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The Comics Journal #292

Details for this: Book
Author: edited by Mike Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor
Format: Magazine
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 7.5" x 9.5"
Colors: b&w/color
Year: 2008
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-938-8
Additional Details: squarebound softcover with removable logo sticker

Price: $11.99


This issue: Gary Groth interviews the entire Deitch family: Academy-award-winning Gene Deitch, whose wide-ranging career has spanned 60+ years, talks about doing illustrations for The Record Changer, directing cartoons such as Munro and Krazy Kat, and creating his comic strip Terr'ble Thompson; underground comics pioneer Kim Deitch touches on his father's influence, reminisces about the New York-based scene and outlines the evolution of Waldo the Cat; and Mineshaft artist Simon Deitch and writer Seth Deitch tell their stories in a fascinating, Rashômon-like look at one of the most creative families in cartooning.

Also: A look at the early comics of pioneering newspaper-strip cartoonist F.M. Howarth, Bill Randall on Seiichi Hayashi's seminal Gekiga novel Red Colored Elegy, R.C. Harvey's report from the recent Reuben Award weekend in New Orleans, and much more!

As always, we've got previews and teasers, including Gary Groth's introduction to the suite of Deitch interviews, an extensive set of trimmings from the Kim Deitch interview, and an excerpt from the Gene Deitch interview. (You'll really want a look at those Kim Deitch trimmings, which offer a close look at the artist's working methods and philosophies not found in the print version.)

2009 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

"By conducting separate interviews with Gene Deitch and his three sons, Gary Groth created almost a new genre: a family saga in the form of oral history. With each Deitch offering conflicting accounts of their family life, we got a rounded image of their careers, one that read like a novel. This was one of the best issues ever." – Jeet Heer

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