One of the things I like best about Liana Finck is her ability to not only be the only thing like her in comics but to communicate that fact clearly and with charm. Seldom are her cartoons transcriptions of actions — this happened then this happened then this happened — but rather the live unpacking […]
David Small is old enough to remember the realities of a free-range childhood as the norm that is often romanticized by people my age. What a lot of people forget about those years as kids carousing around the neighborhood without any supervision — and because of the absence of afterschool programs and other modern mainstays […]
On one hand, Garlandia has all the charm and intimacy of the characters from which it pulls obvious influence, the Moomins — the book is dedicated to them, alongside Moebius and Fred — but it takes it to darker, more expansive spaces than the Moomins ever go. Perhaps that is where Moebius comes into the […]
From Moses to Mad Max, wandering in arid desert lands evokes a journey for self, for destiny, and of course for survival. Usually it marks a transitional place in the wanderer’s life — think of the Aboriginal walkabouts in Australia that are conducted in the passage from youth and into adulthood, but also stand as […]
In Idle Days, writer Thomas Desaulniers Brousseau and artist Simon Leclerc traverse the connection between personal psychological distress and the ghostly sins of the past, in a backdrop of world-shattering dread that, in many ways, mirror what too many people are probably feeling these days — or at least, believe we are on the brink […]
If you had told me as recently as a year ago that I would be in love with a comic about Snagglepuss not due to its wacky retro yucks, but because of its heart and soul, I don’t know that I would have believed you. However, in 2018, that is exactly what happened, though I suppose […]
Acclaimed cartoonist Gloeckner is the guest editor on this year’s collection.
I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the anger directed toward undocumented immigrants, and the escalation of that topic hasn’t helped me parse the topic any better. I can understand if you have reasons to be against people entering the country without going through the “proper” channels — not my view, but you […]
Taking the traditional tropes of myths and legends and turning them on their heads, Song of Aglaia has French cartoonist Anne Simon trace the fairy tale life of a water nymph as she finds herself outside the world she was raised in, facing cruelty and working to overcome the darkness of the world. When I say […]
We take a look at three gorgeously fun crowdfunding projects featuring: The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, Barbarous, and No Holds Bard.