Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
(Editor's Note: This is a short week for me, Thanksgiving and whatnot, so if I miss anything from Thursday on, it is not because of any ax to grind.)
* Caitlin Rosberg on Melanie Gillman's AS THE CROW FLIES: VOLUME ONE from Iron Circus Comics, "an emotional and intimate comic, restrained in many ways and deeply personal, with a backdrop of stunning mountain vistas."
* Megan Fabbri reviews MIS(H)ADRA by Iasmin Omar Ata, calling it "the product of a new era, one where people of all genders, races, and minds are breaking into publishing and sharing their voices."
* John Seven reviews Marcelo D'Salete's RUN FOR IT, in which "he wraps the human emotion of the events around the reader, personalizing the larger experience through smaller instances of fear and despair."
* This uncredited review on Women Write About Comics of MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris, calling it "an intensely ambitious work, with a scope much larger than its Chicago apartment block-setting implies."
* I usually make a point of staying away from corporate comics in this round-up, but I can't say enough good things about what Chase Magnett has done with his four-part series, THE CASE AGAINST DOOMSDAY CLOCK -- dissecting the situation between DC Comics and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and leading to its relevance on a much larger political scale. This is an example of what great criticism can be. CHECK IT OUT.
* Gabriele Di Fazio and others interview CONOR STECHSCHULTE over on Just Indie Comics in order to "introduce him to the Italian Audience." It's an amazing interview that really drills down deep into Stechschulte's process and work.
* Alex Dueben interviews GG about her new book from Koyama Press, I'm Not Here.
* Paul Lai interviews JASON SHIGA about the end of Demon.
* Austin English is back at TCJ with an essay he calls FEININGER'S GRANDKIDS talking about the possibilities of comics created outside of the language of comics. It's a great read. So. Go read it.
* Simon Moreton, perhaps my favorite cartoonist working today, has just released MINOR LEAGUES 4. If you've never read a Moreton comic, add that to your life now.
* Jessica Campbell's cartoon on Hyperallergic, THE BAD BEHAVIOR OF MEN IN COMICS.
* FOUR POEMS by Jessie Tu.