REVIEWS

Silver Surfer: Black

There are two main things of interest in Silver Surfer: Black, and the first of them is Tradd Moore. I came across his work first in The New World, the miniseries he co-created with Aleš Kot for Image. It’s art … Continue reading

 

Frogcatchers

It often seems unfair that an artist’s year(s)-long labour can be read in a disproportionally short span of time. I cannot say how long or short artistic appreciation should take, but I can say that when Jeff Lemire is the … Continue reading

 

Bradley of Him

Connor Willumsen’s 2017 book Anti-Gone announced to all in no uncertain terms what those who’d been paying attention had known for a while: his audience sits in the presence of brilliance. What was so thrilling about that book, the immediate predecessor to the … Continue reading

 

Taxi! Stories from the Back Seat

Taxi! is a short graphic novel about four cab rides taken by Holland-based cartoonist and animator Aimée de Jongh over the last six years: from her then-home in Los Angeles to LAX to pick up a friend (2014); from Jakarta’s … Continue reading

 

Cub

Is it okay for a comic book to be readable and not much more? Sure. As with any other art form, there’s a big fat bell curve that describes quality, with some garbage and some cream at opposite ends, and … Continue reading

 

No Longer Human

On page 377-380 of Junji Ito’s 2017 adaptation of Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (1948) the protagonist Yozo Oba, after another suicide attempt, narrates: The fourth misfortune [of his “ten misfortunes”] was woman. Human women. More than difficult, these incomprehensible, … Continue reading

 

Old Masters: A Comedy

The murky and most of the time unnecessary business of turning a novel into a graphic novel works best if the relationship between the original and the adaptation is neither distant nor faithful, but both, as is the case in … Continue reading

 

Ginseng Roots #1-3

Craig Thompson has led a fascinating life, and he depicts it with courage. Raised in the tiny town of Marathon, Wisconsin by Evangelical parents, he recorded his childhood sexual trauma, first love and subsequent break from the Christian faith in … Continue reading