Louder and Smarter: The Comic Strip Revival

When an artist begins producing comic strips, they unintentionally pit themselves against some of the most iconic characters in popular culture. The likes of Garfield, Snoopy and Calvin (and Hobbes) all employ a witty cynicism that has been universally adored for its concise, sharp method of describing small elements of hypocrisy present within society. Alongside … Continue reading Louder and Smarter: The Comic Strip Revival

Review: When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

Story and art by Mandy Ord Published by BrowBooks (2019) Length: 1 Volume In terms of popularity, vloggers, and the depiction of modern living, has become the most popular form of content consumed on the internet. These figures, often referred to as social media influencers, are able to simultaneously emit authenticity, while providing an idealised … Continue reading Review: When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

Australiana in Comics: Deep Breaths

Story and art by Chris Gooch  Published by Top Shelf Productions Length: 215 Pages There is so much value to be found in mundanity. Within these quieter moments of living, the most profound introspection can occur, guided by pervading feelings of frustration, contentedness, or indifference. Chris Gooch’s Deep Breaths gives us an opportunity to relive these instances, but … Continue reading Australiana in Comics: Deep Breaths

Spinning Review

Story and art by Tillie Walden  Originally published by First Second   Length: 1 Volume (400 Pages) Spinning presents a captivating look into the turbulent life of author (and then teenager) Tillie Walden, whose childhood revolves around the competitive figure skating scene. It explores the process of a passion slowly fading, acting as a lens … Continue reading Spinning Review

Lulu Anew: Tell my family Adieu? (Review)

Story and art by Étienne Davodeau Publisher: NBM Publishing (2012) Length: 158 Pages Much like Disappearance Diary, Lulu Anew promises a deeply introspective experience, one that explores the soul-sucking mundanity of domestic life, and the mindset one must possess to drop it all. Unfortunately, that insight is never truly given. While I commend the piece … Continue reading Lulu Anew: Tell my family Adieu? (Review)