Tag Archive for Fantagraphics

An Age of License

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In Age of License, author/artist Lucy Knisley explores a more introspective, intimate territory than some of her previous works. Family relationships are a major theme in books such as Relish, French Milk, and Displacement. In the case of An Age…

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell

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  Jacques Tardi is one of the French cartooning greats—but his work is just starting to get its due in English translation, thanks largely to Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics. Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell, translated by Doug Headline, is…

Displacement: A Travelogue

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I must start my review by saying that Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoirs (French Milk, Relish, etc.) frustrate me—I know that she is more or less my contemporary in age (early millennial), predilections (delicious foods! Francophilia!), and social class (lower-upper-middle perhaps?).…

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…

Gast

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Helen has just moved to rural Wales with her parents. She’s quiet and solitary, but she isn’t shy. She’s the kind of child whose mother must ask her not to bring any more dying animals to the house. Helen loves watching nature…

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

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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

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  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…

Blacklung

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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

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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…