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Creation

A soulful, personal meditation on the changes wrought by gentrification in a large city in the Canadian rustbelt. Continue reading

 

Americana

It is a common experience across the world that there are certain parts of your environment – your neighborhood, your city, your country – that you never really see until you take visitors to see them. You can live within … Continue reading

 

Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden’s new book, Are You Listening?, is relatively unambitious compared to her previous one, given that it’s just a smidge over 300 pages. That’s a joke and a true statement at the same time. Listening genuinely isn’t as long or … Continue reading

 

The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow

Laura Finck’s back cover blurb for The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow, Keren Katz’s newest graphic novel, complimented the author’s “bright, strange, dancerly pictures,” which, upon reading, I slapped my forehead and exclaimed “of course”. If there’s any other medium … Continue reading

 

Brain Bats of Venus: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton

The long-awaited second volume of Greg Sadowski’s ongoing biography of Basil Wolverton covers the peak years of its subject’s creativity and renown. In this decade, though Wolverton struggled to keep the lights on, and endured confusing and frustrating treatment by … Continue reading

 

The Hard Tomorrow

Books sometimes come around at such a timely moment, and speak to you in such a precise way, that it’s almost alarming. The trick of speaking to one’s current moment is to make what you’re saying immediate and meaningful to … Continue reading

 

Stig & Tilde: Vanisher’s Island

I’d only read one other book by Max de Radiguès (Bastard, which was published in 2017 in French and in 2018, by Fantagraphics, in English) before I picked up Stig & Tilde: Vanisher’s Island. Bastard is a Tarantino-style story of … Continue reading

 

Heart of Darkness

Sometimes the film adaptation of a novel so outshines its source material that the original work is left in the shadows.  Since 1979, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (and its subsequent re-edits) has soaked up so much spotlight that its … Continue reading