Comics have come a long way since Dan Clowes penned "Art School Confidential" nearly (good lord, >choke!<) thirty years ago (how?), and now, the tables are (well, somewhat) turned, as comics makers can now hold their head high in the hallowed halls of art schools (nearly) everywhere. Those who may now be reduced to walking these halls virtually, will now – thanks to Walter Scott's comics – have recourse to the full experience of art school here in the 270 pages of Wendy, Master of Art. Ups and downs, highs and lows, friends and lovers, art theory and art projects, roomates, apartments, drinking and drugs, cellphones and therapy, and, finally, graduation – it's all here!
At long last, the comics that first brought Lisa Hanawalt's unique sense of humor – and excellent drawing chops – to the attention of the comics reading world back in 2009-10 have finally been collected in book form, courtesy of her current publisher, Drawn & Quarterly. Get ready for 140 pages filled with plenty of finely rendered moose, horses, dogs, cats, and various bugs and birds – along with the occasional human – often involved – both alone and together – in highly inappropriate behavior and/or absurd activities. These said behaviors and activities will often elicit involuntary and/or uncomfortable laughter, some of which may be instantly regretted. Some of the images encountered in the pages of I Want You will linger on in the memory, below the surface of consciousness, only to resurface at inopportune – and potentially awkward – moments, perhaps years later, possibly involving moose; or perhaps a horse. You have been warned.
With The Contradictions, Sophie Yanow delivers what is unquestionably her most accomplished work to date. This 200 page graphic novel chronicles Yanow's time spent as an American student coming of age in Europe – primarily Paris and Amsterdam. The narrative follows young Yanow as she navigates the nexus of connections between relationships, politics and theory (and drugs), and then strives to figure out how all these fit together to form a cohesive sense of reality. As the reader is gradually drawn into this vortex, they will be brought face to face with... the contradictions.
“The Contradictions is a masterpiece. Sophie Yanow’s tale of hitchhiking around Europe under the spell of a sulky, fixie-riding anarchist is a pitch-perfect portrait of youthful disillusionment and self-discovery. Yanow’s impeccable ligne claire drawing seems to mathematically cancel out everything nonessential in her panels, and the effect is surprisingly, even transcendently, emotional.” —Alison Bechdel
“The Contradictions is Yanow’s best work yet. The atmosphere of Yanow’s lines paired with the clarity of her writing form a style of comics that I have never seen before. Every panel makes you want to cry and laugh simultaneously. “—Tillie Walden
Inspired by the life of his own mother – and roughly based on written accounts and anecdotes that she provided about her life and that of her peers – Yeong-Shin Ma's Moms – translated into English from the Korean original by Janet Hong – is a strikingly empathic and highly engaging account of the lives of a group of 50-something Korean working women. In its 368 pages readers will experience the ups and downs of their loves, marriages and affairs (of which there are plenty) – including various intimate details – on the one hand, and their unrelenting working lives on the other. Scattered in between are child-rearing – with a focus on the stay-at-home son that is the stand-in for the author – and other family matters, like funerals. Through it all, there is the bond that the moms share with each other. It is this, perhaps more than anything else, that keeps them all going. And while the particulars of these women's lives will provide readers with insights into Korean life and culture – which is, if anything, even more patriarchal and paternalistic than that of the USA – there is a clear universality at the core of the stories and of the work as a whole. These moms are characters that live and breath on the page.