Category Archives: Comics

Yotsuba&!

I recently finished reading the first 13 volumes of Yotsuba&! And I’m hard-pressed to think of a series that has brought me so many laughs and so much joy. It’s a rare delight, an appropriate for all ages book with enough charm and gags to make each page a delightful, breezy read. It’s not deep, heady, challenging, or serious, but I’d also be hard-pressed to put a lot of more serious and important works above the simple delights of Yotsuba&!. Continue reading Yotsuba&!

The Can Opener’s Daughter

The Motherless Oven is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in the past few years. Comics often take risks and go bold in ways most other mediums don’t; but those risks often leads to comics that are silly, absurd or just plain bonkers. Characters in fantastic universes talk like they’re hip teens from our own times and the cool factor is favored over a cogent, logical world and tone. Continue reading The Can Opener’s Daughter

Usagi Yojimbo (Fantagraphic Run)

Note: This is a review of books 1-7 of Usagi Yojimbo as printed by Fantagraphic.

At first glance, Usagi Yojimbo is a simple book. No colors, the art is simple with even simpler stories. There’s no complicated nuance, no hidden thematic depth, it’s all a straightforward, surface level affair. And yet, something about that makes it so elegant, beautiful, magnificent and masterful. It is not only a simple book, it’s simply delightful. Continue reading Usagi Yojimbo (Fantagraphic Run)