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 […]

I Used To Sell You Comics: Rosie Recommends Comics For New Readers – Part One


In an age of such widespread comic book popularity and prevalence, it’s a great time to begin reading comics. Working in comics retail, I would often get asked for good suggestions to introduce new readers into the world of sequential storytelling. So in this series I’ll be recommending some of the books that myself, my colleagues, and our customers have loved. Each week I’ll focus on ten books — five All Ages and five Teen+ — from Big Two comics to smaller independent titles, classic runs to contemporary cult hits.

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, […]

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. […]

SPX debuts, including Last Look, a masterpiece by Charles Burns


Oh and speaking of fall debuts, here’s SOME of the graphic novels deuting at SPX to be held Sept.  17 and 18, 2016 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. I’ve included my own comments along with some of the SPX promo copy below.   LAST LOOK by Charles Burns This is one of […]

This list of Fall’s “Overwhelming Amount of Awesome New Comics” doesn’t include lots of awesome comics


As long as we’re talking “comics media,” over at io9 there’s a Guide to the Overwhelming Amount of Awesome New Comics Coming This Fall which does indeed include many interesting new books. Props to them for going beyond front of the Diamond catalog to include Black Mask, Aftershock, Titan and Archie, among others. But no […]

Superheroes go terribly wrong in AXIOM by Mark Waid and Ed Benes


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Legendary Comics, the funnybook spin-off unit of Legendary Entertainment, but they’ve been spnning out some good looking books, as you can see from their homepage. They’re also not shy about putting out full-length original graphic novels, eschewing the periodical serialization model. And here’s a new one by […]