marie anello

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Marie Anello spends her days writing, reading comics, and being a professional opera singer in NYC.

Laugh Yourself Silly at the Twisted Mind of Nick Sumida

Laugh Yourself Silly at the Twisted Mind of Nick Sumida

How do I begin to describe the surreal, gut-bustingly funny, and all-too relatable humor of cartoonist Nick Sumida?  A storyboard artist on the Nickelodeon children’s show Harvey Beaks, Sumida’s personal comics (collected under the title Snackies) are certainly targeted towards a very different demographic.  The polar opposite of the idyllic and sweet Harvey Beaks, Sumida’s absurdist autobiographical…

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College Drama and Personal Growth Take the Spotlight in
College Drama and Personal Growth Take the Spotlight in “Dumbing of Age”

Going away to college is often touted as one of the defining times in a young person’s life, a period in which they are no longer under the supervision of their parents and placed in an environment that can’t help but change them.  As cliche as this vision of academia seems, that’s exactly the situation…

“Let’s Speak English” Is the Cute, Everyday Chronicle of an American in Japan

Anyone who’s spent time in a foreign country can tell you that culture shock is a real thing.  While perhaps not as romantic and alienating as moody cinema might have you believe, there’s a never-ending adjustment period in which you find yourself faced with situations you never would have considered before your arrival (ask anyone…

Get Lost in the Strange, Silly Charm of
Get Lost in the Strange, Silly Charm of “Prague Race”

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you combined the rollicking, fantastical aesthetic of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, the subtle homespun creepiness of Roald Dahl, and all the zany characters and bad decisions of a college road trip movie, then you need look no further than Prague Race. From the delightfully twisted mind of Finnish cartoonist Petra…

The Punchline Really Is Machismo in This Parody Comic by Kelly Turnbull
The Punchline Really Is Machismo in This Parody Comic by Kelly Turnbull

There’s no arguing that there’s a pretty big culture of toxic masculinity in a lot of our media today, especially when it comes to our action heroes. While intelligent, earnest discussion is necessary to changing this reality, it’s also admittedly very satisfying to make fun of these tropes and characters, and nowhere is this more…

Aatmaja Pandya's
Aatmaja Pandya’s “Travelogue” Paints a Different Kind of Fantasy Landscape

We’re all familiar with the stereotypical fantasy quest. A group of adventurers go out to seek their fortune, slay a monster, and meet their destiny. Too often though these kinds of stories are anything but entertaining, favoring overdone tropes, unwieldy plots, and boring exposition over what initially drew us to fantasy in the first place:…

Welcome Springtime With the Delightful Comic
Welcome Springtime With the Delightful Comic “Balderdash!”

If you’re looking for something fun, colorful, and clever to read this lovely Spring, look no further than Victoria Grace Elliott’s charming comic, Balderdash! Or, A Tale of Two Witches. Set in the lush countryside of a fantastical country, Balderdash! follows two young magic users, Georgie and Afia, in their quests to learn their respective crafts and grow…