Juan Fernandez reviews A Savage Journey to the Heart of An Anime Convention by M.S. Harkness; King Cat #78 Pre-Orders; Tommi Parrish

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A Savage Journey to the Heart of An Anime Convention by M.S. Harkness.

Minneapolis based cartoonist, M.S. Harkness has never been afraid to publish autobio that doesn’t neatly fit into categories, and A Savage Journey is no exception.

This book is a 42 page, punchy zine of the age old story of getting way, way too high at an anime convention! An autobio romp that answers the question,”What’s the worst that could happen?”

This sidesplittingly funny zine hits every emotional beat while employing an array of narrative tricks that are more than just fancy footwork. All the tools are there for you to laugh at Harkness, laugh with Harkness and feel for Harkness.

Harkness has succeeded in creating a comic that offers up the intimate experience of a friend retelling a nuanced memory over a drink. It’s personal, while also technically deft. Layouts are effective, all the brushwork is tight and well executed and as such all the marks on the page smoothly serve as a vessel for this particular telling of Harkness’ memory.

It’s important to note that this is not a bear-all style bit of autobio, Harkness is able to still maintain a space for privacy for herself. It’s an intimate piece of autobio that hints at much more of her life without attempting to overwhelm the reader.

You can read the preview that M.S. Harkness has offered up online. Want to read the whole thing? Cough up those $4 and fall deep into the heart of chaos…

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King-Cat 78 features lots of funny animal stories like “A Story About Ninny,” “Lady Tuff ‘n’ Tender,” and “Nighttime Encounter with the Void”; tons of Nature Notes featuring Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle and “Shrews Thru History”; an extensive letters section with notes from T.E. Bak, Megan Kelso, and more; plus poetry, Top 40, a Zen Story, and the Usual Gang of Schtuff. 40 digest pages in eye-catching black and white. (Spit and a Half)


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Hang In The Air, We Don’t Dare
Rob Clough reviews THE LIE AND HOW WE TOLD IT by Tommi Parrish

“It’s hard not to see Tommi Parrish’s The Lie And How We Told It as a continuation of their first book, the 2dcloud-published Perfect Hair. Or perhaps, if not a direct continuation, then certainly a series of echoes. Perfect Hair is a series of loosely-connected vignettes involving a couple of different characters that explore gender identity, desire, the emotional ramifications of sex work, and the desperate desire to connect. In particular, Parrish explored the ways in which adherence to culturally defined sexual and gender identities prevents authentic action and causes cognitive dissonance. Parrish used a variety of visual approaches in that book, but they mostly settled around a thick, blocky character design with heads of changing sizes (though usually much proportionately smaller than the bodies they sat atop of).”

Read it all on Your Chicken Enemy, HERE.

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Suzy and Cecil – 06-20-2018 – by Sally Ingraham

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