REVIEWS

Blue Lives

Comics and cops are, let’s face it, a pretty gross combination. In his brilliant essay “The Gentrification of Crime”, Luc Sante traces a specific cultural divergence between “detective fiction” – where the protagonist may have a diffident or even adversarial … Continue reading

 

The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade

Only the wrecking balls loom large. Massive, buoyant and colorful, they careen across the sky a little too close for comfort, balloons in reverse hurtling from heaven to scrape the ground. The playful movements of the wrecking balls nonetheless have … Continue reading

 

Skip

Every book that Nobrow Press puts out is gorgeous, in terms of book production, a showcase for nice papers, Pantone inks, neat bindings, good design and the power of endpapers to add to an experience. They use some kind of … Continue reading

 

Hicotea

Alvarez is truly gifted, and hopefully she will continue to grow and stretch her wings—just as the characters in Hicotea do Continue reading

 

Smashed

Junji Ito’s Smashed stretches from body and psychological horror to the out-and-out disturbing and absolute disgusting. It’s in ‘disturbing’ and ‘disgusting’ where Ito makes his bones. Look no further than the mess on the cover, a woman’s head with a … Continue reading

 

Brat

Last week I went on a three day Michigan getaway. It was a non-traditional family vacation of sorts, comprising five adults and three boys aged six months, three years and six years, respectively. Although I’ve done some teaching, I am … Continue reading

 

Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story

Characters as big, as fantastic, as fascinating and as full of contradictions as Rose Wilder Lane really can’t be invented, even by the most imaginative cartoonists. They can only be found, and their stories re-shaped and retold. In Lane, Bagge has found a real doozy, and the result is a doozy of a comic.   Continue reading

 

Death Threat

In 2017, trans Canadian writer and musician Vivek Shraya began receiving hate mail from an online stranger. The stranger is cruel and condescending, and they are not hiding. Each email is signed with a full name and an address. Like … Continue reading