The renowned graphic-book author Joyce Brabner's Second Avenue Caper is the true story of a tight-knit group of artists and activists living in New York City in the early 1980s who found themselves on the front lines in the fight against AIDS. Struggling to understand the disease and how they …
by Joe Kessler
Published by Breakdown Press
74p, color, 7.25"x9.5"
A motion through color and architecture, Kessler's work is some of the most successfully painterly comics I've seen in recent years. Windowpane #2 is not remarkable in terms of its storylines or character depth but it packs a whollop resting almost entirely in it's stunning visual design, functioning at it's best when it strikes out wordlessly to explore the spaces it creates. Telling you why it's good seems to fail, but once you see it, it explains itself perfectly - emotion through image, taking full advantage of the risograph layers to deliver some memory burn pages. -EF