Running From The Devil

When I was growing up, I went to church and Sunday school every week. Although my religious upbringing was strict (I was raised by Southern Baptists, who famously considered teenage dancing to be a gateway drug to full-blown Satanism), it … Continue reading


The Goat Getters

THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE this monumental contribution to the history of comics is to quote from inside the dust jacket, to wit—: “The Goat Getters is an arresting narrative of the origin of the comic strip told from a … Continue reading


A Projection

Hui’s character designs stretch the limits of legibility, but her skill with color and composition means that the book looks beautiful even when you find yourself spending a minute staring at a page that stubbornly refuses to cohere into narrative. Continue reading


Goda #1-2

There’s something of a 1990s feel to these two full-size comics by Goda Trakumaite, found in its style, voice, and subject matter. She won the 2015 Cupcake Award to do these comics, a grant funded by the Chicago Alternative Comics … Continue reading


Dark Angels Of Darkness

What is most interesting and essential about Dark Angels of Darkness is Al Gofa’s line. From the opening shot of two leather-clad superwarriors in final embrace to the last panel of a puppy frolicking in the aftermath of a devastating … Continue reading



Cathy Malkasian began her career in animation in the early 1990s. If you have kids, or like TV animation, you’ve probably seen some of her episodes of Curious George and The Wild Thornberrys. She turned her creative attention to graphic … Continue reading



Gumballs embodies a different sensibility than most autobiographical comics, and not just because it comes from a trans author. Erin Nations started out by making webcomics, and brings that in-and-out story style to this series, the first four issues of … Continue reading


Son of Hitler

Taking the relatively novel approach of depicting the lives of people in whose homelands the war was actually fought, the book, like its titular dictator, nonetheless squanders an intriguing setup with a series of increasingly poor decisions and a frustrating difficulty in understanding its medium. Continue reading