REVIEWS

Iceland

This is an English translation of a 2015 story by neo manga artist Yokoyama. An author’s afterword describes Iceland as a sequel to the creator’s earlier World Map Room, but this tense, terse text stands up fine on its own … Continue reading

 

VS #1

VS is the new Image series by Esad Ribic, Nic Klein, and Ivan Brandon. It takes place in the blurred borders between a first-person shooter and a reality show about war.  The first issue follows soldier/gamer Satta Flynn, as he recovers … Continue reading

 

Blue Teeth

The Iron Curtain still exists. To me anyway, it seems like Russia is still the world power that you have to go through the darkest mirror to see. Whether it’s the Russians Are Awesome youtube channel, the propaganda apparatus of … Continue reading

 

Awaiting the Collapse: Selected Works 1974-2014

In “Highwire”, the opening entry in Paul Kirchner’s new collection Awaiting the Collapse, a tightrope walker navigates the skyway of a busy metropolis. The walker’s magical high wire takes him over skyscrapers and into offices, dinner parties, supermarkets, and the … Continue reading

 

Is This Guy For Real?

Andy Kaufman was around for just long enough to ensure that people are going to be writing about him for a long time to come. There’s something sticky about his story in the mind, despite (or because of?) its brevity. Box … Continue reading

 

Crazy Quilt: Scraps & Panels on the Way to Gasoline Alley

Frank King became America’s master of quiet domestic drama on the daily comics page. His long-running Gasoline Alley told a sometimes melodramatic but generally gentle narrative in which his characters aged reasonably and passed through the phases of their lives. … Continue reading

 

Geis II: A Game Without Rules

My mental image of the American West has the texture of 1970s film grain seen in spaghetti westerns. I justify this instinctive deferral to technological contrivance by believing that the dirt and sand of the desert find a home in … Continue reading

 

The Lie and How We Told It

Here is a great truth about our age of gender fluidity, queer visibility, and increasingly ductile sexual identities: regardless of our sexual self-identification, we are all the same. An observation so banal as to be ridiculous, perhaps, but considered not … Continue reading