REVIEWS

Live / Work #1 and 2

One of my biggest moral failures is my inability to live with other people in cooperative proximity. I support the abstract idea of a “commune,” but when I’m with family or friends nonstop for more than two days, my mood … Continue reading

 

Girl Town

Carolyn Nowak has previously won Ignatzes for Promising New Talent (“Radishes,” 2016) and Outstanding Story (“Diana’s Electric Tongue,” 2017). These categories are apt summaries of her latest book Girl Town: good stories suggestive of an ascending talent. Carta Monir writes … Continue reading

 

Memorabilia

Sergio Ponchione is an Italian cartoonist who first made his mark with American audiences with his series Grotesque, for the now defunct Ignatz line. That was a collaboration between Fantagraphics and Igort’s Coconino Press, and it gave both American and … Continue reading

 

That Box We Sit On

That Box We Sit On from Richie Pope is the kind of comic you push, hard. Perhaps that’s why voters at the 2018 Small Press Expo named Pope the winner of the Ignatz award for Outstanding Artist. The democratic process … Continue reading

 

Dokudami Tenement Volume Three : Confessions Of A Transgender (Killing Me Softly)

As a general rule of thumb, Manga doesn’t concern itself with issues pertaining to working-class or poor people all that often, but one of the notable exceptions to that rule was the late Takashi Fukutani’s long-running Dokudami Tenement, which was … Continue reading

 

Tinderella

The most interesting thing about Tinderella is its sudden and sharp shift in tone about two thirds of the way through. Prior to that moment, the book appeared to be an entertaining if rather familiar look at the trials and … Continue reading

 

Part of It: Comics and Confessions

Autobio comics trick you into having empathy. When we read comics, we articulate voices and imagine their utterance, and on some level I think we convince ourselves we understand the emergence of thoughts and feelings onto the page. In autobio, … Continue reading

 

The Mouse Glass

For Germany’s leading cartoonist Anna Haifisch the fluorescent honeymoon between To Live and Die in L.A. and Miami Vice is definitely over. Her latest release The Mouse Glass is implementing a further decisive step in her constantly evolving chromatic ideology. … Continue reading