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Fatherland

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Fatherland is a chilling portrait—a month after reading it, I looked again at the ominous cover image of a smiling, clean-cut blond man, and felt a palpable sorrow. The man is the author’s father, a radical Serbian nationalist whose troubled…

Science: a Discovery in Comics

Science a Discovery in Comics

From Thales and Pythagoras to Darwin and Einstein, Science: a Discovery in Comics highlights the big names in the science world. While the book focuses on the history of science, it also covers famous formulas, the scientists behind them, and…

From Hell Companion

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If a single word can be used to describe Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, that word must be “epic”. Ambitious in size, extravagant in scope, twisting in storyline, and published over nearly a decade as a serial from…

Journalism

Journalism

In his introduction to Journalism, comics-journalist Joe Sacco makes it clear that while objectivity might be the “Holy of Holies” in American journalism, the medium of comics is, by nature, a subjective form. While he may be able to capture…

Stitches: A Memoir

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In Stitches, artist and illustrator David Small tells the story of his early life. Given his whimsical children’s book illustrations, one would expect his childhood to have been similarly idyllic. Unfortunately, this was not the case. His family was dominated…

Susceptible

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Susceptible‘s black and white illustrations, expressive use of shading, tiny cursive written speech bubbles, and the variety of the size and shapes of its panels all add up to a pensive expedition for the reader as they follow this young…

Andre the Giant

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I first encountered Box Brown long ago and far away in an era when he drew a semi-autobiographical, totally romantic webcomic called Bellen, which chronicled the relationship of nerdy little Ben and Ellen with all their foibles and joys. Since…

The Big Feminist But

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Funded by a Kickstarter campaign and spearheaded by editors, Shannon O’Leary and Joan Reilly, The Big Feminist But has long been anticipated by both feminists and fans of indie comics. Featuring a variety of male and female voices, Big Feminist…

Tintin: The Art of Hergé

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Abrams has a long history as one of the best art book publishers in the country. Their ComicArts endeavor continues the tradition of excellence with many stunning reprints of obscure collections (the Horror! the Horror!) as well as original graphic…

Transposes

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In Transposes, Dylan Edwards presents six short pieces based on the real lives of six transgender men. In some cases, Edwards presents a short vignette from the man’s life. In others, he delivers a more comprehensive life story. Some pieces…

Fables Encyclopedia

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This book is an absolute must for fans of Bill Willingham’s comic book series Fables. The attractive package has no introductory material; it steps right into alphabetical entries on the major and minor characters in the Fables universe from individual…