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Now in Stock - The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapThe Comics JournalPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesinterviewsGary GrothBob Levin 1 Dec 2014 12:00 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Cover

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth

264-page color/black & white 10" x 12"softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-788-8

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Here in one place are the definitive Comics Journal interviews with the cartoonists behind Zap Comix. Featuring: Supreme underground artist Robert Crumb on how acid unleashed a flood of Zap characters from his unconscious; Marxist brawler Spain Rodriguez on how he made the transition from the Road Vultures biker gang to the exclusive Zap cartoonists' club; Yale alumnus Victor Moscoso and Christian surfer Rick Griffin on how their poster-art psychedelia formed the backdrop of the 1960s San Francisco music scene; Savage Id-choreographer S. Clay Wilson on how his dreams insist on being drawn; Painter and Juxtapoz-founder Robert Williams on how Zap #4 led to 150 news-dealer arrests; Fabulous, Furry, Freaky Gilbert Shelton on the importance of research; Church of the Subgenius founder Paul Mavrides on getting a contact high during the notorious Zap jam sessions; and much more. In these definitive interviews, the Zap contributors open up about how they came to create a seminal, living work of art.

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoThe Comics JournalSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinpreviewsPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesGilbert SheltonGary Groth 6 Nov 2014 12:30 PM

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth

264-page b&w/color 10” x 12” softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-788-8

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/zapinterviews

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoThe Comics JournalS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinPatrick RosenkranzGilbert SheltonGary GrothComing AttractionsBob Levin 23 Oct 2014 12:00 PM

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Cover

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Inside Page

Our next Comics Journal Library book, Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews is in our hot little hands, and it is a thing of beauty. Densely packed with interviews, categorized by artist, and filled with illustrations, photos, and ZAP cover art, Zap The Interviews is the perfect companion to The Complete Zap Comix, though it also stands equally well alone. Either way, this is a must-have for any underground comix fan.

Due out in December, Zap The Interviews is available for pre-order now!

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoThe Comics JournalSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinGilbert SheltonGary GrothComing AttractionsBob Levin 14 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

We've got a tasty tidbit for you this morning as we barrel onward towards the imminent release of All Things Zap. This 19-page downloadable excerpt of The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews includes the full introduction by author and The Comics Journal contributor Bob Levin, as well as the first eight pages of a marathon interview with Zap creator Robert Crumb.

A little something to sink your teeth into while waiting for this epic volume's debut in December!

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews, edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth - Cover

Zap: The Interviews (The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9) - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoThe Comics JournalSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinGilbert SheltonGary GrothComing Attractions 10 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

Zap: The Interviews (The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9) - Cover

Can't get enough ZAP in your life?! Not only do we have our limited-edition, single printing five-volume box set of The Complete Zap Comix coming out in November, but we're also preparing companion book and Volume 9 of The Comics Journal LibraryZap: The Interviews, edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth. This softcover collection holds all of the definitive Comics Journal interviews with the various Zap contributors and is a must-have for any Zap addic—er, fan. We've got the journal cover design here, and we'll have select previews coming soon!

The Comics Journal Archive 1-Year Subscription - Now Available
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 14 Jan 2014 12:00 PM

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Interested in reading several decades of the best interviews, criticism and commentary about comics and graphic novels available in the English language, but don't want to store hundreds of magazines? Or are you missing some out-of-print, impossible-to-find back issues from your collection? For just $30, get a 1-year subscription to The Comics Journal Archive at TCJ.com. Previously only available to subscribers of the print magazine, this all-access pass lets you read TCJ back issues online in their entirety (including all the articles, columns, illustrations, sketchbooks, comics sections, "Blood & Thunder" letter columns... even the ads) to your heart's content for one year. "Lose days or weeks or months binge-reading Gary’s old editorials and News Watch columns about people you've never heard from again (these are two of my most favorite activities in the world)," says TCJ.com co-editor Dan Nadel.

No later than two business days after you subscribe, you'll receive a username and password via e-mail, allowing you unlimited access to online editions of three decades of TCJ, starting with The New Nostalgia Journal #27 from July, 1976 (the first issue under Gary Groth's co-ownership and editorial control, before the name was changed with issue #32), through TCJ issue #279 from November, 2006, with the remaining issues to be added in the weeks and months to come.

We'll be sure to e-mail you two weeks before your account runs out, should you want to re-subscribe.

The Comics Journal is a magazine that covers the comics medium from an arts-first perspective, and is one of the nation's most respected single-arts magazines, providing its readers with an eclectic mix of industry news, commentary, professional interviews, classic comics sections and reviews of current work on a regular basis. Due to its reputation as the American magazine with an interest in comics as an art form, the Journal has subscribers worldwide, and in this country serves as an important window into the world of comics for several general arts and news magazines. Despite a tough-love relationship with the rest of the North American comics industry, due in no small part to its investigative news stories and uncompromising review section, the Journal has won several industry awards, most notably the Utne Reader, Eisner and Harvey trophies.

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesEC Comics 6 Nov 2013 2:53 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

See Previews / Order Now

The Comics Journal Library series is the most comprehensive series of lavishly illustrated interviews conducted with cartoonists ever published. To celebrate our republication of the legendary EC line, we proudly present the first of a two-volume set of interviews with the artists and writers (and publisher!) who made EC great. Included in the first volume: career-spanning conversations with EC legends Will Elder, John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein, as well as short interviews with EC short-timers Frank Frazetta and Joe Kubert. Also: EC Publisher William Gaines on his infamous Senate subcommittee testimony, and probing conversations between Silver Age cartoonist Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman, as well as contemporary alternative cartoonist Sam Henderson and MAD great Al Jaffee.

Part of what made EC the best publisher in the history of mainstream comics was some of the most beautiful drawing ever published in comic books, and every interview is profusely illustrated by pertinent examples of the work under discussion. The EC artists were renowned for their attention to detail, and the reproduction here takes full advantage of the oversized art book format.

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesEC Comics 31 Oct 2013 1:14 PM

Will Elder: "Robert Crumb said that he's gotten everything he needed from me. That son of a gun."

William Gaines: "I've never believed in any kind of censorship against anything in any way for anybody nohow."

Al Feldstein: "It was an industry of a few innovators and a lot of followers."

Johnny Craig: "The Code insisted that we put in the last sentence, about how 'he knew in his heart she could not escape, for he wouldn't rest until she was punished.' And that made me angry at the time…"

Frank Frazetta: "I didn't realize you could actually paint for a living and get paid for it, that kind of thing. I just did it for fun. But you did comics to make a buck, see?"

Joe Kubert: "I did the best I could … and for whatever the reason, it just wasn't up to Harvey [Kurtzman]'s expectations, and I just couldn't see myself twisting myself any more than I already had."

Harvey Kurtzman: "I have many friends and acquaintances who literally were on something when they worked and you can see it in their work, which is not necessarily meant as a compliment."

George Evans: "This was the joy of working for Al [Feldstein]. When you brought in the finished art, he would say, 'Oh geez, I never imagined a picture like that."

Al Jaffee: "Haiti had one subscriber. The whole country. One subscriber. And he did not renew. And they had his address because it was mailed to him. So Bill got the whole Mad crew to go down to his house and ask him why he didn't renew."

"John Severin: "I walked down the line there, went up to Stan Lee, pulled out the gun and stuck it at him and I said, 'Stan. I came in for a raise.'"

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/tcjlibrary8

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesEC Comics 30 Oct 2013 12:29 PM

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

Ships in: November 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The Comics Journal Library series is the most comprehensive series of lavishly illustrated interviews conducted with cartoonists ever published. To celebrate our republication of the legendary EC line, we proudly present the first of a two-volume set of interviews with the artists and writers (and publisher!) who made EC great. Included in the first volume: career-spanning conversations with EC legends Will Elder, John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein, as well as short interviews with EC short-timers Frank Frazetta and Joe Kubert. Also: EC Publisher William Gaines on his infamous Senate subcommittee testimony, and probing conversations between Silver Age cartoonist Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman, as well as contemporary alternative cartoonist Sam Henderson and MAD great Al Jaffee.

Part of what made EC the best publisher in the history of mainstream comics was some of the most beautiful drawing ever published in comic books, and every interview is profusely illustrated by pertinent examples of the work under discussion. The EC artists were renowned for their attention to detail, and the reproduction here takes full advantage of the oversized art book format.

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TCJ Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists cover photo

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderThe Comics JournalpreviewsEC ComicsComing Attractions 3 Oct 2013 12:00 PM

Coming in November, a new volume in our in-depth TCJ Library series, The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists (Part 1)! In these pages you'll get the inside scoop on one of the most revered and influential comics publishers of all time, EC Comics, straight from the horses' mouths, plus insight on their careers before and after.

In these 22 downloadable pages you'll see the Table of Contents (spoiler alert: feature-length interviews with Will Elder, Bill Gaines, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Frank Frazetta, Joe KubertHarvey Kurtzman, George Evans, Al Jaffee, and John Severin) and read Ted White's introduction and the first third or so of the Will Elder interview, which covers his pre-EC career, with illustrations in color and black & white.

Don't miss out on this must-have volume — pre-order today.

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists

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