Review: The Nonadult Delight of Miss Hennipin


The idea for Miss Hennipin, a new release from Sonatina’s Andy Douglas Day, began as a summer day’s unassuming illustrative dalliance and briskly developed into Day’s main creative output. Now fully realized into a loaded 164 page, color-filled book, Miss Hennipin is another supplement to the diverse and teeming indie comics milieu, upholding the kind […]

The Aesthetic Hybridity of Fumio Obata’s ‘Just So Happens’


Just So Happens By Fumio Obata Published by Jonathan Cape Buy This Book Upon first impression of Fumio Obata’s new graphic novel, Just So Happens, I was struck with a lot of similar impressions that arose whilst reading a related, albeit a hastily associated work, Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. Sure, both recount stories about […]

Mike Taylor: NO/FUTURE


“Culture seeks narrators and fiction is a narrative prerogative.” This quote is supplemented above a two image spread, each featuring brushstrokes of a blackened sea of blank and blurred faces, an anonymous audience awaiting some kind of address, be it from a political leader or a band frontman, and yet what is captured in the […]

Keeping It Personal: An Interview with the folks behind Paper Jam Small Press Festival


Amidst the flurry of hatchling conventions and festivals vying for big names and even bigger turnouts, this past Saturday’s Paper Jam Small Press Festival was a welcome arrival to the growing list of comics and zine fairs. Nestled within Bushwick’s multi-functional arts and music venue, The Silent Barn, Paper Jam marked a refreshing intersection of […]

A Review of Spider’s Pee-Paw #2: Pushing Towards a Sensory Overload


  Behind the bright, fluorescent palettes and at times overwhelming visual blitz of both familiar and obscured images, the anthology Spider’s Pee-Paw #2 takes a stab at staging a refreshing take on the rather jockey presence of Tumblr aesthetics, unabashedly moshing together pieces that explore the moments where visual and material culture interface. Edited by […]

Review: J.1137 By Antoine Cosse


  Taking a look at 2013’s releases from London-based indie publisher, Breakdown Press, it becomes quite clear that their roster of up-and-coming artists are dedicated to exploring the medium of comics as more than merely an object to be read. Joe Kessler’s two volume collection Windowpane has received the kind of acclaim for its incomparable […]

Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute Reunite At NYU for a Distinguished Faculty Lecture


It’s been more than a year since Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute publicly convened at 2012’s momentous Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference, an event personally significant to both Chute and Bechdel due in part to their collaborative efforts in originating the influential assemblage along with their own partnership in teaching a University of Chicago course […]

Review: Gut Feelings By Leah Wishnia


On the surface, Leah Wishnia’s anthology GUT FEELINGS visually reads as a tornado of frenetic and (at times) grotesque imagery, brimming with a stream of both rambunctious and tortured characters who are pitched in a mosaic of revolving hallucinogenic experience. It could easily be shelved amongst the vast anthologies from fellow young underground cartoonists, as […]

On The Scene: The Highs and Lows of CAB Programming

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Marking one of the last comics festivals of the year, Comic Arts Brooklyn dashed through Brooklyn, beginning with an array of exhibitions and animation screenings, and culminating in the day long celebration of today’s current indie comics as well as those of generations past. Mirroring the now defunct BCGF, this years CAB remained on trend […]