Review: Tommi Musturi shows that hope isn’t easy

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Finnish cartoonist Tommi Musturi’s The Book Of Hope is as mysterious and elusive as the human being it examines. Set in a family cottage following retirement, Musturi settles into his narrator position calmly in order to scribe, without judgment or even much push for clarity, the experience of one man as he inhabits the time […]

Review: Julia Wertz’s thoughtful and healing style of self-deprecation

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Julia Wertz’s Eisner-nominated Drinking At The Movies, originally from 2010 but here with a handsome reissue from Koyama Press, is renowned for its humorous self-deprecating pile-on. At its root is the suggestion that beating yourself up is probably just part of personal growth. And that’s not just meant to make you feel better, but an […]

Review: Nick Drnaso gives us 2016’s first great work with ‘Beverly’

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Nick Drnaso’s fictional world is a particularly joyless one where even coming together doesn’t much help the human condition. It might even make things worse. As depicted in the Drnasoverse, each human has their own internal monologue that other humans are shut out from, and this creates distance, alienation, and confusion. Since one of us […]

D&Q to republish three Lynda Barry masterpieces

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The Lynda Barry renaissance that’s been underway at D&Q for the last few years with What It Is, Syllabus and reprints of her early comics strips now comes to its crowning moment with new editions of three books that can justly be called masterpieces: The! Greatest! Of! Marlys!, a colelction of comics featuring barry’s signature […]

Disney Remasters Star Wars Once More, as a Graphic Novel!

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Last year, Marvel launched their new Star Wars comics by offering remastered editions of the original comic book adaptations. Well…  next March, Lusasfilm Press will release a brand new graphic novel adaptation of the original trilogy (AKA “A New Hope Strikes the Jedi”)! I can’t discover who made this; it’s listed as “LucasFilm Book Group”. Disney […]

Next Fall, Papercutz Sends Mickey Mouse to Purgatory, and Teams Up Barbie With Puppies!

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Papercutz, the kids-friendly brainchild of Terry Nantier and Jim Salicrup, has announced 41 new titles for Fall 2016! They have an interesting mix: original graphic novels, imports from overseas, classics from decades past, and the occasional licensed property. So, what are the highlights? BARBIE! Yes, you might have heard and seen that Ms. Roberts has undergone a corporate […]

Must read: the last decade of graphic novel publishing and the next five

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As we wrap up our big picture look at where it’s at, here’s a piece that Calvin Reid and I put together for Publishers Weekly called From the Fringes to the Mainstream: Ten Years of Growth In Graphic Novel Publishing where we surveyed a bunch of super smart industry folks on the past ten years […]

Marvel Announces Their New Graphic Novels for May-August 2016!

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Marvel has released their latest catalog, featuring trade titles for May – July 2016. There are a few interesting titles, otherwise, these are collections of the periodical comics being published now. Marvel doesn’t have any covers available, so this post is rather dry.  Here’s what I found interesting: Little Marvel Standee Punch-Out Book The Unbeatable […]

Comics? Educational?!? : Forthcoming Graphic Novels Based on True Stories!

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Comics might just be the perfect medium for non-fiction. Words and pictures can combine with a narrative to allow for better communication. Graphs, photos, maps, schematics… all can be used to great effect. Couple this with the reader’s ability to set the pace of reading and comprehension, and the option of referring to previous pages and […]