Shea Hennum wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for This is Infamous.
The stories in DRAGON’S BREATH vary in content, though the range with which the vary isn’t that vast, but their quality—even if it’s merely quality that I’m projecting on to it—is wildly impressive and present throughout.
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Greg Hunter wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for The Comics Journal.
“What’s New Pussycat?”, an elliptical piece about the suicide of an acquaintance, delivers information sparingly. As a bridge between a scene dramatizing her last interaction with the acquaintance and the scene in which she learns of his death, MariNaomi provides the spread above: a handful of lines at resembling a splash, then the image of her likeness leaving a bar. These pages and others like them offer a complex yet sparse (and easily navigable) read—“What’s New Pussycat?” holds together tonally when read straight through and becomes even more cohesive when recalled or paged back through.
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Concluding a very extensive conversation series, Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva wrote about Eel Mansions #6 over at Comics Bulletin.
You say Eel Mansions #6 “brings it all back home.” While, it could be easy to see this as some sort of Outlaw Blues, I’ll inherently choose track 11, Baby Blue. While Van Gieson is drawing crazy patterns on our sheets, he’s no empty handed painter. A matter of fact, he’s going big, and remember what Janet teaches us in her final Milk City, “If something is big, then it’s art, and if it’s small, it’s not art.” After all, it’s good to keep things simple.
This kind of thinking is inevitable when dealing with something like Eel Mansions, issue six in particular. This train of thought cuts through the snowy mountain passes of traditional narrative and ends up making stops along the way questioning the nature of storytelling and fueling up at the depot concerning what makes comics, comics.
You can read the entire piece here. Parts 1 – 5 are found here. Pre-order Derek Van Gieson’s collected Eel Mansions from our website!
MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories will be reviewed in the new issue of Comics Workbook Magazine. The issue will debut at this year’s Comics Art Brooklyn Festival. The details are here.
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In Milwaukee, Boswell Books has made Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses a staff pick. Along with the recommendation, the store has also posted a nice review of the book on their blog.
Of all the graphic novels and comics I’ve read, this is by far the most complete, engaging, and altruistic: Yanow is the kind of artist whose work is destined for positive global impact.
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Foreword Reviews calls Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again one of the best graphic novels of Fall 2014. You can see what other selections they made here.
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There’s a new review of Brian Evenson’s Ed vs. Yummy Fur at HTMLGiant.
Brian Evenson is the perfect critic for the first installment of Uncivilized Books’s Critical Cartoons series … As an author renowned for fiction and scholarship that bridges the gap between high- and low-brow cultures—after all this is the author of both Altmann’s Tongue and two Dead Space novelizations—Evenson lends a sense of legitimacy to Ed the Happy Clown as he meticulously examines Chester Brown’s work.
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Rob McMonigal reviewed MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for Panel Patter, as part of the site’s coverage of SPX debuts.
One of the things I really like about Mari’s work as an autbio author is that she does change things up on a regular basis. While I enjoy the work of others, their static style means that a heartbreaking moment and a silly one can get the same panel layouts or visuals … It reminds me a lot of Anne Thalheimer or the limited work I’ve read of John Porcellino, where there’s no set form to how the comic has to look.
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Alexis Somerville offers a positive review of Gabrielle Bell’s Truth is Fragmentary at For Books’ Sake.
Bell’s artistic style is perfect for this type of diaristic comic – simple but lively line drawings which communicate the atmosphere of the situations … Truth is Fragmentary is a funny, thought-provoking and exquisitely observed book.
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