Book Reviews and Previews – Cartoon and Comic

Art Young’s Inferno is, unlike Dante‘s before it, not an indictment of sinners per se (hey, we’re all sinners) but the plutocrats and Wall Street criminals that have repeatedly exploited the citizenry through legal legislation with extralegal loopholes. Fantagraphics has just published a superb new edition of this 1934 classic—the “Original Art Edition,” with reproductions of Young’s original satiric drawings and notes.

Art Young's Inferno is previewed.


Matt Lubchansky illustrates passages from Win Bigly and Trained Hypnotist, both by Scott Adams.


The softbound, 88-page book features over 300 of Diven’s best cartoons from 2006 through the end of 2019. The book, organized into sections such as “Driving in Las Cruces,” “The Weather,” “The Spaceport” and “Critters” includes cartoons on subjects from the serious to the silly covering city, county and regional politics, of course, but also the university and the public schools.

Las Cruces Sun-News on its editorial cartoonist’s book.



When most people think of comic books and graphic novels for kids, they immediately think of the superhero comics that helped create the MCU blockbuster films. While superheroes are an undeniably big part of the American comic book industry, comic books and graphic novels can tell stories from many different genres from fantasy to coming-of-age tales to superhero fiction. One of the best graphic novels for kids that embraces all of these topics is Jimmy Gownley’s Amelia Rules! comic book series.

ScreenRant says Jimmy Gownley’s ‘Amelia Rules’ is One of The Best Graphic Novels for Kids



Y’know, Mr. Mum by Irv Philips was collected in a few books.



“I’m lying on a steel table, all too aware of the giant ray gun pointed in my direction.” From the opening line ( in a chapter titled “Let’s Get Radioactive!”) Rob Harrell draws the reader in to this inspiring, often very funny story of a 12-year-old boy simultaneously battling eye cancer and the demons of middle school.

The Buffalo News reviews Wink: Surviving Middle School With One Eye Open by Rob Harrell