The Morbid Anatomy Anthology by Joanna Ebenstein & Colin Dickey (Morbid Anatomy Press) $30.00 - 28 lavishly illustrated essays about the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine as well as death and the macabre. Topics include the catacombs of Palermo, books bound in human skin, …
Optic Nerve #12
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
40p, b&w and color, 6.5"x10"
Two pitch-perfect stories of rejection, imperfection, and relationship drama, each ending on a surprisingly uplifting note. "Hortisculpture" pushes Tomine into a stylistic camp with Sammy Harkham, Jordan Crane, Chuck Forsman and Kevin Huizenga - perhaps more than ever before. The story works with a "Chalky White"-ish suburban everyman and his tempered ambitions, but camps up the visual style into a Marmaduke-y newspaper strip aesthetic. The effect is similar to the trickiness of his wedding planning comics. The second half is a repolishing of his "Amber Sweet" college girl mistaken for porn star plot. Plus we get a glimpse into Tomine's sad-sack mailbox, and some self-aware griping about putting out comics issue by issue. -EF