It arrives too late for election season, but the latest entry in Comics Journal'
s series of collections of material originally published in its pages reprints lengthy interviews with four artists who have been engaged with politics for some four decades: Jules Feiffer, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning strip ran in the Village Voice
for 41 years; David Levine, whose -often-savage caricatures have adorned the New York Review of Books
for nearly as long; Edward Sorel, a prominent magazine illustrator who initially worked in the early 1960s for lefty journals including Ramparts
and The Nation
; and Ralph Steadman, best known for his caustic illustrations for Hunter S. Thompson's books.
Interviewer Groth, Comics Journal'
s editor, brings thorough knowledge of the four artists' careers to bear on questions that elicit their passions for their work and the social causes that inform it. The book's oversize format--it's a paperback the size of a vinyl record album--is a bit unwieldy, but it gratifyingly accommodates the copious reproductions of the subjects' art. Gordon FlaggCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.