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Interviews: On Cartooning

Comic books are gaining acceptance as reading for grown-ups and as a serious art form. Six contemporary comic artists, including Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware, talk about Hergé's influence, visual narratives and the art of cartooning.

Jessica Abel

Jessica Abel

"It's a mystery to me why comics have been so despised for so long." Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel, the author of La Perdida, talks about her influences, her style and why comics get no respect. | Go »

Daniel Clowes self-portrait

Daniel Clowes

"Surely comics requires more effort on the part of the reader than movies or television." Daniel Clowes, the author of Ghost World, discusses what it's like to adapt his comics to the movie screen, and what happens to his characters after he closes the comic book. | Go »

Phoebe Gloeckner self-portrait

Phoebe Gloeckner

"I essentially spent two years locked in my garage, hidden from the world, and living the interior life of a teenage girl." Phoebe Gloeckner, author of Diary of a Teenage Girl, talks about the genius of Hergé and about her own work.  | Go »

Jason Lutes self-portrait

Jason Lutes

"Hergé has been perhaps the greatest single visual influence on my own work, but my approach to making comics is quite different." Jason Lutes, author of Berlin, talks about reading The Adventures of Tintin as a kid.  | Go »

Tintin and I - Seth self-portrait


"If I was talking to a young cartoonist I would certainly tell him/her not to worry about style. It will take care of itself." Comic artist Seth talks about how he developed his unique visual style.  | Go »

Chris Ware self-portrait

Chris Ware

"Tintin was fundamentally too sexless to really catch on in America." Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan — The Smartest Kid on Earth, talks about why Tintin is antithetical to the American character.  | Go »

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It was obvious to me that Tintin in Tibet had to be the climax of an intense personal drama — played out so movingly by Hergé in the snowy and desolate plains of Himalaya. All I had to do was unearth the story...”

— Anders Østergaard

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