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 […]

Review: The Red Drip Of Courage distills Stephen Crane to a cartoon essence

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You can go for years reading comics and come upon plenty of bizarre works, but at least understand where these are coming from. It’s more rare to hit on one that are more confounding, the ones that make you ask questions like “Where did this come from?” and “Who would do this?” So it is […]

Review: Meags Fitzgerald continues to her autobiographical innovations with Long Red Hair

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In Meags Fitzgerald’s previous book, Photobooth: A Biography, which documented just about anything you ever wondered about photo booths, she went far beyond her central subject, wrapping in segments of autobiography, making it a work about a wider swathe that her more intimate moments exist within. For Long Red Hair she does the exact opposite, focusing […]

Review: Two rich offerings in Nobrow’s 17 x 23 series

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Nobrow Press’ 17 x 23 series highlights accomplished smaller works in a pleasing package that speaks to graphic novel consumers who might not seek out short comics stories. Two recent releases are particularly success in the way they take story forms of old and present them through a modern lens, making traditional lessons applicable to […]

Review: Baltic anthology š! #23 offers big art in a small package

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The Balkan comics anthology š! from kuš! is one of the more challenging delights of the comics world, grafting the sensibility of a contemporary art gallery onto the comics page. It regularly presents challenging and edgy work, often abstract, but with enough show of personality that you can see these are the works of real humans, and it comes in a striking mini-digest format that evokes Little Big Books, adding to its appeal as an object to display.

Comic Arts Brooklyn Debuts Part 1: punks, witches, cats, 3D Jim Woodring, more

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This weekend it’s Comic Arts Brooklyn in Williamsburg and here’s a look at the books that will be debuting. Thanks to all the contributing publishers and cartoonists for supplying the info and lightening our wallets.

Because there were so many new and exciting books I’m splitting this into two parts. Look for part two tomorrow!

Koyama Press Announces Spring list with Kyle, Koch, Sears, Johnson and the vagina kayak artist

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And yet more awesome comics are on the way from Koyama Press, with a particularly fresh line-up of indie comics up and comers. Patrick Kyle is known for his oddball fantasies while Aidan Koch has already gotten attention for her evocative experimental comics. Cathy G. Johnson is a fast rising star with a book coming out from First Second next year and an Ignatz under her belt; while Ben Sears name came up constantly when I asked about emerging male cartoonists. In addition, Koyama Press will put out its first translated comics: What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy, the story of Japanese artist Rokudenashiko (“good-for-nothing girl” or “bad girl”) whose work achives being truly transgressive; the Massive duo of Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins bring this one to English. PLease note, this comic is not about cats.

And here’s the complete lineup:

This weekend: Safari Festival in London

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  If I were in London I would DEFINITELY be going to the  Safari Festival, the one day CAF run by Breakdown Press and devoted to “the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond. Taking place over one Saturday at the end of August, the festival is an opportunity for […]

MoCCA Debuts from BIrdcage Bottom Books to Youth in Decline

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It’s time for our annual look at some of the comics coming out for this weekend’s MoCCA Festival, being held this year at Center 548, is located at 548 W. 22nd Street, just off the Westside Highway, with programming at the High Line Hotel on West 20th Street and 10th Avenue. And here’s the books […]

Alan Moore Interview Part II – Punk Rock, Crossed, and Providence

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Part I: Steve Moore, River of Ghosts, The Show, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is here. Now read on… PÓM: Actually, funnily enough, talking about Century, I do very much get the impression that, in the one set in 1969 – at the end of that it’s 1977, and it’s all very Punk Rock, and […]