Interview: Susie Cagle Talks Occupy Oakland

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Susie Cagle was teargassed yesterday, ducked on the sidewalk in an attempt to avoid rubber bullets from police weapons. The cartoonist has spent much of her past week camped out at Occupy Oakland, gathering fodder for an illustrated history of the movement (one you can help fund here, if so inclined), and by sheer presence, becoming a part of the event.

We managed to grab a few moments of her time ahead of this evening’s events to discuss the movement,  objectivity, and what it means to be a graphic journalist.

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Interview: Dave Roman Pt. 2

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In this second part of our interview with the Teen Boat author, we talk age appropriateness, absurdity, and self-censorship.

[Part One]

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Interview: Anders Nilsen Pt. 3

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We wrap up our interview with the Big Questions author by discussing printmaking, the importance of wandering, and figuring out the riddles of the universe.

[Part One][Part Two]

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Interview: Dave Roman Pt. 1

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When Dave Roman had first announced the forthcoming release of the collected Teen Boat for Clarion Press, I was a bit dumbfounded to realize that we’d never set up an official interview. Sure we’d spoken countless times and even been on the odd panel together, but for some reason or other, we’d never sat down for a formal Cross Hatch Q&A, and while his new book is still more than half a year away, now seemed as good a time as any.

After all, Roman has been working virtually non-stop since losing a full-time editorial position after the untimely demise of Nickelodeon Magazine. He contributed to anthologies like Flight, collaborated with wife Raina Telgemeier on an X-Men manga series and celebrated the release of his first Astronaut Academy collection for First Second this summer.

Like that series, Teen Boat began life as a web and mini-comic. While maintaining the cartoonist’s long-standing focus on younger readers, the latter series skews a bit older, combining, as the tagline goes, “the angst of being a teen with the thrill of being a boat.” In this first part of our conversation, we discuss revisiting older work, Roman’s tendency toward long storylines, and why making comics for kids is important.

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Interview: Anders Nilsen Pt. 2

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In this second part of our interview with the Dogs and Water artist, we discuss the importance of silence, the ways art school affects comics composition and how Big Questions is different than Spider-man fighting the Green Goblin.

[Part One]

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Interview: Anders Nilsen Pt. 1

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The new Big Questions collection from Drawn & Quarterly is a rather staggering thing. It’s a 658 page hardcover, 2.6-inch thick culmination 15 single issues drawn over the course of a decade. The series, which was born in the pages of Anders Nilsen’s art school sketchbook, centers around the journey of tiny talking birds, set against minimalist landscapes.

The series, along with the Ignatz-winning Dogs and Water, the Xeric-winning The Ballad of the Two-Headed Boy, and appearances in anthologies like Kramers Ergot and Mome, have helped earn Nilsen a place as one of the most respected names in cartooning circles. The new sweeping Big Questions collection is likely to land him a fair amount of notice outside our often claustrophobic world.

Whatever the case, Nilsen has already moved onto other things, beginning work on a new story, and getting ready to board a plane to France the day after we spoke.

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Interview: Drew Friedman Pt. 4

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We wrap up our interview with Drew Friedman by discussion the seriousness of comedy, his relationship with Crumb, and the role he played in Anthony Weiner’s resignation

[Part One][Part Two][Part Three]

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Interview: Tom Neely Pt. 4 [of 4]

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We finally wrap up our interview with The Wolf author by discussing self-publishing, going to the post office, and making enemies of Glenn Danzig.

[Part One][Part Two][Part Three]

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Interview:Drew Friedman Pt. 3

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In this third part of our conversation with the Old Jewish Comedians artist, we discuss real Jewish names, fake Jews, and “The Incredible Shrinking Joe Franklin.

[Part One][Part Two]

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Interview: Drew Friedman Pt. 2

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In this second part of our interview with the Old Jewish Comedians author, we discuss the late-Mickey Freeman, the search for Don Rickles’s real name and why Sid Caesar called Fantagraphics to yell at Kim Thompson.

[Part One]

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