This week and next, we have a roundtable discussion on Charles Hatfield’s 2005 book Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature going over at Hooded Utilitarian. My post just went up and is the fifth in the series, following Noah Berlatsky, Robert Stanley Martin, Caroline Small, and Derik Badman (plus an interlude by Ng Suat Tong). Charles himself has participated in the lively debate — which has touched upon the work of Gilbert Hernandez, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and comics autobiography, amongst other things — and will be posting a series of responses next week.

Image: from Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb’s “The Harvey Pekar Name Story” (1977).