Launched in 1976 by Fantagraphics founders Gary Groth and J. Michael Catron, The Comics Journal soon became the loudest and fiercest voice in advocating for the notion of comics as a legitimate art form. Through news, interviews, pointed editorials, and unflinching comics criticism, the magazine informed fans and helped guide the trajectory of the comics industry to the inclusive, creatively fertile arena it has since become. After a hiatus following issue #302 (2013), The Comics Journal returned in 2019 and continues to be published in a bi-yearly format. The Comics Journal Library editions collect interviews centered around a group of cartoonists, including the EC artists and the ZAP Comix collective.
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