Library Media Connection Recommends Salvatore vol.1.
“Rick Geary’s “Treasury of Victorian/XXth Century Murder” books never fail to be fascinating and educational. There’s something about Geary’s grim, quiet presentation that brings the events to life without being sensationalistic, yet also seems kind of alien, with odd-looking people acting out terrible scenes that seem as foreign to us due to their inhumanity as their period garb and setting. And the goofy details that show up here and there make me smile; it seems like Geary is slipping a bit of humor into such a steadfastly dry relation of events.
Whether you’re interested in the details of history or just like to see good comics storytelling, this is a really good book, one that educates and fascinates, and kind of outrages, even when the events depicted are nearly a century old. That would be a remarkable accomplishment on its own, but when it’s just one example among many, you know you’re in the presence of great talent.”
“Trondheim’s comics differ from the usual online journal type in three significant ways, though:
- They’re watercolor, which make them feel more like “art”, less like something jotted on a napkin.
- Trondheim draws himself with a bird head, which makes events less about him, more universal.
- They’re about him going places and doing things. There’s lots of travel in these strips, providing unique viewpoints and plenty of attractive visual content.
Trondheim travels to many places I’d never think to go, so there’s a lot of enjoyment-by-proxy in these comics, wondering if I’d feel the same way or notice the same things if I visited. Probably not, given his somewhat crotchety attitude — which also makes the comics funny in a curmudgeonly way.
It’s all gorgeous, in beautiful, subtle colors.”