Articles Published the Week of December 20th

Lee Marrs Reflects on a Storied Career

I think of Lee Marrs as the Zelig of the comics world. She's a legend of the comics underground - she was a co-founder of the Wimmen's Comix collective and the woman behind Pudge, Girl Blimp. She worked as Tex Blaisdell's assistant on a number of comic strips while she was still in school. While in college, her editorial cartoons impressed the legendary cartoonist Herblock that he invited her to lunch to offer career advice. She worked for Joe Orlando on both horror/mystery stories for various Dc anthologies and the humor comic Plop!. She worked on a lot of humor series over the years - though not Mad, because back then they didn't hire women. She was in a lot of anthologies ranging from Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated to Star*Reach to Gay Comix. She wrote Wonder Woman and Indiana Jones comics. She wrote and drew a TMNT knockoff. There was a Vertigo miniseries back in the 90s. She started working in computer animation starting in the early 1980's.

I had the the pleasure of meeting Lee earlier this year at the Queers and Comics Conference in New York City. She had just retired from her teaching position at Berkeley City College. She made clear at the conference and in our conversation, that she has a lot planned and won't be slowing down. Which is good news for comics and comics readers.


Articles Published the Week of December 13th

Riad Sattouf Tells the Tale of "The Arab of the Future"

Riad Sattouf is one of the biggest cartoonists in the world right now. The two time winner of the best book at the Festival International de la Bande Desinee in Angouleme, he won for the second time for his book The Arab of the Future, which has just been published in the United States. His best book, it's an incredible memoir looking at his childhood which was spent in Libya and Syria. We spoke about the book, why so many people are wrong about Charlie Hebdo and why he was working at the magazine for years, and the importance of complicating the Middle East.

An Interview with Samandal

For years Samandal has been one of the most interesting and most important comics publications in the world. It emerged earlier this year that the magazine has spent the past few years in court, battling censorship in Lebanon. The case has been finished and the result is a massive fine. I spoke with the editors of the magazine about what they've been doing, the background of the case, their current crowdfunding campaign to continue, and their hopes and plans for the future.