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Safari Honeymoon

In this latest graphic novel by the author of By This Shall You Know Him, a husband and wife follow their Safari Guide into a surreal jungle, where many dangers await. Continue reading


The Mutts Diaries

Even though Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts comic strip is sublimely designed to work on multiple levels, it comes perilously close to losing its charms in the dumb, exploitative packaging employed in The Mutts Diaries, a collection that Andrews McMeel Publishing has created to launch its amp! comics for kids imprint. Continue reading



Iasmin Omar Ata’s comic Mis(h)adra is a story about the daily life and struggles of Isaac, a college student who’s just trying to get through parties, midterms, and his struggles with epilepsy. Continue reading


Sex Fantasy

Sex gives us an experience with utility — explored at length in the first two issues before being undermined in the third and smashed to pieces in the fourth — worth fantasizing about in the context of the rest of our existence. Continue reading


The Bad-ventures of Bobo Backslack

The story as it stands presents for Bobo a series of hoops, forcing a character literally allergic to the world through situations where all odds seem to be against him. Continue reading


School Spirits

Anya Davidson has described School Spirits as a book about female friendship. And it is: Oola and Garf are the Maggie and Hopey of death metal, best friends who weather the storms of high school, petty crime, and youthful infatuation together. Continue reading



Gilbert Hernandez nails his title character’s emotional essence in the very first panel of Bumperhead, the prolific cartoonist’s hormonally overdriven anatomy of adolescence. Continue reading


The Auteur Volume One: President’s Day

Spears and Callahan’s The Auteur opens with a dream-trip sequence that might as well be the first six issues in nutshell: a naked man swims through an undersea ideaspace in search of creative inspiration. Continue reading