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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…

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…

Ant Colony

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Those who are small and insignificant can feel great turmoil and anxieties, just like those of us who are big and important. The smallest among us laugh, wonder, and worry about the things that matter. Ant Colony demonstrates this by…

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…

Common Grounds

Common Grounds is a lost treasure of the Modern Age of Comics. (That’s not hyperbole. I literally lost my copies of the original six-issue mini-series somewhere along the line and only recently rediscovered the series after chancing upon the trade…

Abelard

Abelard

At first glance, you might think that Abelard, by Renaud Dillies and Régis Hautiére, will be an amusing story of a poor little bird making his way to America. What you won’t know, but now do, is that you will…

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 and sunshine.…