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What Is Left

Often, when the work of an emerging cartoonist starts to gain attention, it is useful to consider their most recent work prior to their breakthrough comic. Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is not only gaining praise for illustrating the Mariko Tamaki-written YA book … Continue reading


White Bird: A Wonder Story

Let’s start this off with some context: I haven’t read Wonder, R.J. Palacio’s best-selling YA novel about a kid with a facial deformity, nor have I seen the movie it was adapted into. I did go and read a few … Continue reading


The Secret Voice: Vol. 1

So let’s grill some hash on the subject of The Secret Voice Volume One, a comic of my recent acquaintance by Zack Soto. It is published by Floating World Comics, and although I can’t remember if I’ve ever laid my … Continue reading


Internet Crusader

Ghosts, Etc., George Wylesol’s 2017 debut, established Wyelsol as a cartoonist of bold choices and intense preoccupations. Wylesol varies his approach across this collection’s three stories, but a kind of comics hauntology begins to emerge—the past is inescapable, and the … Continue reading


Blue Lives

Comics and cops are, let’s face it, a pretty gross combination. In his brilliant essay “The Gentrification of Crime”, Luc Sante traces a specific cultural divergence between “detective fiction” – where the protagonist may have a diffident or even adversarial … Continue reading


The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade

Only the wrecking balls loom large. Massive, buoyant and colorful, they careen across the sky a little too close for comfort, balloons in reverse hurtling from heaven to scrape the ground. The playful movements of the wrecking balls nonetheless have … Continue reading



Every book that Nobrow Press puts out is gorgeous, in terms of book production, a showcase for nice papers, Pantone inks, neat bindings, good design and the power of endpapers to add to an experience. They use some kind of … Continue reading



Alvarez is truly gifted, and hopefully she will continue to grow and stretch her wings—just as the characters in Hicotea do Continue reading