Comics & Graphic Novels
This spring there’s an abundance of graphic memoirs
(a woman and her bad dog, a bipolar mother) and biography
(D&D creator Gary Gygax, singer Cass Elliot). On the fiction side, Seth wraps up Clyde Fans, his decades-long saga,
and Noah Van Sciver’s literary loser Fante Bukowski
Black Hammer, Vol. 1
Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston. Dark Horse, Apr.
Ormston’s unsettling art teams with Lemire’s multilevel tale of banished superheroes trying to
find their way back to the world where they matter.
Jillian Tamaki. Drawn & Quarterly, June 6
With masterful art and evocative storytelling, Tamaki’s short stories tackle subjects from
bedbugs to the addictive nature of pop culture to pornography.
California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas
Pénélope Bagieu. Roaring Brook/First Second, Mar. 7
Cass Elliot’s astonishing success and personal struggles are given a bouncy treatment in this
import from France.
Fante Bukowski, Vol. 2
Noah Van Sciver. Fantagraphics, Apr. 11
Everyone knows a pretentiously self-conscious bad writer, and Van Sciver nails it in a second
volume of painful but hilarious cluelessness.
Seth. Drawn & Quarterly, May 30
Seth’s been writing his massive story of the Matchcard brothers and their failing fan company
since 1998, and it finally winds up in this book.
Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D
David Kushner and Koren Shadmi. Nation Books, May 9
Based on interviews with Gygax before his death, this biography captures the complicated life
and legacy of a visionary.
Charles Glaubitz. Fantagraphics, Feb. 28
While the story is a slim cosmic battle played out in an often abstract universe, the spectacular
art brings it alive.
Keiler Roberts. Koyama, May 16
A bipolar mother grapples with day-to-day life in these tender, funny vignettes that show a
calm awareness of her situation.
Voices in the Dark
Ulli Lust. New York Review Comics, June 13
A sound engineer obsessed with the human voice and Joseph Goebbels’s daughter cross paths
in a story inspired by Marcel Beyer’s novel The Karnau Tapes.
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: The Lies
Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp. DC, Feb. 14
Rucka returns to Wonder Woman with a story that tears apart her origin, greatly aided by
Sharp’s highly detailed art.