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Are Marjane Satrapi's Works Comics or Graphic Novels?

Marjane Satrapi is a complicated woman living and working at the intersection of many overlapping identity factors, and her books Persepolis and Embroideries provide us different facets through which to view this complex of relations.


Collaboration Is Fruitful in Graphic Novel 'Old Growth'

In their collaborative graphic fiction, Old Growth, Olivo and Bavarksy drew in tandem, trading the panels back and forth, each adding new details, both and neither taking the role of primary artist-writer.


French Comic Artist Blutch Makes an Experiment of 'Mitchum'

The images in Blutch's Mitchum are technically cartoons, but the style is idiosyncratic, sometimes warping into full abstraction.


Shintaro Kago's 'Dementia 21' Showcases Surrealist Manga

As much as I admire Shintaro Kago's oddness as a writer, his artistic pen is even sharper (but not without problems) as evident in Dementia 21.


John Pham's ​J​&K​​ - It's a Matter of Perspective

In J&K, John Pham explores perspectives in the psychological sense. Like Picasso, he views things from more than one angle.


'Goblin Girl' and the Fiction/ Nonfiction Dichotomy

Moa Romanova's "semi-auto-bio" graphic fiction, Goblin Girl, explores the dating world with a mysterious mix of art and influences.


'Sports Is Hell' Narrows the Field to Identity Politics

Ben Passmore's Sports Is Hell is an apocalyptic parody of racism in US sports and politics.


Rikke Villadsen's 'Cowboy' Is Warped

Rikke Villadsen's graphic fiction, Cowboy, is an aggressively peculiar take on an already aggressively peculiar genre.


What's to Be Believed in Yoshiharu Tsuge's 'The Man Without Talent'?

Tsuge's narrator's mustache is no more convincing a disguise than Superman's Clark Kent glasses—which is the paradoxical point in The Man Without Talent.


gg's Graphic Fiction, 'Constantly', Knows Where the Monsters Go

Where gg's I'm Not Here found its force in ambiguity and the maybe-fantastical, Constantly is comparatively straightforward in its portrayal of the protagonist's sometimes literal battle with her own psyche.


Who's He in Connor Willumsen's 'Bradley of Him'?

Connor Willumsen keeps the narrative in his graphic fiction book, Bradley of Him, as lean and off-balance as his maybe-deranged main character.


Would the 2,000-Year-Old Zhuangzi Approve of Tsai's 'The Way of Nature'?

A Yoda-proportioned philosopher provides a humorous undercurrent in C. C. Tsai's adaptation of the Daoist text, The Way of Nature.


Ana Galvañ's 'Press Enter to Continue' Gets Weird with the Storyboard Format

Is the ghost-child forming pixel-by-pixel in Ana Galvañ's Press Enter to Continue a repressed memory, a government-induced hallucination, or something weirder still?


It All Goes Sideways in Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore's 'BTTM FDRS'

Graphic fiction BTTM FDRS drags up our culture's biggest, ugliest globs of unconscious sewage and spreads it across a white page for us to see and acknowledge.


Inés Estrada's 'Alienation': Virtual Reality via Comics Grids

Inés Estrada's disturbingly plausible imagination effectively beams Alienation's dystopic future into readers' heads via the antiquated analog technology of ink and paper.


Graphic Fiction 'Angola Janga' Brings Forth the History of a Kingdom of Fugitives

Poignant motifs travel through Marcelo D'Salete's graphic novel of Brazil's Angola Janga, a kingdom of runaway slaves.


Graphic Novel 'The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade' Is at War with Itself

Blurgits—the drawing of multiple limbs to suggest motion— is effective in Yann Kebbi's artwork for The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade, creating a world teetering on carefully crafted incoherence—which is well suited to Viken Berberian's script.


It's Rare to Find Horror Executed So Perfectly in Graphic Fiction As It Is in 'Beautiful Darkness'

If you're used to the blood splatter of slasher films or the evil monsters of supernatural thrillers, be warned: Beautiful Darkness covers an abyss of horrors far deeper.


On Sex and Self-Image in 'Blossoms in Autumn'

I usually cringe at story-halting gratuitousness, but the best thing about Blossoms in Autumn is the sex scene.


Pussycats, Lesbian Vampires, and the Blood-Splattered Erotica of Emily Carroll's 'When I Arrived at the Castle'

There's a lot of yarn for this cat to untangle in Emily Carroll's When I Arrived at the Castle.


Graphic Sex and the Graphic Form in 'The Perineum Technique'

The world of The Perineum Technique is sort of our own world, and sort of not. It's an area between.


Love and Politics Go Awry in James Sturm's 'Off Season'

There's a pleasant "off-ness" about the not really reality within reality of James Sturms' graphic fiction, Off Season.


Rikke Villadsen's Idiosyncratic 'The Sea' Sets the Imagination Adrift

Danish artist Rikke Villadsen appears to be spinning a circular tale-within-a-tale with no origin or end points and only tragic escapes in his graphic fiction work, The Sea.


Graphic Fiction Collaboration 'Hobo Mom' Merges Artistic DNA

Charles Forsman and Max de Radiguès' graphic fiction collaboration, Hobo Mom, is successful both in its minimalistic visual approach and its realistic treatment of the emotional dynamics of an estranged but well-intentioned family.


Michael DeForge's 'Brat' Challenges the Act of Reading Comics

While dimension-deforming environments are normal in cartoon worlds, few wander as far to the edge of pure abstraction—let alone cross it -- as Michael DeForge does in Brat.


Graphic Fiction 'Roaming Foliage' Digs into the Undergrowth

Patrick Kyle's graphic fiction meta-garden, Roaming Foliage, digs up the roots of the comics form.


Graphic Fiction 'Apollo' Reminds Us of the Heights Humanity Can Reach

Revisiting the moon landing via graphic fiction work, Apollo, offers a vital reminder of hope and possibility in these dark and petty times.


Schrauwen's Future Selves Explore Genre, Gender, and the Comics Form in 'Parallel Lives'

In Parallel Lives, O. Schrauwen literally draws attention to the basic building blocks of comics, science fiction, and our cultural sexual norms.


Tadao Tsuge's 'Slum Wolf' Provides a Dramatic Look at the Persistence of the Disaffected

After the devastating effects of American bombings of Japan during World War II, how do people rebuild themselves and their society? Tadao Tsuge explores these difficulties in Slum Wolf.


Confusion and Loneliness: 'Shit Is Real'

Shit is Real maintains a relatability that makes the oddball situations resonate emotionally.


Nick Drnaso's 'Sabrina' and Affronts to Truth

Drnaso's Sabrina explores how isolation, both psychic and social, fuels the evolution of tragedy into social paranoia and a dehumanized narrative of fraud.


'Tumult' Is a Graphic Fiction Noir Thriller Viewed Through a Surreal Lens

As a viewer, you're never quite sure where you're standing—let alone if it's on solid ground.


The Future Is Female: 'Woman World'

Aminder Dhaliwal draws a world without men in her pleasantly post-apocalyptic Woman World.


Nick Thorburn's 'Penguins' Is Crude, Clever, and Often Amusing

Whether a general commentary on American greed, or on a personal loss of self, or something else, there's an adroit depiction here that can be unexpectedly moving.


Jason Lutes, Author of 'Berlin', on Drawing War Comics and Resisting Fascism

As we learn in this interview, when Jason Lutes began drawing the Berlin series in the '90s, he had no idea his own country would be facing the threat of fascism, again, by the time he completed it.


'Ethics in the Gutter': on Comics, Morality, and Failure of Imagination

Kate Polak's Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics explores fictionalized historical realities in graphic narratives and how we respond to them.

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