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Top 25 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: March 2018

Posted: December 29, 2017

Spring is arriving early, as it comes marching in next March, judging by the variety and high quality of my suggestions for your comics reading this month. My PG Tips in particular include the deliciously subversive collection of love stories in Bizarre Romance teaming up literary power couple Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell. Read my 25 PG Tips here…

Top 27 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: February 2018

Posted: December 9, 2017

A Mexican photographer’s biography, a lifelong lesbian love-story between two black women, a meditation on the role of art and the artist, and a suite of graphic impressions of jazz and its legends.

Just some of the individualistic, involving comics on the menu for your perusal and pleasure this coming February. Explore and enjoy…

Best Comics of 2016: An International Perspective

Posted: November 11, 2017

Once again, I’ve approached my international correspondents and connoisseurs to select their most favourite home-grown comics publications of last year and offer their considered opinions. I hope you enjoy exploring their recommendations and reviews of the Best of 2016 from Brazil, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Serbia and Singapore. Let me send my warmest thanks to Carlos Baptista, Matthias Wivel, Harri Römpötti, Adrian Kinnaird, Žika Tamburić and Lim Cheng Tju for their considered contributions this time. Read them all here… The cover shown is from the Serbian anthology Karton siti (‘Cardboard City’) by Željko Obrenović and others, published by Modesty Comics.

Top 12 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: January 2018

Posted: November 8, 2017

As the New Year of 2018 approaches, here are my dozen suggestions to help you start your next year of quality comics reading. My highlights range from the English-language graphic novel debut of Sweden’s Anneli Furmark in Red Winter, the appealing, colourful French-Chinese fantasy The Dream of The Butterfly, and Eddie Campbell’s unbridled gallop through the tumultuous boom in America’s newspaper cartooning and comic strips, notably on the sports pages a century or more ago, in The Goat Getters. Join me month by month through 2018 as our voyage of discovery continues…

Top 20 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: December 2017

Posted: October 18, 2017

The year 2017 ends on some high notes, notably the first part of Inside Moebius in English at last, a late, great, playful outpouring of free-form invention by the magisterial Moebius (below), and a long-overdue compendium of Ken Reid’s unique grotesqueries in the British comedy Faceache. Two modern masters return with some of their very best material, first in Cyril Pedrosa’s Portugal, shimmering with saudade (above), and then a bumper tome of deviously deformed horror manga by Junji Ito in Shiver. Rummage through my PG Tips here and see what tickles your fancy this month…

Top 26 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: November 2017

Posted: September 20, 2017

Each month brings another smörgåsbord of sequential art, their creators all hoping to find an appreciative audience and build their reputations. My considered gleanings for November have turned up trumps with some first-rate works worthy of your attention. The French author Julie Maroh, acclaimed for Blue is the Warmest Colour, returns to affairs of the heart in her ensemble piece Body Music. From Japan’s dark, urgent dramas of ‘gekiga’ comes Slum Wolf, a compelling compendium by Japan’s Tadao Tsuge, proving again how varied manga truly are.

I’m also eager anticipating the start of an unconventional graphic mystery, The Case of the Missing Men by Canadian collaborators Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes, as well as the delayed but now completed Satania by the striking and inimitable couple of bande dessinée, Kerascoët. I hope you will keep stepping outside your comfort zones and exploring with me just how far comics can take you… Take your pick of my PG Tips for November 2017 here…

Orijit Sen: His River of Stories

Posted: August 18, 2017

In 1994 Orijit Sen won a grant from Kalpavriksha, a Delhi-based environmental organisation, to create and publish his first full-length comic, documenting the building of the contentious Sardar Sarovar Dam across the Narmada River in Western India. He visited the valley for several weeks, researching, sketching and talking with residents who were being displaced by the development and with activists protesting alongside them. Combining these stories with lyrical indigenous myths and sensitive grey-toned drawings, the result is the passionately biased River of Stories. Read his new Strip and interview and my profile of him for ArtReview Asia here…

Hostage by Guy Delisle

Posted: August 12, 2017

Hostage was fifteen years in the making, while Delisle struggled to find the right tone and focus to chronicle the endurance of a kidnap victim in solitary confinement. His solution was to edit and pace as many panels and pages as he needed for the reader to get inside Christophe’s head. It becomes hard for readers not to speculate how they would cope with such a testing, nerve-shredding ordeal. Read my review here…

Top 37 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: October 2017

Posted: August 7, 2017

It’s that time of year again and October 2017 brings you probably one of the largest cornucopias of outstanding choices of comics-reading. My absolute highest recommendation goes to the original manga by Fumiyo Kōno which was the basis for the recent critically-acclaimed anime movie, In This Corner of the World. All three volumes are compiled into one truly great graphic novel.

My other strong PG Tips are the very welcome translation of Brazilian Marcelo D’Salete’s Run For It revealing his nation’s history of slavery and an new graphic novel from Roz Chast, need I say any more.

And if you’ll permit me to blow my own trumpet briefly here, my own brand new book MANGASIA is out this month (also in French, Italian and Korean) and will accompany the exhibition I’ve been curating, MANGASIA: WONDERLANDS OF ASIAN COMICSEnjoy looking through my suggestions here… 

Top 26 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: September 2017

Posted: July 23, 2017

My goodness me - don’t you think we live in astonishing times for this medium we all love? Look below and I think you’ll find that we’re blessed to be able to enjoy so many great works of graphic literature, old and new. This September brings no less than three powerful, empathetic LGBTQ graphic novels, including standout British entry Breaks, and some riveting, exemplary autobiography from Canada’s treasured chronicler David Collier and Broken Frontier Young Talent superstar Tillie Walden. I hope you find a future favourite among my suggestions here in my latest PG Tips…

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