Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Titles are useless: Interview at the Comics Beat

Q: So why is poetry useless?
A: [laughs] I don’t know if it is useless. The title says that, but I don’t know if we should trust titles to come to conclusions about actual things in the world.

An interview I did with Alex Deuben at Comics Beat just went up, here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Also: check out those crazy storm-trooper boots Jason Lee was repping

I can't remember what made me think of this, but when I did I had to go looking. And lo and behold Thrasher has an archive of, apparently, every page of every mag they ever printed. Which means they have a jpeg of this spread from their April 1989 issue, when I was 15, in which my recipe for Gingerbread half-pipes was printed (re-written by Chef Boy-Am_I-Hungry) Merry Christmas.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Victorian Picture Book Illustration

I was in Portland a couple weeks ago and found this beautiful little book at Powell's. It reproduces a number of entire books by several authors/illustrators, and despite having been printed in 1983 the printing and the colors are crisp, bright and gorgeous. The illustrations below are by Walter Crane, Richard Doyle and Eleanor Vere Boyle.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

(Why) Does Graphic Storytelling Matter?

I was recently asked by the New York Times Book Review to do a strip in answer to the above question. The first piece below is the sketch they accepted. A finished, colored version is at their site, here, also with entries by Jillian Tamaki, Rutu Modan and Ariel Schrag among others. The other three are further ruminations on the subject. Thanks to Parul Sehgal.