World Comic Book Review

9th April 2024

Beautiful Canvas #1 (Review)

Beautiful Canvas #1 Black Mask Studios, July 2017 Writer: Ryan K Lindsay Beautiful Canvas from American publisher Black Mask Studios opens with a dead body looking directly at the protagonist. “You’re overthinking it,” the corpse says, blood still exiting the bullet wound in his head. His words are as prophetic for the reader as they … Read more

Note by Note: Jazz Maynard #1

Jazz Maynard #1 Written by Raule Publisher: Dargaud, 2015 (Original Publisher) Lion Forge Comics, June 2017 Like the character it’s named after, creators Raule and Roger’s Jazz Maynard has been around the block. First published in 2015 under the French publisher Dargaud, the series was then translated into English under Europe Comics, an alliance of … Read more

The Dregs #1-2 (Review)

The Dregs #1-2 
Black Mask Studios
Writers: Zach Thompson and Lonnie Nadler

Many US comic books feature a “Letters to the Editor” section or an “Afterword” by the writer. This comic does not. In place of these communicative conventions that readers have come to expect, the issue instead concludes with a black-and-white photo of a man blowing bubbles.

This is part of a photo series called “Off Hours” by Thanh Nguyen which documents how those living on the streets of Vancouver enjoy themselves. In the words of the artist, the project’s “hope is to reveal a commonality: the desire to escape the grind of daily life through small acts of enjoyment.” Through this connection, the artist hopes the medium can engage the viewer on a social issue.

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