Articles Published the Week of November 8th

Ivan Velez, Jr. Sings the Epic Multicultural "Ballad of Wham Kabam!"

Velez has been making comics for years now. We crossed paths earlier this year at the Queers and Comics Conference at City University in New York. Velez is now in the midst of his biggest project, a historical volume of superheroes, race, and the history of the Americas. We spoke about "The Ballad of Wham Kabam!" and his career which goes from Tales of the Closet and Blood Syndicate, Howard Cruse and Dwayne McDuffie, and more.


John Leguizamo takes "Ghetto Klown" From the Stage To the Page

I've been a fan of Leguizamo for years. A fabulous writer and actor, his play Ghetto Klown is now a graphic novel. He spoke about why he decided to go this route, the process involved, talked a little about Seagal and De Palma and others, and talked about his next play which premieres in the spring.


Articles Published the Week of November 1st

Bill Griffith investigates his mother' affair in "Invisible Ink"

I've long been a great admirer of Griffith, the cartoonist behind "Zippy the Pinhead." His new book, a graphic memoir, looks into the lives of his parents and specifically the lengthy affair his mother had with a noted cartoonist.


Harlem has a teenage hero to call its own in "Ajala"

This series from Robert Garrett and N. Steven Harris really stands out in a number of ways and four issues in - with a collection coming soon - I'm intrigued to see what they'll do with the character and the series going forward but they do good work (and I've been a fan of Harris since Aztek back in the day) and we could use more politically minded fiction in this vein. 


Horror, Humor and Sci-Fi Collide in "Intro to Alien Invasion"

Owen King, Mark Jude Poirer and Nancy Ahn deliver this graphic novel about an invasion on a college campus during spring break that's one part humor, one part dark drama, one part b-movie. (Full disclosure: I knew Owen very slightly as we overlapped in college by a year, where he was widely seen as a talented writer going places)


"The Comic Book Story of Beer" Creators Brew Up a Refreshing History

Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith and Aaron McConnell tell the story of beer - or maybe it's the story of human civilization - in this graphic novel which looks at a few thousand years of history and is a pretty interesting look at my favorite alcoholic beverage of choice.



Articles Published the Week of October 25th

Jennifer Hayden shares her breast cancer survival tale in "The Story of My Tits"

I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Hayden's new graphic novel which is more than just the story of her battle with breast cancer but the story of a her life, in a way that is ultimately thoughtful and profound in a way that really affected me. Her previous work like the book "Underwire" has been interesting, but this is one of the best graphic novels of the year and I'm so glad that we could have a conversation about the book.


Anders Nilsen Argues that "Poetry is Useless"

Every Anders Nilsen book I've ever read has stuck in my head. I'm not going to claim that every one of his books are my favorites, but each has stayed with me long after I read them. His new book "Poetry is Useless" is no different. It's ostensibly a sketchbook, but plays with the form in some really interesting ways. For Nilsen, drawing is a way of thinking and that has never been so evident as in this new book.


Carla Speed McNeil Illustrates the horror of "Harrow County"

I've long been a fan of Carla Speed McNeil (the woman behind the brilliant "Finder") and I got to break the news about her next project, a fill in issue of Dark Horse's series Harrow County. I'm a fan of the series (written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Tyler Crook) and



Articles Published the Week of October 18th

Jessica Abel on the Intersection of Comics and Radio and the Limitations of Art

I've long been a fan of Jessica Abel's work since she was making "Artbabe" many years ago. We talk about her two new books out this new but in particular "Out on the Wire" which is a nonfiction graphic novel about narrative radio. (Something I am also obsessed with)


An Interview with Tom Palmer

I had the privilege to talk with Tom Palmer, who among comics fans is one of those legendary figures who's been working in the industry for nearly 50 years. In a career that long you can only scratch the surface, but we spoke about Jack Kamen and Gene Colan and tools of the trade and how the comics industry has changed and advertising and other topics.


The Colin McEnroe Show Book Club: Purity

I spent an hour of my day at WNPR in Hartford where along with some other people we discussed Jonathan Franzen's new novel Purity. Of the four of us in studio, we all had decidedly mixed feelings about the book. Which may be a polite way to phrase it. But we had a good conversation that bounced around a lot and we had fun.


Articles Published the Week of October 11th

Maggie Thrash on Honor Girl, Queer Invisibility, and the Crush That Could Have Been a Scandal

I was thrilled to talk with Rookie writer Maggie Thrash about her graphic memoir, Honor Girl. We had a great conversation and shifted from laughing about the "Civil War reenactments" at Camp Bellflower and the camp's isolation, to a more serious conversation about queer invisibility, how these events shaped her life, and the ways that we've seen LGBTQ acceptance change within our lifetimes. We also spoke about how she just sat down and made a comic, and how she thinks about comics vs prose.



Articles Published the Week of September 27th

Chaykin, Hama, Levitz, Groth and more Discuss the Legacy of Wally Wood

Wally Wood remains, decades after his death, one of the great comics artists and one of the great artistic figures in American comics. Right now it's easier than ever see just why that is because of the incredible projects being reprinted by a number of companies. I spoke with a few people about Wood and his artistic legacy. Some of them, like Groth and Catron and Dunbier and Spurlock, are publishing Wood's work, some of them like Howard Chaykin, Larry Hama, Paul Levitz, collaborated with Wood in various forms. Some of them had their differences with Wood, some dislike a lot of his work, but all think that he was one of the giants of the form.


Articles Published the Week of September 13th

Will Tracy and Gabe Koplowitz tell the tale of "Allen: Son of Hellcock"

I spoke with Will Tracy and Gabe Koplowitz, two Vassar grads (go Brewers!) who have teamed up to write a new comic coming out this fall, Allen: Son of Hellcock. It's a comedic take on the fantasy epic and the two are clearly having fun with medieval hipsters and their takes on other tropes. It's also one of the debut projects from Z2 Comics, which is launching a new line of comics starting this fall.



R.A. Salvatore at the Mark Twain House

The director of Communications at the Mark Twain House in Hartford has more than once jokingly called me their resident nerd. But I love running events there and was thrilled that I got to interview R.A. Salvatore on stage this week.  I so rarely get to run live events but Bob was just an incredibly nice, easy to talk to guy. He opened up and spoke about The Sundering, what was going on in his life while he was writing Mortalis (which he thinks is his best book and I'm inclined to agree), the genius of James Joyce's The Dead, how Terry Brooks has helped him over the years, shared some George Lucas stories, how he approaches writing the Drizzit books, and more. (I also complained about the lack of a map in Archmage...what's a fantasy book without a map!)

He also revealed that there are two Drizzit books coming out next year - Maestro in the spring and a third (as yet untitled) book in the Homecoming trilogy in the fall - and then he's going to stop writing two Drizzit novels a year and write another Demonwars book.

It was a great crowd who asked a lot of fabulous questions. Bob was incredible and was there late talking to everyone and signing books and posing for pictures. An incredible evening.

Articles Published the Week of September 6th

Zita the Spacegirl's Ben Hatke builds a Little Robot

With Zita the Spacegirl and his recent picture book, Ben Hatke has put together a good body of work for younger readers. His new book Little Robot is a lot of fun. It's the adorable story of a young girl who comes across a robot on a lazy summer day. There are also fighting robots. In other words, it's a book with something for kids of all ages. I met Ben before the first Zita book was released and it's been great to see his work get the attention it deserves and it was great to chat with him about his new book.



Articles Published the Week of August 30th

"Batman: Second Chances" writer recalls editorial clashes, reaction to Robin's death

I am an avowed fan of Max Allan Collins' work - the fact that I've interviewed him a number of times over the years will attest to that if nothing else - and I spoke with him about the collection of his 1980's run on Batman, why it was short-lived, and his difficult relationships with others on the book. And then because he's Max Allan Collins and is always working on many things I ask about the upcoming Nate Heller novel, the collection of his Wild Dog series, when we'll see Ms. Tree, Mike Danger. I also ask about the upcoming Quarry TV series which is out in January and I'm very excited about. Collins also drops that he may be writing a Quarry graphic novel soon.



Articles Published the Week of August 23rd

Liz Suburbia Gets Rid of Adults, Lets Teens Rule in "Sacred Heart"

Liz Suburbia's first graphic novel is a great tale of adolescence, and a terrifying story of a community of teenagers after all the adults of the town go off on a religious retreat and they're left to their own devices.