Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

Secret Smithsonian Adventures: Claws and Effect

The second in the series of science fiction educational comics under the imprint of the Smithsonian Institution is due out later this month. The first, The Wrong Wrights, dealt with a key moment of technological development and the National Air and Space Museum; Claws and Effect instead explores Natural History. This time, the kids start seeing dinosaurs. Cats and dogs have been replaced by lizards, appearing just as we think they did way back when. Josephine comments to her “new” […]

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Bread & Butter #1

In Bread & Butter #1, Liz Mayorga uses familiar elements — the dreams and struggles of a young artist working a restaurant service job — to comment on the lure of a place. She creates an engrossing portrait of today’s urban culture through the semi-autobiographical character of Liana, who went to San Francisco to paint but is working at a museum cafe. If you liked Over Easy (a longer, set-in-the-past, similar story), you should definitely check this out as a […]

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Ghastly Tales

Out next Wednesday is a digital one-shot anthology collecting three spooky tales written by Marguerite Bennett (Bombshells) and atmospherically illustrated by Varga Tomi. The high point of Ghastly Tales is the first story, “Koi”. Set in ancient Japan, it’s about love gone wrong and revenge with a twist. The art is wonderfully atmospheric, and although at core a horror story, it’s more in the mind than on the page (although there is some blood). It’s mostly narrated, poetically, adding to […]

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A City Inside

I wasn’t previously familiar with the work of Tillie Walden, so I had no idea what to expect when reading A City Inside. What I got was symbolic, a strongly constructed series of images that requires subconscious consent in submerging oneself. It’s a piece based on emotion, not logic. For those who need something more concrete, the publisher’s book description says Shifting between the everyday and the surreal, A City Inside recounts one woman’s life from childhood home, to the […]

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Private Beach

I knew, going in, that Private Beach would be, at most a curiosity at this point. Even with the promised new series conclusion, very little can live up to being rediscovered 15 years later. I’m not the person I was when I first read it, back in 2001, either, and now, we’ve had a lot more of these kinds of works, from The X-Files to various charmed young women and weirdness magnets. The idea of a slice-of-life portrayal in a […]

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Jellaby: Monster in the City

It’s taken me almost two years to talk about Jellaby: Monster in the City, the followup to Jellaby: The Lost Monster, because I found it such a weird change of pace. When we left Portia, Jason, and the purple monster named Jellaby, they were heading to the big city to find out more about Jellaby’s origins. Those questions aren’t answered here, making for disappointment for readers who waited in the hopes of finding out more. Of course, there’s an argument […]

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Hipster! Comic-Strip Dispatches From Brooklyn, NY

Greg Farrell, author of On the Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC’s Strand Bookstore, is back with Hipster! Comic-Strip Dispatches From Brooklyn, NY. It’s a collection of autobio comics covering life as described by the title. I found it horrid. Not because of the style or author, but because of the subject matter. If you want to be convinced of why you should never live in New York City, or if you’ve left and want confirmation you […]

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Dark Beach #1

Dark Beach is a sci-fi noir. While it makes a couple of mistakes common to startup indy comics, it’s well-drawn enough for me to suggest you check out the preview pages (at the link above) if you’re curious. It’s the story of Gordo, a drug addict who takes crime scene photos to buy drugs, in a world where the only sun is artificial. He stumbles across a murder victim and gets her stuck in his head. When he sets out […]

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