Monday

Articles Published the Week of October 8th

Stephanie Graegin on Super Manny Stands Up!

I think Stephanie Graegin is one of the best young picture book artists around right now, and I think her book Super Manny Stands Up! which she drew is a very timely story of standing up for what it is right. It is also, as I said, one of the best and most important superhero stories of the year. This is just the tip of the iceberg - literally, she works incredibly fast and has many books out this year. We talked a little about how she works.

http://smashpages.net/2017/10/09/smash-pages-qa-stephanie-graegin-on-super-manny-stands-up/

Teva Harrison on In-Between Days

In her book, Teva Harrison writes and draws about one of the worst things that can happen - being told you have terminal cancer - and what she did was make art about that experience. About trying to find a new way to life, about a new way to make art, about how to live in the in-between days. It is haunting and beautiful and terrifying and inspirational.

http://smashpages.net/2017/10/11/smash-pages-qa-teva-harrison-on-in-between-days/

Michel Fiffe on Zegas

Before he began Copra, Michel Fiffe was making - and self-publishing - the series Zegas. The story of two siblings who live in a strange city, the book consists of small very ordinary stories that can veer towards the strange and surreal. This may sound like science fiction but they come off more as strange, unexpected, the way a city, a new city especially, can be a radically different environment.

http://smashpages.net/2017/10/13/smash-pages-qa-michel-fiffe-on-zegas/

Articles Published the Week of October 1st

Etienne Davodeau on The Cross-Eyed Mutt

One of my favorite books of the year, The Cross-Eyed Mutt is also my favorite book thusfar from the great French cartoonist Etienne Davodeau. It involves a security guard at the Louvre whose girlfriend family wants him to get an ancestor's painting in the museum collection. It is funny and smart and weird and profound. It's a book about art and life and museums and I just cannot recommend it enough.

http://smashpages.net/2017/10/02/smash-pages-qa-etienne-davodeau-on-the-cross-eyed-mutt/

The Death of Stalin graphic novel Inspires Film and Makes Russia Nervous

Fabien Nury's graphic novel The Death of Stalin comes out in English this year form Titan just before the film adaptation hits screens. The film is directed and co-written by Armando Ianucci, his project since leaving Veep, and is a close adaptation of the comic. I had the chance to speak with Fabien Nury, the great comics writer about the project, which has already made the Russian government nervous.

http://www.cbr.com/death-of-stalin-fabien-nury-interview/

Kim Dwinell on Surfside Girls

Surfside Girls is one of those adventure/mystery stories targeted at kids that is timeless and appeals to kids of all ages. It manages to be fun and silly with dark undertones and a few twists that I didn't expect. It's a great graphic novel and the fact that is Dwinell's first comic is truly impressive. It's the first book in a new series and the second volume can't come out fast enough.

http://smashpages.net/2017/10/04/smash-pages-qa-kim-dwinell-on-surfside-girls/

Saturday

Articles Published the Week of September 24th

What Appears to be Fiction: A Conversation with Nicole Krauss

I've been reading Nicole Krauss for years and so when I was asked to interview her about her new novel I jumped at the chance. Forest Dark is I think her best book yet and we talked about Franz Kafka and multiple lives, in the centrality of storytelling to our lives, and about the desert. I still don't entirely believe I'm the first interviewer to ask about her relationship with the desert

http://therumpus.net/2017/09/the-rumpus-interview-with-nicole-krauss/

Jennifer and Matthew Holm on Swing It, Sunny

The brother-sister pair have collaborated on a few dozen books, but they tried to tell a different kind of story a few years ago with Sunny Side Up, a story loosely based on some events from their own childhoods. The character is back in a new book from Scholastic's Graphic imprint.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/25/smash-pages-qa-jennifer-and-matthew-holm-on-swing-it-sunny/

Gale Galligan takes on The Baby-Sitters Club

I talked The Baby-Sitters Club and Garfield with cartoonist Gale Galligan. She's taken over adapting and drawing the books for Scholastic. Raina Telgemeier did four books before going onto make Smile and Drama and Ghosts and becoming Raina, so Gale has big shoes to fill but does a really impressive job with her first full length book.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/27/smash-pages-qa-gale-galligan-takes-on-the-baby-sitters-club/

Janice Macleod on A Paris Year

Janice Macleod's Paris letters are a great idea and her memoir about how they came about - or as I called it, a step by step guide to quitting one's job and becoming a flaneur in Paris - is also great. Her new book is A Paris Year and I think of it first and foremost as an artist's book but it's also just a great tribute to the city that she - and so many of us - love. We talked about art and language - and how across Europe men hear her last name and make a Highlander joke.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/29/smash-pages-qa-janice-macleod-on-a-paris-year/

Articles Published the Week of September 17th

Alberto Ledesma Talks About Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer

An even timelier book than Ledesma planned, Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer is part memoir, part essay collection, part art book, part collection of nonfiction comics. It's a thoughtful, brutally honest look at what it means to be undocumented in the United States and

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/18/smash-pages-qa-alberto-ledesma-on-diary-of-a-reluctant-dreamer/

Eli Valley Talks Diaspora Boy

Valley has been one of the more controversial political cartoonists in the country for years now. His comics, which tend to look at the relationship between the American Jewish community, the government of Israel and the US government has long been complicated and in his first collection of strips he is unsparing - and draws characters who look almost as grotesque as the words they say.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/19/smash-pages-qa-eli-valley-on-diaspora-boy/

Frederick Aldama on Latinographix

Alberto Ledesma's Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer is the debut release of a new publishing imprint, Latinographix, and I spoke with the founder and editorial director Frederick Aldama about his goals and plans.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/20/smash-pages-qa-frederick-aldama-on-latinographix/

Catel Muller and Jose-Louis Bocquet on Josephine Baker

Muller and Bocquet have impressive careers in comics in France and together they set out a few years ago to craft biographies of great women. Josephine Baker is one of the 20th Century's great figures, a dancer and activist, there's almost too much to fit into a book, but I spoke with the two by e-mail about working together and the great Miss Baker.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/22/smash-pages-qa-catel-muller-and-jose-louis-bocquet-on-josephine-baker/

Sunday

Articles Published the Week of September 10th

M.T. Anderson on Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

One of the great YA novelists, this year M.T. Anderson was written his first graphic novel, an adaptation of the classic 12th century epic poem by Chrétien de Troyes. We talked about comics, Arthurian legends, and more.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/11/smash-pages-qa-m-t-anderson-on-yvain-the-knight-of-the-lion/

Glynnis Fawkes on Greek Diary and more

I met Glynnis years ago at SPX and she gave me some of the work she had been doing and over the past two years it's been great to see her career take off. She's a regular contributor to Mutha, has appeared in The New Yorker website, won awards for her books Alle Ego and Greek Diary, and so we spoke about her background and her work and working on archeological digs.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/12/smash-pages-qa-glynnis-fawkes-on-greek-diary-and-more/

Andrea Offermann on Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

I interviewed Andrea Offermann a decade ago when she had a story in Flight, which just an amazing work, and I was thrilled that this year we had to chance to speak again. She's been illustrating children's books and painting, and this year Yvain is her first graphic novel, and it's a beautiful inventive work. A decade ago it was clear she was an immense talent, and the book makes that clear for all.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/13/smash-pages-qa-andrea-offermann-on-yvain-the-knight-of-the-lion/

And Now...Eric Reynolds

Eric Reynolds, the associate producer at Fantagraphics, has a new project, a three times a year anthology called Now. The first issue is out this weekend at SPX and features work by Eleanor Davis, Noah Van Sciver, Gabrielle Bell, Sammy Harkham, Dash Shaw, and more, and we talked about what it is and his thinking about the project.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/15/smash-pages-qa-eric-reynolds/

Monday

Articles Published the Week of September 3rd

An Interview with Dante Luiz and H. Pueyo

Two incredibly talented South American artists. They've been making short comics and stories for a few different anthologies out this year and next and we talked about their work and various projects including Gothic Tales of Haunted Love. They've been making some great short work and hoping they'll assemble a collection or start work on something longer soon.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/05/smash-pages-qa-dante-luiz-and-h-pueyo/

An Interview with Hope Nicholson

Hope Nicholson is one of those behind the scenes dynamos that keep comics running. The writer-editor-publisher is currently kickstarting an anthology, just published her first nonfiction book, and has edited a number of other books out this year and is publishing a few more and I asked a few questions about things.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/06/smash-pages-qa-hope-nicholson-on-gothic-tales-of-haunted-love-and-more/

An Interview with Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson on their Planned Parenthood benefit anthology

Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson work together at Comicmix.com and the two have launched Mine!, an anthology to benefit Planned Parenthood, one of the most important health care providers in the United States. We talked about assembling an all-star group of contributors and putting this kickstarter together.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/07/smash-pages-qa-joe-corallo-and-molly-jackson-on-their-planned-parenthood-benefit-anthology/

An Interview with Chris Grine on Time Shifters

Chris Grine's Chickenhare books were entertaining when I read them a few years back but his recent graphic novel Time Shifters was a leap forward in terms of art and storytelling. It's wacky and fun and also very emotional and at the heart of the book is grief and dealing with trauma. So we spoke about craziness and death in our lives.

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/08/smash-pages-qa-chris-grine-on-time-shifters/

Sunday

Articles Published the Week of August 27th

Mark Evanier Celebrates the Legacy of Kirby: King of Comics

I love talking with Mark Evanier because besides being an immensely creative guy who is always working on a lot of projects, he also has a lot of stories. Many years ago he was Jack Kirby's assistant and we talked about the new updated edition of his book Kirby: King of Comics, the full-length biography of Kirby he's working on, and his memories of the man.

http://www.cbr.com/jack-kirby-king-of-comics-mark-evanier-interview/

Kirby Q&A: Tom Scioli

Tom Scioli has long been described as having a Kirby-influenced style and so we took advantage of Kiby week to talk with him about reading Kirby and how the work influenced him.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/28/kirby-qa-tom-scioli/

Kirby Q&A: Mike Allred

Mike Allred is currently drawing two Kirby creations - Silver Silver at Marvel and Bug! at DC - and even though he was busy, he took time out to talk a little about his love of Kirby and his characters.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/29/kirby-qa-mike-allred/

Kirby Q&A: Ed Piskor

The fourth and final Kirby week article, this time with Ed Piskor, the man behind Hip Hop Family Tree and Marvel's upcoming X-Men: Grand Design talks about Kirby

http://smashpages.net/2017/09/01/kirby-qa-ed-piskor/

Monday

Articles Published the Week of August 20th

Keith Knight Talks Politics, Satire, and his Very Busy Schedule


I've long been a reader of Keith Knight ever since The K Chronicles was on Salon back in the day and I spoke with him about his three comic strips - a daily, a weekly, and a weekly single panel - in addition to his graphic novel and the kids book he illustrated that was just released. We also spoke about his recent move to North Carolina, politics and political cartooning in the age of Trump, and related topics.


http://www.cbr.com/keith-knight-cartoonist-politics-satire-interview/


Guy Delisle on Hostage

I love Guy Delisle's work and his recent book Hostage is a very different kind of book for him. It's not a book about him, not a travelogue, not a funny book about parenting, but instead the true story of Christophe Andre, who was held hostage in Chechnya for 111 days. The result is a book that perhaps Delisle's best. It is a masterful and suspenseful and difficult book and I was glad that he sat down to talk with me about the project.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/25/smash-pages-qa-guy-delisle-on-hostage/

Articles Published the Week of August 13th

Nate Powell Opens Omnibox, Talks Life After March and What's Next

I've been interviewing Nate Powell for many years and reading him even longer. I was thrilled last year when he became the first cartoonist to receive the National Book Award, and I'm glad to see this new box set collecting three of his books from Top Shelf. I think my immense love and respect for Nate and his work comes through. I can't wait to see what's next (which we talk about in the interview).

http://www.cbr.com/march-omnibox-nate-powell-interview/

Shannon Wheeler on Sh*t My President Says

I was a big fan of Too Much Coffee Man back in the day and creator Shannon Wheeler has gone on to work for the New Yorker and elsewhere and we spoke about his current project, drawing the President's tweets. It sounds crazy, probably is, and we talked about it.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/14/smash-pages-qa-shannon-wheeler/

Seth on Palookaville #23

I've been a huge fan and admirer of the cartoonist Seth for years, ever since I read his graphic novel It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken. In recent years he's been working with a new format, hardcover volumes that come out every year and a half or two years and contain a number of projects. We spoke about the long-awaited conclusion of his story Clyde Fans, his memoir comic, and his other projects.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/16/smash-pages-qa-seth-on-palookaville-23/

Tuesday

Articles Published the Week of August 6th

Kim Newman on Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem

In some ways I feel this is my geekiest interview in a while. I'm a fan of Newman and his novels and have been for a long time. Was thrilled that I had the chance to connect with him this year and talk about Anno Dracula and his work and his approach to fiction, which has become much more mainstream and widely accepted. I'm also a big fan of the Anno Dracula comic series and can't wait to see what's next.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/07/smash-pages-qa-kim-newman-on-anno-dracula-1895-seven-days-in-mayhem/

Joe Haldeman and Marvano on The Forever War

I was a science fiction geek and so I read plenty of Joe Haldeman. It was a brief interview but this is one of those interviews where I get to check off talking with one of the people who was a big influence on me when I was young. Marvano I admittedly don't know as well but is an amazing Belgian artist, who I really need to read more of, and someone who should be much better known here in the US. We spoke about their first collaboration, adapting Haldeman's classic novel The Forever War to comics, and related topics.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/09/smash-pages-qa-joe-haldeman-and-marvano/

Monday

Articles Published the Week of July 30th

Maggie Umber on Sound of Snow Falling
The second book by one of the best young cartoonists right now, Umber's book is a wordless tale of a pair of great horned owls and we spoke about the book and her work.

http://smashpages.net/2017/07/31/smash-pages-qa-maggie-umber-on-sound-of-snow-falling/

An Interview with José Muñoz

One of the living legends of the comics world, I spoke with the Argentinian artist about his career and work

http://www.tcj.com/an-interview-with-jose-munoz/

Patricia Smith Wants You To Hear Every Gunshot: The Millions Interview

I've been a reader of Patricia Smith for over two decades and her new book, Incendiary Art, is her best yet. It's also a departure and we spoke about why and what it's meant for her and how she works.

http://www.themillions.com/2017/08/96793.html

Bernie Mireault on XVI

One of the influential figures in North American comics in recent decades, Bernie Mireault doesn't get nearly enough credit or attention. We spoke about his new collection of short comics and what he's working on next.

http://smashpages.net/2017/08/04/smash-pages-qa-bernie-mireault-on-xvi/

Erin Nations Explores Phone Anxiety and Gender Identity in Gumballs

Nations's quarterly series Gumballs is a collection of short comics and illustrations from fiction to nonfiction, continuing stories and short pieces, and we spoke about the series.

http://www.comicsbeat.com/interview-erin-nations-explores-phone-anxiety-and-gender-identity-in-gumballs/

Sunday

Articles Published the Week of July 23rd

Cory Thomas on Watch Your Head and more

Like a lot of people I read Cory Thomas' comics essay in fusion late last year, The Weirdness of Being Black in White Spaces After the Election. He did a great job of capturing the moment and what a lot of people were feeling, and his ability to capture complex moments might not be surprising to people who know Watch Your Head, his comic strip turned webcomic. We spoke about that, his book with James Patterson and other topics.

http://smashpages.net/2017/07/25/smash-pages-qa-cory-thomas-on-watch-your-head-and-more/

Rosanna Bruno on The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson

I'm a huge Emily Dickinson fan (who isn't?) and I really enjoyed Rosanna Bruno's playful look at the poet, her work, and the myths around her in the book The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson and so we had a fun chat about poetry and art and painting and color, how much did she worry that people who didn't know Dickinson wouldn't get the humor, and is she afraid of being attacked by a crazed academic?

http://smashpages.net/2017/07/26/smash-pages-qa-rosanna-bruno-on-the-slanted-life-of-emily-dickinson/