Monday, October 23, 2017

ICYMI -- Small Press Comics Criticism and Whatnot for 10/16/17 to 10/22/17

Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.

COMICS CRITICISM 

* RJ Casey writes this excellent review of ANTI-GONE by Connor Willumsen, a book "about positioning privilege and diversion as sacred pastimes."

* Andy Oliver on KO by Shanti Rai, a comic that "mixes an uncomplicated but appealing artistic style with flowing, often tightly packed panel-to-panel storytelling to give us a painful meditation on love and loss with a mythological slant."

* Ryan C. goes through Fantagraphics' new anthology NOW, which made him "realize just how much (he'd) missed having a top-quality anthology available on a consistent basis at a price that didn't break the bank."

* Rob Clough on Laura Knetzger's BUG BOYS 15, "a story about finding out what you really want and finding out where and how to do it."

* Alex Hoffman reviews SUKIBITO DIARY by Chu Nap.

* Ryan C.'s THIS WEEK'S READING ROUND-UP features looks at Berserker #1 from Breakdown Press, Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino, Steam Clean by Laura Kenins, and Sugar Town by Hazel Newlevant.

* Robert Kirby highlights REQUIEM FOR A HOT COMB by Ajuan Mance.

WHATNOT

* Paul Lai interviews Avery Hill's KATRIONA CHAPMAN "about the UK publisher's intriguing comics lineup, its history as a comics press, and its upcoming releases." 

* Greg Hunter interviews ANNIE MOK about "Carta Monir, Emily Carroll, Satyajit Ray, and more."

Priya Sridhar interviews KAT LEYH.

* Alex Dueben interviews ELIZABETH LAPENSEE about Deer Woman: An Anthology, which LaPensee co-edited, "featuring the work of a number of creators who use the story of the deer woman to tell stories of resistance, healing, empowerment, and hope."

* COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN, on November 11th, looks like a pretty damn impressive show this year.

* Ann-Marie Cahill's A STRAW-MAN FOR FALSE FEMINISTS: A RESPONSE TO MAYIM BIALIK.

* Clara Mae's ALIEN: COVENANT DECENTERS ITS FEMALE PROTAGONIST IN FAVOR OF A MAN.

* Michael Burgin's SCIENCE IS A SUPERPOWER ... IF YOU'RE A BOY

* Dara Horn's WHY YIDDISH IS FUNNY.

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