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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.

Review: ‘The Interview’ examines the nature of meaning

I write a lot about contemporary art, and one of the areas that I find so many people get hung-up about is meaning. That...

Review: Fortuna is a superhero for the rest of us

Superhero comics promise a certain amount of action and personal drama based on the idea that anyone who would become a superhero would put...

Review: Cathy Malkasian’s latest dark parable ‘Eartha’

You’re not likely to come out of a Cathy Malkasian book without being spooked by something you can’t quite put your finger on even...

Reviews: Two dark underbellies come out in daylight

Kus Mono #3: An Exorcism by Theo Ellsworth An Exorcism begins simply enough with a man lying in a bed that is walking away, escorted...

Review: Kristen Radtke’s autobiography captures the big picture in the small...

I am often torn about autobiographical comics. Not whether they should exist or not — of course people should create the comics they are...

Review: You’ve got to fight for your right to make art!

Though it’s tempting to pronounce the atmosphere in James Albon’s Her Bark And Her Bite as retro or even nostalgic, timeless might be the...

Review: Max Andersson unpacks a family nightmare in ‘The Excavation’

Underneath the surreal nightmare presented by Swedish cartoonist Max Andersson and despite the dream logic to so much of the action in The Excavation, there’s a...

Review: Emil Ferris beckons the monsters into the light of day

It’s fair to say that Emil Ferris’ sprawling My Favorite Thing Is Monsters — volume one of a two volume work — came out...

Reviews: Martz, Toms, Booger portray different kinds of love

Burt’s Way Home by John Martz This incredibly sweet story is aimed at kids, but its emotional depth will satisfy many adults. Burt lives with...

Review: You’ll want to visit ‘The Obscure Cities’

The second English language volume in French/Belgian team Benoit Peeters and François Schuiten's  The Obscure Cities series, this was recently revived through a Kickstarter campaign by Alaxis...

Review: Jillian Fleck’s bottomless pit of emotion

The most frequent bottomless thing that has popped up in my life is the idea of bottomless pits, which Lake Jehovah immediately made me...

Reviews: Gfrörer, Wiedeman, Gennis look to the past

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...