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Archives - October 2009

Interview: Van Jensen, author of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Volumes 1 and 2

Oct 28, 2009

You only think you know the legend of Pinocchio. His story wasn’t that sweet, and that was before the vampires came to town and killed Gepetto. What’s a poor wooden boy to do? Start lying like crazy so his nose grows and pierces their hearts. He’s a natural-born vampire killer, and he’s got the scars to prove it.

Interview: Ted Rall, author of The Year of Loving Dangerously

Oct 15, 2009

Ted Rall is an American cartoonist, political commentator, and writer who has made a career of recording He’s been a war correspondent for the Village Voice and a contributor to everything from the New York Times and Rolling Stone to Time and Mad. His latest project is a memoir about the year 1984—the year he spent living and loving wildly while his future lay in the balance. We caught up with Ted to ask him about how this memoir came about now.

Interview: Sid Jacobson, author of Vlad the Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula

Oct 15, 2009

 Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, the masterminds behind the bestselling The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, now take you back to the 15th century for a horror story unlike any other—a very true one. The story of Vlad the Impaler is awful in so many ways, and it becomes even more horrific when fleshed out through Colon’s wonderful pencils. It’s tough to read and watch the actions that earned Vlad his nickname. Even more foreboding is the dread that comes from knowing this story inspired the tale of Dracula. Here’s what Jacobson and Colon had to say about their newest work.

Interview: Bill Willingham, author of Peter & Max

Oct 13, 2009

In which we discuss Bill Willingham's long career, his versatility in many genres, and his perspectives on various comics matters.

For nearly 30 years, Bill Willingham has been a key player in the comics industry, both as an artist and a writer. Today, he concentrates primarily on the writing, working on two of DC Comics/Vertigo’s biggest publications: Fables, the Vertigo series he created in 2001, and the iconic Justice Society of America, the very first—and possibly greatest—superhero team of all.

Interview: Bill Willingham, author of Fables, The Deluxe Edition, Vol. One

Oct 13, 2009

In which Bill Willingham discusses the politics of the comics industry and talks about various controversies, both in Fables and in comics in general.

Interview: Bill Willingham, author of Fables, The Deluxe Edition, Vol. One

Oct 13, 2009

In which Bill Willingham describes the plot of his new prose book, spills the beans on what dastardly plots he has upcoming in both JSA and Fables, speaks on Obsidian and other characters, and reveals whether he will be doing any more drawing in the future.
Part 1 of the interview     |     Part 2 of  the interview

Interview: Mark Waid, author of Irredeemable

Oct 6, 2009

One of the true comics legends, Mark Waid has written most of the biggest names in the superhero business. Whether it’s for Marvel or DC, he’s taken on the hero genre and redefined it—most notably in the groundbreaking epic Kingdom Come and sequel The Kingdom, both of which took DC’s greatest heroes and imagined them in a very human and apocalyptic setting.

Interview: Berkeley Breathed, author of Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume One: 1980-1982

Oct 6, 2009

It’s been 20 years since Berkeley Breathed left the world of Bloom County behind. Since then, he’s kept busy with such strips as Outland and Opus and writing prose works, but his defining work remains the one he began on December 8, 1980. He’s now, after all these years and multiple requests from fans and publishers alike, agreed to collect his Bloom County work in five oversized volumes.

Interview: Holly Black, author of The Good Neighbors, Book Two: Kith

Oct 1, 2009

Holly Black has just released the second book in her Good Neighbors trilogy, Kith. With a year-long space between the release of each of the books (the final book, Kind, will be out in October of 2010), fans have a long wait for their fix, but it’s worth it. The first book in the series, Kin, was nominated for an Eisner Award and became a big cross-seller, attracting both Black’s large prose following (who love her for her work on The Spiderwick Chronicles, among others) as well as gaining new readers intrigued by her dark, macabre tale of Rue, who finds out that her mother is a fairy and her grandfather, Aubrey, is an evil, malicious, and powerful being with huge plans. We talked to Black about the second book in the series, Kith.