Pope Hats #5

The saga of best friends and polar opposites Frances and Vicki comes to an end in a double-sized issue of Pope Hats, Ethan Rilly’s catch-all, one-man anthology series. Unlike previous issues, which featured multiple stories, this one is entirely devoted … Continue reading


Belgian Lace from Hell: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 3

Belgian Lace From Hell, the third and final volume of Patrick Rosenkranz’s “The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson,” has landed. Rosenkranz is our leading historian of underground comics. His Pirates in the Heartland (Fantagraphics. 2014),[1] took Wilson from his birth … Continue reading


Paper Pencil Life #5

The latest collection of stories, diary comics and drawings from Summer Pierre. Continue reading


In-Between Days

Prior to reviewing Teva Harrison’s cancer memoir, In-Between Days, I want to provide a bit of context. Both of my parents died from cancer. I have worked in a cancer center for the last 28 years, not usually directly with … Continue reading


Manga in Theory and Practice

I was initially drawn to the Japanese edition of Hirohiko Araki’s Manga in Theory and Practice because of the two dudes looking like they were about to kiss, on the cover. They looked like sophomore versions of the Joestar family … Continue reading


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