Friday, January 13, 2012

Inkstuds (A Review of Sorts)

So this is the first in the "comics related" posts which will most likely not be on Fridays. Between a post about my comics work on Wednesday and a beer review on CoolGuy Magazine on Thursday I still haven't decided on a day, yet. I'm thinking Tuesday but we'll see. . . Anyway. . .

Inkstuds: Interviews With Cartoonists is a book collecting 27 interviews conducted by Robin McConnell between 2005 and 2009 for his radio show and podcast of the same name. As the introduction by Jeet Heer makes note of, Robin McConnell is not your typical interviewer. In contrast to Gary Groth (Fantagraphics and The Comics Journal founder) who will attempt to read "not just a cartoonists [sic] entire oeuvre but also as many of the earlier interviews" as possible, Robin has a much, much more laid back approach that is more akin to talking with a friend you haven't seen in a while. And while this approach has it's pros (cartoonists can at times be a little more forthcoming and willing to ramble an idea out) it also has the obvious con of repeating topics covered already in previous interviews.

On a whole, though, Inkstuds is a fascinating even if abridged (cartoonists are encouraged to make playlists for the radio program that are also discussed) set of interviews with a bit of a who's who of the current and still up-and-coming "underground" (see: illustrate mostly in black and white and don't write about superheroes) comics scene.


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