One of the biggest surprise Netflix hits of 2018 came from comics but not of the superhero variety. The widely-acclaimed series The End of the Fucking World, which was nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy and will return for a second season, was birthed as a mini-comic by Charles Forsman, and that’s how director […]
Two new books from Retrofit/Big Planet use the comics form to meditate on the psychological overtaking the physical, both with strong executions in different styles. Reading Eli Howey’s Fluorescent Mud is like wandering through someone else’s mind without a guidebook. I think Howey might agree. The description of the book on Howey’s website says the […]
Is nature our friend or our enemy, or maybe a little of both? Perhaps it’s not even measurable against the human experience, since we are the only creature that has willfully left it behind to craft our own world, and are certainly the only creature that could be characterized as its potential destroyer. I’ve read […]
In Bastard, Belgian cartoonist Max de Radigues presents one of the oddest crime partners you can imagine — mother and son. Well, not just mother and son, that’s not in itself odd, I guess, but SWEET mother and son. Devoted mother and son. Mother and son with a great, loving relationship. Oh, also, very young […]
The title of Robert Sergel’s Bald Knobber isn’t just a silly word juxtaposition but actually refers to a historical group of vigilantes from the late 19th Century that operated in the Missouri Ozarks. In the context of this diminutive book — diminutive only in page count and size, though, not concept or execution — it refers […]
In my experience, once people get older and their teenage experience settles into a hazy myth in their brains that supplants the actual memories, almost everyone thinks they were the weird-one-out in high school. Even the most privileged types see themselves in outcast terms. I don’t know that this is human-nature, but it is American […]
Ashanti Fortson weaves a beautiful story of forgiveness and failure with ‘smallness’. The one-shot comic will debut at SPX, here’s our preview.
Writer Jordan Clark talks about creating his mini-comic about the Black experience in America with artist Ahmara Smith, what it means to be an ally, and how we can do a better job of meeting the moment.
The pressure to do something a little more than make a transcript of your life seems to build on autobiographical cartoonists as they get older and realize that the lives of most people who sit down to capture this stuff are not that remarkable. Not that they are bad lives or unworthy lives or anything […]
Subtitled “Comics from Mauretania,” the stories in Chris Reynolds’ The New World don’t take place in the African country of the same name, but in some cryptic landscape never referenced by name in the comics to which the title applies, but which creates a tone that unifies the stories, as well as offers some vague […]