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The Tenderness of Stones

In the end, it’s the execution that counts, not the selling point. Continue reading


X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis

That’s the failure of Grand Design: Piskor sells himself as an auteur, but he doesn’t really have anything to say. Continue reading


Ontography 1-3

Scott McCloud died for somebody’s sins, but not mine – leastwise, thanks to Understanding Comics I know full well that single-panel “gag” cartoons aren’t actually comics. I mean, except for that they are, which should illustrate the hazards of using … Continue reading



I’d like to preface this review by stating that, yes, Inés Estrada is my good friend, and yes, I have virtually nothing negative to state about her book. In fact, reviewing this article post writing I can say with absolute … Continue reading


The Follies of Richard Wadsworth

Is there a more sadistic cartoonist working today than Nick Maandag? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since Maandag’s self-published mini-comics first appeared on my radar more than a decade ago. In the years since, the Toronto-based cartoonist has … Continue reading


Drawing Power

Born of the #MeToo movement, this anthology features an international roster of over 60 different female cartoonists telling their stories of surviving sexual violence and harassment. Continue reading


In Waves

Dungo’s website states that In Waves is his first graphic novel, but I had figured that out halfway through reading it. The notable ambition, the heft of the book, the autobiographical touches, the adventurous layouts and double-page spreads all suggest … Continue reading


Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay

Alien 3 has a certain reputation with different groups — to David Fincher, it was a nightmare first production for the enfant terrible director, one he has since refused to be associated with because the studio will not restore his … Continue reading