Tom Spurgeon has written about comic strips, comic books, and editorial cartoons for various publications since 1982, including The Comics Journal, The Stranger, and the late satirical web 'zine As an editor, he helped assemble volumes in The Collected Pogo series and books such as Bob Levin's The Pirates and the Mouse. As a writer, he is the co-author of The Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book and wrote for the King Features Syndicate strip Wildwood from 1999 to 2002. He runs the website The Comics Reporter.


The terrorist murders in Paris this week are only the latest instance in which satirical imagery has inspired violent retaliation. Cartoonists are no strangers to jail and death.