Peter Kuper: Conversations

Edited by Kent Worcester

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 24 b&w illustrations, introduction, chronology, index

9781496808370 Printed casebinding $40.00S

9781496818454 Paper $25.00T

Printed casebinding, $40.00

Paper, $25.00


Peter Kuper (b. 1958), one of America's leading cartoonists, has created work recognized around the world. His art has graced the pages and covers of numerous magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, the New Yorker, Harper's, Mother Jones, the Progressive, the Nation, and the New York Times. He is also a longtime contributor to Mad magazine, where he has been writing and drawing Spy vs. Spy for nearly two decades. He is the cofounder and coeditor of World War 3 Illustrated, the cutting-edge magazine devoted to political graphic art. His graphic novels have explored the medium from comics journalism and autobiography to fiction and literary adaptations. Among the works examined herein are his books The System, Sticks and Stones, Stop Forgetting to Remember, Diario de Oaxaca, and adaptations of

Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Kuper also discusses his recently published opus, the 328-page Ruins, inspired by his experiences in Oaxaca, Mexico. Along with two dozen black-and-white images, this volume features ten lively, informative interviews with Kuper, including a career-spanning lengthy new interview. The book also includes a quartet of revealing interviews with underground comix legends R. Crumb and Vaugh Bodē, Mad magazine publisher William Gaines, and Jack Kirby, cocreator of mainstream superheroes from the Avengers to the Fantastic Four. These interviews were conducted by Kuper and fellow artist Seth Tobocman in the early 1970s, when they were teenagers. Most of the interviews collected in this book are either previously unpublished or long out of print, and they address such varied topics as the nuts and bolts of creating graphic novels, world travels, teaching at Harvard University, Hollywood dealmaking, climate change, Spy vs. Spy, New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, Mad magazine, and World War 3 Illustrated.

KENT WORCESTER, Bronx, New York, is a professor of political science at Marymount Manhattan College. His most recent books are Peter Bagge: Conversations; The Superhero Reader (coedited with Charles Hatfield and Jeet Heer); A Comics Studies Reader (coedited with Jeet Heer); and Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (coedited with Jeet Heer), all published by University Press of Mississippi.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 24 b&w illustrations, introduction, chronology, index