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Sex Fantasy

Sex gives us an experience with utility — explored at length in the first two issues before being undermined in the third and smashed to pieces in the fourth — worth fantasizing about in the context of the rest of our existence. Continue reading

 
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The Bad-ventures of Bobo Backslack

The story as it stands presents for Bobo a series of hoops, forcing a character literally allergic to the world through situations where all odds seem to be against him. Continue reading

 
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School Spirits

Anya Davidson has described School Spirits as a book about female friendship. And it is: Oola and Garf are the Maggie and Hopey of death metal, best friends who weather the storms of high school, petty crime, and youthful infatuation together. Continue reading

 
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Bumperhead

Gilbert Hernandez nails his title character’s emotional essence in the very first panel of Bumperhead, the prolific cartoonist’s hormonally overdriven anatomy of adolescence. Continue reading

 
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The Auteur Volume One: President’s Day

Spears and Callahan’s The Auteur opens with a dream-trip sequence that might as well be the first six issues in nutshell: a naked man swims through an undersea ideaspace in search of creative inspiration. Continue reading

 
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Final Incal

At the climax of Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s original Incal series, the protagonist John DiFool encounters God, or somebody very like him: a big, golden, flowing-beareded divine being named ORH. ORH then changes into a cosmic baby as the universe … Continue reading

 
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Sugar Skull

Could the colorful Hergé-inspired trilogy Charles Burns concludes with Sugar Skull be read as a formally audacious sequel to his black-and-white masterpiece Black Hole? Continue reading

 
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July Diary 2014

Each panel feels like a tiny, beautifully constructed diorama, where Bell and her acquaintances will act out the same moment forever. Continue reading