Blog Archives

J & K

For the past decade or so, John Pham has been the hidden gem of American comics. In my opinion, no one did better work from a smaller platform in the 2010s, but 2020 has offered a swift corrective with J&K – which … Continue reading

 

Snapdragon

I read Kat Leyh’s Snapdragon for the first time several months ago with zero context, when it arrived in a box of advance reader’s copies. It wowed the hell out of me. I pitched my editor. I set it aside. … Continue reading

 

Mitchum

You get all the way to page 130 in the new collection of Blutch’s Mitchum from New York Review Comics before a character actually says “Don’t be afraid…we just want to look.” But by then the book’s obsession—there will prove … Continue reading

 

Reincarnation Stories

I don’t know if I could say with any authority that Kim Deitch’s Reincarnation Stories is a perfect entry point for new readers, but it certainly does seem to be the most representative book of his to date — filled … Continue reading

 

No One Left To Fight

Battles against form and culture, ripping in full color. Continue reading

 

Canopus #1

Helen’s an astronaut, you see. She wakes up in a space suit on the surface of a planet orbiting the star Canopus, 309.8 light years from earth. She doesn’t know how she got there, what she’s supposed to be doing, … Continue reading

 

Familiar Face

Meditations on technology and its impact on the human psyche, both singular and conglomerate, often fall into unforgivingly bland navel-gazing territory. What we could once wax solipsistically about is now perfectly tied into every facet of our social, financial and … Continue reading

 

Little Lulu: Working Girl

I think, fairly often, about this thing someone said on the Comics Journal Message Board once: That comics snobs are the funniest and most ridiculous snobs because our platonic ideal of the high point of the medium is old Little Lulu comics. Continue reading