Tag Archive for Fantagraphics

Toys in the Basement

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Stéphane Blanquet’s book may seem at first another “toys come alive” tale, but the immediate weirdness of his intricate artwork should signal that we have left conventionality behind, much like those busted toys of our youth. This ain’t Toy Story,…

Barack Hussein Obama

Barack Hussein Obama cover image

Barack Hussein Obama starts out as an unassuming, slightly offbeat, four-panel comic wherein our great nation’s leader, Barack, goes about his business. It looks like it has been hastily scribbled with whatever pen was on hand into a small Moleskine…

The Heart of Thomas

Heart of Thomas

Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic tale,…

Blacklung

Blacklung cover image

What on earth is going on in Blacklung? Why do these characters have faces that look like they were all constructed from the castoff remains of the faces of pugilists, who were also prolific knife-fighters? What about their grotesque hairstyles?…

The Arctic Marauder

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Jacques Tardi’s The Arctic Marauder is a rip roaring, rollicking yarn set on the icy seas. When a young doctor searches for his uncle, he is lead down a path of mystery involving the destruction of sailing vessels within the…

YEAH!

YEAH! by Peter Bagge and Gilbert Hernandez is the story of Krazy, Honey, and Woo-Woo, the trio in an all-girl pop band. A band that is “…without a doubt the most popular band in the history of the universe,” but…

The Hidden

The Hidden by Richard Sala

The Hidden, by Richard Sala, takes place in a world where one man’s folly has been replicated until it threatens the very world of humans. As a dystopian, end-of-the-world novel, it does a good job of showcasing desolation and general…

Isle of 100,000 Graves

It’s difficult for me to gauge whether or not a person is going to be a fan of mononymous Norwegian artist Jason. Over the past 10 years, Jason has become known for his particular brand of droll, short graphic novels…

The Squirrel Mother

In this collection of short graphic stories by Megan Kelso, readers go along on a personal journey which ranges from a young girl who deliberately ruins a dress her mother made for her, to a wayward aunt, to Alexander Hamilton.…

RIP, M.D.

Ripley I. Plimpt is your average eleven-year-old kid who loves monster movies. He doesn’t just love them, he is an expert. He’s watched them all. “From Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Weine in 1920, right up to…

Anywhere But Here

It is always interesting when an artist chooses a particular set of limitations and experiments to see what can be done within such constraints. Anywhere But Here, a collection of comics by Tori Miki, follows a couple of simple rules:…