REVIEWS

Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White

Comics consensus holds that George Herriman’s Krazy Kat is pretty much the acme of the art form. This is hard to argue with. Few comics appear as sui generis or possess the same pedigree of critical reception. Its motifs have … Continue reading

 

Lovers in the Garden

Anya Davidson’s genre entry Lovers in the Garden packs a tight punch with a roster of characters seemingly straight out of the Roger Corman playbook and the wacky animating idea that maybe, just maybe, women can get on top in … Continue reading

 

The Abominable Mr. Seabrook

Most comic book biographies serve more as an introduction than a definitive edition. Not this book. Continue reading

 

Hemlock

Hemlock is a sweet but somber Slavic-inspired fairy tale drawn by Josceline Fenton, a longtime cartoonist and animator. Hemlock follows a young 19th-century witch named Lumi and her accidental human-turned-frog familiar, Tristan, as they deal with her accursed unwilling marriage … Continue reading

 

Roughneck

From the local and particular to the grandiose and universal Jeff Lemire easily and expertly guides the reader through life as experienced in the lonely Northern Ontario outback. The fictional town of Pimitamon near Timmins, Ontario acts as a natural … Continue reading

 

Libby’s Dad

Fear of the familiar takes center stage in a new short work from Eleanor Davis, whose 2014 Fantagraphics entry How to Be Happy stunned with its juxtaposition of overwhelming, deliberate color and discordant emotional ambiguity. Libby’s Dad, a short story … Continue reading

 

The Best We Could Do

Artist Thi Bui’s powerful and poignant graphic memoir is a family saga that probes her family’s history, including their escape from war-torn Vietnam to America in the late 1970’s, to their lives in the present day. Continue reading

 

Turkish Trilogy

Fortunately, laughing out loud – even talking loudly to yourself – is not frowned upon in Berkeley cafes. (Indeed, frowning upon someone, no matter how offensive and high-decibel his ravings, is so eschewed, you would think it would have frowners … Continue reading