I have to admit, this is exactly the sort of work that gives me a crisis of confidence regarding what the purpose of reviewing even is. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s good. Frank Santoro’s Pittsburgh is a poetic … Continue reading


The Labyrinth: An Existential Odyssey with Jean-Paul Sartre

Would you like, reader, to have a profound and meaningful conversations about the utility and value of existentialism, the cheerily nihilistic philosophy for which we have to thank postwar French genius Jean-Paul Sartre? Sorry, we don’t do that sort of … Continue reading


The Artist: Circle Of Life

Above a morose caption, “I always thought I was someone special,” three simple elements—an orange triangle, a black circle within a marginally larger white circle, and a yellow circle—float within the white void of a panel, evoking a minor excision … Continue reading


The Swamp (The Complete Mature Works of Yoshiharu Tsuge Volume 1)

In which the Japanese comics master steadies himself, falls, and comes slowly to his feet. Continue reading


Holy Hannah

For the past three days, friends of mine have been visiting from New York City. Together with my partner Lane we’ve been to an art exhibit, a Bernie Sanders rally and a death metal show. We’ve eaten all of our … Continue reading


Masters of British Comic Art

There was a time when no country appreciated its comic artists and creators less than Britain, which would represent victory in a crowded field. This opinion could easily have appeared in the text pages of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, … Continue reading


Churchill: A Graphic Biography

Comics are a great medium for biography. They’re nimble, with pacing that allows them to discourage dryness by gracefully eliding some of the more boring parts of a great person’s life, and their presentation facilitates showing instead of telling. They’re … Continue reading


Second Coming

In 1989, DC Comics decided to kill the Rick Veitch-written Swamp Thing #88 at the last minute, despite the book having already been penciled and lettered. The problem? The title character had been traveling through time, and in this particular … Continue reading