Art imitates life. Or does life imitate art? In comics, unfortunately, the answer is almost always “neither.” Here we all are smack in the middle of the most interesting times I’ve been alive for, but you sure wouldn’t know it … Continue reading


Pop Gun War: Chain Letter

Farel Dalrymple is treated as an eccentric within the mainstream comics industry. His most high-profile work within the realm of work-for-hire was illustrating Jonathan Lethem’s revival of Omega the Unknown for Marvel Comics. His style telegraphs traces of the 1970s … Continue reading



Climate change, when it’s not visible in a sweeping, violent fashion, can be difficult to perceive, more present for some people as a looming abstraction than a felt, measurable thing. This might be why, during the last two decades, few … Continue reading


The Third Remedy

The addressees (neatly hand-printed) in the center of the tiny envelope were Adele and I at our home in Berkeley. The addressor (also neatly hand-printed but tinier) was the cartoonist Chester Brown from his apartment in Toronto.  Inside was a … Continue reading



A collection of Dutch artist Michiel Budel’s one-of-a-kind Franzine series, with a few extra color comics as a bonus. Continue reading


Pope Hats #5

The saga of best friends and polar opposites Frances and Vicki comes to an end in a double-sized issue of Pope Hats, Ethan Rilly’s catch-all, one-man anthology series. Unlike previous issues, which featured multiple stories, this one is entirely devoted … Continue reading


Belgian Lace from Hell: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 3

Belgian Lace From Hell, the third and final volume of Patrick Rosenkranz’s “The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson,” has landed. Rosenkranz is our leading historian of underground comics. His Pirates in the Heartland (Fantagraphics. 2014),[1] took Wilson from his birth … Continue reading


Paper Pencil Life #5

The latest collection of stories, diary comics and drawings from Summer Pierre. Continue reading