The Comics Reporter—Tom Spurgeon Interviews Glenn Head

CR Sunday Interview: Glenn Head by Tom Spurgeon Glenn Head is one of the strongest artists I relate to later-period underground comix, an artist who has thrived on the styles and approaches common to underground publications even as the most famous publication of that era’s heyday for the most part stopped existing before he began to ply his trade. I remember seeing his work for the first time in Weirdo and Bad News and then as a reliable contributor to a variety of anthologies over the last quarter century, such...
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Topless Robot/Village Voice—7 Things about Comics and Chicago We Learned from Glenn Head

By Jim Dandeneau – Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:00 am Glenn Head is as close to underground comics royalty as can exist in a scene that openly scorns hierarchies. He learned from Art Spiegelman at the School for Visual Arts, and has been published in R. Crumb’s Weirdo and Fantagraphics’ Zero Zero before being nominated for Harvey and Eisner awards for his own anthologies, Snake Eyes and Hotwire. Last week, his long-awaited, semi-autobiographical comic, Chicago, was released after almost a decade of work and anticipation. It’s the story of...
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Paste—Glenn Head Looks Back on Starving Artist Desperation in Chicago

[‘Paste’ Magazine Q&A with SVA Alumnus Glenn Head] By Hillary Brown Like fellow indie cartoonists Peter Bagge and Bob Fingerman, Glenn Head hails from New York’s School of Visual Arts and a flowing, sometimes loopy style to accent works grounded in austere reality. Up to now, Head’s output has only been showcased in shorter anthology work like Weirdo and Bad News. Head ventures into his first long-form work with Chicago, out next month from Fantagraphics. The graphic novel provides an entertaining autobiographical ride featuring a protagonist distinguished from his creator...
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Entertainment Weekly—Cartoonist Glenn Head Talks Coming of Age in New Autobiographical Comic Memoir, Chicago

“There’s a genuine catharsis that happens when working with material that is, in many ways, traumatic.” By Andrea Towers “Write what you know” is an old adage that some authors live by in order to make their stories personal and relevant. But as Eisner and Harvey-nominated cartoonist Glenn Head learned in writing his comic memoir Chicago, detailing difficult life experiences can sometimes be more challenging than you expect. In Chicago, Head’s graphic memoir, he nakedly airs out his struggles as a teen living on the street, his insecurities, and his...
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Broken Frontiers—‘If You’re Gonna Do a Memoir, Don’t Go Easy on Yourself’ – Glenn Head Talks about the Creative Process behind Chicago

by Karen O’Brien Staggeringly personal, Glenn Head’s Chicago (Fantagraphics Books) is a storytelling triumph. Its creator joined us to talk about his creative process and approach to making comix. Underground comix are alive and well, which comes as absolutely no surprise when you open the pages of Chicago, the latest effort from artist Glenn Head and Fantagraphics. The memoir is a masterclass in the modern underground, as Head’s definitive artistic style showcases his influences, including Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, Chester Gould, Hieronymus Bosch, and Charles Schultz, among many others. (Glenn...
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The Comics Beat (The News Blog of Comics Culture)—Glenn Head Talks about Revealing Something Disturbing in Chicago

by Davey Nieves In the 70’s, underground comix depicted the ugly side of truth most people refused to acknowledge in their daily lives while finding beauty in that same wasteland of a world. Cartoonists like Robert Crumb produced influential books like Zap Comix which brought a bit of prominence to the punk subculture of comics. A subculture that still thrives today through the ink of storytellers like Glenn Head. His new graphic novel memoir published by Fantagraphics, Chicago, tells a story of a young man starving for his art in...
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Freaksugar—Glenn Head Talks Honesty and Art in Chicago

By Jed W. Harris-Keith – August 13, 2015 I first learned of the underground comix scene back as a young’un in the early 1990s. While I was still getting my feet wet reading Archie Comics’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stories, my older brother and his friend were pouring through the works of creators like R. Crumb and Peter Bagge, keeping the stories far from my prying eyes. When I finally did get to sample my first tastes of underground comix, I was exposed to the work of Glenn Head. Mr....
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Fanboy Comics—Fanboy Comics Interviews Glenn Head, Author of Chicago

By Barbra Dillon The following is an interview with Harvey and Eisner-nominated cartoonist and editor Glenn Head, who is also the author of the soon-to-be-released graphic novel, Chicago. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Head about his inspiration for writing the book, his six-year creative process for the project, and what makes the comic book medium such a challenging, yet rewarding, medium! Barbra Dillon, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor: Later this year, Fantagraphics will be releasing your original graphic novel, Chicago. What inspired you to tell...
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Glenn Head WITH AARON LEICHTER

You may not associate springtime with comic books, which are still trying to shed a reputation for an audience made entirely of pasty-faced teens hunched over ultra-violent spandex action in their parents’ basement. But this spring, Gotham’s abuzz with the graphic arts. In April, the annual New York Comics Convention displayed as diverse a spectrum of artistry as the Armory Show uptown while telling as many strange and wonderful tales as the Tribeca Film Festival. In April 2008, the ComicCon was still more or less a showcase for mainstream superheroics,...
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Glenn Head on Underground Comics

Glenn Head on Underground Comics by Edward Carey November 2008 When Glenn Head started out in underground comics, back in the seventies, he found himself on the streets of Southside Chicago trying to make ends meet. Under these dire circumstances, he met many of the paragons of underground comics, including RobertCrumb. Head told Comics Culture of his inauspicious beginnings, of meeting Crumb on the streets of Chicago, and how he would eventually come to be editor of “HotwireComics” in a candid interview at his studio in Brooklyn.After being exposed to...
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Creature Comforts: Hotwire Volume 3

Rob reviews the third volume of the Glenn Head-edited anthology, Hotwire (Fantagraphics). This volume of Hotwire looks and feels very much like the first two volumes, with no surprises. Glenn Head’s stated mission (“fun” comics with great stories, not literary comics) has never much jibed with what he’s actually published in Hotwire (there’s plenty of strangled storytelling and stuff that’s not remotely comics in here), but what’s important is that Head has created an anthology series that has almost no overlap whatsoever with any other anthology. It’s a book friendly...
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Man Cave Daily Essay by Glenn Head: Glenn Head Excavating the Underground

Glenn Head: Excavating the Underground Hey, Glenn Head, editor of Harvey Award-nominated anthologies Hot Wire and Snake Eyes, are you working on anything cool right now? You are? Is it an illustrated memoir called Chicago? It is? Can we get it right now from Fantagraphics? We can? Man, we’re on a hot streak. Chicago “looks at the legacy of Crumb and Spiegleman and explores the relationship between artist and mentor–and the artist and his/her community in general.” Read Head’s essay on how he fell in love with comics and found...
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Inkstuds Radio—“The Radio Show about Comics” hosted by Robin McConnell

Glenn Head‘s new book, Chicago is an excellent first big release from one of the greats in comics. Glenn has been producing fine work under titles likes Avenue D and Guttersnipe as well as editing the excellent anthologies Hotwire Comix and Snake Eyes (co-edited with Kaz). Glenn was a child of underground comix. Coming to age in the 1970s, feeding on the work of generation before him. His latest work explores that time, looking at Glenn as a young impulsive reckless man. I really enjoyed it and it’s quite worth...
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Comics Alternative Interviews—“That Toddling Town” hosted by Andy Kunka and Derek Royal

That Toddling Town On this episode of the interview show, Andy and Derek have as their guest Glenn Head, whose new book Chicago: A Comix Memoir was just released from Fantagraphics. They talk with Glenn extensively about the the work and how it is a marked departure from his previous comics.Chicago is Glenn’s coming-of-age account of leaving Madison, NJ, in 1977 to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art, and then deciding to find himself by suddenly running off to Chicago with no friends, no money, and no plans. He quickly finds himself...
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Comix artist Glenn Head returns to talk about Hotwire 2

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