Tag Archive for Drawn & Quarterly

Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler

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Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler begins with terrified Jews, concentration camps, and cornered members of the French resistance; the story then turns to the man who set this tragedy in motion. Mizuki starts Hitler’s tale with his quest to become an artist in Vienna…

Poetry is Useless

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Anders Nilsen is a graphic artist and novelist, but this collection of sketchbooks doesn’t qualify as a traditional comic book in the strictest sense. There is most definitely sequential art; there are pictures, and there are sometimes panels that feature…

Bumperhead

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On the cover of Bumperhead, Gilbert Hernandez’s second book with Drawn and Quarterly, a boy looks out at the reader with a confident glare, suggesting he knows what he believes in and where he’s going in life. He’s caught the eye of a…

Earthling

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Whether it be in Germany or anywhere else, the suburbs seems like the perfect setting for a story that examines alienation, malaise, and uncertainty. In Earthling, Aisha Franz explores this subject through the stories of a young girl named Mädchen, her older sister,…

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,…

Kitaro

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In his introduction, Matt Alt describes Kitaro as “quite possibly the single most famous Japanese manga series you’ve never heard of, even if you happen to be a manga fan.” In this series, Mizuki transforms classic yokai monsters from Japanese folklore into modern,…

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…

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…

Marble Season

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    In this quasi-autobiographical tale, comic book legend Gilbert Hernandez paints a vibrant and pragmatic view of his memories of suburban family life in California during the 1960s. Firmly affixed in time with popular culture references from television programs,…

The Wayside

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The Wayside, by Julie Morstad, is gorgeous. Morstad paints ethereal and intriguing paintings using pen and ink, watercolors, and even collage at times. Her works, collected here, always have a twist, a bit of oddity to them. They hang together…

The Push Man and Other Stories

The Push Man collects sixteen short stories by the acclaimed Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Tatsumi is particularly renowned and recognized for his art style, which is “restrained, minimal, and stylized,” according to Adrian Tomine. No one has the big…

The Summer of Love

Lily’s family has moved to a new town, and she expects to hate it–especially after a really cute guy, Steve, sees her dancing in the woods, and, she feels, generally making a fool out of herself. To top that off,…

I Never Liked You

I Never Liked You is the story of Chester Brown as a teenager: a gawky adolescent who enjoys drawing but has trouble with girls. This book is a series of connected short narratives that have been collected into a longer…