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In Mudbite, Dave Cooper conjures a perverse and lurid dreamworld that seethes and wriggles with its own nightmare logic. The erstwhile hero of this world is Eddy Table, an apparent alter-ego for Cooper himself. Mudbite collects two new Eddy Table adventures, “Mud … Continue reading


Everywhere Disappeared

Everywhere Disappeared is a collection of Patrick Kyle’s short comics from 2013 to 2016. When I reach for Patrick Kyle, I’m looking to really gnaw on the choices he makes for using space. Kyle uses each page as a whole … Continue reading


Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn

“You’re cute, like a velvet glove cast in iron. And like a gas chamber, Varla, a real fun gal,” Lori Williams tells Tura Satana in Russ Meyer’s 1965 Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! A director who created his own language of … Continue reading


Savage Dragon #233

“It looks like a superhero comic, but I just want to have people fucking all the time.” -Erik Larsen, interviewed by Eric Evans, from The Comics Journal #222 (April, 2000) * Savage Dragon does not have the highest issue number … Continue reading


Carnet de Voyage

The “New Expanded Edition” of Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage uses the occasion of the reissue to allow the author to reframe his earlier narrative. It’s a good use of the device. Sketchbook narratives are odd hybrids that assemble power … Continue reading


All Summer Long

Hope Larson has been quite prolific over the past two years: two volumes of a graphic novel trilogy called Four Points, twelve issues of Goldie Vance for Boom! Studios and a monthly Batgirl comic for DC. All of these have … Continue reading


Love That Bunch

This expanded and revamped edition of the original 1990 book offers a generous overview of Kominsky-Crumb’s groundbreaking autobiographical comics, originally published in titles ranging from Twisted Sisters to Weirdo to The New Yorker. Continue reading


Street Angel Goes to Juvie

Before I started the latest entry in Jim Rugg’s Street Angel saga, it flashed on my just how long the book has been around in some form or another. Rare indeed is the still-relevant creator that can lay claim to … Continue reading