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Bloody Stumps Samurai

Bloody Stumps Samurai arrived in North America last year as something like a once-buried object, a work that had to be excavated before it could be translated. First released in Japan in 1962, Bloody Stumps was available for less than a … Continue reading


My Dog Ivy

Gabrielle Bell has been drawing daily comics in July for something like 10 years now, all in a format she’s perfected: one-page, six-panel strips three high by two wide, black and white. My Dog Ivy collects the ones from 2017, … Continue reading


Criminal #11

Maybe some kind of line graph would represent this best? The older I get, the happier I am that stuff like this exists, while the less happy I am to actually read it. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are reliable … Continue reading


Cats of the Louvre

The cliche that artists create out of some desperate desire for immortality is so commonplace that it’s often taken for granted as the reason anybody would pick up a pen or a pencil or a brush. Blame Keats and his … Continue reading


The Cursed Hermit

As far as presentational choices go, designing a comic so that it looks somewhat generic, albeit slightly “off,” is a risky one. The covers of these “Hobtown Mystery Stories,” written by Kris Bertin and drawn by Alexander Forbes, seem modeled … Continue reading


Nocturne: The Walled City Trilogy (Book Two)

Confusion can serve a variety of aesthetic purposes. In cyberpunk, disorientation, dislocation, and neologisms propel the reader into a future of indescribable alienation. High modernist stream-of-consciousness captures the strangeness of someone else’s head, and/or one’s own. Noire opacity is about … Continue reading


They Called Us Enemy

Ideally, George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy should just be an interesting, compelling memoir detailing a dark, shameful chapter in American history, drawing readers to itself through its narrator and co-writer’s fame as an actor, an activist and a witty … Continue reading


Copra #1

Accessibility is overrated! So is context. When I was myself a wee sprat just coming up in the world, most of the comics for sale at the local 7/11 seemed to operate according to the guiding principle of, “climb aboard … Continue reading