I was on a subway heading uptown during the holidays in ’09 checking email on my phone. A few weeks earlier I had written an email to an inker who wrote a great book on inking, wondering if he ever had any plans for more volumes of the book. An update or something to deal with all the new technology that had come about since his books were published. To my surprise he had written me back. After the initial thrill of having a creator whose work I revered email me had worn off I actually saw what he had to say; that he wasn’t writing any more volumes. Sitting there on the E train I thought about how there was a transition happening in comics, computer are indeed becoming indispensable in the way comics are made, and on top of that no one was documenting this transition.
So that became my goal. To document how comics are made by talking to the people who make them and getting that on video to share with everyone I can.
This site is the realization of that goal. For anyone who has a passing curiosity about comic books, longtime fans or fellow professionals, this is a place to listen to creators, fans and retailers talk about their relationship with comics. You will find here that the videos are long. That’s intentional. As much content as possible has been preserved. Almost nothing cut out. The reason for this is because The Comic Archive is not trying to make a point about anything. This is not an editorial. There is no objective to try and convince anyone that the old ways were better or the new ways will revolutionize anything. This is a virtual museum dedicated to preserving as much history of this art form as possible.