This Week’s Reviews

Brat
Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668603 | September 2018
“Avid readers will still find all of the classic DeForge hallmarks here-themes of body horror and physical transformation, science-fiction scenarios interspersed with mundane scenes from the real world, in-jokes about artists and creatives, yet the work should be accessible to any fan of contemporary comics or post-modern literary fiction.”—The Comics Journal

Aurora Borealice
Joan Steacy | Conundrum Press | 9781772620375 | April 2019
“A striking and thoughtful portrait of someone who didn’t initially know what they wanted to do in life, but who came to find herself and her place in the world. It is a portrait of an artist with a happy ending.”—The Comics Journal

Library of Small Catastrophes
Alison C. Rollins | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595394 | April 2019
“A professional librarian, Rollins writes of urban communities and larger ecosystems with a librarian’s thoroughness, attending to all of the choices, even those deep in the past, that create the present moment.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cyborg Detective
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“[Weise] points out the bullshit with biting wit, dark humor, and a punk rock, cyborg attitude.”—New Pages

Iced Out
CK Smouha, illus. Isabella Bunnell | Cicada Books | 9781908714626 | November 2019
“Bright and expressive illustrations capture the narrative in this engaging tale about friendship and being happy with who you are.  Great fun!”—The Book Activist

A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC
Sade Fadipe, illus. Shedrach Ayalomeh | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115816 | July 2019
“The art is bright and fresh, filling the pages with color and glimpses of home life and the landscape. On each page, there are other items that start with that same letter of the alphabet. The art is structured so well though, that it is easy to miss that these elements are even there until you are encouraged to look for them at the end of the book.”—Waking Brain Cells

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