Tag Archive for Fantagraphics

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:…

Castle Waiting, vol. 2

Within the walls of Brambly Hedge, lies a castle housing a group of misfits and outcasts. Their stories are familiar, borrowed from fairytales and nursery rhymes. In the first volume of Castle Waiting, Linda Medley introduced us to the castle…

The Clouds Above

In The Clouds Above, Jordan Crane has composed a charming tale about a small boy named Simon and his long-tailed cat, Jack. Simon is chronically late to school, and one day, he escapes the notice of the teacher and ends…

The Squirrel Mother

This book is a collection of short stories, mostly with female protagonists. The title story, ‘The Squirrel Mother,’ is about a young girl whose mother sacrifices her own time to make a dress for her daughter. This story is told…

Mother, Come Home

Mother, Come Home is one of the most disturbing and emotionally devastating graphic novels I’ve read in a long while. In fact, ever. This novel revolves around a father and son, the narrator Thomas, struggling to regain their footing after…

King, vol. 1

In his introduction to this first volume, Ho Che Anderson emphasizes biography as an interpretation of the facts he had gathered, and as a kind of meditation of the man behind the legacy. He wonders about how to uncover the…

Castle Waiting, vol. 1

Do you enjoy books like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or Donna Jo Napoli’s Zel? Strong heroines who survive by their wits, humorous dialogue to rival The Princess Bride, friends from a knight who happens to be a horse to…