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Inside Salmeck by Vincent Flückiger & Last Mountain 2 by Dakota McFadzean

MoCCA Fest will happen in New York City this weekend and here are two great books debuting there from Birdcage Bottom Books. Inside Salmeck by Vincent  Flückiger Inside Salmeck is a simple, intimate, and rather gentle piece that features  Flückiger showing us, the reader, around his apartment building in Basel, Switzerland, and taking great care to keep scope as part of […]

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Cast Away On The Letter A by Fred

For those who love Tintin and Asterisk, Philemon bursts forth as a formerly secret corner of the same world for those of us trapped in English-speaking countries. The creation of French cartoonist Fred (real name Frédéric Othon Théodore Aristidès), Phileomon is the main character of a 16-book series dating back to the 1960s, which follows his absurd fantasy adventures. I’m not expert […]

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Shoplifter by Michael Cho

Corinna Park is at that moment of life that so many of us have found ourselves. It’s that moment just past the point we’re pretty sure we have a plan and we’re pretty sure it’s all going to be okay. It’s actually that point where you’ve reached some crossroads and you have to figure out which are worth taking. It’s […]

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Mimi and The Wolves Vols. 1 & 2 by Alabaster

There are many points of reference that come to mind when reading Alabaster’s Mimi And The Wolves — everything from Richard Scarry to the Grimm Brothers, even more classic fantasy like The Hobbit — though that seems a little too obvious now that I’ve typed out the comparison  — as well as Winnie the Pooh. If that’s an odd mix, […]

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Best of Enemies Vol.2: A History of US and Middle East Relations by Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B

The first volume of Filiu and David B’s Best Of Enemies (Amazon, Powell’s) took readers through a sprawling period from the Epic of Gilgamesh to 1953 and the reality of Israel’s existence, setting up for the massive explosion of the region we find in this second volume (Amazon, Powell’s) by literally covering centuries of conflicts, particularly involving the United States. Picking up […]

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Nasty Day by Kelly Froh

I don’t know what it’s like for people half my age, but the most common topic of conversation among my peers is family, and it’s hardly ever the good stuff. My generation seems to have grown-up at a time when family dysfunction eventually became a fast disintegration, leaving no mass to emotionally cling to and causing us to go out […]

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Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen

  On my shelf of graphic novels that have slipped through the cracks, the ones that I never got around to reviewing for no very good reason at all, Rage Of Poseidon (Amazon, Powell’s) is the one that has called out loudest for the longest time. I don’t think I was avoiding it on purpose, though I will say that while […]

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Kill My Mother By Jules Feiffer

I don’t know that Jules Feiffer is legendary enough that a lot hinges on any of his children’s picture book releases, but a new graphic novel is quite the thing to raise expectations. It’s too bad, because part of taking a clear view of Kill My Mother (Amazon, iBooks, IndieBound, Powell’s) involves wiping away any expectation you felt, and working […]

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Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross

Henni (Amazon, IndieBound, Powell’s) is a fairy tale to be sure, but a decidedly modern one that extols the virtues of the individual and shuns blind groupthink. These issues might be timeless, but not usually the province of, say, the Grimm Brothers, who seemed more preoccupied with teaching people lessons in bad decision-making. In Henni, there are no real choices for decisions, […]

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Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever adapted by Scott Tipton, David Tipton & J.K. Woodward

Time-travel in science fiction allows writers to play out multiple narratives and endings, with large doses of fantasy. Star Trek is no exception to this, in fact the number of possible wacky time paradoxes in Star Trek is so staggering that we might not be able to ever establish which Star Trek world we are witnessing, ever, or forever, as […]

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Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard

In Celeste (Amazon, IndieBound, Powell’s), the end of the world is reimagined as a moment of self-awakening when several people find that everyone else on Earth has disappeared. What happens next says a lot about the person it happens to and Culbard uses the opportunity to examine the apocalypses of our own souls that happen without anyone knowing. The book begins with […]

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Adrian Tomine

It was announced by Drawn And Quarterly that the Canadian publisher had acquired Adrian Tomine’s next book, Killing And Dying, next fall. It seemed like a good time to present this interview I conducted with Tomine a little over a year ago when he was in town for an appearance at Williams College. His collection of New York art had come […]

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The Not So Secret (And Actually Overtly Sexual) History of Wonder Woman

At the Toronto book signing for Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Amazon, iBooks,   IndieBound, Powell’s), a guy at the back of the room got up during the Q&A section and asked an elaborate question about a specific story in a specific issue of the comic. Before Lepore could reply, another audience member stood up, vehemently yelled, “I disagree!” […]

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Soppy by Philippa Rice

My first encounter with British artist Philippa Rice was her mini comic Looking Out, the American edition put out by Hic and Hoc. It was a sweet and amusing space romance of missed opportunities quilted together. That lead me to her website and her beautiful cardboard cutout art and comics, a lot of which is contained in her My Cardboard Life […]

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John Seven’s 10 Favorite Comics + 2 of 2014

1 Here by Richard McGuire McGuire’s conceptually rich, experimentally exciting chronicle of a corner of a living room takes the concept of time and the sequential art form to unexpected new heights. (Amazon) 2 How The World Was, Emmanuel Guibert More of Alan Cope’s meditations on himself, this time a childhood in California that reveals more about life on Earth […]

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Here by Richard McGuire

When looking at the comics page, it is possible to consider the whole of it as a visual, two-dimensional representation of the movement of time. Each panel, with this view, is a moment of time. This means that the traditional comics format captures the most elusive aspect of the dimension of time — flow. Humans perceive flow without really seeing […]

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New Physics by Box Brown

In black, white, and shocking pink, Box Brown relates the enthusiasm, if not all the particulars, for the apparently very exciting and transformative mode of thought or belief or something called New Physics. It’s a movement that transcends all the old movements, whatever they were, and spreads through social networks and a wacky building that indeed defies any physics as […]

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City Chickens by Jess Ruliffson

  This is a nice little piece of slice of life non-fiction that captures a community garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that features not only plants but chickens. I confess I found this interesting for two reasons. One is that I lived in Crown Heights at the same time co-director of the garden Greg Anderson first arrived and started the […]

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