Reviews

Ed Piskor’s X-Men Grand Design #1

(Warning: the following contains spoilers for X-Men Grand Design #1!) When I got to Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh, PA, on Wednesday afternoon around 4 PM, there was already a line 12 people deep snaking away from the table where Ed Piskor was signing copies of X-Men Grand Design #1. The air was electric, […]

The Walking Man – Jiro Taniguchi

The Walking Man is a sui generis work of pen and ink contemplation, a book filled with page after page of microcosmical meanderings that follow the whim of the moment, ungoverned by any societal dictate, yielding neither to appetite but only to impulse, following the life force in page after page of disciplined and reserved yet discreetly joyous artwork that sympathetically stimulates the senses in a work freed from consciously directed narrative to wander where the heart roams.

The Blonde Woman – Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is currently at the forefront of efforts to bring painterly values to comics.  Continuing a tradition with forebears including Jeffrey Jones, Jon J Muth and Frank Santoro, Ms. Koch creates comics in which the content is to be found as much through the process of representation as in that which is being represented.  The Blonde Woman is a 48 page, full color, graphic novella, originally printed…

Education – John Hankiewicz

A tour de force of comics formalism, John Hankiewicz’s graphic novel, Education is a bolt from the blue.  Hankiewicz’s comics work is perilously difficult to describe, but we’re going to take a moment to get our thoughts in order here at Copacetic… and make an attempt to back up our encouragement to any and all takers to tackle the challenge proferred by…

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

Boundless is a 248 assemblage composed of nine tales: World Class City; Body Pods; The Clairfree System; 1. Jenny; Half Life; Darla!; bedbug; Sexcoven; Boundless. Each is possessed of its own individual artistic personality, chosen to best visually convey the character of the story: rough and ready; smooth and silky; precise; loose; colorful; stark…

Looking on the Past

Zhang Leping’s manhua The Wandering Life of Sanmao (三毛流浪记) follows Sanmao, a young boy continuously faced with personal and political hardship. This is a comic which reflects the time which preceded it, with veracity and tenderness. Prior to his comics career, Leping served as a captain of the Military Affairs Department comic propaganda team. The […]

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White

Krazy Kat aficionados have long placed its creator, George Herriman at or near the center of the development of comics and cartooning.  A prodigious talent, and true comics pioneer – possessed of an unquestionable genius – he produced comics of startling fluidity; words, images and design each blending seamlessly, each reinforcing and supporting the other to create works of lasting strength and beauty.  The concept of the intelligent vocalizing cartoon animal – the “funny animal” – that…

Double-Head Tour; Tornar and Riparna

Risographed in purple ink on pink paper, with a hand screened two color cover printed on heavy cream cardstock, this is a tale found in “the museum of epics, in the city of memory.”

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

It’s hard to know where to begin with a work as remarkable as this. Originally published in six chapters inLove and Rockets: New Stories 3 & 4 in 2010 and 2011, it includes a flashback chapter titled “Browntown”that, in comic book parlance, could be said to be the – or, at least, a – “Secret Origin of Maggie”, as readers are finally made privy to heretofore undisclosed primal scenes at the root of significant swaths of Maggie’s personality and character.