what's the deal with "The Comics Journal"?

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I bought the Comics Journal yesterday, and it has this bizarre editorial from the new editor about how the last editor was sacked for unspecified reasons by Mr Fantagraphics The new editor then goes on to repeatedly praise the outgoing editor.

What is this all about?

DV (dirtyvicar), Sunday, 9 May 2004 09:23 (eighteen years ago) link

i can't think of a single example of comics-world infighting that doesn't include the words "gary" and "groth."

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 9 May 2004 10:45 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...

More generally, what do people think of the Comics Journal. I was going to buy the latest issue, but then I registestered how expensive it was.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 16 November 2007 17:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I keep expecting a Seinfeldesque punchline to this thread.

Leee, Friday, 16 November 2007 18:12 (fourteen years ago) link

It's the Pitchfork of comics, no? At least in terms of clumsy writing. The interviews are generally good, though, but as my public library stocks it, I'm never bothered to buy.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 16 November 2007 18:49 (fourteen years ago) link

I buy when there's an interview with someone I adore. And I notice. Mostly I miss it entirely.

Oilyrags, Friday, 16 November 2007 20:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Funnily enough the latest issue - Posy Simmonds cover/interview - is one of tHE best issues in years - over 30 pages of superb Otto Soglow strips in full colour - doesn't get any better than that

Ward Fowler, Friday, 16 November 2007 21:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I love the interviews (and the Michael Dean-edited industry news, back when I was buying it) but they don't really justify the price. I buy it about once a year now. The big bookstore in Tupelo quit carrying it, a few months before the issue with the Joost Swarte cover/interview, but if they had still been carrying it then, they probably would have dropped it after that issue, full frontal nudity on the cover in Don Wildmon's town y'know.

Rock Hardy, Friday, 16 November 2007 22:15 (fourteen years ago) link

The Posy interview was a huge disappointment, though I was kinda braced for it with Gravett's typical all-surface, no-analysis approach. It still could have been made worthwhile if the designers hadn't falledn completely over and illustrated her talking about various French cartoonists from the 60s with Posy strips from the '00s, talking about British cartoonists of the 40s with Posy strips from the '00s, talking about Posy strips from the 70s with Posy strips from the '00s, talking about Posy strips from the 80s with Posy strips from the 00s, etc. Is this the second time in, what, 32 years that they've illustrated a headline interview with an old piece of the interviewee's art, instead of a new cover? At least last time it was a mistake and they did something designy with it, this was just reprinting the cover of her last-but-one book!*

Totally worth it for the Soglow, though.

*since TD wasn't out when they went to press

energy flash gordon, Saturday, 17 November 2007 03:57 (fourteen years ago) link

I think I will buy the latest issue anyway, as having discovered that Posy Simmonds is very old I am suddenly fascinated by her (I had assumed she was some kind of young trender).

The Real Dirty Vicar, Saturday, 17 November 2007 13:42 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

david hine gives us some nice scans from one of gary groth's very first fanzines:


Ward Fowler, Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:50 (ten years ago) link

Wow at Steranko's shirt in that scanned pic! Too bad the pic is in b&w, would've loved to see what colours it had...

Tuomas, Thursday, 12 January 2012 13:04 (ten years ago) link

six years pass...

Returning to print next year, yo, biannually. Stay tuned for sic with all the details I neglected to mention!

a butt, at which the shaft of ridicule is daily glanced (Old Lunch), Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:36 (three years ago) link


Every other year?

WmC, Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:41 (three years ago) link

Twice a year; first issue went to press a couple of weeks ago. Podcast interview with the in-house editors here: http://www.inkstuds.org/kristy-valenti-and-rj-casey/

It begat eight hymns (sic), Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:58 (three years ago) link

Johnny on the spot.

a butt, at which the shaft of ridicule is daily glanced (Old Lunch), Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:59 (three years ago) link

wow maybe i will finally receive the issues remaining on my subscribed purchased back in 2011!

visiting, Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:14 (three years ago) link


visiting, Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:15 (three years ago) link

you will!

Eight-Tenths Bigamy (sic), Friday, 26 October 2018 17:03 (three years ago) link

if you still live in the same place, I guess

Eight-Tenths Bigamy (sic), Friday, 26 October 2018 17:03 (three years ago) link

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