James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. That's kind of like being the state flower, but even better! He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo, Dragon Puncher, and The Glorkian Warrior. Dragon Puncher Island won an Eisner award in 2012 for "Best Publication for Early Readers", but he's also won the Harvey award and four Ignatz awards for his books for adults.
Conversation 1by James Kochalka
James Kochalka and Craig Thompson -- two of our best cartoonists -- go head-to-head in this free-wheeling collaboration/argument, discussing art and religion, confronting each other and playfully confronting God in one of the best comics "jams" ever set to paper. Kochalka and Thompson draw together, trading the pages back and forth, adding to each others drawings as the conversation
turns in unexpected directions. A wild energy forms as their two drawing styles merge together. It's like a comics version of My Dinner with Andre, but with a giant killer octopus.
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