Author: Kathryn Hemmann

REVIEW: Closing the Gaps in Queer Storytelling in Stone Fruit by Lee Lai

Lee Lai’s debut graphic novel Stone Fruit follows an overworked thirty-something named Ray as she ends her relationship with her girlfriend Bron and rekindles her friendship with her sister Amanda. Ray and Bron were at their most loving and creative while babysitting Amanda’s energetic six-year-old daughter Nessie, but they’ve drifted apart as their differences become…

A woman with black hair looks down while in a wheat field, saying "Clara...?" in a speech bubble.

REVIEW: Gazing into the Shadows from The Crossroads at Midnight

The Crossroads at Midnight collects five short stories by Abby Howard, whose previous publications were educational science comics and the young adult dark fantasy adventure The Last Halloween. None of the stories in Howard’s newest collection is suitable for children, and the gory tone is reminiscent of twentieth-century pulp horror comic magazines. Each piece is…

Four panels, or the top half of a page of a comic. Two figures with ponytails speak in all four panels. Panel 1: "So what's upstairs?" "It's actually pretty amazing." Both speakers are in front of a door. Panel 2: "I didn't even know this was here!" "Yeah, used to be the main entrance but we don't use it anymore." They are looking at a staircase. Panel 3: "It's hard to believe now, but this used to be the biggest cinema outisde of London." They walk. Panel 4: "Whoa, I never would've..." Behind them, there are obvious signs of disrepair.

REVIEW: A Movie Theater Meets Reality in Breakwater

Breakwater is not a gentle slice-of-life story, nor is it a harrowing tale of mental illness. Rather, much like many lived experiences, it’s something in between. Katriona Chapman’s soft graphite art deftly conveys the personalities and emotions of regular people facing a difficult decision, transforming the mundane backdrop of a dilapidated cinema into a stage…

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