Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Notables 2010: Corinne Mucha’s Growing Up Haunted

This story is about young Corinne and her imaginary witches. Although it’s drawn in a sort of whimsical, children’s book illustration style, it’s really genuinely affecting on an adult level. Maybe it’s because I can imagine my own daughter having fears like this in a few years, it’s hard not to imagine how truly terrifying these witches must have been for Corinne. more

Notables 2010: Jesse Moynihan’s Follow Me

A book/world made of more-or-less interrelated short stories that mix banal everyday rhythms with the absurd and the psychedelic by an author to keep an eye on. more

Notables 2010: Tom Motley et al.’s Made Out of “Mac” (True Fiction #8)

A series of variations and transformations of what is perhaps the single most-parodied page of comics ever, the famous “Insult that Made a Man out of ‘Mac'” comic used to advertise the Charles Atlas correspondence bodybuilding course in old comic books. The original comic is opened to new vistas of post-modernism, literary allusion, absurdist humor, and even a touch of the poetic. more

Notables 2010: Andrei Molotiu’s Otherwise Untitled

The thrill of reading Andrei Molotiu’s abstract comics is in watching images and rhythms and hints of narrative coalesce and then dissolve as you read. And each time you re-read them you get a different experience. more

Notables 2010: Maggie McKnight’s Swingin’

Maggie McKnight’s “Swingin'” is a glancing look at a few moments in her life tied together by a family wedding. I especially like how McKnight fluidly interlaces flashback with various contemporary incidents, and how she lets little bits of information pile up without comment to organically create our sense of the event. more

Notables 2010: Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck’s Witchfinder

This story reads like either the last few or first few pages of a great Mike Mignola occult adventure tale. Perhaps he plans more of the Witchfinder adventures? Oh, wait, that’s exactly what this is: a prequel to the Witchfinder series now running. In classic Mignola style, it inserts a presumably completely fictional character, and (obviously) fictional occult doings, into actual history, in this case, in Victorian England. This opens up new frontiers for him of telling 19th-Century analogues to his Hellboy stories. more

Notables 2010: Adam Meuse’s Social Insect

The daddy of a cute adorable bear family has some kind of disorder where his cute adorable big eyes have grown to grotesque proportions. Cute has its limits. But what’s best is that the story is it then takes the silly premise literally, and gets all thoughtful and existential on us. more

Notables 2010: Ellen Lindner’s Shams, Scams and Blind Faith

The attention to detail as well as the balance between image, narration, and dialogue make Ellen Lindner’s history of Western civilization’s relationship with eyewear an exemplary non-fiction comic. more

Notables 2010: Miriam Libicki’s Jobnik!

Subtitled, “An American Girl’s Adventures in the Israeli Army,” Jobnik! is a memoir about the collusion of post-adolescent hormones with institutional bureaucracy and Middle East Conflict-inspired anxiety. Drawn in an unusual, somewhat-naive pencil style, it’s an inside look at a life most of us will never see. more

Notables 2010: David Lapham’s Young Liars

I am…at a loss. How to describe this unbelievably weird, fast-moving, violent, entertaining story? Not sure it’s really possible, but let’s try. more