May 2, 2013
On today's show, we talk to cartoonist Bill Griffith. Bill began his
comics career in the late 1960s in New York before eventually
heading out west to San Francisco to be part of the burgeoning
underground comics scene in the 1970s, where he co-founded the
comics anthology Arcade with Art Spiegelman. Around this
time, Griffith also created his brilliant daily strip Zippy the
Pinhead, which runs today in over 100 newspapers and has been
compiled in numerous collections.
Earlier this month while in town for the MoCCA indie comics festival, Bill stopped by Andy's apartment in Harlem to discuss America as a nation of losers, the guilt and paranoia of influence, the Beat poets and Greenwich Village in the '50s and '60s, growing up in Levittown, having parents that lived through the depression and WWII, and the failed Zippy film.
Also, check out our 100th episode live in May at UCB East on the 7th with Sam Seder (Majority Report, Bob's Burgers), J.J. Sedelmaier (TV Funhouse), indie rock band Parquet Courts and musical guest Dan Friel (Thrill Jockey) + more! In the meantime subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. And why not follow Andy and Mark on Twitter?