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Clue: Candlestick #1

An ideal encounter with Clue: Candlestick #1 might involve discovering it in a dollar bin twenty years after publication. Already a curious aside in the bibliography of a celebrated cartoonist, Dash Shaw’s board-game tie-in miniseries is likely to look even … Continue reading


An Invitation from a Crab

In which we ride shotgun with a Japanese small-press titan into a cityscape of disquieting whimsy, AS YOU LIKE IT. Continue reading


Viewotron: Comics and Stories No. 1

When it comes to reading Viewotron No. 1, the inaugural volume of Sam Sharpe’s ‘one-or-more-person comics anthology’ co-created with Peach S Goodrich, it’s all a matter of perspective. In the volume’s second comic, ‘The Secret Origins of Viewotron’, the eponymous … Continue reading


Is This How You See Me?

Can you ever really go home again? This is the central question of Jaime Hernandez’s Is This How You See Me? Collecting serialized comics from the past five years into a cohesive graphic novel, Is This How You See Me? is … Continue reading


Cemetery Beach

When you read tweets about “exposition!” in reference to some tv show or movie that’s enormously popular and that everyone on the planet feels the need to weigh in on… well, there’s a reason that those massive properties have scenes … Continue reading


Terrible Means

I feel somewhat guilty writing a lukewarm review of Terrible Means, and I’ve been trying to understand why. It is after all a professional, purchase-able comic, so to have an attack of taste or conscience on this front runs a … Continue reading


Drawn to Berlin

Drawn to Berlin is Ali Fitzgerald’s first book-length comic. As a drawing instructor at one of Berlin’s bubble shelters during the height of the 2015 European refugee crisis, the social power of images is one of her central concerns. From … Continue reading


The Replacer

The Replacer is a comic book – or as Aftershock’s bureau of public relation affairs calls it, a “64-Page Graphic Novella” – that deeply immerses the reader into the daily affairs evolving around a medical patient’s history proceeding from a … Continue reading