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, …
The Mothers Ghost the Deal City of Tricks Tonys Story
16p, b&w, 5.5"x8.5"
Reading this in succession with Harmon Butcher and Kate Ferencz's Free Pentagram Rides, I want to just hit replay because I think this statement rings true for both zines: "There's a caste of new writing coming out now that has a very good
grasp on the power of an outline as a finished piece -capturing a
rawness, humor, weirdness and a new condensed and distorted use of
language- these collected and illustrated texts fall squarely in line
with those powers."
Not that they're the same cloth - Lopez's voice is more impish and where Butcher is camped out in the Halloween aisle, Lopez employs a more subdued sort of folk-tale sort of creeping. My main point is both are excellent selections that play fast and loose with a cavalier sort of awesome. -EF