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Best American Comics Criticism (Fantagraphics)
Ben Schwartz, editor of the new anthology Best American Comics Criticism, will discuss comics and comics criticism with Kramers Ergot editor Sammy Harkham, graphic novelist Joe Matt (Spent), and comics critics Robert Fiore and Brian Doherty.
Ben Schwartz lives in Los Angeles. Besides editing The Best American Comics Criticism for Fantagraphics, he works as a journalist and screenwriter and is currently writing The Lost Laugh, a history of American humor set between the two world wars. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Suck.com, Vanity Fair, and The Atlantic on-line. The screenplays he has sold collect dust on A-list shelves all over town. (image by Kaz)
Sammy Harkham is an Award winning cartoonist behind Crickets (Drawn & Quarterly) and the editor of Kramers Ergot. His work has been published in Vice, Arthur, numerous Best American Comics volumes, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Recently, he guest edited the annual Holloween comic, The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. He lives in Los Angeles.
Robert Fiore writes the long-running column Funnybook Roulette for The Comics Journal. At Fantagraphics Books he edited a number of anthologies of underground cartoonists such as Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Spain Rodriguez and Vaughn Bode.
Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine, author of the books This is Burning Man and Radicals for Capitalism, and a lifelong Friend of Comics.
Conventional wisdom states that cartooning and graphic novels exist in a
golden age of creativity, popularity, and critical acceptance. But why?
Today, the signal is stronger than ever, but so is the noise. New York
Times, Vanity Fair, and Bookforum critic Ben Schwartz assembles the
greatest lineup of comics critics the world has yet seen to testify on
behalf of this increasingly vital medium. The Best American Comics
Writing is the first attempt to collate the best criticism to date of
the graphic novel boom in a way that contextualizes and codifies one of
the most important literary movements of the last 60 years.