REVIEWS

The Comics

Good pictures and some hoary old anecdotes are the meat of the update of the long out-of-print 1970s history book. Continue reading

 

Love from the Shadows

Christ, what a fucking book. Continue reading

 

The Lychee Light Club

Adolescent male mass hysteria permeates Usamaru Furuya’s The Lychee Light Club. Continue reading

 

Approximate Continuum Comics

Reading an excerpt of Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics in the pages of the SPX 2000 anthology sparked my interest in modern European comics. Originally published as a series of U.S.-style single issues in the early 1990s, it was supposed … Continue reading

 

Pinocchio

A wordless comic adaptation of the famous tale rendered horrifying, grotesque, and often quite funny. Continue reading

 

Gazeta

Despite breaking a number of rules that I look to when judging an anthology’s merit, Gazeta nonetheless hangs together in remarkable fashion. Continue reading

 

Kiki de Montparnasse

This graphic novel is ostensibly a straightforward biography of the bawdy loudmouth who would become known as the Queen of 1920s bohemian Montparnasse. Continue reading

 

Paping Teacher’s Edition

All too often in comics, one reads a potent cultural critique served up in the most conventional, commercially slick style imaginable. Comic shelves are cluttered with “political’” manifestos that employ garish computer type for text, unimaginative drawing and treacly writing. … Continue reading