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Category >> The Comics Journal

20 French Cartoonists Who Dragged Eurocomics into Adulthood
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalevents 26 Aug 2008 10:59 AM

Kim Thompson has posted an annotated list of the 20 artists featured in his "Vingt sur 20" slide lecture (given at the Alliance Française on July 16, 2008) on The Comics Journal message board for your reference and discussion.

We hinted that we might be bringing you audio of Kim's talk, but Kim will be presenting an improved version at SPX this Fall, so we're going to wait for that!

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #292
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 22 Aug 2008 10:41 AM

Enjoy this look at the new issue of The Comics Journal, featuring the definitive mega-interview with the Deitch clan. Tip: For a closer look with legible text (in other words, to actually read the preview), click through here to the photoset, select an image, click "All Sizes" at the top of the photo, and then click "Original." Click here for the slideshow if it doesn't appear above.

The Comics Journal #292 - cover by Kim Deitch

Now in stock: The Comics Journal #292
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalSimon Deitchnew releasesKim DeitchGene Deitch 18 Aug 2008 4:47 PM

The Comics Journal #292 - cover by Kim Deitch

The Comics Journal #292
Edited by Michael Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Gary Groth interviews father and son cartoonists Gene and Kim Deitch. 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. Plus: The innovative Grant Morrison fills us in on his X-Men run, All Star Superman, the ambitious Seven Soldiers “maxiseries” how he became one of the architects of the current DC Comics universe. Our comics gallery presents an historical essay and highlights from the turn-of-the-19th-century work of Puck cartoonist F. M. Howarth.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Now in stock: The Comics Journal #291
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesJosh Simmons 2 Jul 2008 1:05 PM

The Comics Journal #291 - cover by Tim Sale

The Comics Journal #291
Edited by Michael Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

This issue’s cover interview is with comics artist Tim Sale, the house artist for the television series Heroes. Sale’s artwork has also graced prestigious mainstream projects such as Batman: the Long Halloween, Spider-Man Blue and Superman Confidential. The Eisner winner chats about his stylized takes on characters such as Spider-Man, Batman, Daredevil, Catwoman and Superman, as well as his earlier work on comics such as Grendel, and elaborates on the dynamics of collaborating with writers such as Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke. The Journal queries up-and-coming cartoonist Josh Simmons on his disturbing and often funny body of work — his minicomics, his series Happy; his debut graphic novel, House; and his decades-spanning series Jessica Farm. Gary Groth examines the collaborations between Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson. Also in this issue: tributes to Steve Gerber and Dan Stevens; a huge gallery of kinetic anarchy from Funny, Films, Giggle, and other Golden Age comic books by Flintstones co-creator Dan Gordon; and a sneak preview of Danica Novgorodoff's Slow Storm.

216-page color/b&w 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $11.99
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Sneak peek video & photos: The Comics Journal #291
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 13 Jun 2008 1:07 PM

Our second preview of the day is of The Comics Journal #291, which features Tim Sale, Josh Simmons, Ralph Steadman, Dan Gordon and a whole lot more. It's due in 2-3 weeks and is now available for pre-order! Watch the video above and click here for a gallery of preview photos.

Now in stock: The Comics Journal #290
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 14 May 2008 2:00 PM

The Comics Journal #290

The Comics Journal #290
Edited by Mike Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Hard truth, subjective take or slanted hatchet job? Monte Schulz and a roundtable of Peanuts experts and critics probe and debate David Michaelis's controversial new biography of one of the most influential and beloved cartoonists of our time: Charles M. Schulz. Matt Madden, co-series-editor of the Best American Comics anthology series, will dish about his upcoming comics textbook (written and drawn with Jessica Abel, his frequent collaborator) and his efforts to translate the OuBaPo movement into English with 99 Exercises in Style. A preview of the Joe Kubert biography Man of Rock. Plus: A color gallery of "The Wall of Flesh" and other '50s horror stories from Golden Age cartoonist Bob Powell (the Good Girl artist known for his work on Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, Blackhawk and the original Mars Attacks trading cards) rounds out the magazine.

224-page squarebound 7.5" x 9.25" magazine • $11.99
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Now in stock: The Comics Journal #289
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 16 Apr 2008 12:48 PM

The Comics Journal #289

The Comics Journal #289
Gary Groth, Executive Editor

In this issue of The Comics Journal:

  • In a mammoth interview, Marvel Zombies writer Robert Kirkman discusses everything from starting out as the publisher of Battle Pope to his work with Image and Marvel Comics. Plus: Kirkman-related essays by Michael Dean and Simon Abrams, and zombies, zombies, zombies!
  • The Arrival author Shaun Tan talks about the Australian comics scene, children’s books and the breakaway success of his immigrant-themed latest work.
  • Our comics section this issue features 100 consecutive strips from Ed Wheelan’s classic Minute Movies, plus a history of the strip by Jared Gardner.
  • Bob Levin looks at the life and work of Hustler Magazine’s most notorious cartoonist, “Chester the Molester” creator Dwaine Tinsley.
  • Historian R.C. Harvey recounts the history of the first daily comic strip, Mutt and Jeff, and its creator Bud Fisher.
  • Paul Kirchner remembers the late Charlton cartoonist Wayne Howard.
  • Alan David Doane offers a critique of the modern comics shop.

As always, we’ve got teasers from the new issue on the TCJ.com website, including extracts of our Robert Kirkman and Shaun Tan interviews, plus Michael Dean’s Marvel Zombies essay in its entirety! Boasting absolutely no zombie-variant covers whatsoever, The Comics Journal #289 will enlighten, entertain and irritate comics connoisseurs in all the ways you’ve come to know and love.

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Now Available: The Comics Journal Online-Only Subscriptions (with FREE preview!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 10 Mar 2008 1:05 PM

We made brief mention of this a few posts back, but here's the full announcement: 

By popular demand — by which we mean “endless nagging from people on the TCJ.com message board” — The Comics Journal is pleased to announce that online-only subscriptions are now available, at over half off the print-subscription price. Choose from five-issue and ten-issue subscriptions to the subscriber section of the TCJ website, where you can not only read the current issue over the Internet, but every issue from TCJ #278 to present as well! Details at the links.

The Comics Journal #288 free online prevew

But wait, there’s more! We realize that you might want a look at what you’re purchasing, so for one week only, we’ve decided to make the online version of current issue, TCJ #288, free in its entirety for your reading pleasure. The whole thing’s there, from the best-of-2007 section to the comics section, and there’s no need to register — just click here and start reading! Offer ends Sunday evening, March 16, at which time the issue goes back behind the subscriber firewall.

Enjoy!

Pre-Order update: more Spring '08 releases
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalTed StearnRebel Visionsnew releasesMomeLos Bros HernandezLinda MedleyJosh SimmonsDash Shaw 26 Feb 2008 12:17 PM

Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville #5 by Ted Stearn Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons
The Comics Journal #289 Castle Waiting Vol. II #11 by Linda Medley

More of our Spring 2008 releases are now available for pre-order! Pictured above: the fifth and final issue of Ted Stearn's mini-series Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville; the first installment of Josh Simmons's multi-decade epic Jessica Farm; The Comics Journal #289, featuring Robert Kirkman on Marvel Zombies and much more; and Castle Waiting Vol. II #11 by Linda Medley. Below: the new, revised, expanded version of Rebel Visions; Bottomless Belly Button, the massive new graphic novel by Dash Shaw (with dual covers); the final (for now) installment of our Love and Rockets Library series, Amor Y Cohetes, collecting all the non-"Locas" and non-"Palomar" stories from L&R Vol. 1; and Mome Vol. 11, with cover star Killoffer. Check our Upcoming Releases page for the full listing of titles that are available for pre-order.

Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution by Patrick Rosenkranz Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
Amor Y Cohetes: A Love and Rockets Book by Los Bros. Hernandez Mome Vol. 11 - cover by Killoffer

Call 1-800-657-1100 (or 206-524-1967 outside the U.S.) or click the links above to see full details on each title and add it to your shopping cart. New releases are usually shipped to our pre-order customers a week or two before they arrive in bookstores and comic shops, so beat the crowd and order today!

The Comics Journal back-issue blowout - final days!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalsales specials 25 Feb 2008 12:19 PM

Don't forget, this is your last week to SAVE 50% OFF all in-stock back issues of The Comics Journal through #250! They've been going fast, so don't wait until the last minute!

50% OFF Comics Journal back issues!

Click here to browse all TCJ back issues! Sale ends at 11:59 PM this Friday, February 29, 2008.