Brief essays on comics, aiming to provide introductions to specific creators, comics, characters, and storylines.
Jillian Tamaki’s “SexCoven,” originally published in Youth in Decline’s Frontier #7 in 2015 (now appearing in her collection Boundless (2017) presents a complex narrative of nostalgia and loss over a shared cultural moment, for a time when an .mp3 with the potential to alter consciousness was passed around networks and social circles.
In book one of My Favortie Thing is Monsters (2017), Emil Ferris establishes a unique means of juxtaposing and interconnecting the worlds of comics and the fine arts to reconcile the problems her main character, Karen Reyes, faces.
Shawn Gilmore connects two works that seem to be from very different regimes of comics: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ Red: A Haida Manga (2009) and Alan Moore & JH Williams III’s Promethea #32 (2005), both of which have formal elements that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of the page or bound codex, requiring readers to imagine another, larger level of comics organization.
Shawn Gilmore examines Canadian comics artist and illustrator Fiona Smyth’s “Skin of Fate,” originally published in her magazine Nocturnal Emissions #3 (1991) and #4 (1992), using the surreal tale as an introduction to some of the shared stylistic and conceptual elements in her work.
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