Missed Connection

It took a few pages to decide where I stood on Tess Smith-Roberts’ Missed Connection, but only a few. There’s a rudimentary quality here that might present an obstacle for some readers, an intentional effect that masks a remarkable sense … Continue reading


The Deep & Dark Blue

The cover of Niki Smith’s new middle-grades graphic novel, The Deep & Dark Blue, doesn’t do what’s inside any favors. You can’t tell from looking at a picture of it online, but it has a shiny gloss coating on it … Continue reading


Agnes, Murderess

The 19th century Fraser Gold Rush attracted many gold hungry miners from California and the Pacific Northwest to Cariboo country in the colony of British Columbia. Comic artist Sarah Leavitt visited the area in 2007 and came across a brochure … Continue reading


Assassin Child

Tetsunori Tawaraya sings and plays guitar in the Japanese noise-punk duo 2UP, and his previous band supported The Slits for a few dates of a US tour during that outfit’s final Viv Albertine-less period. So if you’re the kind of … Continue reading


For Real #1

It takes a lot of chutzpah to tackle Jack “King” Kirby, a master of the medium so beloved that his appeal unites every disparate tribe in comics from superhero fanatics to the art and poetry crowd, but that’s exactly what … Continue reading


Bad Gateway

Scantily clad probably ain’t what you’d use to describe a hag sporting the impracticable design of a caftanesque dress with long sleeves. Though Megg, a green-colored and witch-like manifestation weighed down by several addictions, a beautiful smile, and relying on … Continue reading



I’ve never felt much fondness for a particular strain of critically celebrated confessional comics that emphasizes the trials, tribulations, and neuroses — with particular emphasis placed on the sexual dysfunctions — of schlubby men. If I considered it part of … Continue reading


I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

TW: This article discusses sexual violence. The Biblical story of Susanna and the Elders was a popular subject for artists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the story, two older men spy a young woman bathing in a beautiful … Continue reading