Tom Spurgeon

Thomas Spurgeon[1] (born 1968) is an American writer, historian and editor in the field of comics,[2] notable for his five-year run as editor of The Comics Journal and his blog The Comics Reporter.

Tom Spurgeon
Tom Spurgeon Portrait
Tom Spurgeon by Michael Netzer
Born1968
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, journalist, historian
Notable works
The Comics Reporter
AwardsBest Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism, Eisner Award (2010) (2012) (2013)

Career

Spurgeon was editor of The Comics Journal from 1994–1999.[3] Under his tenure, the magazine expanded the scope of its coverage to more regularly include European comics, introducing an English-language readership to the new wave of publishing from France led by the group of cartoonists centered around L'Association. As well, Spurgeon's Journal was notable for the coverage it gave to burgeoning scenes of American comics makers like the Fort Thunder collective.

After leaving The Comics Journal, Spurgeon wrote the comic strip Wildwood with his childhood friend Dan Wright. The strip, initially launched as Bobo's Progress, was syndicated by King Features from 1999 to 2002 and ran in about 80 newspapers.[4][5][6][7][8]

With Jordan Raphael, Spurgeon co-wrote the biography Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book, published in 2003.[9]

In 2004, with site designer Jordan Raphael, Spurgeon launched The Comics Reporter.[3]

Spurgeon co-authored an history of his former employer, Fantagraphics. Written with Jacob Covey, Comics as Art: We Told You So was initially scheduled for release in 2006. However, a defamation lawsuit launched by Harlan Ellison against Fantagraphics, claiming they had defamed him in the book, saw publication delayed.[10] The book was released, with references to Ellison omitted, in 2017.[11][12]

Since 2014, Spurgeon has been the Executive Director of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, an annual free 4-day celebration of cartooning and graphic novels in Columbus, Ohio.

Personal life

He once described himself as "a big, fat guy", being six feet, three inches tall and weighing about 400 pounds.[13] As of mid-2012, he weighs between 205–218 pounds.[14]

In mid-2011, Spurgeon suffered a life-threatening health crisis that necessitated immediate surgery and placed The Comics Reporter website on hiatus for several weeks (attributed to a "summer vacation").[15][16][17] In an essay reflecting on the ordeal, he discussed the experience, relative to his intimacy with and observations of the comics industry, saying,

At this point in my life I'd prefer to read the complete works of a defunct independent comics company from the 1980s than the fruits of the latest top 100 list. I'm sentimental now, and that's a part of it, but I also think there's something to a form that's constantly slipping out of your grasp, that's broader and deeper and weirder and more intense than even the excellent work that sifts to the top.[18]

Awards

Spurgeon and The Comics Reporter won the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism in 2010, 2012,[19] and 2013.[20]

References

  1. ^ Spurgeon, Thomas. "Mickey Mouse." World Book Advanced, World Book, 2018
  2. ^ O'Brien, Kathleen (August 15, 2005). "Are comics for kids or adults?". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on March 24, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Comics Reporter Blog Reaches Anniversary". Editor & Publisher. October 10, 2007.
  4. ^ R. C. Harvey (May 24, 2007). "Jay Kennedy". self-published. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) 24 March 2009.
  5. ^ Cavanaugh, Tim (2002-06-11). "The Online Comics Gap". Online Journalism Review. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) 24 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Artworks to Spotlight Cartoonist and Illustrator Dan Wright". MuncieDowntown.com. November 17, 2008. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 24 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Comic Strip Takes a Leap of Faith". self. 25 October 2001. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 24 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Bobo's Progress to Wildwood: Dan Wright and Tom Spurgeon". Sequential Tart. March 2001. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Meagher, L. D. (October 8, 2003). "Review: Putting Stan Lee in his place". CNN. Archived from the original on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) 24 March 2009.
  10. ^ Spurgeon, Tom, and Jacob Covey. Comics as Art: We Told You So. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics, 2006. ISBN 978-1-56097-738-4
  11. ^ "You Boys Play Nice Now". Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  12. ^ "Comics as Art: We Told You So". Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) from the original on 25 March 2009.
  13. ^ Surgeon, Tom (December 31, 1999). "Comics made Me Fat". The Comics Reporter. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011.
  14. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (July 19, 2012). "Comics Made Me Somewhat Less Fat". The Comics Reporter.
  15. ^ "CR On Hiatus". The Comics Reporter. July 17, 2011. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012.
  16. ^ "Get Well Soon, Tom Spurgeon…". Forbidden Planet. August 15, 2011. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012.
  17. ^ Collins, Sean T. (August 15, 2012). "'I don't remember the coma': Tom Spurgeon on his life, and near-death, in comics". Robot 6 (column), Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012.
  18. ^ "All Of These Things That Have Made Us". The Comics Reporter. August 14, 2011. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012.
  19. ^ 2010-2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners, San Diego Comic Con site
  20. ^ 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners Archived 2014-03-13 at WebCite, San Diego Comic Con site

External links

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Notable events of 2006 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Comic Art

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Fantagraphics Books

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Mineshaft (magazine)

Mineshaft is an independent international art magazine launched in 1999 by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri in Guilford, Vermont. Initially focusing on poetry and literature, the magazine began to publish comics after Robert Crumb became a contributor in 2000. The newsblog at The Guardian refers to Mineshaft's website as a source to find out more about Crumb's latest work.

Mort Drucker

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Pussey!

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Pussey! tells the satirical story of a comic book artist named Dan Pussey, following him from his childhood years, through his successful career and into aged obscurity. Along the way he lampoons the comics industry as a whole, including direct satires of several creators, such art Art Spiegelman stand-in character Gummo Bubbleman.Dave Gilson, writing for Mother Jones, called Pussey a "knowing send-up of comic nerddom", and Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter said that "works like Pussey...remind that he may also be its best living practitioner of filthy, blunt satire".

The Comics Journal

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The Studio (commune)

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The legacy of that much talent doing what was collectively very good work at a point of almost monolithic and degrading corporate influence over the kind of art they wanted to do has provided The Studio with a legacy that can be embraced even by those that didn't particularly care for the artists' output. The idea of a dedicated workplace that would allow for coercive influence one artist to another has been carried over into very nearly ever cartoonists' collective space initiative since.By 1979, the "Fab Four" had produced enough material to issue an art book under the name The Studio, which was published by Dragon's Dream. That same year the members of The Studio moved on to independent projects and work spaces.

Will Elder

William Elder (born Wolf William Eisenberg; September 22, 1921 – May 15, 2008) was an American illustrator and comic book artist who worked in numerous areas of commercial art but is best known for a frantically funny cartoon style that helped launch Harvey Kurtzman's Mad comic book in 1952.

Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner said, "He was a zany, and a lovable one." Longtime Mad writer-cartoonist Al Jaffee called Elder "Absolutely brilliant... he was the star from the beginning. He had a feel for the kind of satire that eventually spread everywhere."Elder was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2018, the Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon described Elder as "an amazing artist, a sneaky spot-holder on the top 20 of the 20th century."

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Yotsuba Koiwai, the title character from Yotsuba&!

Yotsuba, a character from the manga and anime Sister Princess

Yotsuba Group, the name of a group in the Japanese manga and anime Death Note

Yotsuba Koiwai

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