REVIEWS

Billie the Bee

Mary Fleener’s first new book in years, Billie the Bee, is one part Jon Lewis’ True Swamp (a favorite of Fleener’s), one part Jay Hosler’s Clan Apis, and one part Fleener weirdness. If you’re one of the fortunate few who read her … Continue reading

 

Rick & Morty Presents Mr. Meeseeks

Rick and Morty is a television show originally created as a joke where Marty McFly blew Doc Brown for a Channel 101 pilot, and it is now the current cause du jour cartoon for a theoretical 16-year-old white male who … Continue reading

 

House of the Black Spot

Good comics, in whatever form they’re presented – graphic novels, monthlies, daily strips, zines, or any of their other manifestations – have to do one job that is simultaneously stone simple and devilishly complex:  use a primarily visual medium to … Continue reading

 

The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck

In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes about how the combination of a cartoon character in a realistic setting creates a ‘mask’ for the reader–think European and Japanese comics or any animated Disney movie ever. And speaking of the big ‘D,’ … Continue reading

 

Lorna

Benji Nate’s Lorna is one of the cuter books to cross my transom in a minute. I debated how and whether to use the word “cute” because under certain circumstances it can certainly be an insult, and indeed the last … Continue reading

 

Thumbs #1

The opening issue of the five-issue miniseries Thumbs, by Sean Lewis and artist Hayden Sherman, mainly focuses on a sister taking her wounded brother to the hospital for medical care. The press release for the book mentions Charlier Brooker and … Continue reading

 

Clue: Candlestick #1

An ideal encounter with Clue: Candlestick #1 might involve discovering it in a dollar bin twenty years after publication. Already a curious aside in the bibliography of a celebrated cartoonist, Dash Shaw’s board-game tie-in miniseries is likely to look even … Continue reading

 

An Invitation from a Crab

In which we ride shotgun with a Japanese small-press titan into a cityscape of disquieting whimsy, AS YOU LIKE IT. Continue reading