30th Anniversary issue! "Where we came from, where we're going": The Comics Journal celebrates its 30th year as the nation's premier trade journal and comic-arts review by examining the last three decades of comics arts and industry history, and offers a look at where the medium may be headed in the next decade, in an oversized special issue guaranteed to give you a new perspective from which to view the artform. News Editor Michael Dean and Managing Editor Dirk Deppey offer a concise history of the comic-book marketplace, from the early days of the Direct Market to the turbulent 1990s and their consequences for today. Executive Editor Gary Groth talks about the aesthetics of the medium with renowned cultural critic Donald Phelps. French cartoonist and controversial L'Association co-founder Jean-Christophe Menu offers a European perspective, and a host of cartoonists (including breakout web-cartoonist Chris Onstad and others) and publishers (First Second's Mark Siegel, Top Shelf's Chris Staros, Dark Horse's Diana Schutz, Viz's Dallas Middaugh, and webcomics entrepreneur Joey Manley) discuss the future of the medium as seen from their vantage points.
Also in this issue: interview with and masterful cover by rising graphic novelist R. Kikuo Johnson; Alex Toth remembered; in our comics section, a complete presentation of the proto-graphic novel It Rhymes with Lust by Drake Waller, Matt Baker & Ray Osrin, with introductions by Michael T. Gilbert & Ken Quattro; an interviews with manga-influenced cartoonists Chynna Clugston & Fred Gallagher; and much more!