Review: Two successful bios of very different men


It’s always a pleasure when a new graphic novel biography comes out about someone I know absolutely nothing about, and I certainly had no clue about the existence of Roger Casement. Fionnuala Doran‘s The Trial of Roger Casement covers exactly that, the circumstances by which he was tried for treason in the United Kingdom and […]

Review: Two tiny books with big differences between them


Nicolas by Pascal Girard This is a deceptively simple book that takes slices from the life of creator Pascal Girard’s life that all revolve around his younger brother, who died as a child. Girard’s cartooning takes form in simple scrawls, but the childlike renderings hint at the young man who lives inside Girard and has since […]

Review: Baltic comics anthology S! #25 works its artful magic on Manga


This collection of gaijin mangaka — that is, Manga style comics made by non-Japanese creators — who graduated to the style of Gekiga — that is, serious dramatic Manga, as opposed to, say, Sailor Moon. It’s a heavy and obtuse collection, with many of the creators taking stylistic cues from the form, but infusing it […]

Review: Seitchik’s ‘Exits’ offers invisibility as the beginning of transformation


In Exits, Daryl Seitchik takes a fairly obvious, well-worn bit of symbolism and manages to make the readers’ familiarity with it into one of the work’s strengths. After a traumatic day Claire turns invisible, finding herself slipped into a phantom world, with her corporeal existence fading away, and what’s left of her consciousness, though unseen, […]

Raina’s excellent week


It was quite a week for books by comics folks. Jerusalem AND Ghosts. Raina Telegemeier is on tour and kicked it off at  St. Anne School in San Francisco, with a crowd and a totally great tour kick off dress.   Well. ❤️ A photo posted by Raina Telgemeier (@goraina) on Sep 13, 2016 at […]

Review: Rabagliati’s ‘Paul’ books remain the most insightful comics about males ever


Michel Rabagliati‘s semi-autobiographical Paul character is one of the delights of modern comics, with each volume seamless in mixing sweet charm with a sadness that is often like a punch in the gut that you should expect, but always forget is coming. You’re too wrapped up in the sweet charm, and in the way Rabagliati, […]

Review: The Fun Family is less fun than you think it is and that’s good


Benjamin Frisch’s The Fun Family is one of those works that you think you know what it is about, but you don’t really. That’s because, on one level, it ticks all the boxes for parody. It concerns a Family Circus like family with a father who creates Family Circus like comics about his own family. […]

Review: Sean Karemaker’s autobio comics are intense and poetic


It’s not a visibly large book, about average looking at a glance, but Sean Karemaker’s The Ghosts We Know is more dense than most autobiographical comics you will encounter — dense with ideas, dense with psychology, dense with illustration that marks dimensions far beyond the one on its two-dimensional surface. Karemaker’s approach to autobiographical comics […]

Nice art: Legendary artist Robert E McGinnis and Todd Klein team for awesome retro covers of Neil Gaiman paperbacks


With the American Gods tv show in the works, and more Neil Gaiman stuff always in the hopper, his books are often reprinted. And as this blog post explains, a new edition of American Gods was needed and somehow, the idea of retro cover was discussed and the famed illustrator RobertE. MCGnnis — pretty much […]