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Dominic Umile writes about comics and other books. He formerly covered new music for REMIX, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, ORLANDO WEEKLY, MIAMI NEW TIMES, and more.

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HYPERALLERGIC: A Fictional Photographer Chronicles a Changing City

On the photographic sensibility of Ben Katchor's comics.

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HYPERALLERGIC: Comics that Bend and Borrow from Reality

On the hallucinatory drawings and comics in Sean Karemaker's 'The Ghosts We Know.'

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CHICAGO READER: 'Disaster Drawn'

University of Chicago professor and comics scholar Hillary Chute argues for recognizing comics as a documentary form.

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HYPERALLERGIC: 'Threadbare' and Horrors of the Global Garment Industry

Threadbare’s comics and essays demonstrate how the apparel industry is “keeping women in poverty around the world.”

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WASHINGTON CITY PAPER: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

In The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, NPR critic Glen Weldon examines DC Comics’ most relatable property.

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HYPERALLERGIC: 'The Eternaut' and Héctor Germán Oesterheld

On 'The Eternaut' and Argentinian comics pioneer Héctor Germán Oesterheld, who was kidnapped by his own government in 1977.

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Post: For As Long As It Rains

Comics creator Sylvie-Anne “Zviane” Ménard follows two lovers around an austere but enviably spacious mid-century modern cabin in For As Long As It Rains.

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WASHINGTON CITY PAPER: Chester Brown at Politics & Prose

In a confrontational collection of new comics, Chester Brown challenges widely held ideas about sex workers in the Bible.

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Matt Huynh's interactive comic is an adaptation of Nam Le's "The Boat," a short story about the plight of Vietnamese "boat people."

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WASHINGTON CITY PAPER: 'Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen'

Real-world obstacles so often encountered by creative types temper the vintage sci-fi weirdness in Dylan Horrocks's Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.

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HYPERALLERGIC: Two Comics Memoirs Recount Tales of Coming Out & Life in Brooklyn

Memoir comics from Dean Haspiel trace his life in NYC and Meags Fitzgerald recounts what shaped her self-perspective.

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CHICAGO READER: Architecture and Comics (Cover Story)

A Chicago Architecture Biennial event unpacks the interdisciplinary history between comics and architecture.

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HYPERALLERGIC: A Comic Draws on the Dark Side of Hollywood's Golden Age

On the scandal-plagued 'Golden Age' of Hollywood and a provocative noir comic series from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser.

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CHICAGO READER: The ordinary magic of Jillian Tamaki

The thoughtful and diverse comics of Canadian writer and artist Jillian Tamaki.

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HYPERALLERGIC: The Diverging Worlds of Twin Comics Artists

On a work of magic realism called The Divine and a collection of unconventional memoir comics called The Realist.