Posts Tagged ‘book review’

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

Notables 2010: Joseph Lambert’s Food/Fall

This mini is a two-fer, “Food” a creepy/funny tale of extraterrestrial dinner swiping, and “Fall” a pretty reimagining of the seasonal gods who walk among us, and what might happen if they were to decide to change their minds about things. Very strange layouts that just…might…work at play here, as well. Worthy of study. more

Notables 2010: Keith Knight’s The K Chronicles

Keith Knight’s K Chronicles are consistently funny and worth checking out. This two-pager, comparing parenting to cartooning and available online via MDHP’s semi-annoying flash viewer, is a standout. more

Notables 2010: Neil Kleid and Nicholas Cinquegrani’s The Big Kahn

I love the double meaning of the title: Rabbi Kahn dies, and it turns out he’s not a rabbi at all; he’s not even Jewish. His life was a big con. This causes obvious problems for his very Jewish family, especially his oldest son, also a rabbi, who now must question everything, and proceeds to do so. more

Notables 2010: Victor Kerlow’s The Lumberjack and Falling Sky

Victor Kerlow is one of the most prolific and talented young artists we’ve encountered in a long time. Seems like every time I turn around, I run across another of his slightly creepy, off-kilter tales. These two are the strongest of the BAC 2010 lot (meaning of course Sept 1, 2008-Aug 31, 2009). more

Notables 2010: Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura’s I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants is the tale of a very angry 5th-grade girl living in her fantasies (of being a giant-killer) and thus holding the world, and especially any attempts to get emotionally close to her, at bay. It’s told very inventively and convincingly, and Barbara, the main character, is very appealing despite, and because of, her aggression. more

Notables 2010: Aya Kakeda’s Delicious Soup of Horror

A short, sweet, truly horrible tale of soup. You’ll never eat your veggies again! more

Notables 2010: Hellen Jo’s Jin and Jam

Jin & Jam is about two disaffected teens creating somewhat-surreal chaos to make their suburban (OK, San Jose) life less ordinary. The details are funny (conjoined twins, fights over french fries) but it’s the elegant drawing that really sets this one apart. more

Notables 2010: Willy by Damien Jay

A strange little story about an apparently-medieval peasant woman with a unique problem. It takes a few minutes to orient yourself and figure out what’s going on, but then it’s really quite touching. more

Notables 2010: Paul Hoppe’s The Horror

Paul Hoppe’s nearly-people-free story “The Horror” examines what your brain can invent out of ordinary reality to scare the pants off you. I love the implication of something just around every corner, and I completely recognize that feeling of dread you can get out of nowhere, that you then can’t quite shake or talk yourself out of. more