James Romberger is an American artist and cartoonist known for his depictions of New York’s Lower East Side. Romberger’s pastel drawings of the ravaged landscape of the Lower East Side and its citizens are in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum in New York City.
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James Romberger Comics

James Romberger Comics

In November 2014  Fantagraphics Books will publish The Late Child and Other Animals, a graphic novel written and colored by Marguerite Van Cook and adapted and drawn by James Romberger. It has been translated by Emilie and Barbara Lehin with the title L’Enfant inattendue, to be released in October 2014 in France by Editions çà...
Wojnarowicz's Apostasy

Wojnarowicz’s Apostasy

“Ants are the only insects to keep pets, use tools, make war and capture slaves.” — David Wojnarowicz A Fire in My Belly, a film with a depiction of fire ants swarming over a crucifix, was removed from the Hide/Seek exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian through the intercession of the president...
Exes and Ohs

Exes and Ohs

Jaime Hernandez uses the temporal flexibility of the comics medium to work like memory: moments that are far separated in time recontextualize when put in proximity to each other. He shows that the ways people treat each other resonate unpredictably through their lives. In the world he has built on paper and in ours, passion...
Kirby: Approaching the Threshold

Kirby: Approaching the Threshold

The status of American comics pioneer and creative fount Jack Kirby slipped badly in the space of a few short years in the early 1970s. His highly successful resume at Marvel had led DC to promote his defection to them as their greatest triumph, but their support quickly waned. There was some resentment directed at...
Yearning for Space: a conversation with Tom Kaczynski

Yearning for Space: a conversation with Tom Kaczynski

I first encountered Tom Kaczynski’s work while delving into the substantial collection of comics-related materials in Columbia University’s Butler Library stacks, where there is a run of Fantagraphics’ anthology title MOME. I very much liked Kaczynski’s deliberately drawn short stories such as “100,000 Miles” and then, when I was lucky enough to get a story...
Marie Severin's Due

Marie Severin’s Due

There can be no doubt that Marie Severin deserves a book about her lifelong efforts in comics. More recognition than that would be appropriate even if she wasn’t one of the few well-known female practitioners in the last century. One would think that for her essential role as E.C.’s colorist alone, Severin should at least...
Caniff: Momentum

Caniff: Momentum

“The impacts of both pictures and words drive more deeply into human awareness than any anthropologist has yet cared to note.” -Milton Caniff I just read four of IDW’s collections of Terry and the Pirates back-to-back. They comprise one of the most gripping narratives I have seen in comics. They are essential reading for anyone...
Cursing the Darkness: The Last Horrors of Alex Toth

Cursing the Darkness: The Last Horrors of Alex Toth

Fear and suspense can be effectively created by the inference of the unknown. What is shown can be less harrowing than what is implied and then forms in the imagination of the reader. The late cartoonist Alexander Toth disliked drawing explicit horror and violence in the style of E.C., what he called “gore-gulping grind and...
Sammy Harkham: Naturalism and Specificity

Sammy Harkham: Naturalism and Specificity

Sammy Harkham’s Crickets #3 rivals in substance and importance two other comics that were published in a similar format: David Mazzucchelli’s Rubber Blanket #3 and Daniel Clowes’ Eightball #23. Harkham seems to be best known for editing the chameleonic, graphically revolutionary anthology Kramer’s Ergot and he has served his artistic community well with those efforts....
Gabrielle Bell: The Unreliable Observer

Gabrielle Bell: The Unreliable Observer

Gabrielle Bell’s new book The Voyeurs will be released this month in the form of a handsomely designed hardcover with full color interior art. It is the first book format publication by Uncivilized Books, a small press imprint run by artist Tom Kaczynski. Bell’s incisive, often whimsical short stories have won her a substantial following...
Massive, Eccentric, Ambitious: Anders Nilsen's 'Big Questions'

Massive, Eccentric, Ambitious: Anders Nilsen’s ‘Big Questions’

This month Drawn and Quarterly will publish Anders Nilsen’s massive graphic novel Big Questions, a book fourteen years in the making. Nilsen’s previous books have dealt with humans facing the unpredictability of the natural world. In Dogs and Water (2004), a boy makes his way across an expanse of desert to encounter a roaming pack...

Gary Panter’s ‘DalTokyo’: Strip-Mining on Mars

Considered one of the only true punk cartoonists, Gary Panter is a tremendously influential underground cartoonist best known for a ragged, aggressive line and the wildly imaginative formal experimentation in his Jimbo graphic novels. This month Fantagraphics Books will release DalTokyo, a serial comic strip first produced by Panter in the 1980s, now collected in...

Interview with Gary Groth about Carl Barks

With the December publication of Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes, Fantagraphics will bring the classic comics stories of cartoonist Carl Barks (1901-2000) to bookstores in a comprehensive collection of handsome, durable hardcovers. This first volume is actually the seventh in the series’ complete timeline. The publisher elected to debut the series with stories that...