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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: ‘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...

Review: The darker beauty of Cathy G. Johnson’s ‘Gorgeous’

This short, spare, poetic, emotionally brutal piece from Cathy G. Johnson and Koyama Press captures the intersection of three lives, and the unlikely self...

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

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...

Review: Melissa Mendes’ ‘Lou’ charts family dynamics in a charming, honest...

Massachusetts cartoonist Melissa Mendes has a knack for comics that not only center on kids, but present the world from their points of view...

Review: Barbara Yelin’s ‘Irmina’ shows how history destroys us in little...

Quiet and brooding, while still warm and with a great delicacy, Barbara Yelin’s Irmina takes the author’s own discovery of her grandmother’s World War...

Review: Tracing Dylan Horrocks

This collection of work from acclaimed New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks goes as far back as 1986, and it compiles a trajectory that makes a...

Review: Japanese artist Rokudenashiko charts the real obscenity in her memoir

Just yesterday it was reported that a Japanese court had found artist Rokudenashiko’s vagina figurines to be considered art and not obscenity, but less...

Review: How did I miss Andrea Tsurumi???

  I’m ashamed to admit that prior to reading Why Would You Do That? from Hic and Hoc, which will debut at TCAF this weekend,...

Review: Brecht Evens and the complications of growing up

Unfolding like a children’s book gone horribly wrong, Brecht Evens’ Panther begins with the death of Christine’s cat and the appearance what might be...

Review: Ludovic Debeurme’s Renee looks right into the abyss

In 2006’s Lucille, French cartoonist Ludovic Debeurme gave a surreal and somber tone to a doomed love story, following the individual wrecked lives of...

Review: Silent parable The Ark is science fiction as sacred text

This silent, black and white work from French artist Stephane Levallois, and the publisher Humanoids, best known for his storyboard work on films like...

Review: Czkaj’s R2-D2 strikes back; Bangs & Beard Diary offers a...

Bangs & Beard Diary Melinda Tracy Boyce and Aaron Whitaker are cartoonists living in Los Angeles. They’re also a couple and collaborators in an interesting...