the greatest of marlys review

The Greatest of Marlys: A Review

The Greatest of MarlysI often wonder why adults forget what it’s like to be children, and how they can feel comfortable inflicting on younger generations the same kind of abuses they suffered, like being called “stupid” by an adult, or being told that what you have to say is not — and will never be — important. If you think you might have let your memories of what it’s like to be a pre-teen kid slip away, pick up The Greatest of Marlys by Lynda Barry. Continue reading

bee and puppy cat vol 1 review

Bee and PuppyCat, Vol. 1: A Review

Bee and Puppycat, Vol. 1I was first introduced to Natasha Allegri‘s Bee and PuppyCat in a rather unlikely place: Facebook Messenger. Having never heard of Allegri’s webseries, I assumed the poofy-haired girl and her cross-looking pet/sidekick were from an aeni or manhwa. It wasn’t until I bought Bee and PuppyCat, Vol. 1 in a Humble Comics Bundle that I found out the history of what’s become one of my favorite comics series. Continue reading

fun home review

Fun Home: A Review

Fun Home: A Family TragicomicAfter writing a letter home from college to reveal her lesbian identity to her parents, Alison Bechdel receives a somewhat distressing phone call from her mother, who lets loose an even bigger family secret: Alison’s father is a closeted gay man who kept younger men — often his children’s babysitters — as lovers. A few weeks later, Bruce Bechdel dies after being hit by a Sunbeam Bread truck. In Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Bechdel recounts childhood memories of her father and wrestles with two questions: did he commit suicide, and, if so, did her coming out push him to do so? Continue reading