The Imp was a series of essays about underground cartoonists. I wrote, designed, and published each issue and sold them on consignment at bookshops.
The submenu for this page takes you to each individual issue, which you can download as a free PDF.
“One of the very best things to come out of comics.”
--The Comics Journal
“Nothing takes my breath away like The Imp.”
—Comic Book Artist
“Like a twisted lovechild of Hunter S. Thompson and
“Raeburn is one of those rare critics who may be just as smart and talented as his subjects.”
--The Austin Chronicle
“Clearly the work of an obsessed person, in the very best way possible. A really smart obsessed person. There was a kind of Talmudic completeness to the whole thing, in a way that journalism rarely even aspires to. Not much journalism tries to be so emotional, and funny, and analytical, and thorough. There’s really very little like it out there. The closest you get is one of those big stories they used to do in the old New Yorker, where at the end you feel like there’s nothing else that needs to be said on the subject. I read it admiringly and jealously. In the years since I read the Chris Ware issue I’ve actually become friends with Chris Ware, real friends, we talk all the time, and probably a third of what I know about Chris still comes from that issue of The Imp. It was that complete and emotionally insightful.”