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The Follies of Richard Wadsworth

Is there a more sadistic cartoonist working today than Nick Maandag? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since Maandag’s self-published mini-comics first appeared on my radar more than a decade ago. In the years since, the Toronto-based cartoonist has … Continue reading

 

Drawing Power

Born of the #MeToo movement, this anthology features an international roster of over 60 different female cartoonists telling their stories of surviving sexual violence and harassment. Continue reading

 

In Waves

Dungo’s website states that In Waves is his first graphic novel, but I had figured that out halfway through reading it. The notable ambition, the heft of the book, the autobiographical touches, the adventurous layouts and double-page spreads all suggest … Continue reading

 

Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay

Alien 3 has a certain reputation with different groups — to David Fincher, it was a nightmare first production for the enfant terrible director, one he has since refused to be associated with because the studio will not restore his … Continue reading

 

Expelling My Truth

For the last few years, Van Deusen has steadily produced a stream of well-crafted comics which are increasingly adept at inducing guffaws, snickers, and snorts. His latest, Expelling My Truth, from Kilgore Books, is another noteworthy clown-shoed stride in that direction. Continue reading

 

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