780 Cartoonist Howard Cruse packages Wendel for the modern gay readers! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Howard Cruse, cartoonist, The Complete Wendel Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of famous American cartoonists who could pass for gay… in the new new media capitol of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!   Part 1 of 2 When it came to Howard Cruse’s comic strip character Wendel, the word... Continue Reading →

Black Comix creators get their due — and a coffee table book! VIDEO INTERVIEW

  Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of neighborhood dogs in the new new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!   This show has always put out the welcome mat for black cartoonists, from daily strippers such as Ray Billingsley and Charlos Gary to editorial artists such as David G.... Continue Reading →

Historian Paul Buhle talks Kurtzman, Wisconsin comics scene! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  What’s so special about Wisconsin, anyway? My home state, New Jersey, has tomatoes, Sinatra, Springsteen, Atlantic City, the Turnpike and The Sopranos. What’s Wisconsin got? Cheese, the Green Bay Packers, cheese, comics, cheese—did I mention cheese? PAUL BUHLE podcast excerpt: "Al Capone vacationed and hid in Wisconsin. And was caught. That should tell you... Continue Reading →

Plop! Plop! Really weird, it’s the work of Basil Wolverton! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Monte Wolverton, author, The Wolverton Bible   Cartoonist Basil Wolverton was known for his grotesque drawings, fantastically odd creatures, spaghetti-like hair, smoothly sculpted caricatures and insanely detailed crosshatching. His career in the golden age of comic books lasted from 1938 until 1952, after which his illustrations and caricatures extended into such publications as... Continue Reading →

51 R. Seth Friedman and his zine niche: Factsheet Five! INTERVIEW

Originally Published November 11, 1996 If your reading taste skirts the fringes of what's typically found on the newsstand, R. Seth Friedman has the magazine for you. Factsheet Five is the bible of underground publishing, an A-to-XYZZY news encyclopedia of the most bizarre, tasteless and irreverent zines the world has ever known. Each issue of... Continue Reading →

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