Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War

We are, with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary/commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, about at the end of the Civil War gala; or perhaps never at the end. An estimated 60,000 books have been published on the War, with no … Continue reading


The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green

Getting Eric Orner’s The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green published in one volume is an important step to building continuity in the history of gay comics. Once a widely-distributed strip in gay-oriented publications, the comic became popular and … Continue reading


The Sculptor

I have three fundamental difficulties with Scott McCloud’s years-in-the-making opus, The Sculptor. First, the way the female love interest is portrayed betrays a staggering lack of nuance regarding mental illness and borders on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope that … Continue reading



A new collection of quietly droll comics from the multiple Ignatz-nominated artist, examining domesticity, marriage, child rearing, and anxiety. Continue reading


The Age of Selfishness

Comics reportage tracing the origins of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and its pernicious influence on the global economy in the present day. Continue reading


Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois Lane has been around as long as the superhero genre has existed. When Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Lois was there. She reluctantly agreed to go to dinner with her nebbish co-worker, Clark Kent, and then … Continue reading


The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Stephen Collins’s fable about a tidy society menaced by the otherness of a man’s beard that mysteriously would not stop growing, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, is notable for the extreme dryness of its wit, the detailed but lively … Continue reading


Frontier #7

Jillian Tamaki explores (and visualizes) viral Internet culture in a suspenseful entry from Youth in Decline’s artist anthology series. Continue reading