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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: Two successful bios of very different men

It’s always a pleasure when a new graphic novel biography comes out about someone I know absolutely nothing about, and I certainly had no...

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...

Review: Baltic comics anthology S! #25 works its artful magic on...

This collection of gaijin mangaka — that is, Manga style comics made by non-Japanese creators — who graduated to the style of Gekiga —...

Review: Seitchik’s ‘Exits’ offers invisibility as the beginning of transformation

In Exits, Daryl Seitchik takes a fairly obvious, well-worn bit of symbolism and manages to make the readers’ familiarity with it into one of...

Review: Leela Corman connects the emotional and intellectual dots

  Leela Corman’s work is a lot of things in We All Wish For Deadly Force. Whether using vivid, thick colors or more simple black...

Review: Rabagliati’s ‘Paul’ books remain the most insightful comics about males...

Michel Rabagliati's semi-autobiographical Paul character is one of the delights of modern comics, with each volume seamless in mixing sweet charm with a sadness...

Review: Beth Heinly is making me laugh today

I’d say self-deprecating autobiographical comics by smart, talented women is officially a genre, and a sub-genre of that is self-deprecating autobiographical comics by smart,...

Review: The Fun Family is less fun than you think it...

Benjamin Frisch’s The Fun Family is one of those works that you think you know what it is about, but you don’t really. That’s...

Reviews: Three mini comics that deserve your attention today

Ley Lines: Made With Love In Hell by Mimi Chrzanowski From it’s dayglo pink cover, through all its cranberry-red rendered interior, this portrait of a...

Review: Aidan Koch and Paloma Dawkins look inward and far out

After Nothing Comes by Aidan Koch This collection from Koyama Press of Koch’s early mini comics speaks to what makes Koch stand out. With an...

DC Reborn Review: ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 is Fresh and Perfect for...

In June, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their...

Review: Sean Karemaker’s autobio comics are intense and poetic

It’s not a visibly large book, about average looking at a glance, but Sean Karemaker’s The Ghosts We Know is more dense than most...