Early in Don DeLillo’s Underworld the author offers up visions of a Staten Island landfill in terms that evoke not the filth and disgust inherent to mountains of waste but instead in a poetic cant that intentionally recalls the Romantics … Continue reading


The Cult of the Ibis

There are different kinds of silence. There is peaceful quiet and there’s eerie stillness, and while the former is conducive to reading, the latter could mean listening too intently for what might soon intrude to pay attention to what’s before … Continue reading


Little Girls

So let’s talk about negative space. A very important principle throughout the fields of visual art and design, and no less important in comics where negative space often fulfills the very necessary task of helping to pull the reader’s eyes … Continue reading


This Land Is My Land

Andy Warner excels at creating bite-sized pieces of unusual history, as seen in his first book, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects. Those observations weren’t neutral, as he was careful to discuss the cultural and political ramifications of familiar objects. Much … Continue reading


When I Arrived at the Castle

What does pain look like—to us, to others? How does it impress itself into our bodies, moving through us, reshaping us? Where does it go when it is through with us? What do we do when we are through with … Continue reading


To Have & To Hold

In Graham Chaffee’s Big Wheels, published by Fantagraphics in 1993, the narrative is handed off from one character to another as they pass by each other or interact throughout a single day in the city. This is a timeless device in … Continue reading


3D Sweeties

When I’m bored at work, which happens enough to have caused my return to writing comics criticism after years away from the field, one of my favorite things to do is pull up and peruse all my liked posts on … Continue reading


Ascender #1

Ascender is the not-so-cleverly-titled sequel to Descender, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s critically-acclaimed, Eisner winning series. Taking place ten years after the “rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey” that was Descender, Ascender centers on a young girl, Mila, stuck on the … Continue reading