Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

Shows like Mad Men and Masters of Sex capture domestic and workplace life during the postwar era, but VIP’s cartoons are a record of the era in cartoon form. Continue reading


Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

Who would have thought that Margaret Sanger, the mother of American birth control, would one day have her story told in a drawing style that simultaneously recalls that of Cathy Guisewite (“Cathy”), R. Crumb (“Mr. Natural”), and Jack Cole (“Plastic Man”)? Continue reading


Fata Morgana

Between the subtly printed opening pages and the carefully mirrored closing ones which bookend Fata Morgana, you’ll find what seems at first blush to be a standard children’s story. Continue reading


Dog City #2

Dog City is part anthology, part art object, part stunt, part value-added merchandise, and all comics. Continue reading


The Secret History of Marvel Comics

This is really two books in one: The first is a history of Martin Goodman’s business, the second a collection of black-and-white illustrations by comic book greats. Continue reading


Mould Map 3

“What do you want to be?” I asked, shaking my reward out of its envelope. It was an intemperate question. In Update #13 to the Mould Map 3 Kickstarter campaign, prospective contributor Blaise Larmee acknowledged a statement he had made … Continue reading


Batman: Death of the Family

Responses to the work tell a larger story about how the culture surrounding these comics enables their worst qualities. Continue reading



Matthew Thurber’s INFOMANIACS is my choice for best comic of 2013. Thurber is perhaps the funniest cartoonist working today, though in more of a narrative sense rather than the gag-built work of cartoonists like Michael Kupperman, Lisa Hanawalt and Sam Henderson. … Continue reading