April 23, 2014
Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists is a new book by Hillary Chute, published by the University of Chicago Press. It features “extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics,” including Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, and your very own Professor of Art and Design, Phoebe Gloeckner.
...the nearly dozen artists Chute interviews are all pretty high profile—and collectively, they’ve been interviewed just about everywhere, from Time to the New York Times to The Paris Review. But Chute’s keen knowledge of their work elicits interesting details about their process. Chris Ware, an artist known for his wordless comics of sad sacks and ne’er-do-wells, talks about his interest in the diagrammatic aspects of typography. And Phoebe Gloeckner, who blends literary text with painting and graphic elements, describes the ways in which vintage book illustrations have inspired aspects of her work.