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Test Tube

There is a rich tradition of cartoonists, novelists and filmmakers creating fictional towns that function as microcosms to which we can hold up a magnifying glass and examine ourselves. On these small stages, characters bump up against one-another and act … Continue reading


The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane

Back in 1991 I bought a copy of Philippe Druillet’s Nosferatu, a black-and-white one-shot published by Dark Horse in the days when they were still putting out Cheval Noir. In line with the production values of that Euro anthology, it … Continue reading


See You Next Tuesday

Odds and ends-style diary comics from the author of the much darker graphic novella, Sunday in the Park with Boys. Continue reading



Something as a metaphor for nothing Steal this comic book Sex is a vehicle A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. -Wittgenstein It’s nice to be able to put yourself in an environment where … Continue reading


Incidents in the Night 2

Last year Uncivilized Books published David B.’s Incidents in the Night, a twisting, meta-textual narrative about death, esoteric history, and the pleasures of hunting for obscure, impossible books. In that volume David B. himself appears as the central protagonist, stumbling … Continue reading


Adult Contemporary

Men behaving badly in this excellent new book. Continue reading


Pure Shores

I had gotten the impression that, after Jaakko Pallasvuo’s English-language debut Some Approaching End was published in 2011 by Landfill Editions, the artist had abandoned comics to focus on net art. A piece then appeared in Mould Map 2, a … Continue reading



Marx: An Illustrated Biography is a remarkable work, with a comics backstory that the two talented collaborators themselves are not likely to have encountered. We are evidently in a literary era bursting with biographies—perhaps history minus progress has now returned … Continue reading