Rosalie Lightning

Writing about the most intimate specifics of personal experience is paradoxically that which makes that experience so relatable to others. In the case of Tom Hart and his shattering but ultimately hopeful memoir, Rosalie Lightning, the events immediately following the … Continue reading



Suzette Smith’s Ce/Ze, an entry in the Sparkplug Books Minis Series, follows two adolescent girls with a possible psychic link, both convinced they knew one another in a past life and both troubled by flashes of a fateful car crash. … Continue reading


Soldier’s Heart

Many comics focus on family trouble and the weight of relationships, but few do so with so much that seems at stake. Carol Tyler looks at her life, and that of her family, like a journalist. The fuckboy approach to … Continue reading


The Humans: Volume 1: Human for Life

Consider garage rock, the popular music genre that proliferated throughout the United States in the mid-to-late 1960s and still thrives today, its rigid parameters forswearing innovation. Blues-based, distorted, and structurally basic, garage rock by definition offers little variety. Compare something … Continue reading



Just as Smile appealed to teens struggling with getting braces and the unforgiving social order of school, so will Sisters appeal to those struggling with their own sibling and parental relationships. Continue reading



A coming-of-age memoir, set in the late 70’s, from a key figure in post-underground comics. Continue reading


Test Tube

There is a rich tradition of cartoonists, novelists and filmmakers creating fictional towns that function as microcosms to which we can hold up a magnifying glass and examine ourselves. On these small stages, characters bump up against one-another and act … Continue reading


The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane

Back in 1991 I bought a copy of Philippe Druillet’s Nosferatu, a black-and-white one-shot published by Dark Horse in the days when they were still putting out Cheval Noir. In line with the production values of that Euro anthology, it … Continue reading