Todd Hignite is an independent scholar and curator and the
founding editor of Comic Art magazine. He lives in St.
After chatting up top cartoonists on their home turf, Comic Art editor Hignite then edited the conversations into a series of fascinating monologues from Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Gary Painter, Seth, Art Spielgelman, and Chris Ware. The focus is on the artists' imaginations, influences, and sources of ideas. Full-color examples from their sketchbooks, finished work, and quirky choices for inspiration whet the appetite for some of the lesser-known titles in graphic storytelling. The production values are excellent (although you do need a magnifying glass for speech balloons). Also included are a general bibliography and one on each artist. Hignite's introductions veer toward the hyperacademic, but nonscholarly folk can enjoy the very readable interviews with these artists, who were chosen to represent "undeniable pinnacles of the form." With occasional sexual imagery, this anthology is recommended for academic and public library adult collections.-M.C. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"'It's academic but fannish at the same time, almost on the level of 'where do you buy your pencils?'... The result is exactly the kind of text that will be invaluable to comics scholars.' Roger Sabin, The Observer"