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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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PopMatters: Becky Cloonan's DIY Comics

Gothic-styled heartbreak figures into Becky Cloonan's self-published trilogy, but that ain't the half of it.

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PopMatters: Congo Horrors Reported Graphically for 'Army of God'

A difficult new work of nonfiction graphic journalism chronicles human rights atrocities in Central Africa.

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PopMatters: 'Green River Killer' and the Stuff of Nightmares

Serial killer Gary Ridgway's legacy is horrific, and the 'Green River Killer' graphic novel sheds light on this tragedy's most marginalized victims.

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PopMatters: Garden State Greaser Noir in 'Iron Bound'

Most of the action in Brendan Leach's graphic novel 'Iron Bound' boils over with smashed car fenders and swollen knuckles in Newark, New Jersey.

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PopMatters: Obituary Writing from the Desk of a 'Daytripper'

For Daytripper, Brazilians Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá explored a volley of riches and failure from the desk of an obituary writer.

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PopMatters: Comics Creator Matt Kindt's 'Fine Art'

Each page that comics creator Matt Kindt produces is marked by an ability to communicate nostalgia that is immediate and striking.

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PopMatters: Torture and 'DMZ'

Brian Wood's comic series 'DMZ' is a work of extremes, but its parallels to our real-life civil liberties crackdown are integral to the story.

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PopMatters: Civil Unrest, Panel by Panel

Writer Mark Long reconstructs childhood memories to depict Houston's monumental and harrowing events in a black & white graphic novel called 'The Silence of Our Friends.'

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PopMatters: 'Only Skin's' Infinite Unknown

The forest in Sean Ford's strange and beautiful graphic novel is a vast, intimidating place.

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PopMatters: The Visual Blitz in Graphic Novel 'Babble'

Comics artist Bryan Coyle drafts recollection and current day settings in 'Babble' with the use of powerful aesthetic shifts.

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PopMatters: The Visual Blitz in Graphic Novel 'Babble'

Comics artist Bryan Coyle drafts recollection and current day settings in 'Babble' with the use of powerful aesthetic shifts.

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PopMatters: Diary of a Drones Developer in 'Think Tank'

Writer Matt Hawkins couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate time to introduce Think Tank, a new black & white monthly comic about a US weapons developer.

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PopMatters: A Dearth of Contrition in 'Fishtown'

Kevin Colden's 'Fishtown' tells the story of a real-life Philadelphia murder and a jarring scarcity of contrition.

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PopMatters: Ray Bradbury Wrote Me Back

My affinity for Ray Bradbury's work is rooted in his accidental novels, as well as in the collections that plunder what is seemingly a limitless vault of manuscripts.

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PopMatters: Stephen King's Debt to Horror Comics

Crusty old horror comics have played a significant role in the work of author Stephen King.