Author Archives: Michelle White

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“Gast”

By | May 8, 2018 | Reviews

“Gast” from Fantagraphics is an outsider’s tale that quickly evolves into an absorbing – and unconventional – mystery. Written and illustrated by Carol Swain In rural Wales, Helen, an amateur bird watcher, investigates the apparent suicide of a ‘rare bird’ named Emrys. Helen’s inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and […]

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Multiversity Keeps It Real: “Johnny Appleseed”

By | Apr 30, 2018 | Columns

“Johnny Appleseed” is a wandering, rough-around-the-edges read – a dense work that puts a spotlight on a folk hero of the 19th century, and comes up with kernels of insight. Written by Paul Buhle Illustrated by Noah Van Sciver John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, made himself the stuff of legend by spreading the seeds of […]

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Multiversity Keeps It Real: “Science Comics: Bats”

By | Mar 5, 2018 | Columns

“Bats” from the “Science Comics” collection at First Second is a fun and informative read, getting us on the same page as the much-maligned creatures of the night. Written and illustrated by Falynn Koch Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic―dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying […]

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“The Interview”

By | Feb 27, 2018 | Reviews

“The Interview” from Manuele Fior and Fantagraphics is an unusual tale, exploring sci-fi ideas but letting them unfold at a leisurely pace. Written and illustrated by Manuele Fior This graphic novel is set in Italy in 2048. Raniero is a fifty-something psychologist whose marriage is failing. In the sky, strange bright triangles appear, bearing mysterious […]

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Multiversity Keeps It Real: “The Initiates”

By | Nov 27, 2017 | Columns

“The Initiates” is a low-key non-fiction comic, exploring two worlds in a leisurely way and coming up with no grand conclusions. Sometimes you just want to talk about comics and wine. Written and Illustrated by Étienne Davodeau Étienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making. Richard Leroy is […]

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Multiversity Keeps It Real: “A Castle in England”

By | Nov 6, 2017 | Columns

“A Castle in England” provides a rich backdrop for five historical tales in this unique collection published by Nobrow Press. Written by Jamie Rhodes Illustrated by Various A collaboration between writer Jamie Rhodes and the National Trust, this unique graphic novel plunges us into the rich and often dark history of Scotney Castle in Kent. […]

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“Then It Was Dark”

By | Oct 25, 2017 | Reviews

“Then It Was Dark” from Peppermint Monster Press is an anthology of true – or at least, true-sounding – horror tales. And while the content is somewhat uneven, there are some scary standouts. Edited by Sarah Benkin Written and illustrated by Various Have you ever seen something you can’t explain? Heard a voice speak a […]

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Multiversity Keeps It Real: “Photobooth: A Biography”

By | Oct 2, 2017 | Columns

Rich with history and detail, “Photobooth: A Biography” from Conundrum Press is a surprising exploration of a dying phenomenon and the community that cherishes it. Written and illustrated by Meags Fitzgerald For almost a century chemical photobooths have occupied public spaces; giving people the opportunity to quickly take inexpensive, quality photos. In the last decade […]

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“One! Hundred! Demons!”

By | Sep 19, 2017 | Reviews

Exploding with humour and pathos, “One! Hundred! Demons!” is an eclectic collection of stories, re-published this year by Drawn & Quarterly. Written and illustrated by Lynda Barry Lynda Barry’s beloved, genre-defying work of “autobifictionalography” One! Hundred! Demons! exploded the comic book medium, ending up on “Best Of” lists from Time Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. […]

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“An Entity Observes All Things”

By | Aug 9, 2017 | Reviews

“An Entity Observes All Things” from Box Brown and Retrofit Comics is both funny and heartbreaking, carving out a troubling, gelatinous future. Written and illustrated by Box Brown Stories of science fiction and mental exploration from Box Brown, New York Times-bestselling author of Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. Lizard aliens! New Physics! Electromages! Wastelands! […]

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