Repulsive Attraction

This morning I woke up late, tired from hours spent marching in a Black Lives Matter protest. I nursed a coffee and scrolled past headline after headline about similar protests around the country, and the violence perpetrated by the police … Continue reading


š! Baltic Comics Magazine #37

This “Down Down Under” issue of the long-running Latvia-based anthology features a all Australian cast of artists. Continue reading


The Marchenoir Library

I started a dream journal at the end of last year, in hopes of gaining insight into my own psyche or, fingers crossed, the nature of larger reality. The closest I came was a dream where I tried to describe … Continue reading



I cannot read anything these days without finding metaphors for our strange current times, so when I read this story about a gargantuan, noisy potato threatening to crush a small French village, I found it surprisingly relevant. Whistle is French … Continue reading


Marge’s Little Lulu: Working Girl

Scrooge McDuck. Dennis the Menace. Sugar and Spike. Little Archie. Clifford. Scribbly. Each one a certified jewel in the crown of Golden Age Kids’ Comics. But while most of these Hall of Famers are still revered to this day, none … Continue reading


The Eternaut

It’s wrong to limit our understanding (and appreciation) of a story in relation only to the modern socio-political context by which we read it. For example, it’s tempting to rate Jason Lutes’ Berlin highly because the series was completed when the … Continue reading


Walking Distance

Walking is one of those crucial things that many of us pay little attention to. Lizzy Stewart has drawn inspiration from this typical activity for her recent comic Walking Distance. A rumination on transitional moments, this book is about the … Continue reading


Ed Leffingwell’s Little Joe: the Sunday Comics

We’ve had almost 30 years of Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie reprinted. It remains Gray’s masterwork, but it wasn’t his sole comic strip. Though it also began with “Little” and had a red-headed child protagonist, Little Joe, which came to … Continue reading