Getting the Goat Getters: A Conversation with Eddie Campbell

This short interview Mark Newgarden made with me with me has come out very nicely.

I’ve followed Eddie Campbell’s work since first encountering his autobiographically inclined Alec stories in Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury’s UK-based Escape anthology back in the early 1980s. More recently I was surprised to learn that aside from his own prodigious cartooning career, Campbell was a dedicated scholar of early American comics. And I was delighted by the long-awaited arrival of The Goat Gettersthis spring from IDW, which I initially devoured in one big long gulp. Here’s the poop: The Goat Getterscovers more fresh bases in comics history, and in more depth and with more thoughtfulness than a 21st century book has any right to do. Among other things, it’s a perfect companion to Krazy, Michael Tisserand’s definitive book on George Herriman, delivering further context and the visual goods that were by necessity in short supply in that exemplary biography.

Read the full interview on The Comic’s Journal by clicking here.

Printers Row Lit Fest - Audrey And Eddie Discuss Bizarre Romance With Donna Seaman

Authors Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell, whose works have both been inspired by visual representation, some even converted to films, will be discussing their newest anthology Bizarre Romance with a fellow member of the writing and editing community, Donna Seaman. This collection both celebrates and satirizes the many types of love we experience as humans. The various relationships explored by the variety of authors will be an inspiration for conversation.

Details

Date: June 9 

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Event Category: Graphic Novels

Harold Washington Library

400 South State Street Multipurpose Room, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago, IL 60605 US + Google Map

Eddie Campbell explains why he's coloring From Hell for the first time

Eddie was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about the soon-to-be-released Master Edition of FROM HELL.

“I got a phone call from the publisher, and they wanted to fluff out From Hell and do something new with it, possibly put it out again as a serial,” Campbell tells EW. “I thought that would only work if you do something drastically new, like colorize it. At first they were like, ‘That’s not gonna work, is it? It’s always been a black-and-white book.’ I said I’d show them a couple pages, and after that they said, ‘How quickly can we get this book on the shelves?’ That was in January, and we ended up with a September release date. I’m up to chapter 5 now. I’ve been working on this solidly for the last five months, and I’m quite excited about it.”

The interview includes a few exclusive images from the Master Edition. Click here to read the rest of the interview.

Announcing the "Master Edition" of Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell's FROM HELL

Jack is back — and this time, the blood is red.

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For decades, the award-winning graphic novel FROM HELL has welcomed readers into the grandeur and grime of London in the late 1800s. The New York Times-bestselling opus is an achievement the New Yorker dubs “remarkable” and Entertainment Weekly calls “an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century.”

Beginning in September, readers old and new will experience FROM HELL as never before. The FROM HELL Master Edition presents Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s Victorian masterpiece as a ten-issue serial, thoroughly restored and revised “for color, clarity, and continuity” by Eddie Campbell himself.

“The most dramatic change is the color, of course,” says Campbell. “I prefer the term ‘colorizing’ to ‘coloring’ since I’m not simply painting within the black lines, but reconceiving every panel to suit a full-color world. But I’ve also gone through and fixed small errors and minor flaws that have haunted me for decades. Ultimately the result is my equivalent of a ‘director’s cut’ of From Hell.”

From Hell is one of the greatest graphic novels ever made — the first comic I ever read that really opened my eyes to the possibilities of sophisticated writing and art in this format,” says Chris Staros, Editor-in-Chief of Top Shelf Productions. “It’s been one of the keystones of Top Shelf’s line for almost twenty years, and now it’s an honor to watch Eddie breathe a whole new life into this epic.”

Eddie Campbell discusses his process in greater depth and reveals an exclusive interior preview of From Hell: Master Edition in a new interview at Entertainment Weekly.

From Hell: Master Edition #1 (of 10) will be released exclusively through comic shops and digital retailers in September 2018. To find a comic shop near you, visit comicshoplocator.comor call 1-800-COMIC-BOOK.

How the Goats Got Jack Johnson
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Michael Taube has written a review of The Goat Getters for the Washington Times. He writes: 

“The Goat Getters” is a scintillating examination of how some legendary cartoonists helped change newspapers and its readership. They marched to the beat of their own drummer, and challenged societal norms and preconceived notions to make America a better country. That’s surely what they would have advised Mr. Trump to do with Jack Johnson’s long-awaited pardon."

The rest of the article can be read by clicking here.

Inkstuds Podcast: Eddie Campbell, 2018

Wherein I talk about Bizarre Romance, The goat Getters, and the upcoming revised FROM HELL.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

I haven't checked this podcast to find out if I'm an idiot, but I've been one for too long so the die is cast. I do remember laughing a lot, as always happens when I talk to Robin McConnell.

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Secret Lives: Review of Bizarre Romance in the Times Literary Supplement

Lucy Scholes interviewed Eddie and Audrey for the Times Literary Supplement a few weeks ago.

"'It amused us to make a twisted, twenty-first century romance comic while pursuing our own romance from distant corners of the globe,' Niffenegger explains in the introduction."

If you are a subscriber, you can read the article here

 Times Literary Supplement, April 27, 2018.

Times Literary Supplement, April 27, 2018.

'The man's a genius!': Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman on Eddie Campbell
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Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman have some very nice things to say about Eddie Campbell in a recent interview by David Barnett for the Guardian. 

Eddie Campbell is a genius. But don’t take my word for it, take Alan Moore’s. “Eddie’s is a genuine one-off talent, utterly idiosyncratic and personal,” he says. Or perhaps Neil Gaiman’s: “The man’s a genius, there’s an end to it.”

Some particularly great quotes from the article. This from Alan Moore:

Moore is as effusive with praise as he was 30 years ago, when he first spotted Campbell’s Ace Rock’n’Roll Club strips and gave them a glowing review in Marvel’s magazine Daredevils. “Eddie’s style, both his loose, impressionistic line and his approach to storytelling, was fresh, exciting and like nothing anyone had ever seen before,” he says. “Luckily he had someone as insightful and perceptive as me to explain that to everybody.”

And this one from Neil Gaiman:

Speaking from his “writing cabin” in New York state, Gaiman points out a shelf opposite his desk that contains only books he considers incredibly important; a collected edition of Campbell’s Alec strips sits on it. “I couldn’t compile a list of the most important graphic novels of the 20th century without including Alec on it. Eddie’s style is … ” He thinks. “Well, he doesn’t really have one single style. He’s an original. He draws from life.”

Read the full article by clicking here.

Secret Life with Cats

To celebrate the release of Bizarre Romance, Audrey and Eddie collaborated with Ken Gerleve (animation) and Alex Kliner (music) to produce a series of short animations based on some of the characters from Bizarre Romance. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Once upon a time a writer and an artist got married. “Let’s collaborate,” said the writer. “Ugh, no thanks, darling,” said the artist. But lo and behold, they collaborated and here is the result: thirteen stories about oddballs in love, infestations of angels, nefarious fairies, cats, spies, monsters, more cats, bibliophiles who just want a little extra reading time, magic mirrors, artist’s models who nap on the job, imperfect boyfriends, and daughters who are perhaps a little too dutiful.

CREDITS

Character Designs: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

Animation and Sound Design: Kenneth Gerleve

Music: "Skeleton Jangle," 1918. Written by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Arranged and performed by Alex KlinerPacky LundholmEdwin Velasquez and John Moore Jr.

Bizarre Romance book design by Sara Corbett

Copyright 2018, Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell.

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The Lady with Ocelots

To celebrate the release of Bizarre Romance, Audrey and Eddie collaborated with Ken Gerleve (animation) and Alex Kliner (music) to produce a series of short animations based on some of the characters from Bizarre Romance. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Once upon a time a writer and an artist got married. “Let’s collaborate,” said the writer. “Ugh, no thanks, darling,” said the artist. But lo and behold, they collaborated and here is the result: thirteen stories about oddballs in love, infestations of angels, nefarious fairies, cats, spies, monsters, more cats, bibliophiles who just want a little extra reading time, magic mirrors, artist’s models who nap on the job, imperfect boyfriends, and daughters who are perhaps a little too dutiful.

CREDITS

Character Designs: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

Animation and Sound Design: Kenneth Gerleve

Music: "Skeleton Jangle," 1918. Written by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Arranged and performed by Alex KlinerPacky LundholmEdwin Velasquez and John Moore Jr.

Bizarre Romance book design by Sara Corbett

Copyright 2018, Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell.

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The Wrong Fairy

To celebrate the release of Bizarre Romance, Audrey and Eddie collaborated with Ken Gerleve (animation) and Alex Kliner (music) to produce a series of short animations based on some of the characters from Bizarre Romance. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Once upon a time a writer and an artist got married. “Let’s collaborate,” said the writer. “Ugh, no thanks, darling,” said the artist. But lo and behold, they collaborated and here is the result: thirteen stories about oddballs in love, infestations of angels, nefarious fairies, cats, spies, monsters, more cats, bibliophiles who just want a little extra reading time, magic mirrors, artist’s models who nap on the job, imperfect boyfriends, and daughters who are perhaps a little too dutiful.

CREDITS

Character Designs: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

Animation and Sound Design: Kenneth Gerleve

Music: "Skeleton Jangle," 1918. Written by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Arranged and performed by Alex KlinerPacky LundholmEdwin Velasquez and John Moore Jr.

Bizarre Romance book design by Sara Corbett

Copyright 2018, Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell.

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Cockroach Can Can

To celebrate the release of Bizarre Romance, Audrey and Eddie collaborated with Ken Gerleve (animation) and Alex Kliner (music) to produce a series of short animations based on some of the characters from Bizarre Romance. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Once upon a time a writer and an artist got married. “Let’s collaborate,” said the writer. “Ugh, no thanks, darling,” said the artist. But lo and behold, they collaborated and here is the result: thirteen stories about oddballs in love, infestations of angels, nefarious fairies, cats, spies, monsters, more cats, bibliophiles who just want a little extra reading time, magic mirrors, artist’s models who nap on the job, imperfect boyfriends, and daughters who are perhaps a little too dutiful.

CREDITS

Character Designs: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

Animation and Sound Design: Kenneth Gerleve

Music: "Skeleton Jangle," 1918. Written by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Arranged and performed by Alex KlinerPacky LundholmEdwin Velasquez and John Moore Jr.

Bizarre Romance book design by Sara Corbett

Copyright 2018, Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell.

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Octopus Vs. Mr. Death's Exterminators

To celebrate the release of Bizarre Romance, Audrey and Eddie collaborated with Ken Gerleve (animation) and Alex Kliner (music) to produce a series of short animations based on some of the characters from Bizarre Romance. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Once upon a time a writer and an artist got married. “Let’s collaborate,” said the writer. “Ugh, no thanks, darling,” said the artist. But lo and behold, they collaborated and here is the result: thirteen stories about oddballs in love, infestations of angels, nefarious fairies, cats, spies, monsters, more cats, bibliophiles who just want a little extra reading time, magic mirrors, artist’s models who nap on the job, imperfect boyfriends, and daughters who are perhaps a little too dutiful.

CREDITS

Character Designs: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

Animation and Sound Design: Kenneth Gerleve

Music: "Skeleton Jangle," 1918. Written by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Arranged and performed by Alex KlinerPacky LundholmEdwin Velasquez and John Moore Jr.

Bizarre Romance book design by Sara Corbett

Copyright 2018, Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell.

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Literary power couple Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell on their novel new team-up

Sarah Hughes has interviewed Audrey and Eddie for i News (inews.co.uk.) 

Collaboration can be a tricky business, rife with the possibilities for misunderstandings or battles over two different visions. Throw a new marriage into the mix and surely the potential for argument and falling out is high? “Not at all,” says Audrey Niffenegger, best-selling author of The Time Traveller’s Wife. She has spent the past year working with her new husband, Scottish comics artist and cartoonist, Eddie Campbell on Bizarre Romance, a captivating set of short stories written by her and drawn by him. “In fact, because we haven’t been married long we still had that newly-wed energy, that sense of being besotted with each other, which really helped.” 

Read the rest of the interview by clicking here.

Join the Bizarre Romance Parade and Let Your Skeleton Jangle!

To celebrate the release of Bizarre Romance, Audrey and Eddie collaborated with Ken Gerleve (animation) and Alex Kliner (music) to produce a series of short animations based on some of the characters from Bizarre Romance. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Once upon a time a writer and an artist got married. “Let’s collaborate,” said the writer. “Ugh, no thanks, darling,” said the artist. But lo and behold, they collaborated and here is the result: thirteen stories about oddballs in love, infestations of angels, nefarious fairies, cats, spies, monsters, more cats, bibliophiles who just want a little extra reading time, magic mirrors, artist’s models who nap on the job, imperfect boyfriends, and daughters who are perhaps a little too dutiful.

CREDITS

Character Designs: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

Animation and Sound Design: Kenneth Gerleve

Music: "Skeleton Jangle," 1918. Written by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Arranged and performed by Alex KlinerPacky LundholmEdwin Velasquez and John Moore Jr.

Bizarre Romance book design by Sara Corbett

Copyright 2018, Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell.

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Jonathan Cape

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How a best-selling wife and husband enchant readers in the anthology ‘Bizarre Romance’

Michael Cavna recently interviewed Eddie and Audrey for the Washington Post

When it comes to using creative frameworks, the “Bizarre Romance” authors also thought in terms of music — specifically, the structure of an album.
The anthology’s 13 chapters, which are each very distinct in their visual styles, all “concern themes that I’ve been interested in all my life: love and loss, the ordinary and the fantastic, the relationship between art and daily life,” Niffenegger says. “When we collected them and began to think about how to shape them into a book, we started talking about albums and mix tapes, and how it would be great if each story had art that exactly suited it, like the instrumentation of a song, instead of trying to come up with one style that straitjacketed them all into conformity.
“I see one thing — a book — that’s bursting with ideas and styles and energy,” she says, “and a few themes that hold it all together.”
“Yes, it’s like a record album of songs. It’s as though we said, ‘Let’s go into the studio and lay down a few tracks’ or ‘bring along any stories you’ve got and we’ll make some comics,’ “ says Campbell, picking up the theme. “There’s an element of enjoying that for its own sake instead of having a big sensational revelation, like ‘My Granddad Was Jack the Ripper’ — a problem that bedevils ‘serious comics’ these days.

You can read the rest of the interview by clicking here.