REVIEWS

Small Victories

Small Victories is comprised of several short, ostensibly standalone stories. Continue reading

 

The Comics

This massive book serves as a rather respectable and thankfully updated entry into the “Comics 101” field. Continue reading

 

Eye of the Majestic Creature

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more downright affable character than Leslie Stein’s blithely blitzed Larrybear. Continue reading

 

Melvin Monster: Volume 3

The third volume of John Stanley’s Melvin Monster is the last, and prints the final issues of the original series. Continue reading

 

Stigmata

In Stigmata, the portrayal of the main character is so sophisticated that it defies us to size him up. Continue reading

 

Paying for It

On sex, objectification, and commodities. Continue reading

 

Habitat #2

Dunja Jankovic’s comics are immersive to the point where the reader might feel that they are drowning. She is one of my favorites. Continue reading

 

Mid-Life

For those of us who got fed up a long time ago with misanthropic, self-pitying comics about unappreciated cartoonists, the first few pages of Joe Ollmann’s Mid-Life don’t seem promising. Here’s liver-spotted, pot-bellied, deeply scowling John Olsen—Ollmann’s “semi-fictitious” surrogate and protagonist, … Continue reading