Issue 70

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Book Review: Stroppy

Category: Issue 70, News, Reviews

Stroppy Marc Bell, 64 pages, Drawn & Quarterly,, $24.95 There is probably no living artist who can depict a lunatic quivering with pleasure as he devours an entire block of President’s Choice medium cheddar cheese better than London, Ontario cartoonist Marc Bell. Your mileage with Stroppy, Bell’s first full-length graphic novella, will depend on […]

Book Review: Poetry is Useless

Poetry is Useless Anders Nilsen, 224 pgs, Drawn & Quarterly,, $37.95  It’s useful for adults to take most of life for granted. If we proceeded as though the nature of chairs were indeterminate, we’d be all morning waiting for a seat at Denny’s. Poetry asks questions as a child does: playfully, atomically curious, even […]

Book Review: Pablo & Jane And The Hot Air Contraption

Pablo & Jane And The Hot Air Contraption José Domingo, 56 pgs, Flying Eye Books,, $19.95 In these times of comics being appreciated as both literature and serious art for older readers, it’s always a pleasure to see a book that’s both innovative and aimed at the often-overlooked kids’ market. There are definitely some […]

Book Review: Killing and Dying

Killing and Dying Adrian Tomine, 121 pages, Drawn and Quarterly,, $26.95 In the 12th installment of the Optic Nerve series, Adrian Tomine includes a short autobiographical epilogue. He describes his love of serialized comics, or “floppies,” and his own unwittingly assumed role as ‘The Last Pamphleteer.” Each issue of Optic Nerve is beautifully designed […]

Book Review: Junction

Junction Nathan Jurevicius, 52 pgs, Koyama Press,, $27.95 “I wonder what I’ll look like this year? An exotic plant? A ball of string? A crowded metropolis? It’s all a surprise!” Thus begins this gorgeous new picture book from Koyama Press. The protagonist is a young member of a family of Face Changers, and it […]

Book Review: Sideshow Concessions

Sideshow Concessions Lucas Crawford, 91 pgs, Invisible Publishing,, $15.95 Lucas Crawford includes a list of imaginary Canadian Literature Premises late in this collection, running the gamut between “The Affair I Considered Having Once” to “Roughing It in the Bush: An Anti-Colonial Lesbian Rewrite.” The hidden punchline in this spoof-list is the hypothetical title, “I […]

Book Review: Fantasy

Chapbook Review: Understander

Book Review: The Well-Dressed Wound

Book Review: Don’t Cry Wolfman Chicago

Chapbook Review: Simplified Holy Passage

Chapbook Review: Conditional

Zine Review: Let Go

Zine Review: Unproductive #3

Zine Review: The Toronto Comic Jam Compilation

Chapbook Review: Thirteen Ways to Look at CanLit

Zine Review: Poems for a Young Thug

Zine Review: Pack Mentality

Zine Review: One Day in Tokyo

Zine Review: Nosebleed Comics

Chapbook Review: Poetry Lives Here

Zine Review: I Feel Amazing

Zine Review: Overgrowth

Zine Review: Crash Comics

Zine Review: The Constant Smile

Chapbook Review: Corpse

Zine Review: Blood Miracles, The Lark Ascending, Go Long, Only Skin & wish you were

Zine Review: Animal + Media Sketchbook

Zine Review: About Running

Zine Review: Watch Your Back Vol. 2

Zine Review: That Story About the One Time I Dyed My Hair

Zine Review: Stolen Ground

Zine Review: Static Zine #11

Zine Review: SRVIV

Zine Review: Tire Swing

Zine Review: Nom Nom Time Vol. 1

Zine Review: Fasting

Zine Review: Eat

Zine Review: Fisting

Book Review: July Underwater

Zine Review: Things I Do When I Feel Blue

Up the Disabled Punx

Is Your Venue Accessible?

The Locker Project Brings Gonzo Art to High-Schoolers

Book Review: Threadbare

Book Review: Too Much on the Inside

Book Review: Skein and Bone

Book Review: Night Moves

Book Review: Debris

Also As Well Too: A Living Room for Artbooks in Winnipeg

Zine Review: Bad Skin

Zine Review: Punk and Pregnant

Zine Review: Black Women & Self Care

Issue 70

The Smell of Our Own: Rea McNamara

Book Review: Dirty River

Zine Review: Hoser Punx