This mesmerizing and beautifully weird memoir has novelist Evie Wyld going over her childhood years through the lens of extreme, irrational fear, tracing its beginnings and following how it defined so much of her, only to eventually add philosophical depth to her universal view. Wyld’s fear? Sharks. Big ones. Big ones that will kill you and […]
Having worked as a journalist since the late 1990s, I have found that most people have no clue about how news organizations work, which leads to a lot of confusion about how the news gets delivered and why certain news gets delivered while other news does not. There are tons of intricacies we could go […]
House of Women and The Oven by Sophie Goldstein I haven’t encountered much chatter about Sophie Goldstein’s extraordinary, smart, beautiful three-part comic House of Women, but I’m hoping that changes. Goldstein’s use of science fiction as a springboard to examine numerous ideas, particularly gender-related issues and colonialism, is exquisite, with an understanding that the fantastical […]
Sesame Street, via Facebook, posted the above animated GIF to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the publication of “The Monster at the End of This Book“.
The end of year lists are coming – Amazon has selected 20 books in an unranked order – no big surprises, all highly praised books. Nice to see a small book like Daryl Seitchik’s Exits on the list, along with blockbusters like Ghost and Black Panther – if anything this is a very mainstream greatest hits. March […]
Some dreams never turn out quite like you hope they will, and when they all come crashing down, things are going to change. Many humans are allergic to change, so they cling to their hopes as if that will be an antidote for change, but that tactic makes change much harder to bear. We see […]
Human beings have, historically, revealed a vigorous capacity for steering other human beings away from the way they are currently living into a more preferred lifestyle. This goes without saying as you look through the history of conquest, or even the religious wrangling of English kings, as well as the tentacled reach of Catholic missionaries […]
Houses Of The Holy by Caitlin Skaalrud Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses Of The Holy is, on its a surface, a psychedelic and psychological journey through the mind of a woman, with a heavy visual focus that carries a dreamlike surrealism of an almost Felliniesque quality. The idea, from the descriptions, is that this is a plunge […]
Last month, Insight Editions announced a new graphic novel imprint, and how, courtesy of Publishers Weekly, we have more details: Insight Editions, best known for lavishly illustrated art and coffee-table books on pop culture, is launching Insight Comics, an imprint specializing in original and licensed graphic novels of all styles. The imprint will publish an […]
Is there a comics canon? Do we want a comics canon? Do we need a comics canon?