Sequential State – the comics criticism archive of Alex Hoffman

Category: Cornerstone

  • Review: Ginseng Roots #1 by Craig Thompson

    Review: Ginseng Roots #1 by Craig Thompson

    Craig Thompson has something of a reputation amongst indie comics readers, both good and bad. The first issue of his new serialized comic, Ginseng Roots, comes out this July, and his publisher Uncivilized Books sent a review copy earlier this month. Thompson’s last major literary work, Habibi, continues to leave a sour taste in many […]

  • Review: Piero by Edmond Baudoin

    Review: Piero by Edmond Baudoin

    New York Review Comics has quietly become one of my favorite comics publishers over the last two years. At the end of 2018, they published a slim volume of comics by Edmond Baudoin titled Piero. Baudoin is celebrated as a master cartoonist in Europe, but this book is one of the first of his comics […]

  • Review: By Monday I’ll Be Floating in the Hudson with the Other Garbage by Laura Lannes

    Review: By Monday I’ll Be Floating in the Hudson with the Other Garbage by Laura Lannes

    Part of my goal for these next few weeks are to get back to some comics I read in 2017 and early 2018 but didn’t properly evaluate. For the next few weeks I will be trying to get in some writing I’ve been putting off over the last few months. October and November were hard […]

  • Review: Mother’s Walk by Lauren Weinstein

    Review: Mother’s Walk by Lauren Weinstein

    Lauren Weinstein’s Normel Person, which migrated to Popula after the closure of the Village Voice, has been a powerful reflection on the state of the world. I’ve been drawn to her work this year, and it was exciting to learn that she would be contributing to Youth in Decline’s Frontier series. Over the last few […]

  • Review: The Weaver Festival Phenomenon by Ron Regé

    Review: The Weaver Festival Phenomenon by Ron Regé

    When I first started reading art comics, Ron Regé’s work was a cipher to me. I didn’t get what he was doing, and I didn’t really know what to do with it. But there was always something magnetic about his comics – despite not understanding why, I kept coming back to his work. That magnetism, […]

  • Review: Skin to Skin by Jia Sung

    Review: Skin to Skin by Jia Sung

    The new Ley Lines books from Czap Books and Grindstone Press are starting to come out, and Jia Sung’s Skin to Skin is the first release of 2018. Jia Sung is a name I associate with Guernica Magazine – her illustrations for that website have always struck me as being simultaneously fragile and fierce. Drawing […]