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 Chr├ętien 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/