Blog Archives


Quiet desperation is, by definition, not always easy to detect, but at this point, it’s been pretty well documented—in and out of comics. Into this tradition of desperation art comes Beverly, the debut collection of cartoonist Nick Drnaso. The book … Continue reading


The Story Of My Tits

Jennifer Hayden is a relative latecomer to comics, after years of work in graphic design and illustration. Like many converts, she took to comics with a zeal and work ethic that saw her very quickly get better in public. She’s … Continue reading



Beyer’s superb graphic novel, originally published by Raw Books in 1987 and now available once again all these years later. Continue reading


The Demon: Hell’s Hitman

Etrigan the Demon is one of Jack Kirby’s odder creations, conceived for DC in the decade after Kirby created most of the Marvel superhero canon, and also conceived separately from the New Gods—Kirby’s best known contributions to the DC universe. … Continue reading



Whit Taylor, an occasional contributor to TCJ, has been slowly finding her style as both a writer and illustrator. Her newest book, Ghost, represents her most fully-formed project to date. It’s an interesting blend of magical realism, self-examination, and brutally … Continue reading



Fragile male egos have long been the catalyst for conflict in popular fiction. Take, for example, this passage from the story of Aucassin and Nicolette, transcribed by an anonymous author in the twelfth century, in which Aucassin is addressing his … Continue reading


Generous Bosom 2

Sex is messy. Even if viewed as a liberating force, its connection to the irrevocable fact of reproduction gives it so much importance that half-understood readings of Freud or Zizek have it believably determining the bulk of our unconscious desires, … Continue reading


The Motherless Oven

“Better sorry than safe.” That’s the first sentence of Rob Davis’s The Motherless Oven. Many who have risked reading the book and posted disturbed or embarrassed reviews on social media might not have considered the full spectrum such a motto … Continue reading