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Sugar Skull

Could the colorful Hergé-inspired trilogy Charles Burns concludes with Sugar Skull be read as a formally audacious sequel to his black-and-white masterpiece Black Hole? Continue reading

 
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July Diary 2014

Each panel feels like a tiny, beautifully constructed diorama, where Bell and her acquaintances will act out the same moment forever. Continue reading

 
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Shoplifter

A disillusioned copywriter navigates big-city loneliness in the handsome debut graphic novel from Toronto illustrator Michael Cho. Continue reading

 
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Never Forgets

Yumi Sakugawa’s Never Forgets is an exploration into a more abstract strain of alienation, the sort of bodily disconnect that forces a woman to efface herself to become a more admired, “true self.” Continue reading

 
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Don’t Tell Mom

O’Connell grants the poetically absurd sexts featured on each of this zine’s drawings of cellphones the power to derange not only the physical objects that convey them, but logic and language themselves. Continue reading

 
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U.D.W.F.G. #1

The Fort Thunder aesthetic is kept alive in the Italian anthology series U.D.W.F.G (Under Dark Weird Fantasy Grounds). Continue reading

 
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Baby Bjornstrand

Bjornstrand remains much closer to Samuel Beckett than Stephen King, despite French’s astonishing proficiency with painstakingly penciled menace. Yet its morose ending has a bite that doesn’t require the jaws of a monster. Continue reading

 
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The Cruising Diaries

This is a short but potent read that doesn’t outstay its welcome and brings the underground, punk zine aesthetic to a larger audience. Continue reading