Win Lucy Knisley’s New Book Go to Sleep (I Miss You)

Well, it was bound to happen. I have loved everything Lucy Knisley has ever published. Until now. Her newest book is Go to Sleep (I Miss You). It’s a collection of, as the subtitle says, “Cartoons From the Fog of New Parenthood”. There’s nothing wrong with the book; I’m just not that interested in cute baby cartoons. I know there are plenty of people out there, probably parents, who will adore sharing these well-drawn glimpses of Lucy’s new baby sleeping […]

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Laid-Back Camp Volume 5

Laid-Back Camp volume 5 came out last year, but given that the theme of the book is New Year’s, it seemed a good time to catch up with the series. I can’t believe it’s March already; I’m still thinking we’re barely into 2020. There are many holiday-connected traditions in this volume: One of the girls has a part-time job delivering New Year’s cards. Most of the camping club members are working over the winter break in order to make money […]

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C2E2 2020: The Last Con of the Year?

That’s a joke title, based on people getting squidgy about the coronavirus. But already I’m hearing about people pulling out of the soon-upcoming Emerald City Comic Con because of travel and infection concerns. I went to C2E2 in Chicago, where I had the pleasure of rooming with Brigid Alverson and Heidi MacDonald, who make every show better. Here are some thoughts and experiences. (If you want to hear us talk about some of this, check out the podcast.) In general, […]

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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Lucy Knisley with a baby carriage. Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos captures the graphic memoirist’s experiences with pregnancy and childbirth — which went about as not smoothly as you could fear, since she almost died during the process. From reading her previous autobiographical graphic novels, I knew she’d dreamed about having children for a long time. As she says in her illustrated introduction, the book covers two years of “what […]

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C2E2 Starts Tomorrow in Chicago

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but … C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, starts tomorrow. I’m excited to be there and to catch up with friends. The guest announcements were… odd. There’s a list of Comic Guests, which does not include the majority of the graphic novel creators I’m excited to see. They — Faith Erin Hicks, Lucy Knisley, Noelle Stevenson — are listed under Literary Guests, which … well. This artificial distinction may […]

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Let Your Heart Be Light

If you’re not ready yet to let go of lovely holiday feelings, let me recommend a charming Christmas romance collection. Let Your Heart Be Light by J.R. Lawrie (published by Carnation Books) is a set of three M/M holiday love stories about two couples. The first is a goofy blue-haired stand-up comic who finds the love of his life in an older civil servant. The second features two neighbors who finally get a chance to meet after one is treated […]

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Pumpkinheads

Author Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl) and artist Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City, Friends With Boys) team up for a lovely seasonal story about friendship and crushes and moving on to a new stage of life in Pumpkinheads. Josiah and Deja are working their last night at the Pumpkin Patch (which is more like a minor amusement park, with food booths and attractions and a giant corn maze). It’s Halloween, after which the patch shuts down, and they’re getting ready to […]

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I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up

I was in the mood for some light manga that resembled a rom-com, so I was looking forward to trying I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up. The premise is in the title: Machi agrees to marry the bubbly and persistent Hana in order to get Machi’s parents to quit pushing her to date and marry. Hana wanted to move in because she’s losing her apartment, and in return, she takes care of the housework. Machi knows […]

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