Author: Alenka Figa

Life, Death and Motherhood: The Legacy of Orphan Black

Three women meet the man who claims to be their creator. The first worships him, accepts him as a father, and becomes his right hand–at least for the moment. The second questions him, searches through his motivations, actions and assertions until she unearths the lies he has told, and the truth of who he is. The third deceives him and then flips out a switchblade and goes for an artery, attempting to take his life. The introduction of P. T. Westmoreland, the supposed father of Neolution, raised many questions at the end of season four. Why would a show...

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Looking Forward by Looking Back: A Retrospective Interview with Anna Selheim

I love to consider how a cartoonist’s work has changed over time. For most practitioners of a craft, the work evolves slowly, but as readers we can swiftly sink our teeth into multiple works and seek out recurring themes, shifts in art style, and general growth. It’s not often that I get to conduct such a retrospective with the actual artist, so I was very excited to talk to Anna Selheim about the grander scheme of her work. There’s a good chance you’ve seen Selheim’s work. She contributed a comic to The Nib about interning for Hillary Clinton, a lovely...

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Not My Small Diary #19 Balances Humor with Horror

Not My Small Diary Delaine Derry Green (Editor), John Porcellino (Cover), Carrie McNinch, Peter Conrad, Noel Franklin, David Lasky, Jason Martin, Kelly Froh, Jenny Zervakis, Donna Barr, Max Clotfelter, Andrew Goldfarb, Colleen Frakes, Mark Campos, Rob Kirby, Ben Horak, Joe Decie, Asher Craw, Missy Kulik, Misun Oh, Rachel Scheer, Simon Mackie, Charles Brubaker, Graeme McNee, George Erling, Elmore Buzzizyk, Chad Woody, Brad Foster, Lee J. Green, Jason Young, Liz Prince, J.T. Yost, Andrew Wilmore, Jim Siergey, Patty Leidy, Pete Wentzell, James Burns, Fafá Jaepelt, John Porcellino, Micah Liesenfeld, Mari Naomi, Kevin Van Hyning, Roberta Gregory, Mike Kraiger, Adam Pasion...

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A Tail of Two Cat Lovers: Two Takes on Benji Nate’s Catboy

Catboy Benji Nate Silver Sprocket August 1st, 2017 A review copy was provided in exchange for a fair review. Silver Sprocket is having a killer year, consistently releasing some incredible comics and merch from heavy hitters like Liz Prince, Jenn Woodall, and Michael Sweater. However, as some will remember from our inspiring and highly professional review of Finding Molly, Melissa Brinks and I have a bit of a thing for cat comics. When they began promoting the upcoming collection of Benji Nate’s Catboy, currently running as a webcomic on Vice, I knew immediately that this was right up our...

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These Comics Will Make You Queer: Short Reviews from CAKE 2017

It’s been about a month since I attended CAKE 2017, but, as always, the work that I picked up at the expo stays with me. One of the most exciting and intimidating experiences of such an event is meeting dozens of talented artists. It’s impossible to walk out the doors without feeling that you’ve just been surrounded by the future of the comics industry. Last year when I wrote about CAKE, I was really writing about the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As that time of year rolled back around I found myself thinking more and more...

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