Archive for the ‘Comics/Graphic Novels’ Category

Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford discuss “Robot 13”

December 16, 2009

Every few years a great new indie comic emerges. One of the aspects of the comics industry and the comics community that I love is the fact that every year people create new projects whole cloth and put them up on the web, run off minicomics at kinko’s, create new comics on their own.

“Robot 13” is a fabulous new project that draws a lot from Mike Mignola, the comparisons have been made, but it’s a robot battling monsters comics with a lot going on. ┬áIt’s fun. It’s gorgeous to look at and I can’t wait for the third issue to come out next year.

David Small interview

December 16, 2009

David Small is an incredibly successful illustrator and picture book writer. The man has won the Caldecott, the Christopher Medal and just about every other award. This year his new book was nominated for the National Book Award. “Stitches” is an amazing memoir and one of the year’s best books. Setting up a time to talk took forever but we had a great conversation with Small, who’s a true artist and has crafted what years from now will be called one of the great graphic memoirs right up there with Maus, Persepolis and Fun Home.

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to Jules Feiffer, Stan Lee and Robert Crumb who thought the book was brilliant.

Berkeley Breathed interview

December 16, 2009

I think “Bloom County” was a truly brilliant strip and Opus is one of the great cartoon characters of recent decades. The new hardcover editions of the strip from IDW Press are not just incredibly well-designed and well-produced hardcover volumes, but it’s one of the great comic strips.

Breathed has also written a novel which is just out. Ostensibly for young readers, it’s a love story between a girl and a dog and speaking as an incredibly unsentimental person, it’s a brutal book but also deeply touching.

Jamaica Dyer interview

November 25, 2009

I love Jamaica Dyer’s comic Weird Fishes. Nothing else is exactly like this strange surreal tale of adolescence, imaginary friends and a guy walking around in bunny suits who decides that he wants to fit in. I love the substance, the style and the way she serializes it and how that method forces her to think about it differently than other comics. One of my fav webcomics and something to check out. Plus there’s now a book.

Peter Kuper Interview

November 25, 2009

There’s no cartoonist quite like Peter Kuper. The man has been a force in comics for the past three decades, co-creating and editing the anthology World War 3 Illustrated, there’s the fiction, the autobiographical fiction, the travel books, the syndicated comic strip, the picture book, the adaptations of Kafka and Upton Sinclair, the memoir, the illustrations and covers for Newsweek and Time and Harper’s. Plus there’s Spy vs Spy in Mad Magazine which he took over in 1997.

He has a new book out from PM Press. Diario de Oaxaca is a collection of journal entries and sketchbook pages from the years Kuper and his family spent in Oaxaca in 2006-2008, a time that encompassed the drawn-out teachers strike, the police attacks on the strikers and the death of a journalist followed by the Mexican army being called in to restore order.

Matt Phelan interview

November 20, 2009

I got to talk with Matt Phelan recently about his new graphic novel “The Storm in the Barn.” It’s a gorgeous book illustrated in delicate watercolors about a young boy growing up during the Dust Bowl.

Angora Napkin cartoon

November 4, 2009

Earlier this year I talked with the Canadian cartoonist and animator Troy Little about his new graphic novel “Angora Napkin.” At the time he was working on the animated pilot of “Angora Napkin” which he described as “Nightmare on Elm Street” meets “Hello Kitty.” It’s fabulous and twisted and funny and unlike a lot of cartoons that might fit that description, it doesn’t look cheap. It’s only online for a few more days. Go vote. This is what the world needs right now. More Angora Napkin.

Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier interview

November 4, 2009

Dave and Raina, besides being an incredibly cute couple, are fearsome cartoonists. Besides the many projects both of them are working on separately they’re co-writing a new X-men manga series. It’s as if they put years of X-men comics into a blender and hit frappe and this is what they ended up with. Not to everyone’s taste but it’s worth it just for the character designs.

Tony Lee interview

November 4, 2009

Most comics fans know Tony Lee as the writer of IDW’s ongoing “Doctor Who” series, but this fall there’s a new graphic novel “Outlaw” which is Lee’s take on Robin Hood and it’s an enjoyable mix of familiar elements and some new takes on the material. We talked about that and his other projects including his big graphic novel project for next year about King Arthur.

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.