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Becoming Horses

Reading things after the pandemic is different from reading things before the pandemic. The fact that it is everywhere means that it colors everything, even the things written and drawn way before it. I read Disa Wallander’s Becoming Horses before … Continue reading


American Daredevil: Comics, Communism and the Battles of Lev Gleason

Brett Dakin is a lawyer and freelance writer whose first book, Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos (2004), recounted his experiences living and working in Vientiane, Laos at the end of the 1990s. His latest book is about … Continue reading


Becoming Horses

Imagine if you lived in the world of a painting – not the world it was representing, but the physicality of its painted world. You could walk along the raised brushstrokes of Monet’s Waterlilies, find yourself following the swirls of … Continue reading


Paying The Land

To say that Joe Sacco is the greatest practitioner of comics journalism working today is an understatement; “comics journalism” is a concept that existed before him, but it was he who gave it a name and a reputation and a … Continue reading


Fire Power: Prelude

Let me begin by saying that I have a great deal of respect for Robert Kirkman. His qualifications at this late date go without saying. Whether or not you’ve ever been a fan of The Walking Dead in any of … Continue reading


The Colony

In 2010, two of my friends from Chicago decided to move off the grid. Their project took them first to Appalachia, and then to the desert town of Abiquiu, New Mexico, the former home of Georgia O’Keefe. They purchased land … Continue reading


Swimming In Darkness

Dear reader, have you ever considered in which beautifully designed building you’d like to get lost forever? In Swimming in Darkness, Lucas Harari chooses the Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland. The quartzite walls of the postmodern building designed by Swiss … Continue reading


I Know You Rider

(N.B. for the purposes of reviewing memoir, references to “Leslie” are to the character in the comic; “Stein” are to the author herself.) In I Know You Rider, Leslie Stein’s third successive memoir, she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. She connects … Continue reading