Angel Catbird; Or: Literally, Just Angel Catbird

Angel Catbird; Or: Literally, Just Angel Catbird

As a comic book nerd and Margaret Atwood fan, I was really excited to explore her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird. It’s great (sort of), but unfortunately doesn’t do anything to quiet the deep ambivalence present in my admiration for Atwood’s work. First, the art and layout: it is superb. The lettering (by Nate Piekos of […]

BITCH PLANET: Comics for the woke, readers, smarties, and newbs

BITCH PLANET: Comics for the woke, readers, smarties, and newbs

It all started with Ms Marvel. Paul Constant, books editor for Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, has steered me toward many excellent books of diverse origins that I never would have found if I hadn’t gone looking. So when he blogged about Willow Wilson’s brand new comic featuring a Pakistani-American immigrant Muslim superhero, I was highly […]

Persepolis; Or, How To Rebel Like Your Life Depends On It

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of her childhood, Persepolis, is a punch to the gut – and I mean that in a good way. Satrapi was 10 when the Islamic Revolution transformed Iran. Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s childhood for those next few pivotal years. The comic form of her memoir allows for simultaneously communicating […]

Your Monday Morning GIF Parade: NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

This review of Glen Weldon’s excellent The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture will be delivered in the form of a GIF parade. The story of how I came to read this book is possibly the most meta-nerd thing that has ever happened: I listened to an NPR piece in which an […]

The (Not So?) Secret History of Wonder Woman

I am into comics. I am fascinated by history. Feminism is my jam. And Jill Lepore is the Michelle Obama of historical narrative nonfiction: the motherfucking best. So when I saw that Jill Lepore was writing a book about the feminist history of the man who wrote Wonder Woman, this was pretty much my reaction: […]

On The Docket: Converts, Jurists, Dystopia, and Lizzie Borden, Maybe

In a previous post, I mentioned that I like to have multiple books going at once. Usually there’s a pretty steady rotation, but I finished up everything I was reading over the weekend, so I had to start a whole new slate this week. Here’s what’s up: G. Willow Wilson is the immensely talented author […]