What's it about? It's an adaption of the great Felix Feneon's Novels in Three Lines, in which he sardonically condenses news stories down into blunt and often darkly hilarious Twitter-sized epics.
What's the art look like? It's not your traditional comic book art (click to enlarge):
Do you recommend it? I do. It's a beautiful art book, although at $24.95, I'd hoped that they would include a few more adaptations; it takes at least four pages to tell a single story, and the book is simply not that long. It's more of an art book to savor, rather than a comic book to read. (Two more brief reviews, including a serial-killer thriller written by Peter Straub, are after the jump.)
What's it about? It's a collection of autobiographical comics by a Filipino-American cartoonist.
What's the art look like? Hard to say: Every story is drawn in a slightly different style. Here's one style:
Do you recommend it? Yes! Ayuyang really gets a lot of depth out of her short stories. She writes about the Filipino-American experience in a universal way, addressing her parents' awkward interior-decorating choices, her family's love for karaoke, and returning to the Philippines for a funeral of a distant relative. It's not a flawless collection—one story about Brad Pitt feels self-indulgent—but Ayuyang has a strong autobiographical voice. I expect to hear much more from her.
What's the book?The Green Woman, written by Peter Straub and Michael Easton, illustrated by John Bolton.
What's it about? It's a sequel to The Throat, a novel by Straub about a serial killer named Fielding 'Fee' Bandolier.
What's the art look like? I'm not especially a fan of Bolton's painted panels. Everything looks a little too stolid for my tastes, like so:
Do you recommend it? Not really, although I haven't read The Throat. The art is smoky, the story is vague, and the whole thing is forgettable. It's kind of a mess.