Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
* Alex Hoffman on Will Dinski’s TRYING NOT TO NOTICE, “a comic that explores the fundamental brokenness of people and the whitewash surfaces we paint over them.”
* Matthew Daley reviews Simon Moreton’s PLANS WE MADE, a book “with both a nostalgic warmth and tinge of regret that most readers can relate to.”
* Andy Oliver takes a look at Rachael Smith’s WIRED UP WRONG where “[t]here’s a feeling of Smith not just creating for an audience herre but also seeking to make sense of the challenges she faces for herself…“
* Rob Clough reviews RUINS by Peter Kuper, “a story where love doesn’t triumph over everything, as the happy ending here is that both characters find self-actualization apart from each other.“
* Also, last week, Rob Clough wrote this excellent review of Noah Van Sciver’s BLAMMO #9
* John Seven reviews two books from Minneapolis-based publisher UNCIVILIZED BOOKS, Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy and Joann Sfar’s Pascin.
* Paul Tumey really, really likes MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris, and does an excellent job of telling us why that is.
* Megan Purdy says that Margaret Atwood’s ANGEL CATBIRD is “weird“.
* Sean T. Collins audaciously lists THE 33 GREATEST GRAPHIC NOVELS OF ALL TIME and then SARAH HORROCKS does it too!
* And then Robin McConnell interviews SEAN T. COLLINS about all the (many) things getting done by Sean T. Collins
* Philippe LeBlanc interviews ANYA DAVIDSON about her new release from Fantagraphics, Band For Life.
* Alex Townsend’s SEX, NUDITY, AND RAPE IN HORROR COMICS: WHERE ARE THE NEW LINES?
* “[T]he truest thing about a person, that person’s real story, is just as often the thing withheld — the silent thing — as the thing offered.” So reads a passage from Vinson Cunningham’s look at Brandon Stanton’s new book HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES.
* Wesley Morris’ WHY POP CULTURE JUST CAN’T DEAL WITH BLACK MALE SEXUALITY.
* Steve Cutts video for Moby’s song ARE YOU LOST IN THE WORLD LIKE ME?
* Kate Klonick’s HERE’S WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR TWITTER TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT ITS HARASSMENT PROBLEM.