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John Seven is a journalist and children's book writer living in North Adams, Massachusetts. His books include 'A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide To Anarchy,' 'Happy Punks 1-2-3,' 'Frankie Liked To Sing,' and others. He reviews comics for the Beat in his regular Indie Beat column. Find out about all his things at johnseven.me.

INDIE VIEW: THE DAUGHTERS OF YS invigorates Breton folklore

The Daughters of Ys Written by M.T. Anderson Illustrated by Jo Rioux First Second Books The city of Ys is part of Breton folklore that may be familiar...

INDIE VIEW: I KNOW YOU RIDER explores reproducing and not

I Know You Rider By Leslie Stein Drawn and Quarterly One of the aspects of Leslie Stein’s work that sets her apart from other autobiographical cartoonists is...

INDIE VIEW: A GIFT FOR A GHOST is ethereal poetry

A Gift For A Ghost By Borja Gonzalez Translated by Lee Douglas Abrams From the moment I finished A Gift For A Ghost I knew it was different...

INDIE VIEW: PORTRAIT OF A DRUNK is a soused nightmare of...

Portrait of a Drunk By Olivier Schrauwen, Florent Ruppert, and Jérôme Mulot Fantagraphics Like a Robert Louis Stevenson novel gone horribly wrong, Portrait of a Drunk dives...

INDIE VIEW: THE THIRD POPULATION demystifies mental healthcare

The Third Population Written by Aurélien Ducoudray Illustrated by Jeff Pourquié Translated by Kendra Boileau Penn State University Press Graphic Medicine In my experience, most comics that tackle the...

INDIE VIEW: GERARD is maximum Depardieu

Gerard: Five Years with Depardieu By Mathieu Sapin Europe Comics Is there an American equivalent for Gerard Depardieu? For sure there are men who equal him in...

INDIE VIEW: Reality crumbles in THE ROUGH PEARL

The Rough Pearl By Kevin Mutch Fantagraphics If you look at the natural world as structured through a multitude of power struggles, one thing leaps out at...

INDIE VIEW: In ALTITUDE growing up happens in dangerous terrain

Altitude Written by Olivier Bocquet Written and Illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette Translated by Edward Gauvin SelfMadeHero I was recently standing at a local landmark called Witt’s Ledge, the cliff...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Not a Place to Visit’ asserts that we are...

Not a Place to Visit By T. Edward Bak Floating World Comics It’s one of those fortuitous intellectual coincidences that I sat down to read and review...

INDIE VIEW: The ART LIFE revealed

Art Life By Catherine Ocelot Translated by Aleshia Jensen Conundrum Press Catherine Ocelot is trying to figure things out. You could say that about anyone, of course, but...

INDIE VIEW: SIBERIAN HAIKU creates magic from nightmares

Siberian Haiku Written by Jurga Vile Illustrated by Lina Itagaki SelfMadeHero Starting in 1941, Lithuanians endured the first of nearly three dozen mass deportations by order of the...

INDIE VIEW: X-RAY ROBOT #1 is exactly the comic we need...

X-Ray Robot #1 Written and Illustrated by Michael Allred Colored by Laura Allred Lettered by Nate Piekos Dark Horse Comics I had a plan for what I was going...