Author Archives: Michelle White

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“Cloud Hotel”

By | Aug 6, 2018 | Reviews

Based on a real-life encounter with a UFO, “Cloud Hotel” is an puzzling but ultimately illuminating story about being lost and being found. Written and illustrated by Julian Hanshaw Remco knows he is special. He was chosen. God took a shine to him, after a bright light in a clear northern sky brought Remco to […]

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Multiversity Keeps It Real: “Science Comics: Dinosaurs”

By | Jul 2, 2018 | Columns

Balancing facts and fun – and getting into some genuine silliness – “Dinosaurs” makes for an engaging addition to First Second’s Science Comics series. Written by MK Reed Illustrated by Joe Flood Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic–dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and […]

“The Lie and How We Told It”

By | Jun 19, 2018 | Reviews

Friendship – what can happen to it over time, and the part it plays in identity – takes the spotlight in “The Lie and How We Told It,” a thoughtful title published by Fantagraphics. Written and illustrated by Tommi Parrish A friendship fumbles and falls apart after an uncertain encounter in this graphic novel from […]

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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 […]

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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