There’s a fantastic moment in Rebecca Sugar’s latest Frontier issue, when Sugar recalls her obsession with 90’s cartoons. She describes how, now that she’s creating cartoons, she is in a way perpetuating that cycle by enthralling people to her work. Sugar is the creator of the popular cartoon Steven Universe. This acknowledgement that her silly obsession with the […]
Laid Waste by Julia Gfrörer This excruciatingly sad novella has Julia Gfrörer examining the horror of being a survivor, in a way that manages to be uplifting at the end, while not betraying the heaviness of all that proceeds it. Laid Waste concerns itself with Agnes who, it is said, had a vision of St. […]
Canopy by Karine Bernadou Bernadou’s excellent silent parable of what it’s like to be a woman out in the world follows Canopy from her childhood — symbolically presented as a continual act of nursing with her mother until womanhood, when she is released blindfolded into a magical forest and left with an unknown male to find […]
Walking a thin line between depressing and uplifting — a line I hadn’t really thought about existing before — Nathan Jurevicius’ Birthmark brings a familiar tale of vengeance into a completely alien world. Our unnamed walking wart-like lump of a hero begins by recounting his brief history and surroundings in the Bordertown, a tale of […]
One of the best moves I’ve made recently was the decision to look through the interview with creator Steve Wolfhard in the back of the book before actually reading The Collected Cat Rackham. My glance at the content of the book made lead me to believe that this was a dark, sometimes slapstick work, fairly straightforward in […]
Our Mother by Luke Howard Comics has become the territory of many examinations of mental health in regard to personal history, and each manifestation of this is going to be as varied as the individuals tackling it. Luke Howard takes an immensely refreshing approach by splitting up the details into various comics of different genres and […]
There’s a fantastic moment early in Libby’s Dad, Eleanor Davies latest comic, in which one of the girls attending a birthday party is wondering why their friend Taylor, who normally hangs out with them, is absent from the party. What follows is a surreal exchange where the other girls whispers hearsay and the girl mistake this gossip as the truth of a wiser, slightly older kid.
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 […]