Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

Larry Gonick’s latest book, due out next month, is Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them, written by psychology professor Tim Kasser. He studies people’s “materialistic values and goals for money, possessions, and status” and the relationship between them and well-being. These connections are explained through Gonick’s cartoons. Hypercapitalism doesn’t have the humor I’m used to from Gonick’s other books. The opening, which introduces Kasser and his studies, explains that there are two parts to come, […]

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Peace of Mind #1

Peace of Mind begins with what a sitcom might look like in the Matrix. A woman in a VR simulation of a happy family runs out of money and is thrown away for dead. Members of some kind of underground society find her and hook her up to an interrogator, which threatens to bring doom upon them. The art is edgy but easily readable, with a scratchy style that fits the dystopian future. I get the feel, with art and […]

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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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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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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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Warning Label

I’ve enjoyed just about all of Thom Zahler’s comics — Love and Capes, Time and Vine, Long Distance — so I don’t know why I haven’t yet talked about Warning Label, his new digital release. It’s available to read, in its entirety (so far), at Line Webtoon. The format’s a little odd, a series of single panels, but I think that’s to improve visibility on portable devices. The concept is genius, though. Danielle has been cursed so that anyone interested […]

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All’s Faire in Middle School

The much-anticipated new book by the author of Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson, similarly takes experience from her life to craft an appealing story for middle-school girls. All’s Faire in Middle School is the story of Imogene, worried about entering middle school after being home-schooled. Complicating things is how involved her family is in the local Renaissance Faire. Dad plays a knight, while Mom runs a craft booth. Imogene has just begun training to be a squire, which makes her a […]

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A Few Good SPX Mini-Comics

Quick notes, because I have to get ready for the second day of SPX 2017, but I have had a chance to read a few comics so far. Reading comics at a convention? I know, normally there’s no time, but it was so nice, being in the same hotel as the show, to sneak away yesterday when the crowds got heaviest, go back to the room, put my feet up, and read a few things. The Eternal Rocks Amelia Onorato […]

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