Explainers; or, the more things change...

by Sarah Boslaugh

27 August 2009

 

Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips 1956-66

(Fantagraphics)
US: 28 May 2008

The Fantagraphics release of the first volume of Jules Feiffer’s Village Voice cartoons, Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips 1956-1966, is an amazing time capsule into an era when the Voice stood for investigative journalism and individualistic writing, and people were just starting to realize that the personal really is the political.

Feiffer had no intention of inventing the adult comic strip in 1956. After working with Will Eisner on The Spirit and serving in the Army, he wrote several book-length comics which he was trying to get published.  But no one wanted to take a chance on an unknown writer who wrote adult satires illustrated in a style associated with children’s comics.

Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips 1956-66

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