Review: Ben Sears mixes ghosts and science fiction for fun

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Ben Sears’ Night Air is built around characters that have apparently appeared in zines and anthologies, but I confess to being totally unfamiliar with them. It’s a spirited book aimed at kids and features wacky elements of science fiction and horror merged into a brief, absurd story with good humor and explosions. The story focuses […]

Review: ‘Shadoweyes’ is a true transformative superhero

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It’s a rare occasion that you can use words like sweet, thoughtful, and gentle to describe a science fiction superhero story taking place in a brutal, dystopian urban battleground, but thanks to Sophie Campbell’s Shadoweyes from Iron Circus Comics, that day has arrived. Set in a cluttered and decaying city of the future, Dranac, Campbell introduces […]

Review: Retrofit offers tons of excellent comics by women

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Bear, Bird, and Stag Were Arguing In The Forest and Other Stories by Madeline Flores Flores offers three philosophical shorter works that come together well in their examination of knowing yourself, living purposefully, understanding where you stand in the universe, seeing the potential in yourself, and lots of other good things, but without being heavy. Instead […]

Review: Rebecca Roher’s tender family memories are a pleasing meditation on loss

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For many people, the earliest experience of human loss that pierces their emotions and affects their everyday existence is the death of a grandparent, and that of a grandmother, I have found, anyway, seems to pack a particular wallop. Some grandmothers participate in a kid’s life as a kind of back-up parent, others as a […]

Review: Patrick Kyle invites you to force your way into his work

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Sometimes it’s better to just give yourself to something rather than to seek out its meaning. Not everything has to have one clear meaning, and in some cases, to bring concrete meaning to a work might mean imposing clarity on something that was not meant to have any. That imposition might actually come off as […]

Review: Science fiction gets meta in ‘From Now On’

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This collection of short works by Malachi Ward and published by Alternative Comics announces itself with a verbal joke — From Now On is another way of saying the future, after all. Ward’s stories reflect the sensibility of the title, presenting familiar scenarios, but presenting them in an unexpected way that challenges the tropes we’ve embraced […]

Review: The darker beauty of Cathy G. Johnson’s ‘Gorgeous’

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This short, spare, poetic, emotionally brutal piece from Cathy G. Johnson and Koyama Press captures the intersection of three lives, and the unlikely self realization that two of them enact on one. The story begins with two punks at a music show exhibiting destructive manners that disrupts the shows and gives them an opportunity for […]

Review: Melissa Mendes’ ‘Lou’ charts family dynamics in a charming, honest way

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Massachusetts cartoonist Melissa Mendes has a knack for comics that not only center on kids, but present the world from their points of view with an unromantic honesty. Her first major work, the Freddy Stories collection, and her most recent project, the serialized webcomic The Weight both show off her prowess, and Lou, a collection […]

Review: Japanese artist Rokudenashiko charts the real obscenity in her memoir

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Just yesterday it was reported that a Japanese court had found artist Rokudenashiko’s vagina figurines to be considered art and not obscenity, but less stressed in the headlines was that the court also found her guilty of “distributing digital data of indecent material” and hit her with a fine. It’s that last case that is […]

Review: How did I miss Andrea Tsurumi???

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  I’m ashamed to admit that prior to reading Why Would You Do That? from Hic and Hoc, which will debut at TCAF this weekend, I was completely unfamiliar with Andrea Tsurumi’s work. How does this happen? She’s been in the New York Times, the Nib, plenty of other places.  I have no good explanation […]