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

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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…

Fantagraphics’ NOW is an affordable, jam-packed anthology of today’s top cartoonists

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The world of alternative/indie comics is so big that it helps to have a tour guide, and anthologies are a great way of discovering new (or new-to-you) talent through a curated lineup. There are loads of anthologies on Kickstarter built around different genres, topics, and creator demographics, and while they have…

Competing narratives paint a tale of complex bodies in The Lie And How We Told It

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In comics, bodies can contort and shift and slide in every way imaginable—changing in size, proportion, color, or detail, from panel to panel, without losing a sense of continuity between them. Gender and sexuality also communicate something to others that changes based on context. In comics, that context can change…

Birthdays are bullshit in this exclusive preview of Michel Fiffe’s Zegas

Most comic readers will know Michel Fiffe from his self-published superhero series Copra, which reimagines DC’s Suicide Squad and other ’80s superheroes with a radically innovative art style and a story that is both emotionally grounded and exceptionally weird. All of those creative elements are on display in Zegas, a…

The gorgeous, moving Run For It brings to light Brazil’s hidden slave history

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Over the course of the Atlantic slave trade, Brazil received more enslaved Africans than any other country in the world—approximately 40 percent of all enslaved Africans landed in Brazil. This fact is often overlooked, and, with it, the rich, lengthy, and tumultuous story of slave escapes and rebellions in Brazil.…

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…

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