Paul Buhle’s latest book, Comics in Wisconsin, takes a look at Wisconsin’s contribution to the colorful evolution of the comic book medium. The major emphasis of the book is on the nonfiction and political, underground comics that were released in the Madison area back in the 1960’s and 70’s. Buhle himself helped contribute to this evolution as the editor of the underground comic Radical America while he was a student at the University of Wisconsin back in the 1960’s.
The book tells of the how underground comics were printed on small independent presses and distributed by comic book enthusiasts. Buhle says that Madison was a kind of cross roads for people who were traveling across the country. People from New York travelling to California, or people from California traveling to New York would usually stop in Liberal Madison. This is how the local comics gained notoriety with the political and nonfiction comic book fans nation wide.
Buhle is currently a lecturer at Brown University and has published 40 books and a dozen graphic books. Other recent books by Buhle include Wobblies: a graphic history of the industrial workers of the world, and a collaboration with comic book legend Harvey Pekar in the book Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History.