Articles Published the Week of February 19th

Meg-John Barker Discusses Bi-erasure and Gender Performativity in Queer: A Graphic History

Writer and activist Meg-John Barker spoke with me about her book, which I took as a chance to try and talk out what queer theory is and discuss bisexuality and bi-erasure at some length, which is a topic we're both interested in and concerned about. Also because I'm old (over 30) I ask a question about some of the lingo that "kids today" use. (Yes, I'm serious)

Jamie Delano Talks Politics, Anger and His World Without End

I never read World Without End when the miniseries was published by Vertigo a quarter century ago, so I was glad for the new hardcover collection from Dover Books with collects the project from writer Jamie Delano and artist John Higgins. I've long been a fan of Delano's work on Hellblazer and other projects and we spoke about WWE, politics, and writing while angry

"What I Detest Most of All is Boredom in Work": An Interview with Sandrine Revel

One of my favorite comics of 2016 was the biography of the pianist Glenn Gould by Sandrine Revel. I had a chance to speak with the French artist about the project, which isn't a typical biography but a beautiful and strange look at how Gould thought.


Articles Published the Week of February 12th

The Sixth Gun Team Crafts a Supernatural Noir World in The Damned

I've talked with Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, and Bill Crabtree in the past. The trio behind The Sixth Gun now have a new series launching at Oni, The Damned. The supernatural noir series is very different from the Western fantasy series they wrapped up last year, but their new series is something very different. We spoke about the collection and the new ongoing series.

Alexey Sokolin and Alex Rothman showcase the comics poetry journal INK BRICK

Comics poetry has been one of the interesting developments in comics in recent years. I spoke with Alexey and Alex from Ink Brick, which is a journal that specializes in the form, about the journal, their new kickstarter, and just what comics poetry is.


Articles Published the Week of February 5th

Cartoonist Ru Xu on her dieselpunk adventure Newsprints

Newsprints is a great new dieselpunk (or steampunk, whichever works for you) set in an early 20th Century world featuring a young girl named Blue, who passes as a boy so that she can be a newsboy. Blue quickly get involved with an inventor, a strange young boy named Crow, and finds herself caught up in a much bigger plot. A great YA comic that deserves a big audience (you could do worse if this is your intro to the genre)

Seth Tobocman on Art, Activism and Advice in the age of Trump

I interviewed Seth Tobocman a few years ago about the anthology World War 3 Illustrated, the progressive series that he and Peter Kuper launched in 1979 and continues. Last year Tobocman's first graphic novel - War in the Neighborhood, about the squatters movement in NYC in the 1980's - was re-released, and his second graphic novel - the biography Len, about the lawyer Leonard Weinglass - was published. In the time between us first reaching out and finally being able to sit down and conduct the interview, the election happened. And so while we spoke at length about Tobocman's work and career, I also very bluntly asked for thoughts and advice for those of us (artists and not) who didn't live through the Reagan years, and advice he has for us as we move forward and how to resist.

Articles Published the Week of January 29th

A Conversation with Maureen N. McLane

Last year I had the chance to sit down with Maureen N. McLane, who is a great poet and scholar. I loved her book My Poets which was published years ago which was this very personal look at a number of poets she loves and have influenced her work and life. Her previous book of poetry, This Blue, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her new book Mz N is her best and most ambitious work of verse to date. The book tracks the life of a character named Mz N and is strange and familiar, mocks and embraces poetic conventions, and is a very moving volume. I found myself choked up in some poems, as a character who is almost nothing like me was able to so perfectly sum up aspects of my life and experience. I even read passages to a friend over the phone.

Articles Published the Week of January 22nd

Genre Vet Tony Todd Talks About His Career, Zoom, and Returning to the Theater

I've been a fan of actor Tony Todd since the 90s when I first started noticing his work. He played Worf's brother Kurn on Star Trek, starred in one of the best episodes of Deep Space Nine, has a long list of voiceover credits - including recently Zoom on The Flash. I also remember a series of TV westerns he co-starred in with Christopher Reeve, which I found out was a big project for Todd as well for a few different reasons.

Right now he's in Hartford, CT, where he grew up, in the play Sunset Baby written by Dominique Morisseau. It's a great play and Todd is great in it. I sat down with him one morning to talk about the play, theater training, and his long career. Todd is a great actor and a nice guy and when I asked him about what's next he mentioned that he's reading scripts for the next play or show, but for the moment he's focused on the play and wants to "be a Hartford citizen." And we're glad to have him.