September 22, 2019 This month sees the arrival of a handful of bold new graphic novels aimed at young adult readers, with unexpected topics and settings from a contemporary Chinese American community to the Old West.
September 8, 2019 Magical realism can be tricky, but Tillie Walden gets it right in a spare yet powerful tale of two women on a road trip through West Texas who pick up a possibly magical cat.
September 6, 2019 Graphic novelist Hazel Newlevant's memoir of their time on a youth forestry crew addresses issues of race, class and gender with delicately shaded imagery that asks readers to slow down and think.
August 28, 2019 Natasha Tara Petrović and Ali Leriger De La Plante's tale of a lonely robot sentry is packed with gorgeously inhuman visuals — but it's also packed with interesting ideas that never quite pan out.
August 26, 2019 In recent years, several graphic novel biographies of fine artists have come out — some more successful than others. One rule is clear: Don't reproduce an artist's paintings if you can avoid it.
Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough, by Walter A. Brown
August 14, 2019 By celebrating those who applied the substance as a drug, Walter A. Brown aims to raise awareness — and to demolish what remains of the myth that scientific progress is driven by rigorous dispassion.
August 4, 2019 In Matt Groom's trippy comic, a warrior in a fantasy kingdom discovers she's not a real person — instead, she's an NPC, a non-player character in a video game. But unlike most NPCs, she's self-aware.
Ghost World's Enid and Rebecca have no time for earnestness or sincerity — or laughs.
August 2, 2019 As part of our summerlong tribute to funny books, we take a look back at the ennui-drenched anti-humor of some of the 1990s, when absurdity and surrealism were the rule — laughs not so much.
July 31, 2019 Molly Mendoza's loopy new graphic novel isn't quite a young adult book, or a book for grownups, either. But it is a trippy visual experience, and Mendoza's art is gorgeous even when the story is thin.
July 21, 2019 Despite what you may have heard, dead-tree publishing isn't dead. In fact, a host of new print magazines are bringing some wild, weird, innovative words and pictures to the alternative comics scene.
They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
Top Shelf Productions
July 17, 2019 Through his graphic memoir, the Star Trek actor-turned-author shows that while it may be too late to undo the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, it's not too late to learn from it.
July 9, 2019 Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's epic, gorgeous tale of a young woman with a monster inside her has won countless awards and been heaped with praise — but does it truly break new ground?
Page from Hawking by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick.
July 8, 2019 There's little to surprise in this story, especially if you know a bit about the subject's life and his ideas. But author Jim Ottaviani finds a nice balance between the personal and the theoretical.
Doodle by artist George Cruikshank in Scrawl.
July 1, 2019 Some might say these little works only acquire their auras through their creators' fame. But once you start pondering them, they start to seem like far more than mere artifacts of notable psyches.
June 27, 2019 Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore's new graphic novel is a comic-horror take on the very real problem of gentrification that follows two young artists moving to a struggling Chicago neighborhood.