New Newlevant Work Coming Next Year

I’m thrilled to hear that we’re going to get a collection of Hazel Newlevant’s No Ivy League. Publishers Weekly reports that Lion Forge (where Newlevant is an associate editor) will be publishing the 200-page graphic memoir in late 2018. I’ve read the minicomics out so far, and I’m eager to see what happens. It’s the story of when Newlevant was 17 years old and working a summer job clearing ivy from a forest near Portland, Oregon, to make money to […]

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Sugar Town

Hazel Newlevant’s Sugar Town is just the kind of lightweight but meaningful happy romance I needed. (Newlevant previously edited Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers.) Hazel meets Argent at a party. Hazel’s already in a relationship with a guy, but they’re “open, or poly, or whatever”, and Hazel is fascinated by Argent (and her work as a dominatrix). A new date is just the thing, as Hazel is visiting Portland from New York. The bright colors and open lines […]

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Killer Fashion: Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History

The main thing that surprised me about the various ways clothes can kill you that are shown in Killer Fashion: Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History was the sheer number of them that involved catching on fire. Wigs, artificial fabric, and shirt cuffs were all surprisingly flammable. While (as a fan of weird cultural history) I had heard of many of these before, though, I hadn’t seen them expressed in such a charmingly grotesque manner. Each […]

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Be Your Own Backing Band

Be Your Own Backing Band is the latest collection of Liz Prince‘s autobiographical comics. (She’s previously created Tomboy, Alone Forever, and the Ignatz-winning Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?) The comic strips here are about music, specifically her love of punk rock. That subject should find a sympathetic audience among comic readers, since the two media have a lot in common. That do-it-yourself ethos meant I enjoyed reading this although I think I recognized only five […]

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Dreamin’ Sun Volumes 2-4

I’ve been catching up on Dreamin’ Sun by Ichigo Takano, and reading a whole bunch of it may not have been the best choice. I like Shimana, the confused young lady at the center of the story, but too much at once just reinforces how indecisive she is, particularly when it comes to who she’s crushing on now. In a way, though, that’s part of the fun. None of the characters know what love is or whether they’re in love, […]

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Maria and Me: A Father, A Daughter (and Autism)

Maria and Me is a short illustrated scrapbook capturing a father’s trip with his 12-year-old autistic daughter on a beach vacation. The content is slight in terms of events, but the significance comes in attempting to build understanding about how it feels to take care of a child with autism. The upscale hardcover packaging and simple images make this a lovely gift for anyone interested in learning more about the condition as it affects day-to-day life, particularly since it doesn’t […]

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Incredible Doom, 90s BBS Comic, Using Every Model Possible

There are so many options for creators to attempt to make money off their comics today, and smart ones use whatever they can. Take, for example, Matthew Bogart, who last month launched Incredible Doom (co-written with Jesse Holden). As soon as I heard that the comic was “about ’90s kids making life-threatening decisions over the early internet” I knew I had to read it. (Mainly because my graduate work was about comic fandom in the same era.) And I really […]

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App for Comic Collectors (Remember Them?) Focuses on Key Issues

Until I got a request for coverage about this new app, I’d almost completely forgotten that the comic industry used to be driven by collectors, speculating on which comics were worth more money and which would increase in value. I’m only interested in reading them these days, which has become much easier with the greater availability of both print and digital reprints. Key Collector Comics is available for both iOS and Android devices and promises information on “over 7,000 key […]

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