Articles Published the Week of October 1st

Etienne Davodeau on The Cross-Eyed Mutt

One of my favorite books of the year, The Cross-Eyed Mutt is also my favorite book thusfar from the great French cartoonist Etienne Davodeau. It involves a security guard at the Louvre whose girlfriend family wants him to get an ancestor's painting in the museum collection. It is funny and smart and weird and profound. It's a book about art and life and museums and I just cannot recommend it enough.

The Death of Stalin graphic novel Inspires Film and Makes Russia Nervous

Fabien Nury's graphic novel The Death of Stalin comes out in English this year form Titan just before the film adaptation hits screens. The film is directed and co-written by Armando Ianucci, his project since leaving Veep, and is a close adaptation of the comic. I had the chance to speak with Fabien Nury, the great comics writer about the project, which has already made the Russian government nervous.

Kim Dwinell on Surfside Girls

Surfside Girls is one of those adventure/mystery stories targeted at kids that is timeless and appeals to kids of all ages. It manages to be fun and silly with dark undertones and a few twists that I didn't expect. It's a great graphic novel and the fact that is Dwinell's first comic is truly impressive. It's the first book in a new series and the second volume can't come out fast enough.

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