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The cover to TCJ #309, featuring illustrations of various drawing tools as well as what appears to be a constructed artist made of wood. The cover also features hints at what the issue will contain, including an interview with Gary Groth and Annie Koyama.
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On sale date: July 4, 2023

From the trenches of independent/small press comics publishing, two art comics publishers talk — Gary Groth (Fantagraphics) interviews Annie Koyama (Koyama Press). This issue of the award-winning magazine focuses on international small press comics publishing and distribution.

A civilized conversation between two North American advocates of comics as art and publishing as an avocation. An interview with Koyoma Press publisher Annie Koyoma by Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth leads into The Comics Journal #309’s focus on international small press comics publishing and distribution. John Porcellino, the King Cat of zines and carefully observed autobio comics, speaks to Inés Estrada, cartoonist (Alienation) and publisher/distributor of comics and zines in Mexico. Also: a gallery of Henriette Valium’s work, from his drawing table at the time of his passing. Cartoonist (Beta Testing the Ongoing Apocalypse) and publisher (Uncivilized Press) Tom Kascynski debates comics critic Alin Rautoiu about crypto and comics. And: a biography/gallery of Sharon Smith and her classic comic strip, Button ‘n’ Beax; a brand-new comic from Betty Kim; a deep dive into Nick Drnaso’s oeuvre; a deconstruction of the Image comics aesthetic; a spotlight on Hyena Hell; the debut of two new columns focusing on new and classic manga, avant-garde European comics, and much, much more.

The Comics Journal #309 is part of the The Comics Journal series.


"The Comics Journal [is the] storied arbiter of the indie-comics world." — NPR

"The home of original reporting, in-depth interviews, and aggressive criticism for over four decades." — Comic Book Resources


Paperback / Softback
Black-and-white and full-color.
8.1" × 10.1"