Special “Tribute to The Comics Journal” Edition

Item One–the new issue of TCJ looks awesome! A Cerebus roundtable! (and the Colby Cosh piece on the Canadian sources of Sim’s antifeminism has already got me riled! more on that another time!) Sean Collins on New X-Men & The Goon! Tim O’Neil on Autobiographix! A piece called “The Future of Black Comics”! I don’t know nothin’ ’bout Ed Brubaker, but smart people like Ian Brill seem to love him, so I’m sure he’ll make a fine cover-subject… Needless to say, I’ll be buying this.

Item Two–the William Gaines audio file seems great so far! He starts off talking about letters pages! (and boy am I glad to see the Jules Feiffer interview go! I think Feiffer’s a jackass…)

And–item 3–they’re wondering “When Marvel Jumped the Shark” on the Messageboard…I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately (although, in my formulation, the question is not “when?”, but “why?”)–so naturally I had a reply handy!

Good Afternoon Friends!



  1. Brubaker in a nutshell goes like this:

    Started out as a Chester Brown-influenced autobio cartoonist. Then he started doing a few book for Vertigo/DC that have a noir feel to them. That noir feel has influenced pretty much all the major works he’s done such as his Batman run, Catwoman and my favorite book by him, Sleeper.


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