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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



The day-to-day adventures of three twentysomething garbage collectors are interspersed with sobering facts about the nation’s garbage and what happens to it after it leaves the curb. By the author of My Friend Dahmer. Continue reading


I Fell Asleep

“I Fell Asleep”, a scrolling, online-only comic from Carta Monir, takes on the perspective of a young woman approaching a potentially life-altering confrontation—or at least potentially approaching it. The character, Erica, is wasting time on the Internet while her boyfriend … Continue reading


Rosalie Lightning

Writing about the most intimate specifics of personal experience is paradoxically that which makes that experience so relatable to others. In the case of Tom Hart and his shattering but ultimately hopeful memoir, Rosalie Lightning, the events immediately following the … Continue reading



Suzette Smith’s Ce/Ze, an entry in the Sparkplug Books Minis Series, follows two adolescent girls with a possible psychic link, both convinced they knew one another in a past life and both troubled by flashes of a fateful car crash. … Continue reading


Soldier’s Heart

Many comics focus on family trouble and the weight of relationships, but few do so with so much that seems at stake. Carol Tyler looks at her life, and that of her family, like a journalist. The fuckboy approach to … Continue reading


The Humans: Volume 1: Human for Life

Consider garage rock, the popular music genre that proliferated throughout the United States in the mid-to-late 1960s and still thrives today, its rigid parameters forswearing innovation. Blues-based, distorted, and structurally basic, garage rock by definition offers little variety. Compare something … Continue reading