REVIEWS

Gulag Casual

What Is Going On: Some Reflections on Picking Up Gulag Casual Hmmm. Hemmm. Well, well, well. Of course, I think, dreams. I smile. Kafka, Beckett, Pinter occur. The language, I consider, (A “brute” approaches to “pummel” someone”) is slightly off. Familiar … Continue reading

 

Induction of the Sycophant

With its rags-to-riches sagas, occasional creative triumphs and dark episodes of mental and artistic deterioration, the story of the American comic book industry is rife with potential for novelists. Few have tapped this rich source. Fewer have stepped outside the … Continue reading

 

Carpet Sweeper Tales

Carpet Sweeper is an exceptional book. Though Doucet stopped drawing comics more than a decade ago, these collages function as comics in the best possible sense: images and text so reliant on each other that one cannot operate fully without the other, and out of that interworking, narrative is born. Continue reading

 

Sacred Heart

The best way to read Liz Suburbia’s book Sacred Heart is to never stop asking questions about the details. Unlike many creators of art about teenagers that focuses on them to the exclusion of adults—or even touching on their absence, … Continue reading

 

After Nothing Comes

In quiet moments, after the roar of a concert or the consistent rapport of an intoxicating conversation, true friendship is realized. It is is not until this connection is solidified, to wait for another day, that one may understand how … Continue reading

 

Night Air

Work aimed towards the highly desired demographic of “All Ages” usually follows the same marketing-friendly formulas and resorts to the same winking irony. In popular culture, Pixar is most likely to blame, but comics have jumped on board, full steam … Continue reading

 

Don’t Come in Here

Patrick Kyle’s Don’t Come in Here follows a human (or human-like) character’s stay in a vast apartment unit: a five-year stretch of uneasiness. The place is home to a seemingly infinite number of rooms and hallways (yet only one wall … Continue reading

 

Mox Nox

What makes the work of gross-out absurdist Joan Cornella so effective is his use of the lingering, unsettling image within a fairly rigid, predictable page layout. Sure, his depiction of often grisly violence and/or weird sex acts is funny on … Continue reading