The last time I wrote about Promethea here I'd just gotten my hands on the first Absolute volume, and it had blown my mind. "It's less a narrative than a trip, fables layered on top of stories and characters' identities shifting into dreams. If Watchmen is Moore's Ulysses, then Promethea is Finnegans Wake and it demands the same experience--stop trying to make it make sense and just let it wash over you and enjoy the ride." The second volume arrived last week, ... Read More

Sonja Ahlers: The Selves

BY Sarah J. in Arts

  Drawn and Quarterly is a comics publisher, but Sonja Ahlers' The Selves isn't a comic. You could call it sequential art, I suppose, though it's mainly collages of beautiful and slightly disturbing things, its text chosen for aesthetic value rather than to tell a story. Babies, children and mothers; cute animals and Sylvia Plath quotations; 70s and 80s fashion, Holly Hobby and Princess Di all blend together--or rather, are layered on top of one another to ... Read More

Absolute Death: A Review

BY Sarah J. in General

The first graphic novel I ever bought was Death: The High Cost of Living. I was a teenage gothette just figuring out that there were all sorts of strange and wonderful things out there that I hadn't discovered yet, and then one day my friend came to school with a little thing called the Death Gallery, full of these gorgeous pictures of this little goth girl that sorta even looked like me (if you squinted and washed out the color). What the heck was that? I'd seen ... Read More
If there was a book that isn't Sandman more deserving of oversized, supersaturated Absolute edition, Promethea is it. It's a sometimes-skipping, sometimes-running, sometimes-strolling journey through a dream world as wild and beautiful as Neil Gaiman's but ruled by a warrior-queen who's everything Wonder Woman ought to be. Promethea is a living story, and she's just taken over a new human host. The previous incarnations, like something out of Joseph Campbell, have ... Read More
Miriam Libicki is a United States-born Jewish comics artist who packed up and moved to Israel to join the IDF, despite being rather ill-suited to the soldiering life. She has since relocated to Canada and created an autobiographical comic book, jobnik! about her experiences, as well as created several drawn essays in which she takes a critical look at comics, art, Israel, sex and sexuality, and of course, being Jewish. I met Libicki at New York's MoCCA ... Read More

Two White Horses

BY Sarah J. in Music

Who doesn't love Fridays, right? And what better way to end the week than checking out a new band? In this case, it was Two White Horses at the Mercury Lounge, perfect for unwinding after a long work week. It's always nice to see a band that puts a little effort into their presentation onstage--coordinated outfits and all aren't entirely rare in the post-White Stripes era, but studied indifference is more the norm these days than a solemn approach to the stage ... Read More

Amy Reeder Hadley

BY Sarah J. in Arts

Amy Reeder Hadley is the artist on DC/Vertigo Comics' monthly book Madame Xanadu, one of the few titles in the line focused on a female lead character. Madame Xanadu moves through history, using magic to insinuate herself into various events familiar and strange. She has run-ins with everyone from Merlin to Marie Antoinette, and even has a showdown of sorts with everyone's favorite Vertigo character, Death. Hadley was just nominated for her first Eisner award ... Read More
Nikki Cook, one of Bust's favorite ladies in comics, has a new book out this week. She worked on DMZ #41 with Brian Wood. It's a stand-alone issue, focusing on what happens to Zee, one of the book's lead characters, when she ventures outside the protected section of a war-torn Manhattan. Nikki did a guest spot, filling in for the book's regular artists, and she took some time to talk about it with Bust before it came out. Read on! How did you get started ... Read More

Amazon FAIL

BY Sarah J. in Feminism

Amazon.com apparently hasn't gotten the memo that the culture wars are dead. They've stripped the sales rankings--and therefore, the search ratings--of books that deal with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, as well as feminist books like Full Frontal Feminism. It affects the search rankings for books. For small authors who depend on Amazon reviews and sales rankings, this is disastrous. Of course, it's also terrible for freedom of expression. ... Read More

WAM! Wrapup

BY Sarah J. in Feminism

I survived WAM! 2009. More importantly, I had a wonderful time. Meeting and connecting with women I've looked up to for years (Abby Scher , Sarah Posner , Julia Serano ) and bloggers I love (Jill, Cara and Jack from Feministe, Sally from Jump Off the Bridge, Tammy from Bitch) in a space where everyone talks to everyone and new friendships form as quickly on Twitter as they did in the halls was inspiring. Speaking of Twitter, the WAM Twitter stream can be viewed ... Read More
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