REVIEWS

Optic Nerve #14

The central story in the latest issue of Optic Nerve (there are two, plus a one-page strip) is entitled “Killing and Dying”. It focuses on a small nuclear family: Mother, father, and teenage daughter. The daughter comes off as considerably … Continue reading

 

Fragments of Horror

There is a very good chance that even if you don’t read a lot of manga you’ve probably heard of Junji Itō, and I will begin by suggesting that this very renown can serve to obscure the finer points of … Continue reading

 

Blobby Boys 2

The second volume of Alex Schubert’s celebrated “slime-filled” comic, starring the Blobbys and new star, Fashion Cat. Continue reading

 

The Late Child and Other Animals

The Late Child and Other Animals is simultaneously Marguerite Van Cook’s biography of her mother and her own autobiography, detailing five crucial turning points in both their lives. Written and expressively colored by Van Cook and illustrated by her husband … Continue reading

 

Crickets 4

It’s a bit of an odd distinction, but Sammy Harkham may be the cartoonist who puts out the least work relative to the size of his presence on the scene. Part of that is no doubt due to the effort … Continue reading

 

Pope Hats #4

In Pope Hats #4, Ethan Rilly turns his attention to loneliness and isolation. The short stories in issue four resemble the work of some master cartoonists and occasionally touch on something great. Continue reading

 

The Adventures of Tad Martin, #Sick Sick Six

Like nothing else. Continue reading

 

Doggie Style: The Complete Dog Boy/Death in Oaxaca

Steve Lafler is one of those too-late-for-Underground-Comix artists who nevertheless reflected the satirical affect of the 1970s in all its daffy and sometimes dopey energy. Too bad he was only 16 in 1979. On the other hand, he’s a still … Continue reading