Review: Two tiny books with big differences between them

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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

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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 […]

Sebela, Pires, Ferrier, & More Join Forces to Launch Two-Headed Press

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Today, a number of indie comics creators including Ed Brisson, Ryan Ferrier, Tini Howard, Curt Pires, Fabian Rangel Jr., and Chris Sebela announced the launch of Two-Headed Press, a new publishing imprint that call themselves a “mutant collective designed to make books. Lots of books.” The publisher debuted its first title yesterday with the launch of Rangel’s, […]

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

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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: Leela Corman connects the emotional and intellectual dots

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  Leela Corman’s work is a lot of things in We All Wish For Deadly Force. Whether using vivid, thick colors or more simple black line work, or muddy comic chimeras made up of both and more, she’s able to create an emotional landscape that perfectly enhances the philosophical intellectualism and sincere autobiography of her […]

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

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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

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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. […]

Reviews: Three mini comics that deserve your attention today

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Ley Lines: Made With Love In Hell by Mimi Chrzanowski From it’s dayglo pink cover, through all its cranberry-red rendered interior, this portrait of a visit to hell is definitely inspired by Hieronymus Bosch — the back cover confirms this, but it seemed apparent to me from page one — by way of the kawaii […]