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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: ‘Lupus’ is a science fiction epic of the human...

Lupus By Frederik Peeters Translated by Edward Gauvin Top Shelf Productions It’s hard to believe that is was nearly two decades ago that Swiss cartoonist Frederik Peeters made...

INDIE VIEW: ‘River: Stories of Old Anapra’ has an impact bigger...

River: Stories of Old Anapra By Dave Ortega Radiator Comics Dave Ortega has already proven his ability to transform family history into compelling and tender comics with...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Becoming Horses’ is a wander through the creative ether

Becoming Horses By Disa Wallander Drawn and Quarterly Creativity is different for everyone, and what commonalities there are get mixed in with points of departure so that...

INDIE VIEW: ‘The Phantom Twin’ mixes solid sideshow scholarship with melodrama

The Phantom Twin By Lisa Brown First Second Books Last year’s insightful biography of Schlitzie the Pinhead, Nobody’s Fool by Bill Griffith, gave me a reason to...

INDIE VIEW: ‘The Golden Age’ is a lush fantasy of resistance

The Golden Age Book One Written by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa Illustrated by Cyril Pedrosa First Second Books When King Ronan of Antrevers dies, his daughter Tilda...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Banned Book Club’ is an energetic college kids versus...

Banned Book Club Written by Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada Illustrated by Ko Hyung-Ju Iron Circus Comics With North Korea so much in the headlines and such...

INDIE VIEW: In ‘750cc Down Lincoln Highway’ the soul hits the...

750cc Down Lincoln Highway Written by Bernard Chambaz Illustrated by Barroux Lettered by Ortho Translated by Joe Johnston NBM I’m going to confess that as someone who barely leaves...

INDIE VIEW: ‘The Colony’ reveals obscure anarchist history

The Colony By Nicolas Debon Translated by Edward Gauvin Europe Comics Based on the rise and fall of an actual anarchist outpost in France in the early 20th...

INDIE VIEW: ‘The Man Without Talent’ throws a profound pity party

The Man Without Talent By Yoshiharu Tsuge Translated by Ryan Holmberg New York Review Comics The Man Without Talent is not exactly an autobiography, but as revealed in...

INDIE VIEW: Canopus #1 is great psychological science fiction

Canopus #1 By Dave Chisholm Scout Comics A person wakes up in a strange place and has no recollection of how they got there. Maybe they have...

INDIE VIEW: ‘The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time’ and ‘Stig &...

The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time #1 Written and Lettered by John Layman Illustrated by Karl Mostert Colored by Dee Cuniffe Aftershock Comics I’ve watched and read enough adventures...

INDIE VIEW: ‘From Truth With Truth’ is ultimately empowering

From Truth With Truth By Lawrence Lindell A lot of people hurt inside and the longterm effects lead to damage that’s hard to just brush off....