Monday, March 07, 2016

Comics Alternative Interview: Evan Dorkin, Part 1

Today on The Comics Alternative, Derek Royal and I present the first part of our epic, two-part interview with cartoonist Evan Dorkin. We reviewed his recent collection The Eltingville Club just a couple of weeks ago, so we begin today's interview with Evan by discussing the "Eltingville" strips and TV pilot in some detail, before starting into Beasts of Burden, the absolutely wonderful series he co-creates with artist Jill Thompson.

Evan is just as funny an interview subject as he is a cartoonist, but he's also incredibly thoughtful about his own work. There's a lot of laughter in this interview, but also a lot of reflective commentary from him.

I've been a fan of Dorkin's work for over two decades now, and it was great to be able to spend so much time speaking with him about his career. As proof of my longtime fandom, here's a sketch he was nice enough to do for me at a comics convention back in 1996; my sketchbook's theme is "Draw one of your characters reading their favorite book," and Evan gifted me with this perfectly appropriate drawing of Milk and Cheese:

Be sure to click and read the TV GOD cover blurbs! © 1996, 2016 Evan Dorkin.

Check back tomorrow for Part Two of this interview, which gets into lots of Evan's other comics, plus broader issues of comics history, business, and culture

As always, click the link above to stream the episode, or you can subscribe via iTunes.

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