Now revamped with more pages, better paper stock and more color pages, The Comics Journal remains the finest source of comics-related news, reviews and commentary in the market today. This issue features an in-depth, career-spanning interview with writer and cartoonist Ed Brubaker, covering his life in comics from his early days as an indie cartoonist to his work for DC Comics on such titles as Batman and Sleeper. Sean Phillips (the artist behind Sleeper) provides this issue's cover. Also in TCJ #263: In a series of essays, our critics (and a few surprises recruited especially for this issue) take a closer look at one of the most renowned and controversial self-publishing success stories in comics history, Dave Sim and Gerhard's Cerebus! From the duo's many artistic accomplishments to Sim's many pronouncements on gender and politics, this roundtable will put it all into perspective for you as only The Comics Journal can. Want still more? How about the early college cartoon work of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, accompanied by an explanatory essay by noted comics historian R.C. Harvey? This is a rare opportunity to discover the origins of Hef's lifelong fascination with cartooning — you won't want to miss it. Add in a reprint of rare, archival newspaper strips, industry commentary from Steven Grant, Dirk Deppey and others, plus the celebrated news and critical coverage that has won the magazine countless awards, and you have another fine issue of the most essential magazine about comics!