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Michael Dean, Kristy Valenti, Gary Groth

The Comics Journal #292

On sale date: September 17, 2008

Deitch-a-rama! Gary Groth interviews patriarch Gene and brothers Kim, Simon and Seth in this massive, far-ranging feature on the cartooning family. Plus a gallery of and turn-of-the-19th-century cartoons by F. M. Howarth.

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!

The Comics Journal #292 is part of the The Comics Journal series.
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"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


Paperback / Softback
Color and black-and-whit.
7.6" × 9.3"