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The Wrath of Fantômas

Adapting one of French pulp literature's most lurid diabolical masterminds, debut comics creators Olivier Bocquet and Rocheleau render a Fantômas who spectacularly breaks the shackles of the printed word developed by Souvestre and writing partner Marcel Allain to invade the graphic medium. A midnight-hewn thrill ride whose sophisticated art perfectly captures the electrifying colors and terrifying aftermath of deeds most foul.

The Fearsome Doctor Fang

This rip-snorting, two-fisted pulp adventure is the first of four titles in TKO's debut lineup. Here, filmmaker and TKO publisher/cofounder Chun (7 Deadly Sins), along with Weiss (The Mentalist) and artists McDaid (Firefly) and Miwa (Shaft) take the tarnished tropes of "yellow peril" fiction and flip it, transforming Fang into a Tony Stark-esque superinventor with a heart of gold. With any luck, this will be the first of many globe-trotting, stereotype-crushing adventures.
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Peanuts Dell Archive

This well-produced collection will be of interest to fans of Peanuts or vintage children's comic books and may have a nostalgic appeal to readers who grew up with the famous strip.
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Graphic Novels, February 8, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Philip K. Dick

While some interesting aspects of Dick's life—in particular, his turn to Christianity
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Black Dahlia

Geary is an accomplished cartoonist and storyteller, and these installments in his long-running series on American crime are sure to satisfy fans of graphic novels and true crime alike.
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Crude

Readers might find themselves reaching for a notepad to keep track of the multiple groups and allegiances here, but a close reading is definitely rewarded.
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McCay

Fans looking for a straightforward biography of McCay might find themselves thrown by the far-out concepts that appear halfway through the book, but everyone else will enjoy this deeply strange, incredibly fun sf/fantasy noir with artwork that pales only to that of McCay himself.
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The Prague Coup

Maybe not quite to the level of the thrillers penned by Greene himself
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Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

Griffith is renowned for his absurdist comic strip Zippy the Pinhead, inspired by Schlitzie's iconic image, and on some level this biography seems to be an attempt at restoring some dignity to a life he's mined for his own purposes. He succeeds wonderfully.
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Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made

A fascinating project inspired by obvious passion from everyone involved, but subpar illustration ultimately results in a volume that will, owing to a few text pieces describing the origins of the project and reprints of Dali's initial treatment and notes, appeal primarily to die-hard fans alone.

Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses

This is the latest in a series Lapham has produced on and off since 1995, and part of his brilliance as a storyteller is that every volume works as a great jumping-on point. So if you haven't already jumped on, you really should.
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The Sons of El Topo

Those unfamiliar with the film will find this work inscrutable; nevertheless, owing to Jodorowsky's strong following, it should be in high demand.
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Letter to Survivors

Originally published in French in 1981 and available now for the first time in English, this odd blend of sf and satire of consumer culture by former Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Gébé raises more questions than it answers, but who needs answers when the cartooning is this elegant and the questions are this fascinating?
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Graphic Novels, February 1, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America

This unabashedly pot-positive polemic is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the subject and its history, and a good—albeit optional—addition to a well-rounded collection of resources regarding the same.

I Moved to Los Angeles To Work in Animation

Thoughtful and beautifully done, this is a great introduction for anyone seeking a job in animation, or looking for encouragement to try something new.
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Graphic Novels, January 25, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Celebrating Culture Through Comics | 2019 Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival

The Lady Doctor

Adults and older teens interested in behind-the-scenes medical fiction will find this gripping.
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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor; The Many Lives of Doctor Who

Fans of the BBC TV show will delight in the new short stories of each Doctor, and while newcomers will be intrigued, they'll likely need a bit more background to get the full effect. Overall, highly enjoyable for any age group.
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Flem

Many graphic novels explore mental illness, art, and mother-daughter relations in a more helpful way, including Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?? and Ellen Forney's Marbles. This work contains mature language and images, but more than anything it's the complete lack of redemption that makes it inappropriate for younger readers—or for anyone struggling to keep a positive outlook.
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Graphic Novels, January 18, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, January 11, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Prism Stalker

Overall, this story is highly enjoyable visually, but the plot falls flat. One hopes future volumes will reel readers back in and offer more in the way of a big picture.
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Love Letters to Jane's World

Suggesting Alison Bechdel's Dykes To Watch Out For without the politics, Jane's World gently lampoons romance and gender stereotypes without rancor and can be enjoyed by all genders and orientations. With the complete run of the story collected and published by Braddock's Girl Twirl Comics, this overview offers a meaty omnibus for newbies and a binge read for aficionados.
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Graphic Novels, January 4, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine

The original Prisoner's magic proves irreproducible, but this acceptable addendum should appeal to readers of dramas such as Queen and Country and The Coldest City as much as it will to fans of the source material.
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FTL, Y'all! Tales from the Age of the $200 Warp Drive

Lafrenais (Tim'rous Beastie) pulls together a creative, thoughtful collection that manages to be both enjoyable and disturbing. Inspiring fodder for sf fans and storytellers, adults and teens.

Brother Nash

Excellent for readers seeking a fresh, modern take on supernatural fantasy. Recommended for older teens and adults owing to mature language.

Amongst the Liberal Elite: The Road Trip Exploring Societal Inequities Solidified by Trump (RESIST)

Conservative-leaning readers may enjoy laughing at Alex and Michael—the very picture of everything the right loathes about the left—and liberal-tending ones will sympathize with their plight to make sense of the political landscape. Suitable for adult collections.

Graphic Novels from Baudoin, Brubaker/Phillips, de Radiguès, Gaiman, Buckingham, & Co., Nowak, Roberts, Typex, Van Sciver, and Walker | LJ Reviews, Dec. 2018

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Graphic Novels, December 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

This lively, compulsively readable rendition makes the irony, insight, and humor of the epic accessible and even fun. Humans haven't changed much in 5,000 years, a cautionary message for us all. For high school through adult readers who enjoy over-the-top quest stories.
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The Book of Ballads and Sagas

Collecting works first published by Vess's Green Man Press, this is an excellent introduction to folk ballads for anyone interested in fairy tales and folklore. Recommended for teens and adults for language and explicit content.
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Graphic Novels, December 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

While lacking the scope of Brubaker and Phillips's longer, serialized stories, this stand-alone novella is a fine addition to a staggering body of work.
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A Perfect Failure: Fante Bukowski Three

A great conclusion to a wonderful series that works fairly well as a stand-alone volume, although the entire series is well worth seeking out.
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Girl Town

Nowak's characters banter, bicker, and yearn for love, connection, and acceptance. Their world isn't quite ours, but their struggles are familiar and very entertaining.
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Bastard

While the pace quickens to near breakneck speed in the final pages, skimming some content that would have been nice to see fully developed, this is a crime story that ultimately delivers an emotional experience much richer than a typical bloody romp of underworld deceit.
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Chlorine Gardens

An unusually unfolded autobiographical farce with soul, this work is quite funny, and the personal nature of the witticisms help bind the events of the quietly touching narrative together and are what will remain stuck to your funny bone like peanut butter.
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Likely Stories

Gaiman fans looking for his usual rich worldbuilding might find this a little slight, but the artwork makes it worthwhile for urban fantasy collections.
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Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol; A Factual Fairytale

The meticulous level of research is almost a hindrance, as the story sometimes seems to move at the pace of real life. But as an art object, it's unlikely to be outdone by any new release any time soon.
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Maestros

Skroce's dynamic style and pacing keeps the pages turning so fast that fans might want to read this one two or three times in order to catch the exquisite detail (enhanced by the work of colorist Dave Stewart) and impressive worldbuilding on display. Tons of fun, with the welcomed promise of future volumes.
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Graphic Novels, November 16, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

In Memoriam: Stan Lee (1922–2018),  Visionary  Writer, Editor, Publisher

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Graphic Novels, November 9, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

LJ Talks to Cartoonist Jason Lutes About the Highly Anticipated Berlin

Bourdain, Carlin/Malet, Daniels, Fox/Smith, Lutes, Russell/Feehan, & More | Graphic Novels Reviews, Nov. 1, 2018

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Graphic Novels, November 2, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

Hart's thoughtful instruction will appeal to aspiring comics and storytellers as well as those looking to strengthen their practice. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Berlin

An extraordinary epic that will leave readers both heartbroken and in awe of the virtuosic talent that went into its creation. [See the interview with Lutes on p. 61].
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Monk! Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution

Exploring issues of class, race, and social status, Daoudi thankfully avoids a trite moral about music transcending cultural divisions and instead focuses on two extraordinary individuals and the bond between them.
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Mandela and the General

This case study in the power of empathy to defuse conflict stands apart from the often murky annals of would-be peacemaking. Highly recommended for all collections.
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Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem's Legendary Theater

Anyone interested in African American music and history and pop culture history will find this a captivating read.
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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

This is a battle for the very soul of America. While the setup might sound slightly preposterous, the result is one of the best books of the year, an alternately hysterically funny, deeply tragic, and ultimately inspiring work of political art examining the role of artists in a free society.
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Age of Bronze

Filled with enough political machinations and symbolically laden visions of a war-torn future to sate the appetite of all graphic novels readers as well as Game of Thrones fans longing for fresh content with a scholarly attention to detail and keen psychological insight.
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Upgrade Soul

Originally serialized as an iOS app, and winner of the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, this work arrives already internationally acclaimed and poised to be one of the most discussed releases of the year.
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Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

Sometimes spooky, sometimes gritty, thoroughly satisfying.
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Marilyn's Monsters

Perfect for horror fans—especially those of David Lynch or David Cronenberg.
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Tumult

Fascinatingly straddles the line between classic noir and art house, as Kennedy's striking art and Dunning's penchant for bizarre digressions into deeper meaning and themes behind classic 1980s films combine for original and rewarding storytelling.
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Graphic Novels, October 26, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Diverse Voices & Viewpoints: Must-Have Graphic Novels for Black History Month and Beyond

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Graphic Novels, October 19, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, October 12, 2018 | Xpress Reviews        

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Graphic Novels, October 5, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Finck, Liana

This creative and cerebral memoir, both in narrative and artwork, will appeal to similarly minded readers and fans of illustrator Maira Kalman. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Graphic Novels, September 28, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, September 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Bad Girls

An immensely gripping thriller, although a bit of historical knowledge about the era is helpful in grasping the full implications of the revolution taking place in the background. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Che: A Revolutionary Life

Guevara's life makes for both a breathtaking adventure story and a sobering history that readers are sure to embrace with enthusiasm. [See Prepub Alert, 5/21/18.]
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Moebius Library: Inside Moebius

While some knowledge of Moebius's oeuvre is required to grasp fully what's going on here, even those previously unfamiliar with the author will be quickly drawn in by his gorgeous illustrations and probing exploration of universal themes.
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Maroon Comix: Origins & Destinies

While the underground railroad has become well known to most Americans, the maroon tradition has remained more a subject for scholars and dogged researchers. This passionate collection will appeal to those interested in history, cultural studies, and the international cancer of slavery. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Evocatively crafted, this comic brings Frank's world to life for all ages but takes care to respect and prioritize the primacy of her story in her own words. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Coyote Doggirl

At once a rousing escapade, a celebration of fierce independence, an exploration of female empowerment, and the clash among foreign cultures, yet consistently laugh-out-loud funny. Hanawalt's best book yet. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Infidel

Sinewy and tense, this outstanding comic from former Vertigo editor Pichetshote and artists Campbell (James Bond), José Villarrubia (King Conan), and Jeff Powell (Earth One) boldly displays a multifaceted and thoughtful view of racial and religious issues at the forefront of cultural dialog across the United States while delivering solid horror that will keep readers awake at night. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories

A gorgeously illustrated collection that makes tales written nearly a century ago feel vibrant and vital. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

A touching story of questioning the unquestionable and finding yourself in the process. Recommended for teens and adults as well as those interested in a highly visual family examination across generations. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]
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Woman World

It'll be hard to find a funnier, more moving or original debut this year.
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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Evocatively crafted, this comic brings Frank's world to life for all ages but takes care to respect and prioritize the primacy of her story in her own words. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

A touching story of questioning the unquestionable and finding yourself in the process. Recommended for teens and adults as well as those interested in a highly visual family examination across generations. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]
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Maroon Comix: Origins & Destinies

While the underground railroad has become well known to most Americans, the maroon tradition has remained more a subject for scholars and dogged researchers. This passionate collection will appeal to those interested in history, cultural studies, and the international cancer of slavery. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories

A gorgeously illustrated collection that makes tales written nearly a century ago feel vibrant and vital. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Moebius Library: Inside Moebius

While some knowledge of Moebius's oeuvre is required to grasp fully what's going on here, even those previously unfamiliar with the author will be quickly drawn in by his gorgeous illustrations and probing exploration of universal themes.
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Infidel

Sinewy and tense, this outstanding comic from former Vertigo editor Pichetshote and artists Campbell (James Bond), José Villarrubia (King Conan), and Jeff Powell (Earth One) boldly displays a multifaceted and thoughtful view of racial and religious issues at the forefront of cultural dialog across the United States while delivering solid horror that will keep readers awake at night. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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A Western World

The 15 stories here present 15 new opportunities to commune with a truly inspired mind; not to be missed.
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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth

Both smart and entertaining; highly recommended and not just for graphic novels readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Coyote Doggirl

At once a rousing escapade, a celebration of fierce independence, an exploration of female empowerment, and the clash among foreign cultures, yet consistently laugh-out-loud funny. Hanawalt's best book yet. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Bad Girls

An immensely gripping thriller, although a bit of historical knowledge about the era is helpful in grasping the full implications of the revolution taking place in the background. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Che: A Revolutionary Life

Guevara's life makes for both a breathtaking adventure story and a sobering history that readers are sure to embrace with enthusiasm. [See Prepub Alert, 5/21/18.]

Woman World

It'll be hard to find a funnier, more moving or original debut this year.

A Western World

The 15 stories here present 15 new opportunities to commune with a truly inspired mind; not to be missed.

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth

Both smart and entertaining; highly recommended and not just for graphic novels readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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