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Rusty Brown

The last time I read a book that won the Pulitzer Prize – or at least, the last time I read a book for the specific reason that it had won the Pulitzer Prize – was Jennifer Egan’s A Visit … Continue reading

 

Naked Body: An Anthology of Chinese Comics

An introduction to the world of indie Chinese comics, co-edited by one of its leading lights. Continue reading

 

Alay-Oop

The latest in a strong and growing catalog from NYRC, William Gropper’s Alay-Oop is another important stepping-stone in the development of the graphic novel.. Though the term “graphic novel” didn’t exist until decades later, the concept was pursued by American publishers in … Continue reading

 

Rusty Brown

For nearly three decades, Chris Ware has been making comics that capture the intersection between action and consciousness. His first novel, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000) condenses over a century’s worth of memory into one fraught Thanksgiving weekend. … Continue reading

 

Snake Creek

Living in Baltimore for the past eleven years, my daily life frequently led me to stumble into moments where the landscape felt post-apocalyptic. In the strictest sense, this term is inaccurate; historically our current moment is, at worst, a “pre-apocalyptic” … Continue reading

 

Rat Time

Fans of the Ignatz award-winning comic artist Keiler Roberts will not be disappointed by her latest autobiographical work, Rat Time. As in her other five books, the artist serves up a series of entertaining slice-of-life vignettes about the daily life … Continue reading

 

Dr. Murder and the Island of Death

Dr. Murder and the Island of Death suggests its ambitions early. The comic begins with a full-page drawing of Earth before a multi-panel zoom-in on the volcanic lair of its title character. The island is an evil hideout as a … Continue reading

 

War Bears

Having established her comics bonafides with her graphic novel series Angel Catbird, a collaboration with artist Johnnie Christmas, legendary prose writer Margaret Atwood’s second major modern comics work didn’t come as quite as much a surprise, nor did it receive … Continue reading