Archive for the ‘First Second Books’ Category

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.

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.

Richard Sala interview

September 16, 2009

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.

Interview with Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

June 5, 2009

Two of the most talented creators in comics today in one interview.