REVIEWS

The Willows

Contemporary readers tackling early 20th-century horror and weird fiction for the first time are often struck by the lack of character. Protagonists are typically little more than an excuse for first-person narration, rather than complex participants—an extension, perhaps, of the … Continue reading

 

The Tenderness of Stones

In the end, it’s the execution that counts, not the selling point. Continue reading

 

X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis

That’s the failure of Grand Design: Piskor sells himself as an auteur, but he doesn’t really have anything to say. Continue reading

 

Ontography 1-3

Scott McCloud died for somebody’s sins, but not mine – leastwise, thanks to Understanding Comics I know full well that single-panel “gag” cartoons aren’t actually comics. I mean, except for that they are, which should illustrate the hazards of using … Continue reading

 

Alienation

I’d like to preface this review by stating that, yes, Inés Estrada is my good friend, and yes, I have virtually nothing negative to state about her book. In fact, reviewing this article post writing I can say with absolute … Continue reading

 

The Follies of Richard Wadsworth

Is there a more sadistic cartoonist working today than Nick Maandag? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since Maandag’s self-published mini-comics first appeared on my radar more than a decade ago. In the years since, the Toronto-based cartoonist has … Continue reading

 

Drawing Power

Born of the #MeToo movement, this anthology features an international roster of over 60 different female cartoonists telling their stories of surviving sexual violence and harassment. Continue reading

 

In Waves

Dungo’s website states that In Waves is his first graphic novel, but I had figured that out halfway through reading it. The notable ambition, the heft of the book, the autobiographical touches, the adventurous layouts and double-page spreads all suggest … Continue reading