Monkey Chef, Volumes 1 2

The hook for Mike Freiheit’s minicomics series Monkey Chef is a strong one: it’s an account of time spent in South Africa, preparing food for monkeys at a sanctuary, as well as cooking food for the humans who worked there. … Continue reading


Soft X-Ray / Mindhunters

As Tom Kaczynski points out on its back cover, Alex Degen’s newest book Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters shares common ground with Henry Darger. For example, by using quite lengthy chapter titles in combination with information on locations and occasionally featuring an idiosyncratic … Continue reading


Love & Rockets #5

I Some people learn from their mistakes, but they aren’t usually very interesting people. Having been away from comics for well over a year doesn’t just mean abstaining from crap. I hadn’t seen an issue of the new volume of … Continue reading


The Winner

“It’s funny how people ask me if the stories in my comics ‘really happened’” writes Karl Stevens in his latest graphic narrative, The Winner. The back of Steven’s book jacket will tell you “Karl Stevens uses the graphic novel to … Continue reading



No matter what book I flip in front of my face these days, it’s ultimately veiled by each outrageous, sometimes hourly update. I can’t help it. For a while now, I’ve only been able to read books in the shadow … Continue reading



Jessica Campbell returns with this wry feminist sci-fi spoof involving a trio of women from another planet searching for men with whom to mate in order to propagate their species. Continue reading


The New Mutants: Demon Bear

The ‘80s were a strange time over at the House of Ideas. At the time the first stories excerpted in this thin volume were originally released, Marvel’s mutant mania stage was just starting to settle in; the X-Men were so … Continue reading


Young Terrorists Vol. 1

The problem with Young Terrorists isn’t that it isn’t about anything, but that it’s about too much. There’s a lot of plot, a lot of exposition, a lot of characters. Charts and graphs are employed. Every character has backstory and … Continue reading