Comics journalism is mostly an oxymoron, but The Comics Journal, on the eve of its 300th issue, is a scholarly, intellectual publication.... [F]or intelligent discussion of current and past graphic storytelling and its creators (the current issue features an incredible story of an ahead-of-its-time genre-spanning anthology from the seventies that was never published), this is indeed an oasis of comics journalism. (Richard Pachter - The Miami Herald)
Fantagraphics has also just put out a new issue of The Comics Journal #299, which has an incredible narrative by lawyer-outsider art-underground advocate Bob Levin ... Levin is the writer of several books on the struggle of comics and the counter-culture and transgressive fringes, and because of him #299 of TCJ is the book about comic art to buy this year. (Chris Estey - KEXP-FM, Seattle)
[I] love it, especially the absolutely essential Bob Levin cover article. (Alan David Doane - Comic Book Galaxy)
Here’s a rare treat for Fleischer Studio fans―or anyone interested in clever, cartoon story-telling: the latest issue of The Comics Journal, #299, features a complete reprint of Myron Waldman’s 1943 “graphic novel”, Eve. (Cartoon Brew)
Mike Dean lives in Seattle and is an Editor at Fantagraphics.
Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.
From 2007-2012, Kristy Valenti wrote a column about independent comics and graphic novels for ComiXology. As an Editorial Associate at Fantagraphics Books, Inc., she’s edited The Comics Journal, Sketching Guantanamo, Listen, Whitey!, and Man of Rock, among others titles. She lives in Seattle, Wash.