In the StudioIn the Studio:
Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists
by Todd Hignite

WOW!!!  It's here and it's a dream come true.  An elegant, oversize, beautifully produced hardcover book that takes you into the studio and collections of today's top independent cartoonists. Featuring tons of reproductions of the highest quality depicting the original art and collections and physical environs of R. Crumb, D. Clowes, J. Hernandez, C. Ware and more, side by side with extensive interviews with the creators themselves, this is a book to savor. Todd Hignite is one of the most cogent and persuasive writers on comics and their creators, and a Copacetic favorite.  His forward and introductions to each studio visit in this volume will have you standing up and cheering. "At last, someone who understands!"  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Here's the official Hype:

These studio visits with some of today’s most popular and innovative comic artists present an unparalleled look at the cutting edge of the comic medium. The artists, some of whom rarely grant interviews, offer insights into the creative process, their influences and personal sources of inspiration, and the history of comics. The interviews amount to private gallery tours, with the artists commenting, now thoughtfully, now passionately, on their own work as well as the works of others.

The book is generously illustrated with full-color reproductions of the artists’ works, including some that have been published and others not originally intended for publication, such as sketchbooks and personal projects. Additional illustrations show behind-the-scenes working processes of the cartoonists and particular works by others that have influenced or inspired them. Through the eyes of these artists, we see with a new clarity the achievement of contemporary cartoonists and the extraordinary possibilities of comic art.

Extensive interviews with:

Ivan Brunetti

Charles Burns

Daniel Clowes

Robert Crumb

Jaime Hernandez

Gary Panter


Art Spiegelman

Chris Ware

Todd Hignite is an independent scholar and curator, and the founding editor of Comic Art magazine. He lived in St. Louis, MO at the time of this volume's release; he has since relocated to Dallas, TX..

This book contains expanded versions of the studio visits that originally appeared in Comic Art Magazine, along with several brand new installments that will appear here for the first time. 

 Sep 19, 2006
 320 p., 8-1/2 x 11
 499 color illus
 ISBN: 0300110162
 ISBN-13: 978-0-300-11016-6

retail price - $29.95
copacetic price - $26.95

And now available in a softcover edition, for all you tightwads:

retail price - $19.95
price - $17.77

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