The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise by Brix Smith Start $18.95 - American Brix Smith Start spent ten years in The Fall with Mark E. Smith while being married to him, which ended in a violent disintegration. Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the '60s in a dilapidated pink mansion her life has …
by Sam Sharpe
40p, b&w, 6.75"x9"
The latest Viewotron is fantastic: it's a nuanced and heartwrenching memoir of reconnecting with a schizoid mother. Sharpe's comics are always drawn with crystal clarity and calculated punch- here those chops act in service of a story that doesn't shy away from the subtleties and difficulties of negotiating mental illness. This is memoir that dares to cut the core of what it deals with, and does so with grace and wit. Reminds me of the way Art Spiegelman handled his scarred and problematic parents in Maus, or Leslie Stein's empathetic portrayal of wayward adulthood in the latest volume of Eye of the Majestic Creature. Really Great and Highly Recommended Comics. -EF