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War of Streets and Houses

Sophie Yanow’s autobiographical series In Situ reveals an artist whose understanding and experience of art, philosophy, politics and daily life are all inextricably bound together. Her new book, War Of Streets And Houses, is a fascinating study of protest, privilege, … Continue reading


Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is Roz Chast’s first memoir, but I’ve always scoped a deep autobiographical undercurrent in her cartooning. Continue reading


The Amateurs

Conor Stechschulte’s physically small but thematically dense self-published work has received a Fantagraphics release. Continue reading



Beginning in the late 1990s, with single-issue, self-published comix, later picked up by Slave Labor Graphics and collected into the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise, recently republished by Touchstone, each chronicling, as she experienced it, one of her … Continue reading


Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

One weird trick: Matt Fraction made a case for himself as a comedy writer before ever writing an outright comedy. Continue reading


Petty Theft

Petty Theft begins with “Pascal,” the author’s autobiographical stand-in, in dire straits: he’s just broken up with his live-in girlfriend of nine years, he’s temporarily crashing with friends, and he’s injured himself while out for a run. Continue reading


Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth

For a series that claims to be the definitive statement on Toth, this falls short, because the text does not do justice to its subject. Continue reading


It Never Happened Again: Two Stories

Sam Alden is among the most gifted of the young cartoonists I’ve come across in recent years. He has already established a sizable, rabid fan base through his Tumblr and deservedly won the Promising New Talent nod at last year’s … Continue reading