Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for March 2013

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  1. bzishi says:

    I’d recommend Marbles only to someone who hasn’t read autobiographies like Prozac Nation or similar. It is sort of the clichéd mental health story: there is a woman with incredible talent who is totally awesome–then she gets depressed–then it gets scary–until she finds this loving and caring therapist or psychiatrist–where she is medicated–and then she returns to doing awesome things being a wiser person who knows her limitations. I do like the art and the description of mania which departs a little from the “generic autobiographical mental health book” outline while still retaining the structure. Overall, it was a decent book, but not amazing like a lot of people have described. I was a little let down by their reviews.

  2. Peter says:

    I’m surprised (unless I missed a post) that nobody here at BoingBoing seems to have noticed, or at least mentioned “The Private Eye” at http://panelsyndicate.com/ by Brian K. Vaughan (Runaways, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and Marcos Martin (The Amazing Spider-Man, Batgirl: Year One, Dr. Strange: The Oath) .  It’s available online only, and only the first issue (of an anticipated 10) is out, but it’s worth a look.  It’s a pay-what-you-like (even if what you like is nothing) comic series about a future society where the Internet is no longer used (because of reasons that will no doubt get a little more explanation as we go) and privacy is considered a human right: there are no super-powers in this world (that we’ve seen anyway), but almost everybody has a secret identity or several, because people value their anonymity that much.  The story so far seems to follow an illegal private detective who tracks down information about people for other people, and I really enjoyed the first issue, enough to plunk down what’s effectively a payment in advance for the rest.

  3. Halloween_Jack says:

    Have to disagree with the commenter above about Marbles; it deserves all the praise that it’s gotten, and more. Forney is an excellent cartoonist whose work is always welcome,  but which has come out rather sporadically (and this book tells us exactly why that’s the case). If the “mental health story” has been done before, it’s because it affects a lot of people and is therefore relevant to them and their loved ones, and I don’t think that anyone has put it in cartoon form quite like Forney.

    Request: can you do Hair Shirt by Patrick McEown? He’s another cartoonist who’s published far too little (his day job is storyboarding for the likes of The Venture Brothers), and it’s a great book IMO.

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