“HORN!”, a Collection of Illustrated Book Reviews by Kevin Thomas
Readers of The Rumpus are well aware of book critic Kevin Thomas and his monthly illustrated book reviews. His black and white nine-panel comics make the most of bite-sized reviews, managing to squeeze both a synopsis and a critique into as little as 40 words. The results are strangely poetic, turning something that is usually an over-analytical essay into haiku-like visual art. HORN! The Collected Reviews is a collection of 75 of Thomas’s best reviews from authors like Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, Hilton Als, and Jennifer Egan. We compiled a few of our favorite recent reviews in the slideshow above. And, of course, you can always browse all of Thomas’s work at The Rumpus.