This week we introduce you to Johnny Ryan, creator of the in-your-face new Fantagraphics series, ANGRY YOUTH COMIX. Is Mr. Ryan just looking to gross us out with his unrepentant vulgarity or is there a greater point to it all? I had the opportunity to trade some emails with him and bring you the answer to this question and ones of even greater significance... Or something).

Meanwhile, to celebrate last week’s announcement of novelist Michael Chabon for a National Book Critics Circle Award we’re re-running Ross Alvord’s Feature, “Comics ARE Literature: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” This nomination seems to validate the claim that 2000 was a big year for comicdom in book publishing and you can say that was one of the first places you heard it!

See ’ya there! -p