Reader, Writer

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. dominic.umile@gmail.com

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Fcf4 article
hyperallergic

HYPERALLERGIC: 1950s Horror Comics

A close look at American horror comics of the 1950s and the censorship campaign that killed them off.

Bestwecoulddocover article
hyperallergic

HYPERALLERGIC: 'The Best We Could Do'

On Thi Bui's comics debut -- an effort to understand the refugee experience and her place in her family's history.

Monsters 021 article
Chicago Reader

CHICAGO READER: 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters'

Creatures invade 1960s Chicago in 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.'

Cheapnovelties 768x611 article
hyperallergic

HYPERALLERGIC: A Fictional Photographer Chronicles a Changing City

On the photographic sensibility of Ben Katchor's comics.

Poster mines low article
hyperallergic

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

CHICAGO READER: 'Disaster Drawn'

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

Threadbare deliajean article
hyperallergic

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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washingtoncitypaper.com

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.

Eternaut cover article
hyperallergic

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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dominicumile.com

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.

Chester brown article
washingtoncitypaper.com

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.

The fwa 01 q34f article
hyperallergic

HYPERALLERGIC: 'The Boat'

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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washingtoncitypaper.com

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.

Longredhair article
hyperallergic

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

CHICAGO READER: Architecture and Comics (Cover Story)

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