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Sumo by Thien Pham

This graphic novel of incredible sweetness and inventive style is a story of reinvention and rebirth, told quietly and with poetry. Scott is a former high school football hero who loses his chance at the big leagues, as well as his girlfriend, and opts to move to Japan and pursue the life of a sumo wrestler as a way to […]

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Moominvalley Turns Jungle & Moomin’s Winter Folly by Tove Jansson

Scandinavian book and com ic characters the Moomins have only recently crossed over to North America in a series of lovingly-published collections out of Canada which point to their decades-long devoted following — their first appearance was in 1945 — and successful expansion into film and television. It’s a long legacy for all of us to catch-up with. Canadian publishers […]

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Pippi Moves In by Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Van Nyman

The homeschool movement, particularly the unschooling sector, could do worse than to officially choose Pippi Long stocking as their figurehead. The young Swedish upstart has never truly been unseated as the ultimate anti-hero kid, a real rebellious wunderkind who makes mincemeat out of adults with her own whirligig style of logic. Though mostly remembered in chapter books — and, to […]

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The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

Quite a few graphic novels have recently attempted to tackle mental illness in realistic ways, but none have done so quite as convincingly as affectingly as The Nao of Brown (Amazon, Powell’s). The work of British writer/artist Glyn Dillon, the story follow a half-Brit, half-Japanese woman, Nao, who navigates her dysfunctional world, while struggling with a form of OCD that, […]

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Laura Marling

British singer Laura Marling came out of a London scene that looked to roots and folk music for its inspiration, but that sound already felt like home to her. The kind of music she now plays is actually part of the sound of her childhood, absorbed and reconsidered through her own filter. “When I was very young, it was the […]

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Review: Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Dan Clowes edited by Alvin Buenaventura

From his early days as a loud-mouthed satirist to his Oscar-nominated turn as screenwriter adapting his own “Ghost World” to his more recent, hilarious melancholia, Dan Clowes has consistently asked what he thinks is the one question that really matters — “What do we really want from each other?” — and examined the ways ordinary behavior gives us a hint […]

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Signe Taylor “Circus Dreams”

In the new documentary film, “Circus Dreams,” the old idea of running away with the circus is updated and revealed as not only a legitimate career move for kids, but an enriching one. Circus Smirkus is a youth circus program that offers intensive training camps and touring for kids who are seriously interested in circus performance. The organization, based in […]

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Jerry Gretzinger

For Jerry Gretzinger, a decades-long art project started with a simple doodle that exploded into an entire alternate world. Gretzinger is bringing his universe to Mass MoCA, starting today through Oct. 14. His studio is set up in the Hunter Center and his map will be entirely displayed for the first time ever “Jerry’s Map,” which began in 1963, is […]

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The Bandana Splits

Draw ing inspiration from past girl groups, like the Andrews Sisters and the Ronettes, the trio known as the Bandana Splits are adding an indie-pop cred to the form that is all their own. Consisting of Lauren Balthrop and Annie Nero, both of the band Balthrop Alabama, and solo performer Dawn Landes, the band got its start after an impromptu […]

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Review: Lost Dogs, Animal Man, and The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

Canadian graphic novelist Jeff Lemire zoomed to success with his “Essex County Tril ogy,” and he’s consistently brought out great work ever since. This summer saw three titles appear that highlighted not only his storytelling powers, but also his mastery of a variety of narrative styles and types and the craggy depths to which he can take them. A reissue […]

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Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters have won the hearts of bluegrass fans, but their appeal has been steadily moving beyond that audience and into the rest of the world. The band plays tonight at 9:15, as part of the FreshGrass Festival at Mass MoCA. The band includes Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book […]

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Review: Crackle of the Frost by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jorge Zentner

Exhibiting the intensity of a confused dark memoir or, more appropriately, a session on an analyst’s couch session, it’s no surprise that Italian graphic novel illustrator Mat totti’s collaborator, Argentine an writer Zentner, is also a practicing psychologist. Following the testament of Samuel as he journeys to visit a lover he walked out on a year before after news that […]

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The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three pulls from the dark side of Americana past in order and plants the result of their inspiration smack dab in the middle of today. The band will perform as part of the Fresh Grass Festival at Mass MoCA on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9:15 p.m. With a decade behind them, the band — consisting of guitarist/frontman […]

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