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Featuring New Interviews With…
*MARK BODE: A 21st Century Renaissance Man by John Rovnak.
*GLENN DANZIG: Damn, It’s Danzig by John Rovnak.
*JIMMY GOWNLEY: Normal Guy to the Naked Eye by Rachael M Rollson.
*ALAN MOORE: The Magical Adventures of an Extraordinary Gentlemen by Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe.
*STEVE MURPHY: Comes Out of his Shell by John Rovnak.
*DAVE SIM: The General in His Labyrinth by Jon Mathewson.
*JIM WOODRING: A Touch of Madness by Daniel Barlow.
*BY JINGO: A Personal Meditation on the Comics of Jack Kirby by Rob Walton.
*MARVEL 14: The Incredible History of France’s Censorship of Marvel Comics by Jean–Emmanuel Deluxe.
*KEEP YOUR PANTS ON! The Rock Art of James Kochalka.
*BUDDY COPS in Full-Color by Mark Martin.
*BEAT PANELS: OR; IS THERE MONEY IN POETRY COMICS? by Stephen R. Bissette featuring the graphic poetry of Peter Money and Rick Veitch.
*ORGANIZING COMICS: How Comics Created a Community in Rural New England by Daniel Barlow.
*EUROPE’S KRIMINAL HISTORY: featuring MR. KRIME by Mort Todd with Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe.
*EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Re-Imagined Interpretations of Forgotten Characters of the Public Domain.
*MY SKETCHY SUMMER, or 5 Days Hard Labor at the Center For Cartoon Studies by Philip Charles Crawford.
*CLOVER FIELDS ON FIRE: The Intellectual Architecture of Robert Crumb and the Tyranny of the Masses by Experience Kring.
*Organic Comix presents JIM SIMON’S SHIELDMASTER.
*DEFT MASTERY: The Genius of Early 1960′s Archie Comics by Philip Charles Crawford, featuring Teenage Wildlife: an interview with Craig Yoe by John Rovnak.
*MEET JOE PRIEST: A Personal Reflection on Where Faith and Comics Meet by Fr. Chris Kulig, O.Carm.
*An archive of past interviews, from paneltopanel.net, featuring DAVID MACK, LARRY MARDER, LARRY HAMA, JAIME HERNANDEZ, JAMES STURM and STAN SAKAI.
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274 Pages, Full Color
(scheduled to begin shipping Aug/Sept 2011)

Strange Bedfellows


Artwork © Jim Woodring

It was nearly a year ago now that Daniel Barlow sat down and chatted with Jim Woodring, via email, for the upcoming inaugural volume of Panel to Panel.  Here’s a look at a portion of that conversation.

Daniel Barlow: You recently completed an artist-in-residence for the Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska. During that time you worked in a little town called Homer and stayed at a place called the Mermaid B&B, both of which sound like they could be right out of a Frank comic. What was this experience like?

Jim Woodring: Well, it was heavenly. Homer is a strange little shangri-la of a town. It has a cosmic charm. I can’t begin to describe it. Everyone I’ve met who has been to Homer has felt that strange magic. The scenery, the people, the small-town atmosphere… it was just great, a memorable experience.

Barlow: Were you working on your comics while in Homer? Did that environment affect your comics at all?

Woodring: Yeah, I think so. I drew ten pages of Congress of the Animals there and they came out pretty good.

Barlow: I’ve never been to Alaska. Did anyone say, “Sorry for Sarah Palin?”

Woodring: Yes. Everyone I talked to thought she was a disgrace. I never brought her up myself, out of courtesy, but she was much on their minds. Alaska is very conservative overall, but the people who live there are relatively tough and no-nonsense, and the ones I talked to, at least, didn’t approve of her flightiness and empty rhetoric.