Blame This On the Boogie

What a warm and wonderful book this is, bursting with color and life, wise about the ways of the world and its ugliness, but steadfastly refusing to succumb to despair. I did not realize how much I needed to read … Continue reading


Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep

No, Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep does not fail because it deviates too far from the source material or because it will not dare deviate. It fails because it does not uphold the same standard of unflinching honesty that its inspiration did. It fails because it is a horror story afraid of nothing so much as itself.   Continue reading


Space Academy 123

Space Academy 123 is funny and easy to read. It is beautiful to look at and read. The characters are alive, and the story is exciting. The theme is deep. It doesn’t pretend to be high art, but it is … Continue reading


Twists of Fate

Twists of Fate, Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca’s follow-up to his 2016 graphic novel Wrinkles, contains a short prose epilogue by historian Robert S. Coale–a history historian rather than a comics historian. In it, Coale writes that the role of Spanish … Continue reading


Live / Work #1 and 2

One of my biggest moral failures is my inability to live with other people in cooperative proximity. I support the abstract idea of a “commune,” but when I’m with family or friends nonstop for more than two days, my mood … Continue reading


Girl Town

Carolyn Nowak has previously won Ignatzes for Promising New Talent (“Radishes,” 2016) and Outstanding Story (“Diana’s Electric Tongue,” 2017). These categories are apt summaries of her latest book Girl Town: good stories suggestive of an ascending talent. Carta Monir writes … Continue reading



Sergio Ponchione is an Italian cartoonist who first made his mark with American audiences with his series Grotesque, for the now defunct Ignatz line. That was a collaboration between Fantagraphics and Igort’s Coconino Press, and it gave both American and … Continue reading


That Box We Sit On

That Box We Sit On from Richie Pope is the kind of comic you push, hard. Perhaps that’s why voters at the 2018 Small Press Expo named Pope the winner of the Ignatz award for Outstanding Artist. The democratic process … Continue reading