The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

March 31, 2017
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Talking Coffee

I related to Twisted Doodles comics about talking coffee a little too much… 

December 11, 2013
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Emily Carroll Through the Woods

I really like Emily Carroll‘s online horror comics, so I’m really pleased that a collection of her work is going to be published by Simon & Schuster next July. Through the Woods will include comics like His Face All Red as well as some … Continue reading

October 31, 2013
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Out of Skin by Emily Carroll

Just in time for Halloween and clocks going back, Canadian artist Emily Carroll has posted a chilling new webcomic called Out of Skin. Although it can be read a standalone story,  Carroll says on her blog that she considers it “part … Continue reading

August 9, 2013
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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I’m ever so late to this, but Noelle Stevenson‘s Harvey nominated webcomic Nimona really is terrific: The series will be published by HarperCollins in 2015. (via Waxy)

March 18, 2013
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Webcomics on Off Book

The latest episode of PBS Off Book on webcomics features interviews with Nick Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship), the fabulous Lucy Knisley (Stop Paying Attention pictured above), and others:

February 1, 2012
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Better Bookshelves by Grant Snider

Another lovely webcomic for book nerds by Grant Snider: (I need the childproof bookshelves)

January 18, 2012
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What were you raised by Wolves? by Vera Brosgol

Cartoonist Vera Brosgol has posted her startling, wordless mini-comic What Were You Raised by Wolves? online. Read it in its entirety here. (via Robot 6)

November 17, 2011
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Literary Devices

The Random Analogy Generator and other literary devices from Grant Snider: (via This Isn’t Happiness)

November 2, 2011
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Blood

Did you read the end of Emily Carroll’s gothic horror story Margot’s Room? She did say there would be blood. But holy shit… Amazing.

October 3, 2011
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Margot’s Room by Emily Carroll

I was really impressed by Emily Carroll’s Halloween comic His Face All Red last year, so I’m very much looking forward to reading Carroll’s new 5-part story Margot’s Room. According to Carroll, the story will be updated every Friday until the end of … Continue reading

September 27, 2011
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Outfoxed by Dylan Meconis

Outfoxed is a beautiful new 20 -page fairytale by cartoonist Dylan Meconis. The whole comic is available online, and there’s more about the genesis of the comic on Dylan’s blog. (via Alan Trotter)

June 28, 2011
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The Prince & The Sea | Emily Carroll

I loved last year’s spooky His Face All Red, and now cartoonist Emily Carroll has just posted a new, similarly atmospheric strip called The Prince & The Sea. Carroll recently won the Joe Shuster Award for ‘Outstanding Webcomics Creator.’

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