Optic Nerve #14 by Adrian Tomine (D&Q) $6.95 - Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine’s multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with two stories and a bonus autobiographical strip. “Killing and Dying” is about a father’s struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, …
Ataraxia Boom Boom
244p, b&w, 6"x9"
"It begins to come to a head when a bout of pneumonia nearly kills Rick in a hotel lobby near the Burmese border. Poon comes rushing to his side and stays with him in the hospital. Pom, who’s barely around anymore, becomes increasingly erratic. Claire keeps looking more haggard and so much in need of a friend that she’ll settle for Rick for the time being. A couple weeks later, Rick walks right into his own abduction, returning from a different trip, by goons working for the guy he was supposed to be bribing when he got sick. He finds out later that it was all Pom could do to make them settle for just a nice, healthy beating, but that he had to give them that to save his own neck."