Speaking of politics, one of the strangest stories this year has been the appropriation of Pepe the Frog as a symbol for white supremacist hate groups. Pepe was created by artist Matt Furie as part of his stoner comedy Boy’s Club, and but as the image spread on 4Chan and Reddit is has been used […]
Why did the early Batman villain The Monk disappear from his rogue’s gallery?
Over the weekend at SPX I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Trina Robbins and meeting Rebecca Wilson, one of the original contributors to Wimmens Comix, the groundbreaking underground anthology from the 70s. Tomorrow, if you’re in Berkeley you can celebrate another one of the cartoonists from that era, the legendary Lee Marrs. She’ll be […]
At the end of the month, the thriving scene of artists studios centered in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn will be no more. As reported last year (but not imediately connected to the comics world) a massive collection of old warehouses that have been turned into artists studios, in the classic NYC sense, are now being turned into…well condos, probably. The area is located near the toxic Gowanus Canal and not considered safe for habitation but that won’t stop anyone. Maybe a bank or a organic dog treat store or a prozen yogurt shop will open up.
Oh yeah, speaking of zines (look it up kids) something called The Poopsheet Foundation is now online, and it’s one of those 90s things that was what passed for social media back in the day: The Poopsheet Foundation began in 1993 as Poopsheet, a small publication that reviewed other small publications. The zine eventually became […]
Artist Trevor von Eeden has a secure place in comics history for a couple of reasons. First, he was one of the most distinct and powerful mainstream comics artists of the Bronze Age, with significant work on Black Lighning (which he co-created drew the first appearance of), Black Canary, and perhaps most memorably, the challenging, […]
Historian letterer Todd Klein has the essential obit for Gaspar Saladino, pointing out how influential he was in so many things. Maybe Gaspar will be the first letterer in the Eisner Hall of Fame. When I started working at DC in 1977 I was blown away seeing and working with Gaspar’s lettering in person, such […]
I was honored to participate in this NPR piece on the late Kim Yale produced by Neda Ulaby. Yale co-wrote many DC stories with her husband JOhn Ostrander, is credited with developng the Oracle story (seen in a page from Batman Chronicles Vol 1 #5 from June, 1996) and was een an editor on staff […]
Milt Snapinn! Todd Klein is not only a letterer of renown, he’s a comics historian and he’s just begun a history of the DC Comics Offices 1982-1991 with photos, a seating chart and photos of staffers in all their 80s glory.
Nearly a decade ago, Cheryl Eaton created a site called The Ormes Society. It was named after Jackie Ormes, the first African American woman cartoonist and creator of Torchy Brown. The site was devoted to recording the work of African American women in comics and when the site started, Eaton came up with 13 names.