Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
* Robin Enrico reviews ORBITING by Penina Gal, "the work of an artist who gained access to the deeper currents of our shared humanity as well as the knowledge of how to pluck those chords with masterful precision."
* Carta Monir examines GG's I'M NOT HERE, saying "It's not just the story about the guilt a daughter feels -- it becomes the story of the nuanced kinds of guilt she might feel in an unlimited number of circumstances."
* Philippe LeBlanc reviews BLANC by Margaux Othats which "feels like a warm blanket, some sweet voice reminding you that the cold is temporary, that the hard times will end and things will get better soon."
* Andy Oliver on Daniel Locke and David Blandy's OUT OF NOTHING, a book "that underlines just how effective the form is in breaking down and exploring profoundly layered ideas with clarity and immediacy."
* Tegan O'Neil reviews SUGAR TOWN by Hazel Newlevant, in which "Every page of the book is infused with an aesthetic understanding of queerness as a way of life defined (at least within these pages) by kindness and respect."
* John Seven takes a look at Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes' THE CASE OF THE MISSING MEN, writing, "As much as it takes its place in the teen investigative pantheon, it also understands its place within it. Teens search and search and seek change, but inevitably get swept up int he chaos that generations before them have tried to keep under control. Becoming an adult is the moment you take on that responsibility, when you work to keep all that came before waging the full scale destruction it always threatens to. Becoming an enlightened adult is that moment when you try to do it a little differently from those who came before you, maybe even understand its fury."
* Matt Lune reviews I LOVE THIS PART by Tillie Walden, " a vulnerable exploration of just how fragile love can be, especially first love, and especially first love between two people discovering their sexuality with each other."
* Ryan C. on CRUST by Sarah Romano Diehl, saying "The innovative style on display in this book may be quiet and unassuming, but it's nevertheless both very real and very refreshing."
* Yair Rosenberg interviews G.WILLOW WILSON in a piece titled, "Why a Muslim Comic Book Writer just introduced a Yeshiva Student and Kosher Food into the Marvel Universe." where Wilson explains what religion can bring to the world of comics.
* Rosie Knight talks to ALES KOT about his upcoming Image book, Days of Hate, and it leads to this amazing piece over on Women Write About Comics.
* Broken Frontier lists TEN UK SMALL PRESS COMICS YOU NEED TO OWN and, with a headline that acts as a command, how can you ignore it? Plus... you know ... it's a pretty damn good list.
* Philippe LeBlanc has put together a hurried but thorough SMALL PRESS AND INDIE COMICS GALORE NEW YEAR'S EDITION for The Beat. Once again, LeBlanc does a much better job of this "round-up" nonsense than I (oh, to be young and Canadian), but I'll keep going, if for no other reason than to link to his list every couple of weeks.
* MUST SEE OF THE WEEK: This comic by Sam Alden called DRAGON YEAR.
* Jon Curley on the new Susan Lewis collection of prose poems, HEISENBERG'S SALON, in which "Lewis refuses causal, casual, transparent notions of relations between concepts, people, or situations. She senses the irrational lurking within every gesture, symbol, structure, and sentiment. She does not exult in confusion and skepticism but dutifully communicates them..."
* Adam O'Fallon Price's piece titled REGARDING THE EM DASH is written -- as if a little gift from the back of my brain -- specifically for me.
* Walter Laqueur's HAVE "LEFT" AND "RIGHT" OUTLIVED THEIR MEANING? which asks the question, "Are we now on the eve of the emergence of a new, Fifth International?"