REVIEWS

Vacation

Blexbolex has cracked the code. The French cartoonist with the name that sounds like a friendly robot has worked in a wide variety of styles, from the simple interlocking blocks of bright color seen in his kid’s books People and Seasons, to the … Continue reading

 

Cartoon Clouds

What’s the point of making art in a technological era? This question, and variations of it, make up the heart of Joseph Remnant’s first longform graphic narrative, Cartoon Clouds. Clouds follows freshly minted art school graduate Seth Fallon through insecurity, … Continue reading

 

Now #1 and 2

What exactly is the title of Fantagraphics’ new anthology referring to? Is the “Now” supposed to imply that its contributors are the most noteworthy cartoonists of the moment? Is this an anthology focused primarily on contemporary cultural and political issues? … Continue reading

 

Losing the Girl: Life on Earth Book 1

I was intrigued when I heard that memoir cartoonist MariNaomi was going to be writing a series of young adult comics. In her many autobiographical comics, it’s seemed like she labored to create as many different kinds of talking heads … Continue reading

 

Good News Bible: The Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane

The best-designed books don’t just look nice, they make statements about what’s inside of them. Whether or not those statements get backed up is the author’s responsibility; but good design has a way of laying expectations out on the table. … Continue reading

 

Saigon Calling

Every war is a tragedy for both sides – even good wars, when you can find them. That’s hardly a novel observation. What’s also true, if less observed, is that every war is also avoidable. Even the necessary wars. The … Continue reading

 

The Battle of Churubusco

In 1847, during one of its innumerable westward expansions, the United States sent its army into a disputed area of Mexico.  Facing recalcitrance in its bid to absorb California, the budding imperial power set its eyes south, and at one … Continue reading

 

Red Winter

In Annelli Furmark’s Red Winter, love is something that doesn’t merely exist in a vacuum shared by two people, but subtly adjusts the course of everyone even on the outskirts of the emotion. The pair in love are unlikely for … Continue reading