Author Archive for Emilia Packard

Killing and Dying: Stories

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Does it even need to be said? Adrien Tomine is one of the major reasons graphic novels hold the small but significant market share and critical acclaim that they do today—his storytelling prowess, his understated and precise illustration style, his…

Henni

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I want so much to love Miss Lasko-Gross, but I struggle. Her moody, shadowy illustration style is attractive, but a bit static, and many of her stories are didactic and self-reflective, leaning dangerously towards navel-gazing. But she’s a strong and…

Nanjing: The Burning City

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Nanjing:The Burning City opens right in the middle of the action, with the Captain and Private Lu having just barely survived a brutal assault on Chinese forces by Japanese troops. They have decide what to do and quickly. Lu is…

Louise Brooks: Detective

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The cartoon mystery is well-trodden territory for Rick Geary. He has written a comprehensive collection of Victorian murder mysteries, penned a tight and effective graphic biography of the mysterious J. Edgar Hoover, and adapted a number of classical stories to…

Fragments of Horror

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Japanese horror films have long been popular in the States; remakes of movies like The Ring and The Grudge have led people to seek out their scarier Japanese counterparts, while fans claw and cringe for ultra-violence like The Audition and Battle…

The Story of My Tits

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The Story of My Tits is not a sexy expose of massive and masterful boobage, but rather a fond requiem for a womanly bosom lost to the all-too-common scourge of breast cancer. But happily, it is also a memoir of…

American Heathen

It is a tricky thing to make a collaborative comic book—and an even trickier thing to make one that is appealing and memorable to anyone beyond the immediate circle of those who collaborated on it. Add to the mix the…

The Parish: An AmeriCorps Story

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In response to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and the drama of rebuilding New Orleans after the levees broke, artists of all mediums gave voice to profound personal stories, political dramas, horrible injustices, and moving redemptions. Katrina has been the…

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell

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  Jacques Tardi is one of the French cartooning greats—but his work is just starting to get its due in English translation, thanks largely to Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics. Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell, translated by Doug Headline, is…

The Realist

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Where do the personal and political collide? For Asaf Hanuka, raising a family in Tel Aviv with his Arab-Jewish background, married to a woman of Polish-Jewish origin whose father was killed by terrorists, the answer is at nearly every turn.…

Big Hard Sex Criminals

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Big Hard Sex Criminals sounds like a titillating treat, very possibly something the faint of heart might want to steer clear of—and indeed, there is sex, nudity, trips to adult bookstores, and references to pornography to spare in this book.…

The Bicycle

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Singapore is a small island nation where many Asian cultures converge, coalesce, and sometimes conflict, and it has taken many twists and turns to become what it is today. The Bicycle is an excellent snapshot of one moment in its complex cultural…

Girl In Dior

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  Girl In Dior is a dreamy book—a frothy, flighty confection full to the brim with evening dresses and post-war Parisian vignettes. It doesn’t amount to much story-wise, but that is by no means the point. It achieves its goal:…

Golemchik

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There are lots of stories and, surprisingly, a number of comics predicated on the golem mythology, which is perhaps best described as a predecessor to Frankenstein’s monster. There’s are even a small handful of poorly differentiated Marvel characters called the…

The Lunch Witch, volume 1

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    Stories of magic and mischief, especially in comic form, are ripe for gimmicks. The Lunch Witch, by Deb Lucke, with its intended youthful audience and central supernatural character, has all the elements to get very gimmicky very quick,…

The Hospital Suite

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I’ve hesitated to write a review of John Porcellino’s The Hospital Suite because his work almost always leaves me at a loss for words. It’s not because it’s hugely dramatic or intricate or complex. Rather, it’s the opposite. Simple, understated,…

Displacement: A Travelogue

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I must start my review by saying that Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoirs (French Milk, Relish, etc.) frustrate me—I know that she is more or less my contemporary in age (early millennial), predilections (delicious foods! Francophilia!), and social class (lower-upper-middle perhaps?).…

We Dig Worms!

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    Some people think it is easy to write for children, and those people are fools. You have to express a great deal in very few words, keep your imagery simple but rich, and, ideally, entertain while educating. Writing…