It’s hard to condense everything that makes up Liz Suburbia’s Sacred Heart into a short review. On the surface it’s a love letter to grungy garage punk-rock and the frenetic energy of small town youth. It’s also about faith, alienation, longing, fear, family, fanaticism, sex, murder, self-doubt, and monsters of both the fantastical and all-too real variety.
Surly and pragmatic Ben Schiller is growing up in the literal teenage wasteland of Alexandria.What at first glance appears to be an unremarkable if ramshackle American town is in fact home to a host of dark secrets, perhaps the most troubling being the mystery of why no one seems to be older than 18.
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, October 19th, 2015||No Comments »|
Once again, the wonderful folks at Fantagraphics have been kind enough to send me a couple of their new titles to review, one of which is yet another beautiful and emotionally moving travelogue by one of my favorite cartoonists, Lucy Knisley.
After her elderly grandparents sign up for a cruise they can’t handle on their own, Lucy offers to shepherd them on their 10-day excursion to the Caribbean. Faced with the realities of her grandparents’ fading health, plus the physical and mental stresses of caring for two nonagenarians, Lucy finds herself pitched into a period of intense doubt and frustration, while also trying to summon the patience and grace so desperately needed in times of distress.
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, January 5th, 2015||No Comments »|
The last of my Fantagraphics reviews is a bit of a departure from my usual recommendations. While I tend to focus on webcomics, small press, and lesser known artists, I couldn’t resist this gem of a book. The Complete Peanuts: 1950 – 1952 is the first of several compilations of the work of the inimitable Charles Schultz.
You are undoubtedly familiar with Schultz’s characters: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and the rest of their elementary school compatriots. But what you are undoubtedly picturing right now are the characters and designs that were already established and popular in 1965 (the year that A Charlie Brown Christmas came out). You will not find those characters in this book.
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, June 9th, 2014||No Comments »|