While we’re welcoming new Blog@ member Tim O’Shea, we should point out his recent interview with Todd DePastino, author of the new biography Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front and editor of the forthcoming Willie & Joe collection from Fantagraphics:
Tim O’Shea: This past January 22 marked five years since the passing of Mauldin. How long have you been working on his biography? Did you ever get an opportunity to interview Mauldin?
Todd DePastino: By the time I became fascinated enough with Mauldin that I couldn’t resist diving into research on him, he had already died. I began my research at the Library of Congress in the summer of 2003 and handed in my manuscript about three years later. Then came the edits and production. The book took three years to research and write.