About the cover
Cartoonist Josh Neufeld created the cover. He is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist who
works primarily in the realm of nonfiction comics. He has written and illustrated A.D.:
New Orleans After the Deluge and the Xeric Award-winning graphic travelogue A Few
Perfect Hours (and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe), and illustrated
the New York Times bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone On the
Media. He was a longtime artist for Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, and has had his
art exhibited in gallery and museum shows in the United States and Europe. See Neufeld's
views on innovation here.
About this Issue
The dictionary defines innovation as "something new or different introduced." This
simple definition, however, belies the complexity of the subject. For starters, just how
measurably new does a dance style or way of painting or design methodology have
to be for it to be considered innovative? Is innovation one of those things where you
just know it when you see it? Does there have to be consensus across a discipline?
And how exactly is innovation related to creativity? Which one's the chicken, and
which one's the egg? Does innovation have any relationship to tradition or collaboration?
And if -- as the zeitgeist has it -- innovation is crucial to our collective future, is it
a skill we can even teach the next generation? These are the questions we posed to
the diverse roster of artists we spoke to for this issue from the fields of theater, dance,
design/architecture, music, filmmaking, visual arts, and graphic arts. Here in their own
words are their answers -- thought-provoking, challenging, and yes, innovative.
All the interviews in this issue were conducted by Don Ball, Paulette Beete, and
Rebecca Gross. Online audio/video interviews on innovation were conducted by
Adam Kampe and Josephine Reed. Don't forget to visit
our Art Works blog on our website to comment on this issue or to share information
on arts in your community.