Cartoonists tend to stick together because they have to; . . . their work is disproportionately singled out for suppression both abroad and in the U.S., while at the same time often regarded as not “serious” enough to deserve a full-throttle defense.
Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, and Alison Bechdel talk with Salon about why they stepped up to replace three of the six writers who boycotted PEN America’s gala this week, why comics are so controversial, and why cartoonists’ free speech must be defended.