Synopses & Reviews
The Comics Journal has, for 25 years, reigned as the world's premier magazine covering the art of comics. With its fiercely independent editorial stance and its unashamedly high-falutin' aesthetic standards, the Journal has been the recipient of numerous awards and libel suits over the last quarter century. Its interview subjects reads like a Who's Who of the cartooning profession from Jules Feiffer and Ralph Steadman to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman.
Twice a year the Journal is published in a special "coffee table" edition, a cross between a magazine and an art book, combining the magazine's patented journalistic and scholarly features -- wide-ranging interviews, iconoclastic criticism, and scholarly essays -- with new comic strips by the most innovative cartoonists working today. The 2002 Summer Special spotlights master cartoonist Jim Woodring with a spectacular cover painting, two essays on the artist's oeuvre by Donald Phelps and Kenneth Smith, and an interview. Text-and-art features include an appreciation of the cartoonist W.E. Hill by Zippy-creator Bill Griffith (with many examples of Hill's gorgeous tabloid-sized Sunday pages) and an expansive appreciation of Jack Kent's King Aroo strip.
As lavishly impressive as the first....of uniformly high caliber. (Booklist, Gordon Flagg, 1 September 2002)
Includes bibliographical references.
The 2003 Harvey Award Winner, Best Anthology--a devoted to the art of comics.
This spotlights master cartoonist Jim Woodring with a spectacular cover painting, two essays on the artist's oeuvre by Donald Phelps and Kenneth Smith, and a new interview. Text-and-art features include an appreciation of the cartoonist W. E. Hill by creator Bill Griffith (with many examples of Hill's gorgeous tabloid-sized Sunday pages in full color) and Timothy Kreider on B. Kliban. Our comics section's theme this volume is "Cartoonists on Music and Musicians" including many of the greatest names in cartooning today: Mary Fleener, Roger Langridge, Peter Bagge, Penny Van Horn, Spain, Ron Rege, Al Columbia, Jordan Crane, Steven Weissman, Diane Noomin, Megan Kelso, Gerald Jablonski, Justin Green, Mark Kalesniko, Carol Lay, Blanquet, Sam Henderson, Phoebe Gloeckner, Tony Millionaire, Michael Kupperman, John Porcellino, R. Crumb, Bill Griffith, Arnold Roth, David Mazzucchelli, Ivan Brunetti, Matt Groening, C. Tyler, John Kerschbaum, Sherri Flenniken, Richard Sala, Rick Geary, Mack White, and Mark Martin. Rockin' good comics!
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