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The Late Child and Other Animals

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  The Late Child and Other Animals is an intriguing beast: a personal memoir of Marguerite Van Cook’s post-war British childhood that reads like lush fiction, segmented into seemingly unrelated stories that drift in and out of sharp focus. There’s…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Comic Book History of Comics

    Wow! Comics, comic books, graphic novels, manga — they all have a history steeped in tradition and the story of how they became what they are today is filled with espionage, trickery, deceitfulness, and good stuff, too, like happiness…

Dirt Candy: a Cookbook

Vegetables are good, okay? They taste great and you can make great meals out of just vegetables! But, did you know that 75% of American meals have no vegetables at all? None! Enter Amanda Cohen, her NYC restaurant, Dirt Candy,…

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer

    Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered seventeen people, all male adults and teens. His crimes were horrific and gruesome, and they shocked and saddened a nation. Why had this been allowed to happen and why did it take…

The Quality Companion

Well researched and presented, this intriguing look at the history and influence of Quality Comics is highly recommended for comic book geeks and others interested in the history of American comic books and, in particular, Jack Cole and Will Eisner.…