Goodies, goodies, goodies. Each month, Abraham Riesman offers recommendations of comics media, including book-length graphic novels, comics-format nonfiction, ongoing series, and comics-related items in other forms. With any luck, at least one of them will be a match for you. Gumballs by Erin Nations (Top Shelf) Gumballs , an anthology of his short, unmistakable meditations on shame, aspiration, and self-conception. Told in autobiographical vignettes about the everyday struggle of gender dysphoria and clever fictions about weirdos seeking love and acceptance, the writing is poetic in its bluntness and the inks are as dense as the emotions they capture. Bad Girls by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos (Gallery 13) Bad Girls , writer Alex de Campi and artist Victor Santos present the reader with a viciously stylish chronicle of a very fateful evening in the Caribbean. The revolution may be at the doorstep, but the usual suspects — mobsters, … [Read more...] about The 8 Best Comics to Read in July
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Photo: Amazon The video for Jessie Ware’s 2012 single “Wildest Moments” is a master class in stylish simplicity: just a single, unbroken shot of the London-based artist — looking a bit like a marble bust with a nose ring and an immaculate blazer — singing the song as the camera slowly orbits around her, caught in the gravitational pull of her quiet charisma. Especially in the U.S., this single off her excellent debut album Devotion served as most people’s introduction to Ware, and it felt rare to see a pop singer coming out of the gate with such sophisticated, un-showy confidence. (I know another Jessie who could stand to learn a thing or two from her.) Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she’d first honed her talent a few steps behind the spotlight, touring as a backup singer for British artist Jack Peñate and filling out the sound of Florence + the Machine’s second album, Ceremonials . But the “Wildest Moments” clip has its own kind of transfixing — if … [Read more...] about Jessie Ware’s
This year’s $205,000 consolation prize. Photo: Courtesy of Distinctive Assets Last weekend’s Oscars left us all with a few gifts — Daniel Kaluuya’s homage to sex , Youn Yuh-jung being Youn Yuh-jung , and that clip of Glenn Close dancing to “Da Butt ” — but some of stars went home with literal presents via an “Everybody Wins” gift bag from Distinctive Assets, a company that is unaffiliated with the Academy and in its 19th year of giving. While stars often receive gifts at other awards shows, the Oscars bags tend to attract special attention for their sheer opulence. Forbes estimated that this year’s freebies — which include celebrity-trainer workout sessions, a liposuction procedure, a three-night retreat on a Swedish island, and a card for a commemorative gold NFT of Chadwick Boseman’s head — total $205,000 a bag. For a chance at the exposure that a celebrity’s name can bring (and the annual fascination over what expensive things the rich people got this year), brands … [Read more...] about The 2021 Oscars Gift Bag Was Worth $205,000. How Did We Get Here?
THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES - Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell”. Cr: ©2021 SPAI. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Netflix If Mike Rianda warms to you, he’ll start laughing at you. His actors mention this, but I learn it for myself on a Zoom call in mid-April, just a few weeks before the 37-year-old’s directorial debut, The Mitchells vs. the Machines , hits Netflix. The animator has what might most easily be described as a chortle, but such a simplification doesn’t even begin to skim the surface of his breathy, high-pitched chuckle. It strikes at random, especially mid-sentence, like when he’s telling me about the likelihood of technology taking over our lives and suddenly emits the loudest, most enthusiastic laugh I’ve heard during the work-from-home era (and possibly beyond). It’s infectious, deeply warm, and maybe even a little chaotic — and it’s just what you’d expect from an artist who has spent the past decade creating some of animation’s most compellingly earnest, … [Read more...] about Director Mike Rianda Wants to Make You Laugh (and Call Your Mom)
Doctor Who Arachnids in the U.K. Season 11 Episode 4 Editor’s Rating 5 stars * * * * * « Previous Next » Photo: Ben Blackall/BBC Studios After last week’s socially relevant “Rosa,” it would be easy to say that “Arachnids in the U.K.” is a bit of fluff meant only to creep out viewers and have them squirming in their seat. If you suffer from even mild arachnophobia, surely this episode did just that. But to write off “Arachnids” on the grounds that its sole intent is to deliver spooks and scares is to miss its deeper messages, of which there are several. Once again, I would posit that this is Doctor Who at its best. This is the sort of fare the show can offer up without wearing out its welcome, whereas episodes like “Rosa” must be created sparingly. Indeed, Doctor Who offering up thrilling sci-fi scares alongside important commentary about the world around us is the best kind of Doctor Who there is. “Arachnids” isn’t the show’s … [Read more...] about Recap: Spiders in the City