This Week’s Hot Reviews

Roaming Foliage
Patrick Kyle | Koyama Press | 9781927668641 | October 2018
“Kyle’s visual style is as resistant to the mainstream as his publishing approach. While many artists produce anime-influenced, color-saturated worlds with stable rules and characters, Kyle pushes at the boundaries of acceptability.”—New York Journal of Books

The Whistling Factory
Jesse McManus | Uncivilized Books | 9781941250297 | September 2018
“Jesse McManus comics are like a fever dream. That is, they are at once grotesque and lucid, operating with a world that exists in the coherent (if disorienting) shadow of our own.”—Comics Journal

Somnambulance
Fiona Smyth | Koyama Press | 9781927668542 | May 2018
Somnambulance rightfully restores Smyth’s place within the collective history of indie comics.  What is also striking how much her comics are a window into the time in which they were made, but also how they presage ideas that would take another two decades to fully take hold.”—Broken Frontier

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Jeffreen M. Hayes | GILES | 9781911282228 | October 2018
“A handsome catalog. . . . [with]  a useful introduction that provides historical context for Savage’s career as artist, teacher, and institution builder. . . . Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman does not disappoint.”—Florida Times-Union

After the Winter
Guadalupe Nettel | Coffee House Press | 9781566895255 | September 2018
“After the Winter asks big questions about intimacy and desire, happiness and depression, passion and numbness, and, of course, love and loss.”—Southwest Review

My First Music Book: Musical Instruments
Charlotte Ameling | Auzou | 9782733861486 | September 2018
“The bright, colorful illustrations feature animals playing the music and each spread asks the reader to find the instrument they hear as well as search for one other pictured instrument.  The music is high quality and easy on the ear. Each song perfectly captures the scene in the illustration. This is a fun introduction to music for the very young.” –Youth Services Book Review

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