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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
"What a marvelous weekend I had catching up with Seth, Chester Brown, Jaime Hernandez, James Kochalka, Karl Stevens and more of my favorite artists. here are me and Kochalka signing at the Top Shelf booth. We both like to stand up for signing."