My final indie comics-related writing for Wizard: a Special Report from the 1997 Small Press Expo where I followed Jeff Smith for the weekend.
Category: Indy Comics
Was there a future for the small press after the late '90s comic book market crash? I tried to answer that question with this feature in Wizard #77.
The penultimate "Palmer's Picks" featured cartoonist Ed Brubaker and his autobio and fiction comics including Lowlife, At The Seams, and Detour.
Famed magazine illustrator and master of silent comics Peter Kuper was interviewed for Wizard in the summer of '97 to discuss several of his graphic novels.
True Swamp creator Jon Lewis embarked on a new comic book series, Spectacles, in 1997 and got some coverage in Wizard Magazine to mark the occasion.
Brian Michael Bendis was interviewed for Palmer's Picks to promote his indy crime comics years before he redefined mainstream superhero comics.
Wizard's unofficial small press issue featured a special Palmer's Picks rundown of Ten Small Press Books You Should Own: Hate, Eightball, Dirty Plotte, and more!
The second Palmer's Picks spotlight on Jay Stephens coincided with the launch of his two new comics, The Land of Nod and Atomic City Tales.
Legendary American Splendor writer Harvey Pekar was the subject of a Palmer's Picks column along with his wife Joyce Brabner.
My interview with Optic Nerve creator Adrian Tomine appeared just as he was taking his minicomic to Drawn & Quarterly as a full-size comic.
Brutal superhero parody Marshal Law got the "Palmer's Picks" treatment, the only time I broke format to focus on a character instead of a single writer or artist.
A great example of perfect timing: this column about Chester Brown's Yummy Fur was published in 1994, right as the influential series ended.
Wizard's milestone 25th issue contained my overview of short-lived Canadian publisher Tragedy Strikes Press (Pickle, Cheese Heads, Sin, Way Out Strips).
Wizard turned two years old and I profiled two of the world's greatest cartoonists in my overview of the iconic Love and Rockets from the summer of '93.
My second feature about Kevin Eastman's Tundra spirals into chaos when Brandon Lee's death scuttles plans for The Crow and Kitchen Sink "buys" the company.
Larry Marder's Tales of the Beanworld is a most peculiar comic book experience, but my "Palmer's Picks" about it had a decidedly peculiar opening line.
The early work of Madman creator Mike Allred was the topic of the day for "Palmer's Picks" in the spring of 1993, and now you can experience it again!
I profiled Underrstanding Comics author Scott McCloud before his landmark book. Delve into his early work with a revisit of my original "Palmer's Picks."
Underappreciated genius Ted McKeever was the "Palmer's Picks" in issue 18, where I examined his interconnected comics Eddy Current, Metropol, and more.
Eddie Campbell's Deadface got the "Palmer's Picks" spotlight, and now you can look back at all of the excitement just like it was '92 again.
A look back at my first feature length magazine article, a profile of Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman's Tundra Publishing.