Friday, May 24, 2013

Bryan Lee O'Malley on Genre-Blending and Indie Comics

Words: Christopher Irving . Pictures: Seth Kushner

“I didn’t expect to get any readership,” Bryan Lee O’Malley laughs. His romantic fighting epic, Scott Pilgrim, is one of those cross-genre wonders that was the perfect storm for new readers when it debuted in 2004.

 “I got more female readers than I expected, but I think I was targeting that more than the male gamer audience. My previous book, Lost at Sea, tapped more into the girl zeitgeist than the nerdboy thing. I did set out when I started Scott Pilgrim to broaden my appeal, to make something that people would find entertaining and funny…

“No one was doing anything like that at the time, so I really didn’t think it would find its audience and would just be a really strange niche book. Gradually it did find an audience and I was able to keep doing it.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Robert Kirkman and the Creative Life of Walking Dead

Words: Christopher Irving . Pictures: Seth Kushner

Writer Robert Kirkman has no illusions about The Walking Dead, his creator-owned zombie apocalypse comic that has more than shambled through over 100 issues and into its third season as a successful cable TV show.

“I am certain that I will never be able to top it, and I’m coming to grips with that,” Kirkman admits. “It’s somewhat disconcerting that something I created when I was 23 will be something I’m remembered for when I die, when I’m 35 (or whenever it is).”

“I’ll be 34 in a little bit, so I wasn’t being too optimistic for myself,” he adds with a laugh.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Evan Dorkin: On Defying Genre

 Words: Christopher Irving  Pictures: Seth Kushner

“I don’t know how to go to an office. I don’t know how to tie a tie. I don’t know what to do,” Evan Dorkin half jokes, half admits. “I’m a comic book jerk! My parents didn’t teach me to do anything—I’m one of the broken kids who makes comics.”

Dorkin’s trademark style, his in-your-face/smack-you-over-the-head with run on sentences and angry characters could only come from him—a Brooklyn cartoonist prone to rants and frenetic cartooning crammed to the panel borders. His indie comics have starred angry dairy products with pupil-less eyes, aliens in suits, and raving fanboys.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

GNYC featured in Creator Owned Heroes

Graphic NYC makes its way into Image Comics' landmark indie anthology series Creator Owned Heroes with the Leaping Tall Buildings: Independent Spirit profiles! Starting with COH #7, Christopher and Seth continue documenting the best people comics has to offer in their inimitable photo-essay profiles. 

The first one is Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese, Beasts of Burden), who will be followed up with Los Bros. Hernandez, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Robert Kirkman, and a few other independent spirits.

Creator Owned Heroes #7 also features a who's who of industry talent--comics by Darwyn Cooke, Scott Morse, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Steve Niles, Dean Haspiel and Jeffrey Burandt are joined a new photocomic by Seth and writing partners Haspiel and Chris Miskiewicz.

Print out the below form, fill it out, and get it to your local comic shop before it's too late to snag a copy. We'll see you then.

Monday, October 1, 2012


powerHouse Books is pleased to announce
Hosted at this year's
Thursday, October 11, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Javitz Center, NYCC Comics Studies Conference 6, Location: 1A07

Hannah Means-Shannon (Georgian Court University) leads a discussion with the creators of Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics writer Christopher Irving, photographer Seth Kushner, and designer Eric Skillman on the strategies they developed to create this unique and significant book on American comics for everyone, from casual reader to scholar. For more infomation visit the New York Comic Con website here.

Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics outlines the history of comic books through the creators, documented in Irving's interview-based essays and Kushner's photography. The Wall Street Journal calls Leaping Tall Buildings "a living history," while The New York Times considers it "a great survey of many of the talented men and women behind the characters." Publisher's Weekly calls it "nearly as epic as the field's history itself," while Huffington Post refers to Kushner's photography as "remarkable."

Christopher Irving is a pop culture historian with a concentration in the American comic book. A veteran of comics history and journalism magazines like Comics Buyers Guide and multiple Eisner Award-winning Comic Book Artist (where he served as Associate Editor), Irving combines new journalism with comics history to create personality essays on comic book creators. Leaping Tall Buildings is Irving's fifth book on comic books. Irving currently edits digital comics magazine The Drawn Word.

Seth Kushner's portrait photography has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, L'Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker and others. He is a three-time winner in Photo District News magazine's Photo Annual Competition. Seth's first book, The Brooklynites, (with Anthony LaSala) was published by powerHouse Books in 2007. Currently, Seth is profiling real-life characters in his series CulturePOP Photocomix and writing Schmuck, his semi-autobio "comix neurotica", both at, a Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon, which he co-founded and co-curates.
Eric Skillman is a graphic designer and art director best known for his work with The Criterion Collection and the (infrequently updated) design process blog, Cozy Lummox ( He also writes comics: his debut graphic novel, LIAR'S KISS, with artist Jhomar Soriano, was published by Top Shelf in 2011. Upcoming projects include the digital anthology series EGG: HARD BOILED STORIES, and SUCKERS, with artist Jorge Coelho, which will be launching soon at Trip City. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and newborn daughter.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Walter Simonson at Jim Hanley's Universe!

Words: Christopher Irving

Walter Simonson is one of our favorite people, which is why we're jazzed to bring him to Jim Hanley's Universe at 4 West 33rd Street on Wednesday, September 19th. Back when we first spoke to Walter for Graphic NYC, he was hard at work on his graphic novel The Judas Coin for DC Comics. It launches tomorrow, and will be the focus of this panel in Hanley's downstairs room.

Come make it out and see, first-hand, why our pal Dean Haspiel refers to Walter as "the Mr. Rogers of comics".