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Compass South

Compass South is a YA adventure graphic novel, a genre I’m happy to see revived in comics. While the story shows its influences to a distracting degree (Tintin, et al), it’s an entertaining, suspenseful tale, albeit with a bit of … Continue reading


Sir Alfred No. 3

What comes to mind when you hear the name Alfred Hitchcock? A scene from one of his many acclaimed films, perhaps? Or maybe the theme song to his television show? My suspicion is that somewhere in that nanosecond or two … Continue reading


Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker‘s Greatest Cartoonist

The New Yorker’s original one-man art department, Rea Irvin, famously designed Eustace Tilley, the magazine’s monocled mascot. A foppish aristocratic dandy with a nose turned up in sniffy dismissal while scrutinizing a butterfly, Tilley became the ironic icon of Harold … Continue reading


Talk Dirty to Me

CCS alum Luke Howard’s funny and insightful tale of an ordinary woman’s struggle w/ sexuality & self-acceptance. Continue reading


Gulag Casual

What Is Going On: Some Reflections on Picking Up Gulag Casual Hmmm. Hemmm. Well, well, well. Of course, I think, dreams. I smile. Kafka, Beckett, Pinter occur. The language, I consider, (A “brute” approaches to “pummel” someone”) is slightly off. Familiar … Continue reading


Induction of the Sycophant

With its rags-to-riches sagas, occasional creative triumphs and dark episodes of mental and artistic deterioration, the story of the American comic book industry is rife with potential for novelists. Few have tapped this rich source. Fewer have stepped outside the … Continue reading


Carpet Sweeper Tales

Carpet Sweeper is an exceptional book. Though Doucet stopped drawing comics more than a decade ago, these collages function as comics in the best possible sense: images and text so reliant on each other that one cannot operate fully without the other, and out of that interworking, narrative is born. Continue reading


Sacred Heart

The best way to read Liz Suburbia’s book Sacred Heart is to never stop asking questions about the details. Unlike many creators of art about teenagers that focuses on them to the exclusion of adults—or even touching on their absence, … Continue reading