REVIEWS

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World

The best way in which to appreciate Pénélope Bagieu’s Brazen is to imagine the book’s ideal audience. This is a thick book, a substantial weight in the reader’s hand. You can imagine the type of person for whom this book … Continue reading

 

Bingo Love

In an era when representation has become an almost obligatory subject in any discussion about any art form, one objection that gets raised when critics weigh in on a story that isn’t written by or targeted at their specific race, … Continue reading

 

Prism Stalker

Sloane Leong’s Prism Stalker, a new series from Image, is a lush, psychedelic, and ambitious series that grapples with colonialism, complicity with oppression, and the borders of the self without ever steering into didacticism or cynical box-checking. The word “worldbuilding” … Continue reading

 

The Beef #1

The Beef goes into very graphic detail about how cows are killed in slaughterhouses. You see the machine that puts the bolt in the cow’s brain. You see the animals being dismembered. Fun stuff. That warning goes up front because … Continue reading

 

Only the End of the World Again

I. True Story. Back before Neil Gaiman became a brand, he complimented my wife’s evening dress at a gathering of bookish nerds being held at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport. The dress featured cutouts which brought to Mr. Gaiman’s mind, … Continue reading

 

From Lone Mountain: King-Cat Comics Stories 2003-2007

John Porcellino, cartoonist, memoirist, poet, and zinester, is one of our greatest comics artists. Many know this; many more should. He remembers places and people beautifully—that is, he does a beautiful job of remembering through art. Increasingly, I find myself drawing … Continue reading

 

Total Jazz

Writing about music is tricky enough — blah blah dancing about architecture, yammer yammer — but think about what goes into drawing about it. If you’re illustrating an actual musical performance, or even just the experience of listening to it, … Continue reading

 

Grace, Jerry, Jessica and Me #2

Some historical convergences demand fanfiction. My own personal canon includes the first Redstockings meeting; the drafting of the Dogme 95 manifesto and “Vow of Chastity”; any given night at Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire; Britpop’s Damon Albarn-Justine Frischmann-Brett Anderson love triangle; and … Continue reading