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Facing motherhood and marriage, Girl is on the edge of womanhood. The play examines the events that shaped her identities and values, as it takes us on a journey back through Girl's childhood through to her present. Set in a real house, 'Somebody' is part of Power Play's sitespecific showcase of four plays written and predominantly starring women. These run alongside Power Play's dataactivism campaign to analyse, expose and tackle gender inequality in fringe and grassroots theatre. So you want to change the world? You Instagram checking, avo-smashing, coconut-flat-white sipping loser?

Yeah, the world sucks sometimes - OK, a lot. But you can't do anything about it. Can you? This show says yes, yes you can. If you ever feel frustrated about the way things are but don't know what to do about it, this is the show for you. A devised piece about power and the possibility of change, directed by Fringe First winner Caitlin Skinner and co-created by The Network Ensemble. Rik is a fan of Star Trek. But what happens when the obsession becomes too much. A show for everyone who knows that fandom goes beyond merchandise, conventions and trivia.

Before touring their "seriously silly" production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand - and, in usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. Join the HandleBards' all-female troupe for Romeo and Juliet as you've never seen it before! Visit www. The HandleBards have cycled miles from London to Edinburgh, carrying on the back of their bikes all of the set, props and costume necessary to perform Shakespeare's most famous comedy.

Join the four-strong, all-male troupe for a bicycle-powered, gloriously eccentric production like no other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. There's drunkenness, frivolity and crossdressing a plenty. Woman is pregnant. Abortion is still illegal in her country. She will bring a court case against the government to demand a legal abortion. Man is a journalist. He meets Woman and starts to cover her story. A story that will change the world.

A story that will change his world. How far would you go for a cause? How far is too far? The world's greatest lover, the most audacious of men: Don Juan does whatever he wants and to hell with the consequences. Celebrating the boldness of love, this interactive performance-party is thrown by five charmingly "French" performers. Theatre at its most joyous with twisted pop songs, brilliant physical comedy and plenty of sass. Winner: Auckland Theatre Awards. After six years of sold-out Edinburgh shows, sell-out national tours, a West End run and Radio 4 special, Austentatious returns to the Fringe for its seventh glorious year!

Every single day an all-star cast including Cariad Lloyd, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris and more improvise a brand new Jane Austen novel based entirely on a single suggestion from the audience. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is Austen as you've never seen her before: award-winning, riotous and unmissable. It's about bad things happening that a lot of people think are good things and vice versa. It's also about journalism and treating entertainment like it's politics and vice versa.

Social Media. Viciously funny and darkly comic. Alone on the night shift, two data analysts monitor radio waves for signs of alien contact. Every shift is the same. But tonight is different. Tonight is the night they've been waiting for. The award-winning Footprint Theatre presents Signals, a new dark comedy that explores how it feels to be lost in the cosmos with only each other for company. Kafka for Kids?

Karter thinks it's a brilliant idea. Kat just wants to have fun! And Karl wants a kebab But someone very strange and very, very important has arrived to shut down the theatre. Edinburgh Pest Control are planning on killing the show - Karl is keeping quiet because strangely, he's started growing extra legs. Kreepy Krawlies! For kids and big kids alike. Having toured their comedic talents around the globe, the Oxford Imps return to Edinburgh to bring you an extravaganza of wit, energy and loads of laughs.

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Based entirely on your ideas, a single show features anything from stories and Shakespearean verse to games, raps and Broadway ballads. So, any suggestions? Having performed in over 20 countries across the globe, Japan Marvelous Drummers' use the traditional instruments of Japan including drums of all sizes, the Koto harp, bamboo flutes and clarinet to create a truly unique show. Combining the power of these instruments with dance, humour and beauty, this intense rhythmic show has the power to change the way you think about Japan forever.

This musical extravaganza displays phenomenal strength, coordination and stamina. Disappointed with their lack of success within acting, friends John and Jane decide that the only way they can become rich and famous is to physically barricade themselves in their flat and write an award winning script. They just need an idea first If you are still trying to get your life together, you need to come and see this hilarious new comedy! Written by Hannah Elizabeth Morton. DNA's incredible feats of mind reading and telepathic thought transference have amazed audiences worldwide.

Your thoughts will become theirs in seconds This must-see show is limited to just FIVE fringe performances! Britain's Got Talent Finalists How the bloody hell did you do that? Great value lunchtime compilation showcase featuring the best and brightest of this year's Fringe comics. New line-ups daily with a selection of big name headliners, the best of the UK's club comics and the hottest new up-and-comers hand picked from across the Fringe.

Take a seat, you're in for a treat! Now in its 15th successful year in the Cabaret Bar, this is the best way to start the day for comedians and festival comedy fans alike. See edcomproductions. The renowned Durham Revue return with their own brand of 'masterful' Three Weeks sketch comedy! In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, slip away to fish at a forbidden river, until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever. Based on the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives presents Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by Fringe First-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.

Girlfriend From Hell gives a unique insight into the mindset of today's Instagram girls. From useful advice on when you can stalk your boyfriend to what to do when you lose your skirt because you've taken too much Ketemine, the show offers something for everyone. Gabby, 24, has been developing her unique blend of comedy for the past three years and is now called one of the most authentic voices of her generation, saying things that others would only dare think.

A contemporary reboot of 'Absolutely Fabulous' written by Lena Dunham. Eddie and Patsy: The early years, reimagined. Heart-breaking, raw and emotional Giving up on your dreams isn't always the worst thing in the world This fresh and vulgar comedy follows two deluded girls who face the indignities of reaching for the stars and fears of waning potential. From traveller roots 'Gorgeous' George O'Connell enters the world of professional boxing. There he meets openly gay boxer Dane Samson, which sets him on a collision course with his roots and fears.

When the greatest challenge lies outside the ring, can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? Three women. Three conversations. Listen carefully. A story of a man who wants to make the world a better place. And fails greatly. Don Quixote is an epic celebration of the imagination. Because a bit of fantasy might just be what we need right now. A dream team of actors at the top of their game New Prime Minister Adam Masters has won the Tory leadership contest because he was the only candidate all factions of his party could agree on, while uniting them with his brilliant plan for the final stages of the Brexit negotiations.

The sell out sensation returns to the Fringe. Playing cards are deadly weapons in this hilarious stage show with upbeat humour, impressive stunts and smooth audience interaction for anyone who's ever wanted to be a little bit ninja. Two sisters battle it out to decide their mother's fate in a new dark Irish comedy. When Ciara's sister visits, she brings not only the family cat but a shocking proposition. In , Heather Keller, a healthy, young, vegan runner was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed forever. From the endless doctor appointments, tests, and treatments, to the love, friendship, and disappointments she experienced along the way, this is her humorous, inspiring and ultimately uplifting story.

Winner, Hollywood Fringe Encore Award. Two actors play 25 characters in this Edinburgh and London hit transplanted to a s-style venue unique to this show, celebrating 50 years of Croft and Perry's quintessential sitcom. Enjoy two classic episodes and indulge in a delicious hot lunch. See other listings for afternoon tea and dinner versions. Direct from sell-out performances in London's West End, the Edinburgh phenomenon is back for an Eleventh Elephantine year! Tim and Jordan present the songs and wit of those masters of mayhem, mirth and Madeira - timeless comedy legends, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

This award-winning show returns with all your favourites Hippopotamus, Gnu, Gas Man plus some hidden gems. Broadcasting legend Dame Esther Rantzen and her daughter, journalist Rebecca Wilcox, discuss careers and family ties. Get up close with one of our national treasures as she shares anecdotes from over 50 years in broadcasting! With Rebecca asking the all-important questions, Esther will reflect on her illustrious career and provide a candid insight into her life.

Esther's tireless campaigning and charity work is legendary and has transformed countless lives - founding both ChildLine and The Silver Line. Gandini presents a wildly original hodgepodge of juggling, choreography, and theatre that explores the connections between human behaviours, the cycle of nature and to explore the journey into oneself. Join two rising stars of the UK juggling scene as they present a surreal and touring spectacle on stage. Fred MacAulay, one of Scotland's best-loved stand-ups, is back with his live lunchtime chat show.

Featuring different guests from the worlds of sport, entertainment and politics every day - including returning favourites from - that Fred has encountered along the way in his iconic year career. After sell-out successes with Hotel Paradiso and a 5 star hit with Teatro Delusio, Germany's mask theatre masters Familie Floez return to the Fringe with another, brilliant, visual comedy about the first and last steps in life. In Infinita, a cast of irresistible, larger-than-life characters are seen both as warring children, and then in later life as residents of an old people's home.

The wily games of nursery oneupmanship seem hardly to change with the passage of time; survival of the craftiest is still the rule of the day. Infinita plays out in a succession of increasingly hilarious scenes, combining poignancy, astute observation and some superbly skilled slapstick. A show about birth, sex and old age, about our first and last moments, when the greatest miracles occur. And all without a word spoken! One of the most beautiful shows I've seen For this light relief I can only give much thanks.

Pure magic. Meet Maddy, a typical millennial, celebrating her 30th birthday running a marathon - tied to a balloon. But this is more than just a race. It's a battle. By the finish line she needs to have made a decision. Yes or no. An uproarious, Sony Award-winning broadcaster, Jeremy Nicholas brings you his hilarious debut hour. He reveals the catastrophic mistake he made to a global TV audience during London and the dreadful celebrities he's interviewed.

A fascinating exploration of age [ Jon reveals the secrets of mimicry and shares stories of some of the fascinating characters that coloured his childhood in Lancashire and his early career. With Bill he reveals some of the mayhem of life behind the scenes in television and on the celebrity circuit. Now, in this hilarious and unique multi-media comedy show, she faces her toughest subject yet - herself! Twitter: mattforde. Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He's the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately no one's ever heard of him. Why is the sky blue? Why is the night black?

Why shouldn't we eat yellow snow? The father of German science comedy and physicist, Vince Ebert, explains scientific facts using the fundamental laws of humour. A witty and inspiring performance about skeptical thinking, fake news, and the secret of German cars. An artist's manifesto of delight and curiosity. A frenetic hour of art, science and stupid voices. The Ince brain is like a black hole in a galaxy of knowledge. When it collides with another black hole - say the Fringe - the energy waves that are produced are perceived, by us, as 'shows'.

Sam is on the run. She has stolen a car, crashed it and is trapped. This gripping piece of site-specific theatre will invite the audience into Sam's stolen car, seconds after she has crashed it. Award-winning Fever Dream Theatre return with their sell-out Edinburgh hit. What does it mean to be a millennial? One stands before you, trying to process her three most pressing concerns: job exploitation, crumbling friendship and the apocalypse. Taking you on a journey from the aisle of a supermarket to the edge of a volcano, Susie Sillett's bold new work offers an unflinching exploration of young people's experiences in the age of unpaid internships and avocado on toast.

Two lovers take an elixir with ever-lasting consequences. A surreal and anarchic two-woman comedy packed with glitter, bug juice and desperation. Welcome to Camp Be Yourself, for those of you that can't be yourself in real life, you camp be yourself here. Camp counsellors Emily and Betsy are here to help you figure it all out, whilst trying their darndest not to lose their campers, their friendship, or their minds. The 'audacious' Scotsman Silent Faces return with a bold and heart-warming new show. Forth, Cromarty and Dogger are all at sea in this dazzling look at the unpredictable nature of mental health.

Join them as they see what it is to battle the elements when your weatherproofing is failing. Irish comic Mike McCabe knew Frank. Frank was so taken with Mike's impression of him he bought him drinks for the rest of the evening and they became friends.

Inspired by excerpts from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 'Notes from Underground', Sediment is an abstract expedition through the layers of human desires and motives. A look at what lies beneath, at what really drives us, in the search for truth. Extending the limits of physicality, attempting the impossible, looking beyond the edge.

This is a chance to see circus redefining itself. Breathtaking acrobatic skill, feats of physical impossibility, in a fusion of movement and live music. The nation's favourite appliance-themed comedy troupe returns for the heavenliest of seventh years at the Fringe. Join our mirthful voyage past the limits of decency, reason and order and be prepared to blow your fuses with giggles. Bring friends. Set in an old regional theatre, Alfie, the male half of a comedy double act, re-enters the stage A charming, funny rollercoaster through show business, gender, spirituality, identity and love.

An important statement about gender fluidity and stage fright. It is a pleasure to be beguiled by her characters and to be left with plenty to think about. Early Sunday August 5th, she's "found dead, face down on her bed" The official line: "Probable Suicide". Seven people are present at her house from What do they discuss?

Exactly how and why did she die? In the style of '12 Angry Men', all the known facts are brought together, fictions exposed, myths debunked. Was it Suicide? Was it the Mafia or the CIA? Or was it Bobby Kennedy? A compelling new work of raw power and undiluted emotion underscored by palpable threat and tension. A remarkable, versatile talent who sets a very high bar indeed. Her brilliance shines in the details The writing was clever, authentic and witty.

His new play is inspired by the memories watching his mother deteriorate and die from Alzheimer's. A journey of laughter and tears, respect and a lot of love. Critically acclaimed company return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with brand new play about mental health. Yasmin feels different, she feels weird. She longs to be normal like everyone else but that's proving difficult Based on the writer's own experiences, WEIRD explores the highs and lows of what it is like for a sufferer, and a sufferer's family to live in the shadows of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Moving one-woman play about the effects of one person's mental health on a whole family. Sell-out Arcola show, winner of Slam-Soaps Life is a heavy blanket of sadness and if you want joy, you've got to poke some holes. Yes, that's Buddhism , but let the comedian think she invented it, okay? Trigger warning to: bee lovers, porn haters and people who feel weird when a Jew says the word 'Jew'. An accomplished piece of writing A celebration of the friendship between composer and war poet, Ivor Gurney, and musician and first woman music critic, Marion Scott, written and performed by Jan Carey.

Gurney sent Scott his music and poetry from the trenches. The horror of the Great War, contrasted with his love for his native Gloucester, coloured his writings. After he was gassed at Passchendaele, Gurney's friendship with Scott, despite their different backgrounds, withstood war, illness and despair, as well as triumph, madness and joy.

Bowjangles are a string quartet who can really play. They dance whilst they play. They sing whilst they play. They leap, tumble, juggle and joke whilst they play. In this new show Bowjangles tell the somewhat ludicrous story of their journey to find the most priceless relic of all - a mysterious violin bow known as Excalibow. Fringe 'Total Sell-Out Show' laurel recipients.

WhatsOnLondon Comedy Award nominees. Lil's husband is lost in Gulliver's Travels, and now she has to find a way to bring him home. A haunting new play about broken dreams, enduring love, and the weird world we live in; inspired by Swift's savage masterpiece. Thirty minutes before curtain up, a double act meet for the first time in over a decade, but whatever happened to cause such a rift?

Ambition, friendship, motherhood, ageing and mice are all explored in this tragicomedy. Welcome to the stimulating world of Feed, where emotions are the currency, and your passions and fantasies will be indulged Achingly beautiful Hold on to your raincoats! Tom Brace brings a jam packed hour of laughs and magic that you simply won't believe! Expect the unexpected in this mind-boggling variety show. Suitable for the entire family, Tom is the magician for the Britain's Got Talent era!

With something for everyone, this brand new show promises to bamboozle the brain and fool even the sharpest of minds! Tango-Korean music band, Gena Tango, presents a new look at tango through Korean eyes in a joyful musical experience that combines the urgent passion of Argentinian tango with traditional Korean instruments and music. The result is a fascinating fusion of Korean and Latin-American influences, creating an entirely new music genre that is both familiar and unfamiliar - bringing the variety of tone of the Korean music to the intoxicating rhythms of the tango. Gena Tango's unique sound has seen them winning many awards and receiving critical acclaim.

A celebration of world music at its very best! Beautifully put Ben has always dreamed of being a successful actor; and now, after years of disappointment, he is finally presented with his golden opportunity And an impossible decision to make. This one woman show tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, Marni Nixon 'the best film diva you almost never saw'.

He has a nice smile, an easy manner and no car. The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner makes a rare appearance under a belly and an even rarer appearance in the afternoon with this intimate look at one of the planet's most deliberate men. As sensitive as soap and twice as slippery.

Be very, very aware. The s. America is gripped by Satanic Panic. Devilish practices are taking place across the country, corrupting American youth. An incredible show. Except one. Director performers Simon Evans and David Aula present a time-hopping, misdirectionbusting, mind-bending examination of what really happens when a man, in full view of his audience, simply ceases to be. So much more than a magic show, it is the story of a magic trick: the greatest one ever performed.

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Joe is in crisis, his life a swirling scribble of obligations. For five minutes a day he finds a little solace and peace alone on the bench. Sandy is mourning the loss of his Maggie. The bench is his memorial to her memory. So begins an epic conflict that will change them both. A dark comedy - Waiting for Godot meets Still Game. Written by award-winning Scottish writer Keir McAllister.

A brand-new story about a passion that can't breach the firewall! If everything you've ever yearned for is just a constant impending update, what's left to want? Isn't the definition of freedom a heart without desire? Nina is 14 and all she wants to do is to fall in love with a cardigan-wearing tree frog expert, decide on her perfect theme song and avoid her dad's trigonometry lessons. But when her friend Ailsa goes missing and the police turn up at school, everything is turned upside down and inside out Join Amy and a panel of her far more famous comedian friends discussing everyone's favourite topic: women.

Featured in the Guardian, i and Time Out. Real life mother and daughter, Steffi and Josie, stand together to face the monsters. A brand new black comedy by multi-award winning ThisEgg. I've had over 70, pricks - of the medical kind. This is my chance to set the record straight about Type 1 Diabetics like me. I'm not bankrupting the NHS. And I can eat a cake - a whole bloody cake - if I want to. This urgent new show blends spoken word, poetry, projection and an original soundscape to tell a moving story about families and learning to care for each other better.

You presented the work with such ease - it was really very moving. We all know the 'Dracula' story Following sell-out runs in Edinburgh, Brighton and London, Drac is back! Three teenagers, Albert, Henry and Sam occasionally get paid cash-in-hand by Big Darren for odd jobs: mowing his lawn, washing his car, painting his fence and the like.

Today's odd job is a bit more high-octane. He wants them to pull a heist on an Oligarch. A terrible crime has been committed. The guilty wants to talk. They stand before you, offering their side of the story. Will you listen? The victims have written letters sharing their experience and you have access to them. Set in a Soho Italian restaurant, Costa Award winner Christopher Reid's verse comedy is exquisitely intertwined with animation by Charles Peattie Alex cartoon, Daily Telegraph in this tragicomedy of love, loss and Chianti.

Simultaneously an homage to the long Soho lunch and a yearning for paths not taken, two ex-lovers meet at an old haunt - what could possibly go wrong? Directed by Jason Morell, this show is suitable for anyone who's been on a disastrous date. Award-winning musical comedy about ambition, anxiety and avocados that asks, how do you know if you are living your best life? Returning to Edinburgh, Modern Maori Quartet's live shows are parties like no other. With hearty voices in epic harmony, this award-winning contemporary Maori showband shares unique takes on showband hits and pop music, original songs interlaced with distinctive waiata song and dance, Maori traditions, aroha love and tongue-in-cheek humour, charm and charisma.

A celebration of Kiwi music honouring the entertainment legends of Maoridom that is heartwarming and hilarious in equal measure. Agatha Christie is missing and ace detective, Miss Clarissa Marbles needs your help in solving this rollicking whodunit. Was it the cook, the husband or the secret admirer? Everyone's a suspect in this fun-filled interactive murder mystery.

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The audience votes and the best solution to the crime wins a prize! After last year's Fringe success with sell out audiences and great reviews, Captivate is bringing back this much-loved family favourite. Brenda and her best pal are part of the city's furniture. Dancing on tables and 3am breakfast rolls.

But what happens if you wake up hungover and broken on the wrong person's doorstep and it might just be too late. Award-winning producers Soho Theatre present Karen Cogan's fast, infectious, dark comedy about the messiness of being youngish, female and queer in Ireland.

You will relish the on-stage shenanigans Angelique loves flowers, her mum and her boyfriend Part-play, partinteractive floristry masterclass, 'Funeral Flowers' takes you inside Angelique's world as she navigates life in foster care. Originally commissioned for the Royal Court's Tottenham Festival, 'Funeral Flowers' is part of Power Play's site-specific showcase: four plays written by women, staged inside a house.

These run alongside Power Play's data-activism campaign to analyse and expose gender inequality in fringe theatre. There's more to the pie than meets the eye. Join Alan Ledger on his journey through the murky, monetary mayhem lurking behind the scenes of Scottish football. He resolves to escape slavery by enlisting a white reverend and a slave-owning gambler, both who reveal their inner demons as they struggle to uphold a slave-holding Christianity.

It is a crowd-pleaser that shines a light on our capacity to transcend. Their apartments share a view of the parking lot, but Dora and Ronnie haven't met. Until today. A dark comedy about beavers, beer, and balconies. A surprising and wicked little concoction You're a fucking idiot. As Cassie struggles to retrace the night, she's forced to confront the horrific, sometimes hilarious, mistakes she's made over the past year. A fierce, funny, painfully honest portrayal of loss and young adulthood.

The spectacular and colourful two time Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir return to Edinburgh with a special concert 'Songs of the Free' celebrating the th anniversary of the birth of the Father of their rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela. Hailing from the town of Soweto, the birthplace of South Africa's democratic movement's struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir thrills audiences around the world with their stunning blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics. This is a special concert by the choir who performed for Nelson Mandela on many occasions during his life and at his State funeral.

Morayshire, Runaway Isobel works for charismatic witchpricker John Dixon. She worships him, but when he's accused of falsifying his identity, will she accept that he's not the man he claims to be A pitch-black exploration of gender politics and religious fundamentalism. Smart, sharp, laugh-out-loud comedy for adults sick of being scolded by celebrities and policed by children. Mills gets you through the coming apocalypse feeling dynamite!

Politics to surrealism an hour in his company is an indulgent delight. Audible hosts two weeks of completely free live comedy shows, showcasing the finest acts the festival has to offer, all being recorded for audio series, Audible Presents. So listen up, pin back your ears and expect big name comics, Fringe favourites and hand-picked rising stars.

With different star names and guests each day, check the Pleasance website and box office for daily line-ups. A hilarious and heartbreaking coming-of-age story interweaving killer tunes, spoken word, hooping and rap with the autobiographical poems of a hopeless romantic. A one-woman-show about many men that aims to educate and empower us all beyond the bedroom. Developed through the Soho Writers' Lab Following his sellout run in , Akbar returns with a new show exploring his - and society's - relationship with faith.

Armed with a copy of the Qur'An in his hand, Akbar addresses some of the myths about Islam, acknowledges that some of it doesn't make sense and says that faith still has a place in modern society. It's a much funnier book than people give it credit for. The Fringe's biggest selling student show returns for its fifteenth year in a row. Oxford's premier all-male a cappella sensation are back bigger, better and bluer than ever! But the best browsing at Fantagraphics is the minicomics, which have spread from a display at the front of the store to a few racks around the space. Local and national talent blur together on the minicomics shelves, and new books and used books all look the same.

There's a "" spelled out on the back page, so maybe it came out somewhere in that yearlong window? Who can say? Still, if you're spending time on a site called the Seattle Review of Books , odds are good you'd enjoy Checked Out. The first story is about Fricas's childhood love affair with Lois Lowry's young adult novel A Summer to Die , which she encountered at the library.

In Checked Out , Fricas uses watercolors to great effect: the colors all bleed into each other, simulating the fading effect of memory and the vividness of youth. There's a kind of unsettling paranoia to the way the colors saturate every inch of every page, disrespecting panel borders and turning each page into a closeup of Fricas's psyche. Did they use different kind of words? In Checked Out 's second story, an adult Fricas, now a library worker herself, tracks an older patron's descent into infirmity and death through her visits to the library. The older woman, a glamorous lady named Mrs Hirsch, has difficulty taking the stairs.

Then she sends her doorman to pick up her books. Then, nothing. That Fricas manages to pack vignettes that stretch from childhood to to death from old age into a single six-dollar minicomic is a feat worth celebrating. But that she's able to do it with a bold and gaudy watercolor style that is at once unsettling and stunning is practically unbelievable. This is a beautiful, thoughtful, vivid memoir told in books. In other words, it's exactly the kind of find that makes an afternoon spent browsing feel wholly worth it, and then some.

If you have any extra books sitting around — particularly children's books — the West Seattle Food Bank is looking for some books this month. According to West Seattle Blog , the organization distributes some twelve thousand books per year. They accept donations from 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. The writers are working on pieces including a book of essays, memoirs, novels, and poetics. We look forward to their upcoming work; they're walking in the footsteps of some very impressive authors.

For a while there, Anca Szilagyi was everywhere in Seattle. You may know her from The Furnace reading series , which she co-founded with writer Corinne Manning, or from her beautiful debut novel Daughters of the Air , or from Sugar , her tiny love letter to the Pike Place Market , or from her time as a Made at Hugo Fellow , or from that time she won the inaugural Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. Earlier this year, after a decade of ubiquitousness, Szilagyi moved away from Seattle. I'm grateful that she took some time off from acclimating to her new home to discuss the city she left behind.

The following conversation has been edited for clarity. My husband Michael and I moved to Chicago. We'd been in Seattle for about 10 years; we came out there so I could go to graduate school, and just stayed. We enjoyed our time in Seattle, but the call to home just kept getting louder, I suppose. Home for me is New York, and home for him is Chicago, and so Chicago seemed like a good, affordable place for a writer and a public servant to settle in to next.

You still have some affiliations here in Seattle, though, right? Yeah, thanks to the internet. I've been teaching online classes at Hugo House, and also doing manuscript consultations through them. Your debut novel, Daughters of the Air , didn't have Seattle in it, but you did write Sugar , a wonderful little book about and set in the Pike Place Market. Do you think that Seattle is going to represent itself in your work as you move forward?

Oh yeah. I think coming to Seattle was helpful for me to finish my book set in New York. And there's Sugar and then a few other short stories I've written that are set in Seattle. There's a rough draft of a Seattle novel that's fermenting somewhere — I can't tell you when that'll be done, but it's definitely fermenting. I'm back to working on a novel set in the late medieval period in the Netherlands. I'm back to working on that now, that I'm getting my wits about me with this move.

Did anything about leaving Seattle surprise you? Did Seattle meet or exceed your expectations in any way? I do think I grew a lot in the last 10 years. It was, in the end, an extremely supportive community, but it took some time. And the book launch for my novel at the Sorrento was such a special night — just such a full room of smiling, happy faces.

But it was definitely a little lonely at first. It just took some time to keep showing up and to make my way that way. I suppose I learned showing up helps. Could you talk a little bit about the loneliness, what that means as a writer, specifically? Coming out of that, I think that's where the loneliness set in.

Even with Castalia, I was kind of a stranger at Hugo House, just showing up at events, and trying to introduce myself. Things turned around when I met [Corinne Manning ]. I think she was experiencing a similar thing. We decided to start The Furnace together, and I think that that helped a lot. We wanted The Furnace to be this welcoming space. We very purposefully invited people to read who were not reading all the time, and people who you wanted to spotlight and get to read an entire story rather than a little excerpt here or there.

I think through that, that really set other things in motion to feel more a part of the literary community. So making a space for yourself, and then doing the reaching out to readers, is what made the difference, you think? I think it did — between that and then eventually getting a little institutional support from Hugo House through the Made at Hugo House Fellowship.

I think those two things together helped a lot. What's your advice for writers who are feeling that kind of deep loneliness? If you're at a literary event saying hello to a stranger — even just introducing yourself, as hard as that can be — I think that could have made the difference for me in that little gap in time where things were lonely. What a wonderful tribute to a bookseller who worked hard to make Capitol Hill welcoming for so many.

Paul Constant reviews Serin D. A new academic book examines the disparity between the wealthy white Seattle of myth and the huge inequalities of Seattle as it actually is. The Seattle Review of Books is currently accepting pitches for reviews. Wondering what and how? The protagonist of The Magic If is Wynter Steele, a young magician so obsessed with his craft that he can't help but fail at it. When a flashy stunt magician comes to town, Wynter's worst self goes head to head with the people who love him. Check out a few pages from The Magic If , which Hurd-McKenney is generously sharing on our sponsor feature page this week only.

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We'd love to see you in this space. Northwest author Pete Fromm, who is beloved by booksellers from Seattle to Missoula, returns with his new novel, which is reportedly "a love story about family and resiliency and second chances. It's about a man who has to step up and be a single father after tragedy strikes. The Seattle-based sci-fi and fantasy writing organization brings a bestselling genre author to town. Hand has written novels and literary criticism and historical essays, and her upcoming novel Curious Toys is being pitched as " The Alienist meets Devil in the White City , which are two books that kept me up very late at night turning pages.

Ted Chiang is one of the Seattle-area's most influential sci-fi writers. He's always been a quiet force at sci-fi readings around town: you can feel him in the back of the room, and you can feel other authors' regard for his attention. He's a smart writer of brilliant sci-fi, and now that one of his stories has been adapted into Arrival , it seems the whole world finally knows it.


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This issue, incidentally, features work on the theme of "beauty. Dobby Gibson is the award-winning author, most recently, of Little Glass Planet. Zachary Schomburg is a popular Portland-based poet, novelist, and publisher. You might know him as one of the tendrils behind Octopus Books, which is doing beautiful work in the publishing space. Open Books, N. Write-O-Rama's hundred-dollar price tag might seem hefty if you're just idly looking for something to do, but the truth is that it's a bargain for the amount of classes you get.

Here are just a few classes available this Saturday, with descriptions provided by Hugo House:. Sure, each of these sound great on their own. But the thing that Write-O-Rama offers that no other writing course in town can offer is enthusiasm. You get to be in a room full of people who want to write, who made time in their schedule to immerse themselves in the craft. You can't pay for the kind of boost that a crowd of people in love with literature can give you. That's the secret weapon which makes Write-O-Rama so indispensable.

Let us know at [submissions seattlereviewofbooks. This essay by columnist E. Jean Carol includes direct and specific descriptions of sexual assault that are upsetting and difficult to read. In that silence, the instruments of the Green Bank Observatory listen for the quietest whispers from our planet and the space beyond it. Without wifi or access to digital cameras, they came back with stunning film photography and a thoughtful reflection on the buzz of technology, considered in one of the few remaining places where the buzz is silent.

But who will save the endangered Quiet Zone inside our own heads? What about the thoughts as subtle as the static caused by the Big Bang and the transmissions from the remote galaxies of our memories? Is the ever-present hum of the internet drowning those out, too? For a lot of people, the choice seems like it has disappeared. The phone is part and parcel to everything they do, including work. After a few days here, almost entirely offline, I felt I knew what he meant: The world outside the mountains now seemed mad to me, too.

Somewhere between age 45 and age 46, I became invisible. It was harder to order a drink. Harder to make my way through a crowd, where people did not refuse to let me through but did not even see me. Harder to know what face value I carried through the world. It was unsettling at first, even frightening.

Then, I started to become visible again, but to myself, in a way I never had before. It turns that once the eyes of the world shifted away, and I was alone with my own eyes, I liked myself very much. Sarah Manguso is brilliant as usual yes, my Manguso fangirling is embarrassing, but: Sarah! Cookie Couture is a Seattle-based drag queen and performer. She volunteers locally as part of the nationwide phenom known as Drag Queen Story Hour — where queens in full dress go to read books to kids. Couture was recently in the news when protestors showed up to her event at the King County Library System and KUOW, in a moment of journalistic lapse one struggles to understand, interviewed protestors but not any queens.

Bringing messages of tolerance and acceptance to kids — with some style and camp along the way — is a goal we should all embrace. Bring the kids, and show up to see Cookie read, at the Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center this Tuesday at 1pm — one of the the only places in Seattle you can actually look down on the Space Needle. And, follow Couture on her Instagram! It's a sweet picture book that really captures one of the things I love most about Pride: that allowing people to be themselves can create a lot of beauty in the world.

I know so many wonderful people, both young and old, that are neither this or that — they are themselves and being yourself is the true path to ultimate fierceness! I've been eating up all of the excellent reporting from the New York Times on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. There is so much rich history and wisdom to learn from queer elders. I'm telling you, I will be very unhappy if my retirement home doesn't have a weekly drag brunch with bottomless mimosas! I really need to pick up a cookbook, for one. I'm terrible at cooking, but really thrive when I'm ordering take-out.

If anyone has any good recipes, feel free to roll it up with a dollar bill and tip it to me at my next gig! A mom on the go is always multi-tasking. It felt relieving, like taking off a pair of tight pants after a long day. But younger people tell me they think those sections were ghettos that kept straight white folks from encountering other perspectives. So I want to ask you: Is my nostalgia for the good old days of Gay Fiction sections some kind of base capitulation to the straightriarchy?

I think your nostalgia proves the straightriarchy is slightly less straight than it used to be. But let me first say, I understand how comforting the urge to compartmentalize is. I often wish there was a section in the bookstore I frequent reserved for vegans who love Carl Sagan — vagans, as I call them. There, they could lecture on seitan and the universe in peace, while I do neither of those things, also in peace.

But alas, they are allowed to mix with the normals and something in my face screams "Please tell me about your favorite meat substitute and why you think the science fiction novel Contact is actually more nonfiction than most nonfiction books. It is not my mouth, by the way. My mouth has never screamed either of those things.

But let's break down what you actually miss and why it no longer exists. You miss the sacredness of a space that acknowledges your identity and caters to your tastes, wants, and needs in a world that was at best, ignorant, and at worst, hostile. In that space and time, a lot of the rainbow was closeted and "gay fiction" was a niche genre.

But now there are queer authors who write about everything; there are queer authors who write about queer experiences; and there are authors who don't identify as queer but write about queer experiences straight women LOVE to write historical gay erotica, FYI. What would your ideal section hold — all of them or only some? Where would you put a book like the Pulitzer-Prizewinning novel Less , which is about a gay man written by a gay man but has huge mainstream appeal? Times change, and bookstores change pretty fast with them because book people are among the most empathetic individuals in Sagan's big beautiful universe.

Fortunately for you, queerness has become more mainstream. Unfortunately for you, as the stream has widened, more people are going to wade in. A year ago , I had a lot of kind words for the new Nancy comic strip. Today, I just want to take a moment to remind you that the cartoonist who has taken over the Nancy comic strip under the pseudonym "Olivia Jaimes" is still killing it. As she's getting more comfortable with the strip, Jaimes is starting to make her own mark on Nancy 's pacing and comedy. Look at the last two panels of the most recent Sunday Nancy strip:.

The way that the giant pile of fries overlaps with the "THANKS" word balloon is a quiet act of genius; something about the visual impact between dialogue and object makes both elements more evocative. It makes the pile of fries look even bigger than it otherwise would, and it imbues the word balloon with the sound of the fries: you can almost hear Nancy gulping down fries before and after saying "THANKS.

Jaimes is also employing postmodern humor to great effect. And the meta-comedy is drop-dead hilarious in its own right: this strip about optical illusions , for instance, has got to be an all-time classic of the series. Not every meta-commentary lands perfectly — this literal sight gag isn't quite perfect — but there's nothing lazy about any of them. It's almost impossible to remember now, but there was one time when the most inventive, interesting comics you could find were on the comics pages.

Jaimes might not be reinventing the medium with Nancy , but she's putting more thought into the kind of weight each minimalist panel can carry without breaking than just about anyone in the medium today. As she stretches and becomes more comfortable with the job, I expect to see more formal experimentation on Nancy. But what other baggage do they carry? As reported on NPR :. Harjo, 68, will represent both her Indigenous culture and those of the United States of America when she succeeds Tracy K.

Smith as the country's 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry that's the official title this fall. Her term, announced today by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, will make her the first Native American poet to serve in the position. But it's quite an honor I bear that honor on behalf of the people and my ancestors. So that's really exciting for me. Wonderful news. There are many poems to offer a quote from, but this, from " Speaking Tree ", has always stuck with me:. The deepest-rooted dream of a tree is to walk Even just a little ways, from the place next to the doorway — To the edge of the river of life, and drink —.

Apparently, author Suzanne Collins is writing a prequel to her Hunger Games trilogy. Let's be clear that I'm a fan of what Collins built with the Hunger Games. I loved the first Hunger Games novel and film, and I thought the second book was a decent extension of the universe. But I refuse to read any prequels set in this world, and I refuse to watch any movies set in this world.

Dystopian prequels are just about the least interesting plot known to humanity: things were bad, and then they got worse. The end. Perhaps it's possible for some genius to make a dystopian prequel worth reading — George Orwell's , maybe? Many years ago, in fact almost exactly a decade now, I interviewed author China Mieville. Even then, in the years before summers packed with inessential sequels and other franchise maintenance, Mieville argued that audiences needed to look corporate entertainment squarely in the eye and say, firmly but directly, "no thank you!

Because it's just shit. Of course, that Buffy reboot didn't happen, and most of these reboots are swiftly forgotten. I made a choice to not review the ghoulish To Kill a Mockingbird sequel that Harper Lee's estate forced out and that turned out to be the right choice.

Everyone has forgotten about the book. I'm making the call, here, with apologies to Mieville for taking his idea and running with it: Let's Not Go back to the Hunger Games universe. Let it lie. We don't need any novels thick with dumb foreshadowing about stories we've already heard. We don't need another plot that fills in gaps that no reader ever wondered about. We just don't need franchise fodder like this in our bookstores. The press release announced that Da' "will engage underrepresented communities to find out what they want and need in a writing center, making a point to listen carefully to voices that have traditionally been underserved by arts organizations.

I interviewed Da' six months ago when she was a Seattle Review of Books poet in residence, and she told me that titles from institutions are helpful for her. She thinks of her work as a piece of a community, and she always keeps that community in mind. As far as I'm concerned, that makes her an excellent choice for Poet in Residence. This August, Seattle will vote on a Library Levy renewal that will add 10, service hours to libraries around the city, pay for more materials and services, seismically update several neighborhood branches, and eliminate fines in the Seattle Public Library system.

That's why our editorial board unanimously voted to endorse the Levy—our first-ever electoral endorsement. But let's play devil's advocate: Say you're skeptical about where your tax dollars are going. If this describes you, I have some great news: the positive benefits of the Library Levy are incredibly easy to prove. Just head to your nearest Seattle Public Library branch and pay attention to what's happening there.

It's likely that you'll encounter kids reading and studying, book clubs meeting, adults looking for work and taking classes, and people accessing any number of programs and services that will improve their lives for the better. The profound benefits of library service happen right there, in broad daylight, every single day. I talked with three library patrons who meet for groups at two different branches around the city.

Camille Jassny and Dan and Dave Ortner have known each other through the library for years. The location is a big part of the draw. The brothers have a degenerative disease and "we lost most of our vision about 9 years ago. We started going to Camille's support group and then we started going to her book group, too. Today, the brothers are co-leaders of the book group, which Dan says means they "prompt questions and discussion.

That group has only just started meeting at the Capitol Hill library this year after several locations fell through in the past. Camille says staff at the library "have been so wonderful to us. I mean, they make sure the room is available for us, and they organize everything. The librarians make sure we get up to the room and they make it a really welcoming experience. Do Dan and Dave and Camille have anything they'd like to say to voters who are considering the Levy? When I had my kids that was the first place I ever took them — to the library storytime.

People work such odd hours now these days and it's great to to be able to get to this great resource for anything you're looking for at any time. All three cite the library's kind workers, who'll go out of their way to make them feel welcome and provide resources personalized just for you.

Dan is especially fond of the library's Seattle Reads program, which brings an author to town to meet with audiences and book clubs. This year's selection, The Best We Could Do , "was a graphic novel, which was really unusual and different for for low-vision and blind readers. Of course, as with any discussion between avid readers, the conversation turns to books. Camille's favorite book from the last year of her book club selections was My Name Is Malala. Everyone really gravitated to that. In college, Dave majored in English with a focus on nineteenth century novels, so Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd was his favorite selection last year.

They recently read The Good Earth trilogy. But after recommending titles, the conversation turns back to the Library Levy. If you have any doubt, she concludes, "come in to the library yourself. Go to an event. Katy E. Ellis is our Poet in Residence for June. Are you writing, right now? Have you promised yourself you would start, soon? Are you taking the time to nurture that part of yourself? Wishing you could do a writing retreat, but getting away from everything for a week is just not possible? Sponsor Two Sylvias Press has a great solution for you.

Their one-week online writing retreats combine the focus and teaching of the best retreats, with the opportunity to blend them into your daily life. Their sessions are starting soon — read more on our sponsor's page about the amazing guest poets they lined up to critique your work, and find out about how you can sign up for these cost-effective ways to make sure you're meeting your writing goals.

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Northern Alberta author Darrel J. McLeod is "executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations," and his award-winning first book from the amazing Milkweed Editions is a memoir about growing up Cree. The bestselling author of Nappily Ever After will discuss her very successful and award-winning career as a writer, which includes a book becoming a Netflix film, an award from King County Library Foundation, and a "Books that matter" nod from Oprah's magazine. See our Event of the Week column for more details.

Seattle author and publisher Thomas Walton debuts his new poetry collection with "a celebration of grief and Gertrude Stein! Local historian Frederick Brown reads from his latest book, which tells Seattle history through the story of the animals that helped shape the city. But his book, while not perfect, is still very interesting and Blanco is a sublime reader of his own work. After five years of readings, WordsWest, West Seattle's premier reading series, is coming to a close on Wednesday the 19th.

Why, at a time when West Seattle is growing faster than ever, are the curators hanging up the series? Ellis told me recently. Ellis started the series with local poets Susan Rich and Harold Taw, and the three have been curating ever since. I feel like I might hermit for a little bit.

Is this garden party the end of WordsWest forever? Ellis refuses to shutter the whole thing permanently. Settle in for a while; we saved you a seat. Moira Macdonald on a dispute over copyright, and the ethics of appropriation when a work is in the public domain — the UW Press has been publishing No-No Boy since it was first published in On Father's Day, I often think of this piece by local writer Scott Berkun about how this day can be hard for people who didn't know their father, or had a bad relationship with him.

While Scott wrote a whole book "in part to redefine who I am, and how I relate or did not relate at all to the father of my birth" there are many who struggle more quietly, perhaps with less ability to frame or explain the hard feelings. Scott's tips on making it through are sound, but I especially like his first:. Ashley Fetters explores Dad jokes: what they are, why they are, and why we can't stop loving and hating them.

I'm on the love side, myself as a Dad, so perhaps obligated , but I can see why so many find them, um, pun ishing. Casey Rae's new book about Burroughs and his influence on music is excerpted in this piece on Long Reads, centering around what Dylan learned from the cut-up writer. Burroughs influence is hard to overstate, the most unique of the Beats — the group he is, by association and very poorly grouped with.

Unlike the Beats, Burroughs was not down-and-out — he came from a great fortune, and lived his life as the son of incredible privilege that afforded him the ability to talk about things people of his station did not: drugs, homosexuality, just to name a few. His genius was in the method of communication.

And, of course, his influence. Ellis is a poet and educator. She's worked with Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools program, and is a co-founder and co-curator of WordsWest , a monthly literary series in West Seattle, which is ending its five-year run on Wednesday, June 19th read more in our interview with her. Planning to read something by Miriam Toews — not sure which one! And I want to explore poet Hannah Sanghee Park. Do you wish you could do a take-back on one of your answers? I actually don't have a favorite question — each question asked is both a surprise and a delight, as are my responses!

There are, however, two questions I generally avoid answering:. My taste in books is mercurial, perhaps because of all the mercury I ingest as a byproduct of my hobby handcrafting artisanal fluorescent light bulbs in preparation for the day the sun dies. I will say today, my favorite book is Idaho by Emily Ruskovich but who knows, tomorrow maybe I'll discover Shakespeare or some shit.

As for regretting an answer, I don't usually dwell on my actions long enough to form regrets, but I actually do have one: It was my response to this question about whether "good" literary translations can exist. What I failed to note in my response is that many of the works we consider classics already are translations — the Iliad and Odyssey , the Inferno , Brothers Karamazov , Les Miserables , and Crime and Punishment are some of my favorites depending on the day and how many light bulbs I've got in my system.

Ensler will appear in conversation with Amy Wheeler, the executive director of the amazing writing organization Hedgebrook. Every month, Nisi Shawl presents us with news and updates from her perch overlooking the world of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. You can also look through the archives of the column.

Actually, though, SFFH is written in over a score of languages, and it posits a myriad more. Neil Clarke, editor and publisher of the online magazine Clarkesworld recently received the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for his work bringing stories in Chinese and Korean to Anglophone readers, and there are plenty of additional translations for us to enjoy — SFFH originally published in Spanish, Japanese, Nigerian, Italian, and many other human tongues.

Though situated squarely within the SF genre, the Betty series harks back to fantasies aimed at children such as Dr. There are thriving communities dedicated to the creation and study of non-human-and-also-non-beast tongues. Conlangers have imagined new grammars, syntaxes, even alphabets as part of their constructed languages, then made the fruits of their obsessions freely available to all.

Will children learn them easily? How do you show different registers — formal elocution versus slang, intimate versus impersonal, and so on? How should they change over time? Because languages do change — swiftly, unexpectedly. Vowels shift and meanings mutate until translations become necessary not simply between nations but between generations. ShakespeareanEnglish is semi-unintelligible to most modern English speakers.

If humans years from now speak some new version of English, what will they understand of our own? Undying entity Chance known to the Senegalese people as a djombi , who at the end of Indigo was forcibly incarnated as a child of the wise cook Paama, joins forces with forensic therapist Miranda Ecouvo to ferret out the party ultimately responsible for a series of nasty murders. As Dr.

Ecouvo walks labyrinthine paths through futures that include her possible death and, alternatively, a severely limited, pain-filled life, paradoxes give way to passionate curiosity and stubborn good intentions. Strictly speaking, Erin K. In short, dense chapters, Wagner relates the encounters of Ward Miquita with the people of the planet her father conquered. She encounters an unexpected obstacle: her hosts contend she has no right to access the sacred memories the injured AI holds.

Gorgeous images of a richly strange world cover this ethical armature in a sweetly fleshy narrative, a joyful ferment of words. Once again I recommend attending Readercon which prides itself on being the antithesis of a media-focused convention. And a concert. However, those are only two events on top of the usual literary fare: panels, interviews, readings, and the small-group discussions with pros listed on your program as kaffeeklatsches.

In other words, Readercon is, as the name implies, pretty solidly text-oriented. The majority of the participants pictured are African descended, but other ethnicities represent as well, giving off a nicely inclusive, welcoming vibe. Wish I could say the same for Geektopia. I didn't enjoy the Silver Surfer as a kid, because as a kid I was interested in the plot of superhero comics — I was most interested in learning if good would triumph over evil spoiler alert: it would. But the older I get, the more fondness I find in my heart for the Silver Surfer.

He's a silver Oscar statuette on a surfboard, soaring through outer space and musing aloud in huge, unselfconscious monologues about ideas like guilt and loneliness and destiny and forgiveness. Every Silver Surfer comic is a journey into interiority. The bad guys and their motivations don't really matter. What matters most is if the Surfer can come to some kind of a comfortable understanding with his own place in the universe, even if that understanding lasts just until the next issue.

It ties in to a whole bunch of current Marvel Comics, but narration catches up new readers with relative grace in the first few pages. The first thing any great Silver Surfer comic needs is a brilliant artist, and Moore is one of the best to handle the character since Moebius.

Every page is stunning — gorgeously designed, sumptuously illustrated, and delightfully weird. It's rare to find a comic artist who appears to be raised in a vacuum — whose work doesn't feel like a retread or a generational step up from some other comic artist. Moore's pages feel unique. In a few layouts, the action flows smoothly in what most comics artists are trained to believe is the "wrong" direction, and it's as easy to follow for western readers as a Peanuts strip.

One page just looks like Surfer floating above a weird cosmic blanket, and Moore makes it twice as compelling as any superhero fight you'll find in a new comic this week. I have no doubt that Moore's art in black and white is beautiful on its own, but Stewart's coloring elevates the book. By contrasting the darkness of a black hole with the colors of the interstellar firmament, and by plunging the Surfer into a hostile pit of browns and oranges, Stewart divides the book into a few distinct sections that reflect the character's interior life.

And Cates seems to understand the character's need for internal monologues. The Surfer spends an early part of the book luxuriating in self-pity over his complicity in the death and destruction of his past. He comes face to face with an existential loneliness that leaves him shaken, and then, well, there's a concluding bit that reveals a villain and it ties back into something else that Marvel is doing right now and things appear to be getting a little crossover-y.

The Silver Surfer is a character who almost always excels when he's left on his own. When he's thrown into a battle scene with dozens of other heroes he immediately becomes a generic powerful guy, albeit one who speaks in ten-dollar words. But even if Cates can't manage that tightrope walk, though, Moore's art will be stunning enough to make Silver Surfer Black a must-read. It will happen at Greenwood Elementary from 11 am to 3 pm. Save the date! Matthew Inman, the east side cartoonist who found huge viral fame under the name The Oatmeal, just announced his retirement from regular cartooning.

He's signed a movie deal and will be working on that film for the foreseeable future. He didn't offer any details about the movie, but he did disclose that he worked on the recent animated feature The Secret Life of Pets 2. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Return to Book Page. This is Jason Shields' first book in a series of true ghost stories that he has experienced as a medium born with cerebral palsy. In this story, you will experience the first hand account of how Jason sees and interacts with ghosts and the loved ones they are attached to. In the Grease Pit Ghost, Jason and a friend go to a diner for an average meal, only to encounter a not This is Jason Shields' first book in a series of true ghost stories that he has experienced as a medium born with cerebral palsy.

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