REVIEWS

Oblivion Song #1

A cataclysm has already taken place. Presumably hundreds of people are dead, missing, or being used for nefarious purposes. But there’s one man… a loner who isn’t duped. An outsider who’s been told by everyone—so-called experts, the needling government, his … Continue reading

 

Migraine; Two Stories

Migraine by Woshibai and Two Stories by Gantea mark the first entries in a series of contemporary lianhuanhua translations from Brooklyn micropress Paradise Systems. Continue reading

 

Twisted Romance #1

Twisted Romance is a new four-issue anthology series from Image, with issues coming out every week this past February. Each issue consists of a main comics story that pairs writer Alex de Campi with a different artist, a backup comics … Continue reading

 

Vacation

Blexbolex has cracked the code. The French cartoonist with the name that sounds like a friendly robot has worked in a wide variety of styles, from the simple interlocking blocks of bright color seen in his kid’s books People and Seasons, to the … Continue reading

 

Cartoon Clouds

What’s the point of making art in a technological era? This question, and variations of it, make up the heart of Joseph Remnant’s first longform graphic narrative, Cartoon Clouds. Clouds follows freshly minted art school graduate Seth Fallon through insecurity, … Continue reading

 

Now #1 and 2

What exactly is the title of Fantagraphics’ new anthology referring to? Is the “Now” supposed to imply that its contributors are the most noteworthy cartoonists of the moment? Is this an anthology focused primarily on contemporary cultural and political issues? … Continue reading

 

Losing the Girl: Life on Earth Book 1

I was intrigued when I heard that memoir cartoonist MariNaomi was going to be writing a series of young adult comics. In her many autobiographical comics, it’s seemed like she labored to create as many different kinds of talking heads … Continue reading

 

Good News Bible: The Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane

The best-designed books don’t just look nice, they make statements about what’s inside of them. Whether or not those statements get backed up is the author’s responsibility; but good design has a way of laying expectations out on the table. … Continue reading