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Rough House Volumes 1-2

Rough House is an anthology out of Austin, one of the most important birthplaces of underground comics. That tradition, started with the likes of Jack Jackson and continued with Chris Ware, has now been picked up by a younger generation. … Continue reading


Fütchi Perf

Fütchi Perf feels true because it doesn’t have the empty-calorie easiness or the didactic utopianism of a lot of the “happy” imagery we’re used to. Continue reading


Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years

A fledgling publisher in hip Montréal, sufficiently shrewd—and lucky—to launch out with a handful of the finest cartoonists of their generation: Julie Doucet, Chester Brown, Seth, and Joe Matt. It may be obvious today, but the gauntlet they threw in the face of comics was radical at the time: a look at real life. Continue reading


Dressing and Lose #7

  Michael DeForge said to me that he sometimes wished he could draw looser; he considered his style stiff, and overly traditional. His comics do veer towards a classical sense of staging. Characters move in full-body profile views through flat … Continue reading


Bright-Eyed at Midnight

Leslie Stein is part of a new strain of autobiographical cartoonists who inject a strain of magical realism into their work. That’s been true for her book/mini series Eye of the Majestic Creature, where she refers to herself as Larrybear … Continue reading


Lady Killer

Lady Killer excels when Jones’s art distances itself from the bad stiff shit genre that is often Dark Horse’s bread and butter, but it still can’t slice and dice itself from the rest of the chaff. Continue reading


Time Capsule

Microns as Psychic Restrictors The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive … Continue reading


The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe

The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe is a hard book to pin down. At heart, it’s an unconventional fairy tale romance, and as such, it owes everything to artist Nick Abadzis, who brings that fairy tale to … Continue reading