The Comics Journal #303Gary Groth, Tomi Ungerer
The Comics Journal, which is renowned for its in-depth interviews, comics criticism, and thought-provoking editorials, features Gary Groth in frank and often hilarious discussion with the satirist and children’s book author Tomi Ungerer. Ungerer traces the trajectory of his extraordinary life career: growing up in France during the Nazi occupation, arriving in NYC with only his wits and a briefcase full of art samples, hobnobbing with the rich and famous in Long Island mansions, braving the icy wilderness of Nova Scotia, being at once feted for his children’s books and reviled for his erotica.
This issue, the first in its new twice-a-year format, covers the “new mainstream” in American comics — how the marketplace and overall perception of the medium has drastically shifted since the “graphic novel boom” of the early 2000s and massive hits like Persepolis, Fun Home, and Smile. It also includes sketchbook pages from French-born cartoonist Antoine Cossé, an introduction to homoerotic gag cartoons out of the U.S. Navy, Your Black Friend cartoonist Ben Passmore’s examination of the role art and comics have in gentrification, a reconsideration of the comics canon by Eisner Award-winner Dr. Sheena C. Howard, and more.