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The Sculptor

I have three fundamental difficulties with Scott McCloud’s years-in-the-making opus, The Sculptor. First, the way the female love interest is portrayed betrays a staggering lack of nuance regarding mental illness and borders on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope that … Continue reading

 
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Miseryland

A new collection of quietly droll comics from the multiple Ignatz-nominated artist, examining domesticity, marriage, child rearing, and anxiety. Continue reading

 
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The Age of Selfishness

Comics reportage tracing the origins of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and its pernicious influence on the global economy in the present day. Continue reading

 
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Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois Lane has been around as long as the superhero genre has existed. When Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Lois was there. She reluctantly agreed to go to dinner with her nebbish co-worker, Clark Kent, and then … Continue reading

 
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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Stephen Collins’s fable about a tidy society menaced by the otherness of a man’s beard that mysteriously would not stop growing, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, is notable for the extreme dryness of its wit, the detailed but lively … Continue reading

 
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Frontier #7

Jillian Tamaki explores (and visualizes) viral Internet culture in a suspenseful entry from Youth in Decline’s artist anthology series. Continue reading

 
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Ink Brick #1-2

The subgenre of comics-as-poetry has been exploding of late, with an anthology of that name being published a couple of years ago and several artists forming collectives such as Team Weird Comics as both a collaborative and motivational measure. Still, … Continue reading

 
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Trim

Trim’s laffs come in varied sizes, styles and shadings. Continue reading