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  • New Yorker art editor Francoise Mouly in her office

Francoise Mouly has been the art editor for the New Yorker since 1993. (Yep, she’s the one who picks the covers.) Mouly will be in Chicago this weekend for the Comics: Philosophy & Practice Conference at the University of Chicago (conference registration is full, but you can watch a live webcast here) and also Thursday at 57th Street Books with her daughter, Nadja Spiegelman.

We talked on the phone last week. An edited transcript follows.

You’ll be in town for the Comics: Philosophy & Practice Conference.

Yes, me and every important, interesting cartoonist in the world. It’s an amazing event.