The latest (as of this writing) in the series of Retrofit Comics oneshots, Gray Is Not a Color presents its readers with a humorous – and informative – tale of the author's (high school senior) year working in, of all places, the basement of the The Mutter Museum (of medical oddities!) at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. An abundance of playful anecdotes, vignettes, reminiscences, and just plain old stories fill this comic book to overflowing, giving readers quite a bang for their buck.
<<•>> edited by Isaac Cates <<•>>
An ambitious, well thought out and nicely produced and printed new (well, kind of) anthology title, Cartozia Talesfeatures an ongoing series of related, sometimes interconnecting tales all set in the same fictional world. It's a bit more complex than this cursory description allows, but readers will quickly discover this on their own. There is a regular ongoing group of artists and writers who return each issue. This group includes series editor, Cates, Shawn Cheng, Sarah Becan, Tom Motley, Jen Vaughn, Lupi McGinty, Lucy Bellwood and Mike Wenthe. This core group is then joined each issue by special guest artists, which so far include Dylan Horrocks, James Kochalka, Corinne Mucha, Luke Pearson, Matt Weigle, Sally Madden, Kevin Cannon and many others. Each 6" x 9" issue runs 40-44 pages and is printed on heavy off white stock with card stock covers. Some issues include added bonuses such as cardboard cut-out "paper dolls" with their own cut-out paper outfits (#2), fold out maps (#5), a board game (#6). This is a engaging and well done series that shows continued promise; it also stands to fill the vacancy left with the demise of the similarly excellent, but sadly erstwhile comics anthology, Papercutter. Well worth a look!
This is a great big (176 pages) little (5" x 6") book, filled with comics in black & white and full color. Edited by Raighne Hogan, Little Heart is sub-titled, "A Comic Anthology for Marriage Equality." As such, the stories it contains are concerned with relationships, being different, overcoming obstacles and the like. There's a real variety of perspective on hand in these pages, along with some excellent work by creators of considerable talent. The two real standout stories are "Loving" by Noah Van Sciver and Joseph Remnant's "I Told You So." These are stories that will stay with you. Recommended - and now ON SALE!