Review: Two tiny books with big differences between them


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 […]

Dash Shaw’s animated film about high school to be shown at two acclaimed film festivals


Add comics formalist/experimenter Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button) to the list of cartoonist/movie directors: his animated film My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea will debut at be shown at both the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) (its world premiere) and New York Film Festival (NYFF). Pretty prestigious places to be shown. Shaw […]

SDCC ’16: Crushing the Mainstream: Love & Rockets’ Past, Present and Future


By Donald Powell The Love & Rockets panel on Thursday at SDCC gave a bird’s eye view of the history of underground comics over the past 30 years. In addition to Love & Rockets co-creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, the panel was moderated by Gary Groth, Fantagraphics’ head honcho and Comics Journal gadfly. The Hernandez […]

Video: Odenkirk, Richter and Adlon among those who appreciate Tony Millionaire’s Drinky Crow


Tony Millionaire’s Maakies comic strip is still one of the glories of comics, if you like luscious linework, raucous drunken antics, the tang of salt air and the underlying sadness of like’s uncertainty. And finally after five years, a new collection, Drinky Crow Drinks Again! To celebrate, a trailer has been made, as revealed at […]

SPX to spotlight Fantagraphics’ 40th Anniversary with Sacco, Clowes, more


If you weren’t coming to SPX before, you are now: this year’s edition will sotlight Fantagraphics’ 40 year anniversary with a TRUE all-star line-up including: Joe Sacco, Trina Robbins, Daniel Clowes and The Hernandez Brothers, Carol Tyler, Jim Woodring, Drew Friedman and Ed Piskor.

Review: ‘5,000 Kilometers Per Second’ untangles relationships with elegance


In 2010 Grand Prize winner at the Angoulême Comics Festival in France and the Lucca Comics Festival in Italy 5,000 Km Per Second, Italian cartoonist Manuele Fior utilizes his strong watercolor skills to offer not the whole of a relationship, but slices, and leaves it up to the readers to fill in the spaces with the parts he […]

Review: ‘Nod Away’ is human-level science fiction that looks to the big picture


The first in a projected seven-book science fiction series, Joshua W. Cotter’s Nod Away draws you in with the human drama, but keeps the science fiction elements of the story mostly at bay, creating a mysterious mist that hangs on people’s lives as they cope with the little moments, oblivious to the larger mysteries that are […]

Are you ready for a 600 page oral history of Fantagraphics?


  That was rhetorical — of COURSE you are. At long last, after over a decade in the works, We Told You So: Comics As Art the oral history of Fantagraphics begun by Tom Spurgeon and finished by Michael Dean will be coming out this summer, just in time to celebrate the (gasp!) 40th anniversary of […]