REVIEWS

July Diary 2014

Each panel feels like a tiny, beautifully constructed diorama, where Bell and her acquaintances will act out the same moment forever. Continue reading

 

Shoplifter

A disillusioned copywriter navigates big-city loneliness in the handsome debut graphic novel from Toronto illustrator Michael Cho. Continue reading

 

Never Forgets

Yumi Sakugawa’s Never Forgets is an exploration into a more abstract strain of alienation, the sort of bodily disconnect that forces a woman to efface herself to become a more admired, “true self.” Continue reading

 

Don’t Tell Mom

O’Connell grants the poetically absurd sexts featured on each of this zine’s drawings of cellphones the power to derange not only the physical objects that convey them, but logic and language themselves. Continue reading

 

U.D.W.F.G. #1

The Fort Thunder aesthetic is kept alive in the Italian anthology series U.D.W.F.G (Under Dark Weird Fantasy Grounds). Continue reading

 

Baby Bjornstrand

Bjornstrand remains much closer to Samuel Beckett than Stephen King, despite French’s astonishing proficiency with painstakingly penciled menace. Yet its morose ending has a bite that doesn’t require the jaws of a monster. Continue reading

 

The Cruising Diaries

This is a short but potent read that doesn’t outstay its welcome and brings the underground, punk zine aesthetic to a larger audience. Continue reading

 

Kill My Mother

It’s exciting to see a great master having fun. Continue reading