REVIEWS

Die Laughing

A haggard, silhouetted man stumbles across a snowy landscape. The terrain is vastly black, a blank white curve of snow accentuated by black night sky only a solid layer of ink can provide. The stumbling man casts a more energetic … Continue reading

 

Rock Steady

In Ellen Forney’s Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, you’ll learn how to make a game of taking your meds by swallowing them all at once; how to reframe yourself as mysterious when you’re not feeling socially capable; … Continue reading

 

Death or Glory #1

The latest Rick Remender comic-book series, Death or Glory, makes me want to throw in the towel before I’m done reading page one. Full disclosure: I translated the first two volumes of Deadly Class, a previous Rick Remender comic-book series, … Continue reading

 

Mudbite

In Mudbite, Dave Cooper conjures a perverse and lurid dreamworld that seethes and wriggles with its own nightmare logic. The erstwhile hero of this world is Eddy Table, an apparent alter-ego for Cooper himself. Mudbite collects two new Eddy Table adventures, “Mud … Continue reading

 

Everywhere Disappeared

Everywhere Disappeared is a collection of Patrick Kyle’s short comics from 2013 to 2016. When I reach for Patrick Kyle, I’m looking to really gnaw on the choices he makes for using space. Kyle uses each page as a whole … Continue reading

 

Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn

“You’re cute, like a velvet glove cast in iron. And like a gas chamber, Varla, a real fun gal,” Lori Williams tells Tura Satana in Russ Meyer’s 1965 Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! A director who created his own language of … Continue reading

 

Savage Dragon #233

“It looks like a superhero comic, but I just want to have people fucking all the time.” -Erik Larsen, interviewed by Eric Evans, from The Comics Journal #222 (April, 2000) * Savage Dragon does not have the highest issue number … Continue reading

 

Carnet de Voyage

The “New Expanded Edition” of Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage uses the occasion of the reissue to allow the author to reframe his earlier narrative. It’s a good use of the device. Sketchbook narratives are odd hybrids that assemble power … Continue reading