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Bad Gateway

Scantily clad probably ain’t what you’d use to describe a hag sporting the impracticable design of a caftanesque dress with long sleeves. Though Megg, a green-colored and witch-like manifestation weighed down by several addictions, a beautiful smile, and relying on … Continue reading



I’ve never felt much fondness for a particular strain of critically celebrated confessional comics that emphasizes the trials, tribulations, and neuroses — with particular emphasis placed on the sexual dysfunctions — of schlubby men. If I considered it part of … Continue reading


I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

TW: This article discusses sexual violence. The Biblical story of Susanna and the Elders was a popular subject for artists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the story, two older men spy a young woman bathing in a beautiful … Continue reading


The Visitor #1

So to my eternal chagrin – I won’t say yours, as I don’t know you and would hate to presume – Valiant is still A Thing. I’ve been wrong about a lot of Things over the years so I guess … Continue reading


Unsmooth #1

The title of this slim but powerful volume is a bit of misdirection on the part of its author. It refers to his unnamed protagonist, a light-skinned black man with a sculptural pompadour who functions as a stand-in for creator … Continue reading


Sky In Stereo Volume 2

In the first volume of Mardou’s slice-of-life Sky In Stereo, teenager Iris struggles with her step-father, her mother’s new religiosity, various boys at work, and most of all, her future. When she decides to drop acid by herself, that’s the … Continue reading


MacDoodle St.

Mark Alan Stamaty’s comic strip MacDoodle St. ran in the Village Voice from 1978 through 1979. While Stamaty is perhaps better known for his work as a children’s book illustrator, creating detail-filled work for readers to pore over, his strip … Continue reading


The Sleep Gas

Anyone who knows me knows of my love for whacked-out, anti-linear B-to-Z movies of the 1950s and ‘60s. Their bewildering lack of structure and logic have always been a tonic as I swim against the current from the standards of … Continue reading