Every story carries with it stories that aren’t told—versions of itself that might have unfolded had the author chosen slightly different paths for his or her characters. By making a decision to tell a tale in a particular way, all … Continue reading


The Furry Trap

If the stories in Simmons’ new collection The Furry Trap, were designed to simply freak readers out, they would end in a page or two. But Simmons sticks with his ugly ideas, until the fucked-up-ness is no longer scary or even funny, and just kind of sits there to turn over in your brain. Shock seems besides the point. Continue reading


Monsieur Jean: The Singles Theory

What distinguishes this book from the typical slice-of-life indy book is Dupuy & Berberian’s sharp sense of comic timing. Continue reading


Batman: Earth One

Why does this comic exist? Continue reading


Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons

Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925. She grew up there and in Milledgeville, a farming town of 6000, a shy, socially awkward, devout Catholic — of a self-described “thirteenth century” persuasion — in thick … Continue reading


Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth

In his first book, Chad takes the blank-faced titular hero and puts him through a series of clever formal traps. Continue reading


The Walking Dead #100

Despite its problems, The Walking Dead remains one of the most compelling monthly genre comics on the stands. Continue reading


Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1

Some comics are created to tell a story, others to solve a problem, others to scratch an itch. Continue reading