Archive for the ‘Interview’ Category

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.

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 Becky Cloonan and Hwan Cho

September 10, 2009

I’ve been a fan of Becky Cloonan for years (What self-respecting comics fan isn’t? Demo? American Virgin? East Coast Rising? 5? Pixu? Tales of the Vampires?).

She and Hwan Cho have teamed up for a new weekly webcomic “K.G.B.” ( and they gave me some of the inside scoop. Honestly anytime two cartoonists team up to co-write and co-illustrate something, it’s always interesting and if the first installment is any indication it doesn’t look exactly like anything either has done before.

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.

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.

Interview with cartoonist Kevin Cannon

June 10, 2009

I’m a big fan of Kevin Cannon, especially “Far Arden” (the online and now print comic which was drawn in 288 hours, to find out more read the interview) and the work he and Zander Cannon did on the recent book “Stuff of Life.”

Interview with Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

June 5, 2009

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

Interview with Bob Fingerman on SG

May 27, 2009

I have thought and continue to think that Bob Fingerman is a funny and talented cartoonist and novelist. His new comic “From the Ashes” is hilarious and bizarre, a buddy comedy of him and his wife surviving the apocalypse. He’s also a great guy to talk with.