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Alay-Oop

The latest in a strong and growing catalog from NYRC, William Gropper’s Alay-Oop is another important stepping-stone in the development of the graphic novel.. Though the term “graphic novel” didn’t exist until decades later, the concept was pursued by American publishers in … Continue reading

 

Rusty Brown

For nearly three decades, Chris Ware has been making comics that capture the intersection between action and consciousness. His first novel, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000) condenses over a century’s worth of memory into one fraught Thanksgiving weekend. … Continue reading

 

Snake Creek

Living in Baltimore for the past eleven years, my daily life frequently led me to stumble into moments where the landscape felt post-apocalyptic. In the strictest sense, this term is inaccurate; historically our current moment is, at worst, a “pre-apocalyptic” … Continue reading

 

Rat Time

Fans of the Ignatz award-winning comic artist Keiler Roberts will not be disappointed by her latest autobiographical work, Rat Time. As in her other five books, the artist serves up a series of entertaining slice-of-life vignettes about the daily life … Continue reading

 

Dr. Murder and the Island of Death

Dr. Murder and the Island of Death suggests its ambitions early. The comic begins with a full-page drawing of Earth before a multi-panel zoom-in on the volcanic lair of its title character. The island is an evil hideout as a … Continue reading

 

War Bears

Having established her comics bonafides with her graphic novel series Angel Catbird, a collaboration with artist Johnnie Christmas, legendary prose writer Margaret Atwood’s second major modern comics work didn’t come as quite as much a surprise, nor did it receive … Continue reading

 

Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny

Screwball follows an isolated strain of comics history as opposed to those other books that tell the whole lot decade by decade or by lining up a canon of masters. Which is not say it isn’t linear: from Fred Opper … Continue reading

 

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Just War

Plot amnesia is a popular trope because it’s such a useful way to advance a narrative. In the Bourne films, or Captain Marvel, or any number of pop culture stories, the hero doesn’t remember their backstory. They have to discover … Continue reading