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In Situ

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a diary comic that more accurately reflected the experience of living life than this one. That’s both a pro and a con. Continue reading



For contemporaneous Japanese readers NonNonBa would have served as an origin of sorts, insight into the background of an artist with a life-long interest in folklore of the supernatural. Continue reading



If there’s a villain to be found in Leela Corman’s return to comics, Unterzakhn, it’s hypocrisy. Continue reading



Every story carries with it stories that aren’t told—versions of itself that might have unfolded had the author chosen slightly different paths for his or her characters. By making a decision to tell a tale in a particular way, all … Continue reading


The Furry Trap

If the stories in Simmons’ new collection The Furry Trap, were designed to simply freak readers out, they would end in a page or two. But Simmons sticks with his ugly ideas, until the fucked-up-ness is no longer scary or even funny, and just kind of sits there to turn over in your brain. Shock seems besides the point. Continue reading


Monsieur Jean: The Singles Theory

What distinguishes this book from the typical slice-of-life indy book is Dupuy & Berberian’s sharp sense of comic timing. Continue reading


Batman: Earth One

Why does this comic exist? Continue reading


Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons

Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925. She grew up there and in Milledgeville, a farming town of 6000, a shy, socially awkward, devout Catholic — of a self-described “thirteenth century” persuasion — in thick … Continue reading