Wow! The first issue of Liz Suburbia's new series, Egg Cream, is a knockout! Her crisp, confident line in combination with artfully balanced blackspotting creates comics that come alive in smartly arranged panels filling one well-composed page after another – 96 pages in all – in this squarebound volume of all new comics work; printed just right in black and white on newsprint with cardsrtock covers. Starting off with a hefty installment of the follow up, second volume of Sacred Heart, and concluding with the graphically advenutrous "Goth Ex GF," Egg Cream is easily the best new series yet seen in 2019!
Anyone unfamiliar with Liz Suburbia can get an idea not only of where she's coming from, but also that she is as strong and articulate in conversation as she is in her comics, by heading over to read this 2016 interview with her on Razorcake, HERE.
Now here's an 80-Page Giant we can get behind! Füt Chi Perf (or is it Fütchi Perf?) is 80 pages of lushly rendered duo-tone -- pink and blue! -- risographed comics from the pen and publishing appuratus of Kevin Czapiewski (aka Kevin Czap). To learn more, read this review by Eleanor Davis (!) on TCJ.com and become enlightened.
GONE! Sorry... BUT – it has now been released in a permanent, squarebound, library-friendly graphic novel format by Uncivilized Books.
This issue of Ley Lines presents "For Lives," Andrew White's exploratory foray into the intertwining of the lives of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein that centers on Picasso's definitive portrait of Stein that was painted over 1905 and 1906. The relationship between Picasso and Stein was one of the key fulcrum points in the development of 20th century modernism and this protrait along with Stein's record of its process and her subsequent writings on Picasso are thus key modernist touchstones. White here brings these together in this piece of experimental comics. Don't miss its companion piece, Read, Erase that brings Alice B. Toklas's role more clearly into relief.
Here's the latest from the indefatigable, formerly-Cleveland-based, Providence, RI transplant cartoonist, Kevin Czap. This volume collects the first three parts of Four Years, a tale of community which centers on 32 year old Betty Yaris. Instead of a "coming of age" tale, what Czap presents readers with here is more a tale of "coming into identity." The drawing is lush and organic and the color palette is primarily set to pink and rose with insets of red and yelow, making for a fairly even emotional temperature throughout. It runs 48 pages and is nicely printed on fairly heavy, glossy stock. It's a bit on the pricey side, so we're offering it at a special discount to ease the pain.