Accruing accolades and awards by the bushelful, McBride's novel employs a staccato, jump-cut prose style reminiscent of Samuel Beckett, and puts it to new and original uses in this harrowing coming of age tale
Here's Anne Enright's review in the UK Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/20/girl-half-formed-thing-review
Here's James Woods in The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/29/useless-prayers
Leviathan arrives in the USA at last, in the form of The Book of Leviathan, published by Overlook Press. Everyone who is serious about exploring the more far-flung and adventurous realms of comics, enjoys graphic intellectual stimulation, or appreciates a healthy sense of the absurd has an excellent chance of finding what they are looking for in The Book of Leviathan. This is a truly one-of-a-kind item. The Book of the Leviathan employs a wry wit with dextrous aplomb at every turn. Right from the initial impression -- the overall book design, with its ruby edged pages, making it resemble a accountant's ledger -- the reader is put in the...
Yes! The latest volume in the epic 30-volume Carl Barks Library has arrived (we believe that this is Volume 15, despite it stating that it is Volume 13 on the copyright/indicia page). This one is perhaps the most riotous volume yet, filled with more fun-filled antics than any other yet published. This is due in no small part to Fantagraphics' decision to follow the stories that make up Donald Duck No. 26 -- one of the last wholly by Barks -- which includes the title track "Trick or Treat", with a whoppingfourteen consecutive classic 10-pagers! Originally published in a stretch that ran from late 1952 through 1953, these 10-pagers are...
It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Over 300 pages of black and white comics intensity courtesy of the one-of-a-kind-pair ofArgentines-in-exile, José Muñoz and Carolos Sampayo. To the best of our knowledge, thestories that populate this volume hadnot beentranslatedintoEnglish before appearing here; almost certainly not the two 21st century stories, the existence of which we were not even aware. Alack Sinner: The Age of Disenchantmentoffers valuable perspectives on the United States, social,political and psychological, that you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere in comics. And we don't even know where to begin on singing the...
Incomplete Worksprovides, indirectly, an intimate, informative, entertaining portrait of the artist as a young cartoonist – who goes on to age gracefully and productively – with a large degree of creative independence – into marriage, fatherhood and middle-age (which is no small feat). It does so while simultaneously fulfilling its primary function of being a treasure trove of short comics of all stripes. Auto-bio, fantasy, literary, historical, humorous, scientific, and meta-physical comics can each be found here, all handledby Horrockswith dextrous aplomb. That he has been able to accomplish all this may have something to due with his...
The follow up to last year's It Never Happened, New Construction features two new comics novellas, "Backyard" and "Household."Each is tautly rendered in Alden's forceful pencil line. New Construction is aptly titled in that it is put together diferently. It is a bifurcated edition, with the first tale, "Backyard," being both tightly rendered and printed on a (relatively) bright cream colored stock, while the second, "Household" is far more loose and expressionistic in its rendering and is printed on a dull light gray newsprint. It is worth noting here that the reproduction quality in New Construction is significantly superior to that of It...
How To Be Drawn has arrived! The latest volume of poetry by Pittsburgh's own MacArthur Fellow, Terrance Hayes, this 100 page collection is divided into three parts, each composed of ten pieces (decalogues?) --Troubled Bodies; Invisible Souls; A Circling Mind -- followed by an epiloguical closer. While firmly grounded in Hayes's own personal landscape, the thirty-one poems collected here roam the world, from "Russia's red-light districts" to New York's Chinatown, explore histories and cultures, and celebrate a cornucopia of creators and creative forms -- most abundantly, musicians and music; most succinctly, writers and writing; and, most...
IT'SHERE! The sixth and (maybe? maybe not??) final issue of Kevin Huizenga's revelatory exploration of andmeditation on time and space:Ganges. This issue focuses on some of the effects of technology on our temporal experience. As always, Huizenga takes the opportunity to explore the unique properties of comics; searching for new, untried and/or under-appreciated approaches to what the medium has to offer by way of communicating concepts and states – of mind as well as of being.
While all of us employing the latest gadgetry, apps, platforms, etc. have no shortage of anecdotes pertaining to our experience, Huizenga isn't satisfied with...
This is a graphic novel where much of the meaning and significance is manifested in and through the artist's method. Evens has developed a unique comics language involving the transparency of watercolor that you can get some idea of here, but only some, as the pages they chose for this preview only hint at what is to come in this dazzling 184 page work. What you can see is that Evens's figures possess varying degrees of solidity and translucency, giving them at times a vaguely wraithlike appearance which works to embody and communicate his themes of urban ephemerality, revealing to his readers the flitting souls of his characters as much...
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And, finally, here's a shout out to Fantagraphics for their great releases of the last month. WOW!
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