Max Clotfelter

Image stolen from Spit and a half – http://www.spitandahalf.com/product/the-warlok-story-by-max-clotfelter/

After many years of reading and enjoying his mini-comics, I finally sat down with Max Clotfelter to talk about his wide ranging of works. Max’s main series of odd shaped minis is Snake Meat Comics. Max has an amazing style of Southern post underground dystopia. The best place to buy Max’s work is here through John Porcellino’s great distro site.

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Elijah Brubaker

Elijah Brubaker joined me to talk about his eisner nominated graphic novel, The Story of Jezebel. A very funny take on the book of Elijah in the bible. He’s a really great cartoonist and when i saw this book was coming out, i was super excited, as i really loved his Wilhelm Reich series for Sparkplug.

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Eddie Campbell 2018

Eddie Campbell is one of my favorite guests to talk comics with. For the occasion of his new book, The Goat Getters, we got caught up the comings and going of early 20th century sports cartooning. It’s an amazingly researched story of early comics told with Eddie’s great story telling chops. He’s passionate about comics and that comes through brightly with this book.

Eddie also has another new book, this one is a collaboration with his wife, writer Audrey Niffenegger. Bizarre Romance is a great collection of short stories. We also discuss Eddie’s upcoming coloured edition of From Hell.

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Chris Reynolds

Chris Reynolds joined me to talk about his book, The New World, from New York Review Books. It’s an amazing collection of work that he had done from about 1985 – 1992. Edited and designed by Seth, Reynolds work holds a really unique place that fits well on the shelf sitting next to Beto’s more introspective works. I really enjoyed this collection, like pretty much every other comic that NYRB puts out.

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Eric Reynolds

Eric Reynolds has spent his entire adult life at Fantagraphics, starting as an intern and returning to work as an ace reporter, news editor, Hate inker, marketing muckamuck, and even, occasionally, cartoonist. These days his jack-of-all-tradesness has seen him clamber to the broad title of Associate Publisher, and he’s currently editing his third major anthology series for the company. Dirty Stories ran from 1997 to 2002 on the Eros imprint, featuring filth, fannies and fingering. Mome brought the more highbrow side of Fanta’s nature to bookstore audiences and alt-comix readers from 2005 to 2011. NOW is a dense full-colour bundle of new work largely from artists under-represented in the direct market, publishing three times a year in a comic-book format.

The second issue of NOW is out as of this week in comic shops, and substitute ‘stud Kit Brash spoke to him before its release.

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Live Panel with Gerhard, Ken Steacy and Paul Chadwick

Last Fall, I moderated a panel at FanExpo in Vancouver featuring Ken Steacy, Paul Chadwick and Gerhard. The theme was legends of indie comics. I just used that as an excuse to have a fun conversation with some memorable voices in comics. Paul Chadwick is probably most known for his work on creator owned series Concrete and his latest book, Best Wishes, a collaboration with publisher Mike Richardson. Gerhard from his years of work his the laborious draftsman on Dave Sim’s Cerebus and lastly, Ken Steacy, an active figure in the west coast Canadian comics scene, running his own post secondary comics school program and a career of solid work. These guys were a blast to talk to.

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Zach Hazard Vaupen

Zach Hazard Vaupen joined me to talk about his new book from Retrofit, Combed Clap of Thunder. Zach’s other work includes Pearlescent Gray posted on Study Group. I really enjoyed Zach’s book. He’s come into his own with these 2 most recent works. He’s got a great style at evoking horror and near future existentialism.

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Chris Ware

Chris Ware joined me to chat about his new book from Rizzoli, Monograph. I have been a huge fan of Chris’s for a number of years. When I get a new book by him, I inhale it right away. In preparation for this interview, I reread the majority of his work, and got new perspectives and insights.

Monograph is a really fantastic document in understanding Chris Ware and how his work is created. I’m not going to say too much, just take a listen and enjoy the book.

Addendum from Chris – The fading non-photo blue lead is “Pilot 0.7 Color Eno Soft Blue,” not Uniball

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Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone

This week I was joined by the creative team behind Shade the Changing Girl from Young Animal/DC Comics. Cecil Castellucci, the writer behind the book, has been very active on a number if different fronts with new works like Soupy Leaves Home (with Jose Pimienta), The Plain Janes (with Jim Rugg), Year of the Beasts (with Nate Powell) and the novel, Don’t Cosplay with My Heart.

Marley Zarcone is someone who’s work I have been watching for quite a while. I think she has really come to her own with this book, allowing her art to breathe and move taking on the inherent madness in Shade. I really enjoyed the book and enjoyed talking to them both in person.

Shade the Changing Girl continues on some of the idea’s of the original series but Ditko, Milligan, Bachalo and more, but takes it in its own personal direction, feeling fresh and living on it’s own from the previous works.

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Campbell Whyte

Australian cartoonist, Campbell Whyte joined me to talk about his new book from Top Shelf Comics, Home Time. It’s a really delightful read and I was really blown away by the artwork. Campbell gots some really good chops for his first graphic novel.

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