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Pretending Is Lying

Dominique Goblet. New York Review Comics, $24.95 (144p) ISBN 978-1-68137-047-7

This beautifully rendered, emotionally intense, and chronologically scattered reminiscence essentially questions the veracity of all autobiography. In her English-language debut, Goblet, an acclaimed comics pioneer in her native Belgium, juxtaposes her relationships with her alcoholic blowhard father, her distant partner, her abusive mother, and her combative daughter in a kaleidoscope of relationships turned into tugs-of-war. (In a short afterword, Goblet’s partner, Guy Marc Hinant, gets to the heart of this supposedly autobiographical work, suggesting that his own appearance in Goblet’s book does not constitute an actual appearance by him, but by an “avatar” that inhabits Goblet’s fictionalized truth.) Goblet changes her art style throughout—sometimes employing almost amateurish line scrawls, other times rich, mysterious, hazy color washes, and just about any style in between—to create a vivid and puzzling representation of emotional memory and the ways the brain retells stories to yourself in order to help you bear them. (Feb.)

Reviewed on 02/17/2017 | Details & Permalink

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Uncomfortably Happy

Yeon-sik Hong, trans. from the Korean by Hellen Jo. Drawn & Quarterly, $29.95 (576p) ISBN 978-1-77046-260-1

The story is as simple as they come: Hong draws himself and his wife, both struggling artists, going about daily life after they move from overcrowded, overpriced Seoul to a run-down house on a forested mountain. But a tale is in the telling, and this irresistible graphic novel turns every mundane moment into an adventure. Hong’s art suggests an unpredictable mash-up of comic strips, indie comics, and animated cartoons like Steven Universe. When Hong tries to concentrate on drawing, his head cracks open and distractions pop out; when he’s frustrated, his characters climb out of the pages and harangue him. As winter drags on and money runs out, life on the mountain becomes less idyllic, but husband and wife approach every challenge as allies in a possibly doomed cause. Acclaimed American cartoonist Hellen Jo provides a loose, natural translation. (Mar.)

Reviewed on 02/17/2017 | Details & Permalink

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Siberia 56

Christophe Bec and Alexis Sentenac. Insight Comics, $24.99 (156p) ISBN 978-1-60887-861-1

In this visually evocative interstellar adventure, a mission to the icy planet Siberia, Earth’s 56th colony, meets with disaster caused by the alien mysteries that the planet harbors. The story functions like a high-budget science fiction spectacular, presenting amazing locations and technology that dazzle the eyes, but sometimes falling flat in terms of its story. Bec’s (Cathargo) script keeps the action focused on survival on the dangerous planet and the human interactions, which lack personality or real drama; the strange creatures, remarkable landscapes, and mysterious structures are never really utilized for their potential wonder. Sentenac’s grand vision of the planet is the real star, but ultimately, as with many French graphic novel imports, the visuals suggest more than the script delivers. (Apr.)

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