REVIEWS

Greek Diary

Award-winning diary comics focusing on artist Glynnis Fawkes’ summer working on an excavation in Greece and then vacationing with her husband and two children. Continue reading

 

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness follows the painfully shy, socially anxious narrator Kabi through her first sexual encounter at age 28, for which she hires a female sex worker to meet her in a love (or short-stay) hotel. The book traces … Continue reading

 

The Academic Hour

People talk about “perfect marriages between form and content” as an artistic ideal, but in non-art contexts, perfect marriages are rare. Most romantic relationships should not even aspire to marriage as their endgame. Two people can relate to each other … Continue reading

 

Ghosts, Etc.

The title page of Ghosts, Etc., the first comics collection from Philadelphia artist George Wylesol, presents readers with not an illustration but a photograph. We see what looks like a deserted office space, largely gray, with barren desks and empty … Continue reading

 

The Customer is Always Wrong

Mimi Pond’s previous book, Over Easy, shows her fictionalized autobiographical self, Margaret, coming into her womanhood in the crude but charming Imperial diner. Her new book, The Customer is Always Wrong, picks up midstream in the Imperial’s day-to-day life where … Continue reading

 

The Black Hood: An Anthology of Depression and Anxiety

The Black Hood: An Anthology of Depression and Anxiety is a frequently brutal but ultimately illuminating take on mental illness, something experienced by a number of artists. Editors Josh Bayer (who published the book) and Mike Freiheit (who designed it) … Continue reading

 

Purgatory (“A Rejects Story”)

Perhaps the primary distinction of the artist is that he must cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone. – James Baldwin. “The Creative Process” As Tolstoy almost said, in high school, all alternative … Continue reading

 

Imagine Wanting Only This

Some works fall to ruin over time, and some are ruins on arrival. Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This is the former, the product of shaky construction. One part graphic memoir, one part visual essay, Imagine considers the impermanence of … Continue reading