 2009

Danielle Corsetto is the cartoonist behind one of the best webcomics out there, Girls with Slingshots and it’s been five years since she started posting the comic in October 2004. 800 strips. I interviewed her last fall about the comic just before it turned four and what can I say but I love the strip and she’s absolutely fabulous.

Here’s to five more years!

Patrick McDonnell interview

October 1, 2009

“Mutts” is one of ┬ámy favorite comic strips for years and I got to talk with Patrick McDonnell about the strip and his two new books, especially “Wag!” a picture book for kids that like his other kids books is completely different from the one that came before.

My own complaint about the interview is that it’s too short, but he’s far too busy a man to answer all the questions I could think of off the top of my head.

Danica Novgorodoff interview

October 1, 2009

I talked with Danica Novgorodoff over email recently. After her first graphic novel “Slow Storm” was released last year I was curious what she would do next and it turns out she adapted a screenplay that was based on a short story. I read Benjamin Percy’s short story “Refresh, Refresh” a while back and it is a great piece and it’s interesting what Danica did with it. She continues to amaze and I can’t wait for her next book which sounds like a pretty significant departure from her first two.

More on Jim Carroll

October 1, 2009

Alex Williams wrote a great article in the Styles section of the Sunday New York Times about Jim Carroll. It’s a n interesting look at the man he was and his more recent life, which for those of us who didn’t know him has largely remained hidden from view because we always think of him as a younger punk poet/musician.

It does mention “The Petting Zoo” his novel in progress, which was apparently in final edits and Viking ┬áplans to publish the novel posthumously, possibly next year. I feel a little bad about being excited about the novel given that the man just died.