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 […]
At CAB this year I was talking to a few people asking, “Whatever happened to Sam Alden?” Alden burst on the scene a few years ago with an astonishing leap from the Best American Comics’s short listed Haunter to such disturbing and unforgettable books as It Never Happened Again and New Construction: Two More Stories . But then, like […]
I’ve been a big fan of Jessica Campbell’s work since I read her Oily Comics debut My Sincerest Apologies, and what her output lacks in girth it more than makes up for in originality. I don’t think there’s anyone else in comics quite like her, more often than not attuned to offering humor collections with […]
Action movies is an interesting genre, filled with their own set of charms and quirks. I like their blends of reality with dreamlike qualities. There’s so many fantastic action movies that manages to take their ridiculous premise as seriously as possible and make an earnest film out of it. The results are often fantastic.
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 […]
Pam Grossman and Tin Can Forest‘s latest release What is a Witch is a thing of wonder. An oversized comic with deep, luscious colours, beautifully lettered and fascinating from start to finish. This is to be expected from Tin Can Forest (the pen name of Toronto artists Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek). Their art is […]
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 […]
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 […]