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Archives - February 2010

Interview: Andi Ewington, author of Forty-Five

Feb 10, 2010

Andi Ewington has spent much of his career as a graphic designer, so it’s perhaps not surprising that his comics debut is a different kind of idea: A big prose story wrapped around the work of 45 different artists, called simply enough Forty-Five. The story takes place in a near future in which it’s possible to test for the “superpowered gene” and decide whether or not to have the baby based on that. A journalist who has decided to forego that test in the case of his newborn infant goes around interviewing 45 different superpowered individuals to see if it’s a life worth living—and why. But his investigative interviews garner the attention of a secret organization who may have some ulterior motives.

Interview: Benjamin , author of Remember

Feb 2, 2010

One of the brightest stars of China’s rising manua scene, Benjamin is a wonderfully expressive artist whose images evoke three-dimensional beings. His writing is poetic, often stilted, and emotive, as though words and images are sometimes not quite sufficient for expressing everything he has inside. Remember, a collection of two stories—No One Can Fly, No One Can Remember and That Summer, That Year—is now out from Tokyopop. We talked to Benjamin via an email interview that was kindly translated by his agent in Paris, Patrick Abry. My thanks to both Benjamin and Patrick for their time.

Interview: Cliff Meth, author of The Invincible Gene Colan

Feb 1, 2010

In an industry as old and as fluid as comics, there are many legends. Writers, artists, editors, and more have come and gone and continue to line up to craft the lives of heroes and villains on the printed page. Gene Colan is one of those legends. His work in the 1970s seemed perfectly suited to The Tomb of Dracula (Colan’s broad strokes always seemed to be not so much moving as floating effortlessly, sweeping across the pages, like finely honed mist). But he was just as much at home in the world of superheroes, taking on Daredevil, Captain America, Batman, and more.

Interview: Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile

Feb 1, 2010

Raina Telgemeier’s childhood was painful, mostly because of a horrific accident that damaged her teeth. But just like the rest of us, she experienced the ups and downs of middle and school: friends who turn out not to be so friendly, crushes received and given (and sometimes returned), family dynamics, and deciding what to do with the rest of her life. Smile encompasses all of that, and we discussed it with her.