Italian comics master Manuele Fior plays with form and style in the enormously entertaining Blackbird Days

In Blackbird Days (Fantagraphics Books) the Italian master Manuele Fior plays with form and style in a series of experimental shorts, some of which appear like brief notes on a scene, while others are more elaborated and developed narratives. It’s difficult to pick a favorite, but the collection’s final story, “Gare…

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The A.V. Club’s favorite comics of 2017 so far

From war-torn South Vietnam to the apartment of supernatural stoners to a psychedelic plane of reality inside a laundry machine, the best comic books of 2017 (thus far) have taken readers to some fascinating places. The A.V. Club has assembled a list of the can’t-miss titles from the first half of the year, and it’s…

For a striking sci-fi mystery, take a trip to the Spill Zone

As the graphic novel market continues to grow, the medium is increasingly popular for established novelists who want to add a visual component to their stories. Writer Scott Westerfeld has already dabbled in comics with graphic novel spin-offs to his best-selling Uglies YA book series, but Spill Zone (First Second) is…

There’s no crying in zine making in this exclusive Fante Bukowski preview

Fante Bukowski is a horrible writer, but that doesn’t stop him from aggressively trying to get his work out into the world. The titular character of Noah Van Sciver’s Fante Bukowski graphic novels is rude, ignorant, and belligerent, and when he sets his mind on something, nothing can get in his way. Bukowski’s debut…