Entries Tagged as 'Craft'

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Vertige’s Gorgeous “Ropes”

There was a pleasant surprise in this week’s mail: copies of a new French edition of  On the Ropes.
The big deal isn’t the fact that there’s a foreign edition – we all get them, and it’s not the only one this book has received; what made my face light up before I even opened the [...]

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

A Humbling “Ropes” Review

Not for the first time, I’ve been away from this space lately and busy living in interesting times. So I was surprised but pleased to learn (via Tom Spurgeon) that  On the Ropes is still being reviewed here and there, all these months since the book was first published.
The latest comes from reviewer Jerry Smith [...]

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Honored by the NCS

Here’s a nice way to start the month: I just learned (via Tom Spurgeon’s site – thanks, Tom!) that the National Cartoonists Society has nominated On the Ropes for its graphic novel award. After all the work my invaluable collaborator Dan Burr and I put into that book, it’s nice to be acknowledged…and making [...]

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Looking Good for Comix Book

I’m pleasantly surprised to learn that The Best of Comix Book, the mid-‘70s collection of underground comix for mainstream readers, was just named one of Amazon’s Best Books of the month.

This is the first publication from the new Kitchen Sink Books, being distributed by Dark Horse, and besides the personal enjoyment of seeing [...]

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Will Eisner, Writer

(This is the talk I gave during the academic conference at the recent Billy Ireland Museum opening festival, part of a panel celebrating the 35th anniversary of the publication of A Contract with God. Assigned the title, “Eisner as Author: Will Eisner as the Writer of His Graphic Novels,” I’d been asked to make [...]

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Spurgeon on the Billy Ireland Experience

If my personal take on the Billy Ireland opening whetted your interest, I highly recommend Tom Spurgeon’s own personal trip report on same. True, I do pop up in Spurgeon’s post about as often as Ralph Morgan in an old B-mystery – and thanks for the kind words, Tom – but it’s his perspective [...]

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The CBR “Omaha” Interview

Alex Dueben of Comic Book Resources just posted a fairly lengthy interview with Reed Waller, Denis Kitchen and me about the Omaha the Cat Dancer finale. It’s three separate interviews, actually, stitched together in pretty masterful fashion to give the appearance that all three of us old guys are sitting at the same table. [...]

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

My Own Private Ireland

So. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art.
What an amazing experience.
I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to enjoy it if not for Chris Couch – N.C. Christopher Couch, that is: art historian, multi-tasking university lecturer, author of that lovely recent Jerry Robinson biography, and the brave [...]

Monday, November 4th, 2013

A “Ropes” Review Worth Reading

It’s gratifying to see that reviews of On the Ropes are still coming in, the most recent being from longtime comics blogger Johanna Draper Carlson on the Comics Worth Reading site. It’s a well-written piece that smartly encapsulates the characters’ main concerns and efficiently suggests the feel of the book without giving much away. [...]

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Reed in Action

It’s taken a while to get it online, but the folks at Comic Book Resources have just posted a 13-minute video interview with Reed Waller on the history of Omaha the Cat Dancer, shot during this summer’s San Diego Comic Con. It’s unvarnished Reed, the guy I know – a little “am I seriously [...]


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