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Criminal #11

Maybe some kind of line graph would represent this best? The older I get, the happier I am that stuff like this exists, while the less happy I am to actually read it. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are reliable … Continue reading


Cats of the Louvre

The cliche that artists create out of some desperate desire for immortality is so commonplace that it’s often taken for granted as the reason anybody would pick up a pen or a pencil or a brush. Blame Keats and his … Continue reading


The Cursed Hermit

As far as presentational choices go, designing a comic so that it looks somewhat generic, albeit slightly “off,” is a risky one. The covers of these “Hobtown Mystery Stories,” written by Kris Bertin and drawn by Alexander Forbes, seem modeled … Continue reading


Nocturne: The Walled City Trilogy (Book Two)

Confusion can serve a variety of aesthetic purposes. In cyberpunk, disorientation, dislocation, and neologisms propel the reader into a future of indescribable alienation. High modernist stream-of-consciousness captures the strangeness of someone else’s head, and/or one’s own. Noire opacity is about … Continue reading


They Called Us Enemy

Ideally, George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy should just be an interesting, compelling memoir detailing a dark, shameful chapter in American history, drawing readers to itself through its narrator and co-writer’s fame as an actor, an activist and a witty … Continue reading


Copra #1

Accessibility is overrated! So is context. When I was myself a wee sprat just coming up in the world, most of the comics for sale at the local 7/11 seemed to operate according to the guiding principle of, “climb aboard … Continue reading


Everyone’s A Critic: The Ultimate Cartoon Book

Everyone’s a Critic: The Ultimate Cartoon Book is dedicated to disproving its title. The New Yorker cartoonists represented in this collection are mostly uninterested in criticizing life, art, or criticism. The anti-critical project of the book is the beating of … Continue reading


Get Over It

I’ve never read a comic made by an attendee of the Center For Cartoon Studies before. This isn’t due to a conscious aversion— it’s not like I pick up a book, see CCS in the artist’s bio, and put the … Continue reading