In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists

Todd Hignite

These studio visits with some of today’s most popular and innovative comic artists present an unparalleled look at the cutting edge of the comic medium. The artists, some of whom rarely grant interviews, offer insights into the creative process, their influences and personal sources of inspiration, and the history of comics. The interviews amount to private gallery tours, with the artists commenting, now thoughtfully, now passionately, on their own work as well as the works of others.

The book is generously illustrated with full-color reproductions of the artists’ works, including some that have been published and others not originally intended for publication, such as sketchbooks and personal projects. Additional illustrations show behind-the-scenes working processes of the cartoonists and particular works by others that have influenced or inspired them. Through the eyes of these artists, we see with a new clarity the achievement of contemporary cartoonists and the extraordinary possibilities of comic art.

Extensive interviews with: Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Gary Panter, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware

status Copy #1 (6590): in
genre Art » Art History
publisher Yale University Press
publish date October 23, 2006
popularity checked out 2 time(s)


  • By Future Man -

    This is a fantastic book that gives insight into the creative processes and artistic inspiration of some of the most notorious living comic artists! There are many photos of early out-of-print books and previously unpublished art from the artist’s personal archives. This is really fascinating to read and see how dynamic many of these folks are and hear in their own words about the things that have been most inspiring to them.

    The only problem with this book, it doesn’t recognize ANY female cartoonists. Even the artists profiled here rarely mention women they’ve been inspired by. I guess the industry has been mostly dominated by men, but it would have been great to see at least one woman in here to give a female perspective of the medium. With as many great and inspiring women as are doing comics today, I can hope that a later publication will highlight their working methods and perception of comics history.

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