Six hearts for well-turned book: Exemplary comics communication takes the humor seriously.
"'How to Read Nancy' is a well-prepared and deeply engaging book that takes the man seriously without getting serious and brings the reader all the way into the cartoon engine room." – Felix Rothstein, 5.12.2018


This Week in Nancy: "Mass Hysteria" – Jeff Karnicky, 5.4.2018

Birds, Books, and . . .

2018 Eisner Awards Nominations

The New York Times

The Beat—the Newsblog of Comics Culture

The Washington Post

Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden – Derek Royal and Gene Kannenberg Jr., 4.12.2018

Comics Alternative Interviews

Zippy The Pinhead

Style Weekly

New York Review of Books

Deconstructing "Nancy" – Don Harrison, 2.29.18


New Orleans Review

John Canemaker's Animated Eye

Graphic Policy

How To Read Nancy and Zippy­ – ML, 4.5.18
Editing his balloons – ML, 2.14.18
Bushmiller, Strunk and Wilde – ML, 2.7.18

Nancy, spokestoon – Michael Leddy, 1.31.18

Orange Crate Art

The Boston Globe

The Virtual Memories Show with Gil Roth

AIGA Design Observer

Inquiry with Mike Lynch
WICN radio

How to Read Nancy Reviewed by Frank Young, 12.15.2017

The Comics Journal

Bomb Magazine

Hogan's Alley

Vineyard Gazette

The New York Times

Cartoon Research

No Thought to Our Interests by Tim Hodler, 11.27.2017

The Comics Journal

Interesting Ideas

Michael Shelley WFMU radio

The Underrated Art of Simplicity by Thad Komorowski, 11.18.2017

What About Thad?

The Comics Journal

Jerry Lewis’s last (Fore)Words by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden, 9.1.2017


As one of the members of the first graduating class of How to Read Nancy, I can insure that anyone who wants to understand the mechanics of comics should snap up this thorough (and thoroughly entertaining) extended autopsy of Bushmiller's genius. I learned more about reading pictures from it than I did from seven years of art school.”
— Chris Ware

“A stirring examination of the perfect comic strip and a touching love letter to its creator.”
— Dan Clowes

“Anyone who can come away from this book not understanding the complex thought that inhabits handcrafted objects, minimal abstraction, formalism, the hidden value of orchestration or Nancy should just give up on art as inscrutable and imponderable.”
— Gary Panter

How to Read Nancy details the agony involved in making comic strips. It is also a very funny book.”
— Ben Katchor

“Professors Karasik and Newgarden want to take you to school. They throw down an inky gauntlet, and then back it up with almost absurd levels of elucidation. Filled with valuable lessons, this book is a tribute to the art of the simple, as exemplified by a master cartoonist.”
— David Mazzucchelli

“A crazy idea for a book.”
— R. Crumb