Paying for ItPaying For It by Chester Brown

I gave this 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads

I enjoyed this graphic novel way more than I expected to. It’s not even that I agree with the author’s point of view — in most cases I just don’t — but he is totally committed to exposing himself with as much honesty and candor as is available. I really appreciate the effort. The story, like the drawing style, is simple but effective even for such complicated subject matter. Though he addresses this in the notes and it makes sense, I am still a little bothered by how one-dimensional the ladies are in the story. I also found I liked the story more before I read the extensive notes that only served as an extended diatribe that I wasn’t really in it for. But, those two things aside, I think anyone would benefit from giving this one a go. If nothing else, it will force you to think about this stuff, and it’s important!

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Shizuko's DaughterShizuko’s Daughter by Kyoko Mori

I gave this 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads

I’m really not sure how to review this book. Everything I write sounds trite. I loved it, and it’s a wonderful story about families in the evolving cultural landscape of Japan. It’s also about being an outsider, being a little different, in a world that doesn’t seem to have a lot of room for that kind of thing, but it has more room than you would expect. It’s about complicated families. It’s a YA novel but it doesn’t feel like one.

New York Drawings

New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine

I gave this 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads

This book is stunning. It compiles mostly Tomine’s work from The New Yorker (So THAT’S where all those cool images come from!) and a few strips and sketches and other work he’s done since he moved to New York. As a super fan of his comics, I am delighted to fill in the holes with this book. He does a lot of contract work (my favorite being the Super Girls panel for the Weezer poster way back when) I don’t read The New Yorker, so I would never have put this part of his career together without this collection. It’s beautifully done, and don’t skip the notes at the end. Some of the asides are priceless.