5 Hidden Gems: Rachel

May 5, 2019

5 Hidden Gems: Rachel

There are so many great comics hiding out in the store, it can be hard to keep track. Here are some of my small-press, small-sized faves!

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John, Dear by Laura Lannes (Retrofit Comics)

John, Dear is a study in subtlety. It's a short story about an abusive relationship so toxic it manifests as skin condition. The book starts out dark and gets darker.

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The Bun Field by Amanda Vähämäki (Drawn and Quarterly)

Vähämäki's drawings are detailed and delicate. The Bun Field features a stoic child in a world full of animacy and mystery. There are no extraneous details, we know only what is said aloud. Is it a dream? A nightmare? A strange new world? Without giving in to easy answers, Vähämäki's art is breathtaking.

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Yours by Margot Ferrick (2DCloud)

Yours reveals the claustrophobia of thoughts. It seems that the pages of the book are struggling to contain Ferrick's raw and expansive art. There are no clear demarcations between words and images, they become one another.

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Enter Holy Pilgrim by Laila Milevski (Ley Lines #9)

Ley Lines is a series where graphic artists produce pamphlets about their influences and inspirations. Enter Holy Pilgrim, on Gothic Architecture, is a nice reminder that inspiration can come from a glimpse or a memory as well as from an idol. Plus, I also have a soft spot for beautiful stone buildings.

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Dumb #2, Georgia Webber

Dumb, by Georgia Webber, is one of my absolute favourite comics of last year. It's smart and exquisite and has the best visual depictions of pain I've ever seen. We still have some of the original zines? Swoon!

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John, Dear

Laura Lannes

This is a book about a bad relationship.Laura Lannes is a cartoonist and illustrator living in NYC. She is originally from Brazil.

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The Bun Field

Amanda Vahamaki

Characterized by an intriguing disjointed rhythm and delicious pencil-smudged style, The Bun Field is defined by a surreal ebb-and-flow, possessing a deep sense of...

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Margot Ferrick

A lyrical, sensual collection of work that plays with comics’ conventions of repetition and pattern."Ferrick makes reading a true act of synesthesia. I hear...

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Georgia Webber

Part memoir, part medical cautionary tale, Dumb tells the story of how an urban twentysomething copes with the everyday challenges that come with voicelessness....

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