A ‘Chuck Load’ of Comics: Our New Weekly Comics Video Series

We love comics at the Chicago Review of Books, so we’re partnering with a couple of Chicagoans to bring you a new weekly video series, Chuck Load of Comics. In each episode, Chuck and Shauna Lindsey review the week’s new comics and share their picks of the week. … More A ‘Chuck Load’ of Comics: Our New Weekly Comics Video Series

The Batman v Superman We Deserve: Why Zack Snyder Used the Wrong Source Material

Enough digital ink has been spilled over the awfulness of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but allow me to add a drop of a different color. While most critics have focused on the lack of character motivation, the skimpy writing, the overwhelmingly complicated plot, the poor direction, the bland score, too much time devoted to setting up future features, and the overwhelming sense of gloom and cynicism, few have focused on the source material that led to this cinematic disaster and how this work became so poorly translated. … More The Batman v Superman We Deserve: Why Zack Snyder Used the Wrong Source Material

Something New in Comics: Lucy Knisley at C2E2 2016

Not all comics books are about superheroes and aliens. Some writers and illustrators, like Chicago’s own Lucy Knisley, combine the paneled, visual mode of comic books with memoir, satire, and other creative nonfiction. Perhaps best known for her New York Times-bestselling graphic memoir Relish, a celebration of our relationship with, Knisley’s next book, Something New (May 3), is about her adventures planning a DIY wedding: a feminist vs. the American marriage-industrial complex. … More Something New in Comics: Lucy Knisley at C2E2 2016

Drawing Bombshells: Marguerite Sauvage at C2E2 2016

Finally, more than 75 years after the comics industry as we know it was born in New York City, female writers and artists—while still underrepresented—are becoming more prevalent at major publishers. As a result, fans are seeing new kinds of stories and art that they never would have experienced in the 1980s or 1990s. … More Drawing Bombshells: Marguerite Sauvage at C2E2 2016