Comics Journal #301

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The Comics Journal has been, for almost 35 years, the standard bearer of critical inquiry, discrimination, debate, and serious discussion of comics as art, and the object of love and devotion among the comics cognescenti — and hate and scorn among the philistines, natch. We published our 300th issue in late 2009 and spent the ensuing year-plus re- conceptualizing the institution as an annual book-length “magazine” — over 600 pages long, chock full of the kinds of criticism, interviews, commentary, and history that has made it the most award-winning and critically lauded magazine in the history of comics.

This volume features a focus on R. Crumb’s most commercially successful project of his career, his comics adaptation of Genesis, including the most extensive interview he’s given on the subject as well as a long critical roundtable among six comics critics reviewing the book and debating each other over its merits; plus:
  • An interview with Joe Sacco about his recent journalistic masterpiece, Footnotes in Gaza (read an excerpt at
  • A peek into the private sketchbooks of (and accompanying interviews with) Jim Woodring, Tim Hensley, and the novelist Stephen Dixon
  • A conversation between Mad Fold-Out creator Al Jaffee and Thrizzle auteur Michael Kupperman (read an excerpt at
  • A complete full-color reprinting of the 1950s "Gerald McBoing Boing" comic
  • The first significant biographical essay charting the turn-of-the-century cartoonist and illustrator John T. McCutcheon
  • A critical re-assessment of Dave Sim's Cerebus by Tim Kreider
  • PLUS: essays and reviews by R. Fiore, R.C. Harvey, Chris Lanier, Rob Clough, and others.

  • Over 600 pages long, this is a year's worth of The Comics Journal rolled into one extraordinary objet d'art. As a special treat, this volume is guest designed by internationally respected Criterion art director Eric Skillman. The Comics Journal #301 is no mere magazine but a gigantic compendium covering comics past and present that will shock and delight every truly curious comics reader.

    Additional Information

    Author Mike Dean / Kristy Valenti / Gary Groth (editors)
    Publisher Fantagraphics Books
    Page Count 640pp
    Publication Size 6.75 x 8.5
    Publication Notes Perfect Bound, Color & b/w
    Publication Date August 2011
    ISBN 978-1-60699-291-3

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