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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…

The Strain, vol. #1

The Strain Vol. 1

Graphic novels are getting a pretty sweet slice of the multimedia pie these days. From adult fare like Game of Thrones and True Blood to cartoons like Adventure Time and My Little Pony, comic adaptations have been pretty successful at…

7 Holes for Air

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They don’t make men like Bob anymore. Stoic and tough, Bob drinks heroic quantities of beer when he’s not at work and while he’s at work, he’s a tough-as-nails iron worker who isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right…

Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition

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When executed with creativity and gusto, satire can transcend its subject matter and move into a realm of unexpected thoughtfulness.  Characters who perhaps were intended to be broad strokes instead take on surprisingly sympathetic aspects.  While the whole affair seems…

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…

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, vols. 1-8

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What if a persistent small pox-like epidemic reduced 17th century Japan’s male population by three-quarters, leaving the traditionally paternalistic country’s fate in the hands of its women? It’s a fascinating question and one which creator Fumi Yoshinaga handles beautifully and…

A Matter of Life

A Matter of Life

I really love Jeffrey Brown’s works. From Darth Vader & Son to Clumsy to Funny Misshapen Body, his work is always wonderfully told and illustrated. Consistently heartwarming with moments of melancholy as well as laughter, Brown’s newest autobiographical book, A…

Grandville, vol. 3: Bete Noire

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The story of Grandville continues in the third volume of the adventures of Detective-Inspector Lebrock of Scotland Yard. If you aren’t familiar with the world of Grandville, it is a deeply engrossing “scientific-romance thriller,” as the subtitle says. Grandville is…

The Legend of Bold Riley

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Freely borrowing tropes and motifs from the world of traditional folklore, Leia Weathington has created a swash-buckling heroine to follow and admire. In this gathering of six separate tales about Princess Rilavashana SanParite, or Bold Riley, as she became known, the reader…

Batwoman, Volume 1: Hydrology

Batwoman, Volume 1:  Hydrology

There is a woman known only through whispered stories to superstitious children. She is La Llorona, the weeping woman who, as she drank the afternoon away, never noticed as her children drowned in the turbulent ocean. After giving in to…

Road Rage

This gritty, violent, and gory graphic novel collects the limited series “Throttle,” originally inspired by Richard Matheson’s classic tale of suspense “Duel,” and co-authored by the dynamic father-son duo, Stephen King and Joe Hill. This first collaboration between the two…