It’s true there’s been a huge exodus of cartoonists (and other non rich creative types) from New York City in the last few years, but there are a few doughty souls still sticking it out, and Aaron Cometbus’s long running zine (look it up) takes it on in issue #57:
The comics scene is thriving in New York, and comics play an oversized role in the city’s myth. But why? In this special issue of Cometbus we go door-to-door, uptown to downtown, asking the questions that other rags are either too informed or too polite to pose. We visit cartoonists like Gary Panter, Julia Wertz, Ben Katchor, Adrian Tomine, and Gabrielle Bell, but also comics scholars, publishers, shopkeepers, and librarians. Featuring beautiful illustrations by March artist Nate Powell and an unusual Al Jaffee interview that ties it all together in the end.
Like how even the cover uses comics in a practical, innovative way. This sounds like an interesting survey and I may just drop by Thug Books and pickup a copy when I get home, provided the L is still running.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.