Thimble Theatre: The Pre-Popeye Comics of E.C. Segar

Christmas came early with the welcome arrival of this new tome from Peter Maresca’s Sunday Press, an important and joyous addition to the comics canon. One of comics’ greatest storytellers, Elzie Crisler Segar created a thoroughly American icon with the … Continue reading



Thierry Smolderen and Jean-Philippe Bramanti’s McCay suffers no shortage of ambition. The book purports to be a life, of sorts, of Winsor McCay – the “of sorts” being the operative phrase here, as incidents and themes from McCay’s life are … Continue reading



Ritual, for whatever reason, is an important aspect of human existence — something that religion figured out a long time ago, certainly, but it’s not like that institution is alone: schools, factories, offices, even voluntary social groupings all rely on … Continue reading


Dementia 21

For a mangaka whose work has just begun edging into official English translation, Shintaro Kago is in the rare and enviable position of needing little introduction. If you’re reading about comics on the internet (you are), you’ve probably seen his … Continue reading



Single mother May and her preteen son Eugene are part of a large and mysterious criminal organization that committed a historic heist: Fifty-two separate robberies committed at the exact same time in the exact same town, overwhelming and bewildering law … Continue reading


Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

There is no exact English equivalent for the German word heimat. Though typically translated as “home” or “homeland,” the original German possesses emotional nuances these words never fully replicate. In heimat, everything is in order; one exists in right orientation … Continue reading


Mort Cinder

Breccia’s treatments of the peculiar wonders Oesterheld’s stories offer up remain the big attraction – the “vitrified, glassy walls” of the Tower of Babel approach Abstract Expressionism, and his idiosyncratic inkwork finds an ideal subject amongst the tombs and ruins of ancient Egypt – but Oesterheld’s best plots have legitimate momentum, a force behind them built up less by velocity than weight. Continue reading



Kelsey Wroten’s debut graphic novella pierced my queer heart with its classic will-they-or-won’t-they gay story. Crimes follows the creative and romantic exploits of Willa, a 30-year-old gay painter and barista, who has a crush on Bas, a 22-year-old poet who’s … Continue reading