Art / Graphic Novel
$20.00 / trade paperback / 9.5” x 8” / 296pp
many b&w illustrations / Bibliography
Inkstuds is a collection of thirty interviews with North American alternative comic artists taken from the impressive archive that Robin McConnell has built up over the past 5 years on his radio show of the same name. The interviews focus on the creative process and influences, but the subjects discussed often branch off in surprising and interesting directions. The artists chosen cover the range from the older generation of underground cartoonists to the new generation of the comics avant garde. This book is an invaluable resource, not just for comic enthusiasts but anyone interested in the artistic process.
Featuring interviews with: Kate Beaton, Gabrielle Bell, Marc Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Chester Brown, David Collier, Jordan Crane, Rebecca Dart, Kim Deitch, Mary Fleener, Sammy Harkham, Jeet Heer, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Lemire, Jason Lutes, Billy Mavreas, Françoise Mouly, Dan Nadel, Marv Newland, Anders Nilsen, Joe Ollmann, Gary Panter, Joe Sacco, Seth, Tom Spurgeon, Ted Stearn, Barron Storey, Jillian Tamaki, and Carol Tyler.
“It’s the closest thing to an Inside the Actor’s Studio of comics.” — Bryan Lee O’Malley
“It’s rare in the media today that people who really know and love comics, creators and connoisseurs, get the chance to express their ideas and opinions with an engaged and engaging interviewer. Robin McConnell makes this possible and helms the proceedings a pleasure to listen to and now to read.” — Paul Gravett
“It’s quite an interesting record of our times. All these comic artists that you’re talking to, they’re very heavy thinkers. It’s quite an archive of work that you’ve created.” — David Collier
“Inkstuds is the next best thing to sitting around and talking comics with your friends.” — Douglas Wolk
“Robin McConnell’s Inkstuds program ably and entertainingly brings together my two favorite dying artforms, comics and radio. Interesting, insightful, funny and informative, the show is a boon to the cartooning community.” — Evan Dorkin
“Looking for elegant conversation with polished cocktail-party-gossip names? Then you’ve come to the wrong place. The vibe here is one of charming amateurism (in the original and best sense: that of passion over profit) and deep engagement with the work of some of today’s most vibrant and idiosyncratic artists. If you have love in your heart for the neglected glories of college radio or hand-drawn comic books, then Robin McConnell’s Inkstuds is a beautiful thing.” — Timothy Hodler
“Right off the bat I felt comfortable and it was a conversational jam session. I knew Robin was a spontaneous person and was not going to ask questions on a checklist but to go with the flow to get the most out of me in a natural way. An hour and a half later we were done. It was like talking to someone I knew for years.” — Jerry Moriarty
Robin McConnell is the host of Inkstuds on CiTR, the radio station at the University of British Columbia. He lives in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver.