REVIEWS

Go West!

If the devil is in the details, then Pascal Blanchet is the very devil himself. Known especially for his 1920s Art Deco artistic style with a whimsical twist, Blanchet’s work is a masterclass in simple elegance. Blanchet’s colorful geometric style … Continue reading

 

Out Of Nothing

God died a while ago, but we still haven’t entirely figured out how to get on without him.  The old guy with a white beard still hovers ghost-like in the back of our minds and the corners of our narratives,  … Continue reading

 

Herbert Crowley: The Temple of Silence

There are, as we increasingly know, a startling variety of artists who came through comics in one way or another. One of the most unusual was Herbert Crowley, who only published fourteen installments of “The Wigglemuch” in The New York … Continue reading

 

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World

The best way in which to appreciate Pénélope Bagieu’s Brazen is to imagine the book’s ideal audience. This is a thick book, a substantial weight in the reader’s hand. You can imagine the type of person for whom this book … Continue reading

 

Bingo Love

In an era when representation has become an almost obligatory subject in any discussion about any art form, one objection that gets raised when critics weigh in on a story that isn’t written by or targeted at their specific race, … Continue reading

 

Prism Stalker

Sloane Leong’s Prism Stalker, a new series from Image, is a lush, psychedelic, and ambitious series that grapples with colonialism, complicity with oppression, and the borders of the self without ever steering into didacticism or cynical box-checking. The word “worldbuilding” … Continue reading

 

The Beef #1

The Beef goes into very graphic detail about how cows are killed in slaughterhouses. You see the machine that puts the bolt in the cow’s brain. You see the animals being dismembered. Fun stuff. That warning goes up front because … Continue reading

 

Only the End of the World Again

I. True Story. Back before Neil Gaiman became a brand, he complimented my wife’s evening dress at a gathering of bookish nerds being held at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport. The dress featured cutouts which brought to Mr. Gaiman’s mind, … Continue reading