From Comix to Comics to Graphic Novels: A First Person History of Independent Comics Over the Last Half Century.
Fantagraphics are the worlds leading publisher in the realms of alternative comics. Gary Groth and his partner Kim Thompson established the company in 1981, publishing Graphic Novels well before the trend. They have continued to publish some of the most influential cartoonists of our times.
Fantagraphics are THE one-stop shop for people who are serious about comics as literature.
Gary Groth is a legendary figure within the comics industry. He was and is the editor and publisher of THE COMICS JOURNAL, which was the first regular publication that brought a level of published criticism to the medium of comics. The Comics Journal has an international reputation for giving and receiving… criticism.
In His presentation, Groth narrates the coming-of-age story of the comics form from the underground comix revolution of the late 1960s to the rise of alternative comics in the ‘80s to today’s graphic novel renaissance from his unique perspective as a keen observer and active participant. He weaves together his own personal journey, the history of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics and the maturation of comics as an art form over the last 50 years. His talk is accompanied by over 100 images illustrating significant events, formative moments, great artists, the occasional mediocrity, controversies, lawsuits, and manifestos, vividly chronicling a 35 year campaign to push comics kicking and screaming into an art form. It is filled with references to, anecdotes about, and cameos by artists like R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Jack Kirby, Peter Bagge, Dan Clowes, Jim Woodring, Chris Ware, Bill Maudlin, Gahan Wilson, Joe Sacco, Gilbert Shelton, Harvey Kurtzman, Todd McFarlane, Kevin Eastman, Neil Gaiman, and many others.