Over the past year or so I have been an occasional contributor to Public Books, an online multimedia review affiliated with the print journal Public Culture. Starting January 15th, we’re going to go steady with a monthly review, beginning with a piece on my favorite books of 2013. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of the growing awesomeness of this diverse and dynamic book-loving community.
Comics fans might not yet have Public Books on their radar, but there has been a lot of great stuff going on there during the first two years of the online journal. In addition to my handful of reviews, the early years have featured review-essays on Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? by Heather Love and on Jonathan Fetter-Vorm’s Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb and Lauren Redniss’s Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Joseph Masco.
More recently in the midst of the holiday madness, PB published two fabulous pieces on graphic narrative that guttergeek readers might well have missed in the chaos. In the December 15th issue, guttergeek-vet and Comics Studies rockstar Hillary Chute offers a lush review of Miriam Katin’s graphic memoir Letting It Go and Cynthia Copeland’s Good Riddance: An Illustrated Memoir of Divorce. And Paul Vandecarr interviews Laura Bolaños, one of the main author of the long-running Mexican romance comic Historia Semanal de Amor y Pasión.