Friday, August 10, 2018

ICYMI -- Small Press Comics Criticism and Whatnot for 8/3/18 to 8/10/18

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

* John Seven on THE DANES by Belgian cartoonist Clarke in which he writes "We know that race is a construct — in particular, a construct of white humans who created a deep-seated form of differentiation often for purposes of control, enslavement, colonialism, and, of course, as a justification for hate that often evoked pseudo-science."

* Jenny Robins looks at ANUBIS by Joanna Karpowicz, which "is nothing short of a masterpiece, achieving arguably what can only be done by an accumulation of images – what has been called the aim of all Art – a mirror of reality."

* Brian Nicholson on ANGLOID by Alex Graham, writing "The book's structure, as an account of a life, never feels like a simplistic parable or fable, the way attempts at imparting spirituality often do. It's not that the book is walking a line between the spiritual and the abject, so much as walking all around the territory of a life to explain that the idea of a border between the two is false."

* Ian Keogh has a short review of Tim Bird's THE GREAT NORTH WOOD.

* Rob Clough is now over at the Wow Cool blog with a review of Mimi Pond's OVER EASY. 

* Megan Fabbri on Dami Lee's BE EVERYTHING AT ONCE: TALES OF A CARTOONIST LADY PERSON, saying "Lee’s style is uniquely her own, soft, easily digestible, and concise."

* Ryan Carey continues reading Elijah Brubaker's REICH -- this time talking about issues nine through twelve.

* Alex Hoffman looks at DULL MARGARET written by Jim Broadbent and illustrated by Dix who "have created a comic that reads like a play written for one person."

* Daniel and Mark Oppenheimer write letters to each other about Michael Kupperman's ALL THE ANSWERS making for one of the more interesting reviews I've read.

* Philippe LeBlanc on WHERE SHE WALKSthe result of a collaboration between siblings and artist Erin Millar, a poet, and Nathan Millar, a comic artist, saying that it "remains a frustrating read, the work of a collaboration between two siblings and accomplished artists searching for a proper way to coexist in the same environment. It almost works, but eventually it falters, It’s cut too short and is too ambitious for its own good."

* Matt Vadnais explores self-monstrification in MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris.

* Finally, my dear ex-friend Keith Silva has written about REVISITING DAKOTA NORTH which is something you should read. And do. And then be a better person for having done both. Now, if someone could only convince Silva that Tusk is a better album than Rumours.

WHATNOT

* Robin McConnell interviews SLOANE LEONG over on Inkstuds

* You know I'm always going to link to any new Seo Kim comic I can. Especially this one called DUCKING LIKE RABBITS.

* Noah Van Sciver has a comic up on Popula called MORMON BOY.

* Speaking of Popula, Sarah Miller is slowly becoming one of my favorite writers -- not just because she lives in the same town as I do, but because she can write things like MOVIEGOING IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY.

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