“DeForge is one of the great chefs of comic books, a brave, experimental force of creative nature that has rarely misstepped.” — Gosh! Comics
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“Grand adventure in the tradition of Tintin and the like, all told with aesthetic somewhere between Maurice Sendak and Wallace and Gromit.” — Gosh! Comics
PopMatters reviews the “pleasantly un-novel-like graphic novel experience” Space Academy 123 by Mickey Zacchilli.
“Like most genre fiction, sci-fi is riddled with clichés, ones highlighted by Zacchilli’s aggressively generic title. But rather than delivering her school-in-space tropes in standard futuristic detail, her scribbled artistic and literary style undermines expectations to entertaining, if chaotic, ends.” — Chris Gavaler, PopMatters
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Inspired by the intellectual and theoretical beliefs of Kathy Acker, the Acker Award “celebrates the long-standing creative achievements of local artists of every disciplines whom we recognize for their ground-breaking, unconventional, cutting edge, nonconforming, risk-taking, and community/culture oriented accomplishments.” One of the recipients this year was Fiona Smyth who recently released her career spanning collection Somnambulance. Find out more about the awards right here!
Your Chicken Enemy reviews the “romp seemingly unbound by time and space” Patrick Kyle’s Roaming Foliage.
“Profound and silly, abstract yet story-driven, Roaming Foliage encompasses all of the nuances of the wildly talented Canadian comics artist Patrick Kyle… this is Kyle at his finest, using abstract imagery alongside goofball character antics to tell a larger story about friendship and the importance of community.” — John James Dudek, Your Chicken Enemy
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Publishers Weekly selects the Best Books of 2018 and Keiler Roberts’ Chlorine Gardens is one of the five best comics of the year!
“The genius of her staccato narrative style is how aptly she conjures both the weight of a major medical diagnosis and a child’s tantrum; the weirdness of her work manages to be both profoundly earthbound and out of this world.” — Publishers Weekly
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The Comics Journal is hosting a series of interviews conducted by comics critic Kim Jooha in which they want to “explore the question: What makes Toronto [our hometown!] a great comics city?” The most recent interviewee is Patrick Kyle who recently released Roaming Foliage.
“Kyle’s new book, Roaming Foliage, is his most innovative work yet in page design, style, and structure. He is already significantly influential among young cartoonists.” — Kim Jooha, The Comics Journal
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The New York Journal of Books reviews Patrick Kyle’s “Brechtian” Roaming Foliage.
“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.” — Annette Lapointe, New York Journal of Books
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Your Chicken Enemy reviews Keiler Roberts’ latest “brutally honest,” but equally funny Chlorine Gardens.
“The key to understanding [Roberts’] work is that though she talks about subjects that are sometimes quotidian and sometimes deeply personal and serious, Roberts always thinks like a performer. However deadpan she might be on a page, she tends to think of whether or not an audience might find this interesting or funny.” — Rob Clough, Your Chicken Enemy
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