The Amateurs

Conor Stechschulte’s physically small but thematically dense self-published work has received a Fantagraphics release. Continue reading



Beginning in the late 1990s, with single-issue, self-published comix, later picked up by Slave Labor Graphics and collected into the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise, recently republished by Touchstone, each chronicling, as she experienced it, one of her … Continue reading


Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

One weird trick: Matt Fraction made a case for himself as a comedy writer before ever writing an outright comedy. Continue reading


Petty Theft

Petty Theft begins with “Pascal,” the author’s autobiographical stand-in, in dire straits: he’s just broken up with his live-in girlfriend of nine years, he’s temporarily crashing with friends, and he’s injured himself while out for a run. Continue reading


Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth

For a series that claims to be the definitive statement on Toth, this falls short, because the text does not do justice to its subject. Continue reading


It Never Happened Again: Two Stories

Sam Alden is among the most gifted of the young cartoonists I’ve come across in recent years. He has already established a sizable, rabid fan base through his Tumblr and deservedly won the Promising New Talent nod at last year’s … Continue reading


Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun!

This one is chock-full of information, but presented so well that the details are destined to move easily, and usefully, into young minds. Continue reading


Popeye, The Classic Newspaper Comics — Volume One: 1986-1989

About halfway through Popeye, The Classic Newspaper Comics — Volume One: 1986-1989, underground comix boundary pusher turned syndicated strip jobber Bobby London’s aggressively contemporary take on our beloved sailorman, we find the Sea Hag (frequent nemesis to Popeye since 1929) … Continue reading