Category: Recommendations

Europe Comics

So I’ve been reading comics on-line more and more frequently, especially these days. A lot of these I get through ComiXology or Sequential. But then my library also has a service, Hoopla, that has a lot of graphic novels. And I just noticed that many of the ones that I’ve been enjoying recently have all been published by the same publisher, Europe Comics. So here’s a little list of what I’ve enjoyed.

Alt-Life. Thomas Cadéne and Joseph Falzon.
A sci-fi story about two test subjects trying out a new virtual reality system that is intended to be the future for humanity. Funny and sexy.

Blossoms in Autumn. Zidrou and Aimée de Jongh.
A very real story of getting older and finding love when you no longer recognize yourself in the mirror.

Daughters of Salem. Thomas Gilbert.
A tale about the old days of Salem that portrays the horror of the witch trials but yet manages to not be too heavy-handed. Beautiful color work.

Human. Diego Agrimbau and Lucas Varela.
A really engaging story about the last humans returning to Earth and hoping to start over. I love the art and visual storytelling in this.

Just Enough. Flavia Bondi.
This sounds like the kind of comic you’ve read countless times before: young people who don’t know what to do with their lives. But the focus here is on a relationship and it mines some very real territory. And the art is incredible.

The Muse. Zidrou and Oriol.
A beautiful little art mystery story.

The Perineum Technique. Florent Ruppert and Jérome Mulot.
I wrote about this before, but I recently reread it. This is a story about on-line dating, love, and the art world. Really clever and fun.

Seven Places Without You. Juan Berrio.
Simple line art with beautiful color that creates a sense of space and the slow passage of time as a relationship ends.

the Silent Kingdom – comics online

With everyone sheltering in place, it’s been a time to share recommendations. A long time ago, I had the idea of posting something weekly about online comics that I was discovering. For various reasons, I never did and a lot of those old links are either dead or lost. But I have a few more recent ones that I’ve saved, so here they are…

Amelia Onorato “Sorgin”
A story that is sweet on the surface, but is actually about war and its consequences.

Aminder Dhaliwal Woman World
A funny comic about a future inhabited only by women.

Andrew White Yearly 2018 and Yearly 2019
You’ll have to download these (the ones above are free). White creates beautifully poetic little ruminations. I really like his work.

Connor Willumsen “I Needed the Discounts”
Willumsen always has amazing drawings but his stories are often obtuse or unfinished. This one is like a Dark Mirror episode. It’s focused and thought-provoking.

Dakota McFadzean “Soon We’re Both Screaming”
A real story about a stay-at-home-dad.

Dylan Horrocks “Words Are Gas”
A little piece by Horrocks in Poetry.

Emily Carroll “Some Other Animal’s Meat”
I always love Carroll’s work. This is one of my favorite stories by her.
And as a bonus, her little comics poems based on Fallout 4.

Lauren Weinstein “Being an Artist and a Mother”
Art history and parenting from one mother (and cartoonist’s) perspective.

Leela Corman “The Blood Road”
An autobiographical story about a visit to Berlin and Buchenwald.

Sophia Foster-Dimino Sex Fantasy 4
Don’t let the title mislead you. It’s hard to describe this story, but it’s one my favorites from Foster-Dimino. Surprising emotional.

Tille Walden On A Sunbeam
A character driven sci-fi story.

Will Tempest “No Longer Ours”
A sci-fi story about humans struggling to survive on a planet that no longer wants them.