This 2013 risograph comic from Ray Ray Books is a thoughtful treasure. Vine reads like a book of poetry punctuated with sparse yet effective illustrations. Printed in two plant-like tones, this somber meditation on the meaning of life and the direction of one’s ambition still remains deeply rooted in nature while focusing inwards. Knetzger paints a picture of a young girl’s inner life as she deals with past trauma using simple lines and words to great effect. One panel reads, “I was caught in the rain so I waited under a tree/with an old man and his dog.” The tree splits the middle of the frame, separating the three figures; the scene is so quiet, you can hear the droplets falling. The whole sequence reads like a haiku, as does the book itself. On one of her busier pages, the protagonist claims, surrounded by a whirlwind of comics pages: “No matter how many boxes I fill/there’s still an infinite number left to be filled.” While a Sisyphean statement to be sure, I’m just glad that she’s planning on filling more. You can check out some of her unpublished work and illustrations online at lauraknetzger.com, and you can pick up a copy of Flowering Vine off our spinning racks here in Ballard.
A surprisingly deep, absurdist romp through human history and the creation of the universe from the perspective of – yes, that’s right! – a bag of those faux-Italian “Milano” cookies. Without giving too much away, let’s just say when I first read it I gasped out loud at its sheer audacity. The deeper you get into the narrative, the more fervently you race to see what happens next. And by the end, you can’t quite tell if you should be laughing or crying. This slight tome was drawn by post-apocalyptic sci fi nut and local Dune enthusiast Eli Tripoli (@eltripol, elitripoli.com), also author of “Me and the Muad’dib” as well as the series “Auto Mica”, and was co-written by Andy Gill, filmmaker and Kirkland native. I have personally bought this book several times just as an excuse to read it again, even though “I’ll always remember...”
Confusing Costume is as colorful and exciting as a trip to the Goodwill bins in SODO: it’s fascinatingly weird, deliberately confusing, and has a little something for everyone. Part feminist propaganda, part autobiographical scrapbook journal slash fashion look book, its stated goal is: “Let’s liberate fashion!” What I like best about Confusing Costume is that it outlines the way the author has come to understand fashion, and invites the reader to invent their own looks as one’s own unique form of self expression. Unlike the world of mainstream capitalist fashion that tries to make everyone look the same by spending money you don’t have on disposable factory-made garbage, Cora Lee paints a picture of fashion that is collaborative, fun, and, well, liberating! One of my favorite concepts from the book is that the dress-up play we engaged in as children should be our approach to getting dressed as adults. We should aim to arrange outfits that please ourselves aesthetically and emotionally, as a way to externalize the complexity and beauty of our souls. While most of the zine is a fashion manifesto, there is also a “Coloring Pages” segment featuring the artist’s rad fashion illustration, as well as a sweet mixtape in the back! It also has a really fiery section that beseeches men to wear skirts as a way to break down the gender binary that reads like a recipe from the anarchist cookbook. If you’d like a taste of what the book is like, go ahead and follow @butterbeanbun before coming by to check out Lee’s entire oeuvre in our shop!
Shop Assistant Sean recently read Outfoxed by Dylan Meconis. He's still going through a phase where he loves foxes, so this one really caught his eye. This is great story for a mature child reader (as our 10-year-old SAS could be categorized) and still appeals to adults. Here is what SAS has to say:
"It shows a useful moral, that you can't force someone to love you, no matter what you do. I love the art and book itself. The art is unlike most that I see in comics."
Pick up a copy today at Push/Pull, made available to us by Emerald Comics Distro.
Brian's Brain by Jacob Halton
"The book is gross and disturbing and after you finish it you will most likely feel uneasy."
Clovis by Miles Greb & Zak Hartong
"The art is awesome and I love the book. It is a good story."
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Comic reviews from the Push/Pull Crew. Featuring the opinions of Shop Assistant Sean - PP's favorite 10 year old, Dillon Lacey - Member and host of Qu-Art & Maxx - Director & Co-Founder.