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SOLRAD Presents: Lauren Barnett: Condiments

SOLRAD Presents gets saucy as Lauren Barnett shares the condiments that she thinks are the most important to keep in your fridge!

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #14

Ian M takes SOLRAD Presents home after a day out in Kitajima, his liminal bilingual journey through Japan, but where is the light switch?

SOLRAD Presents: Travel Diary #3

Scott Finch's spontaneous technicolor delight Travel Diary continues to enthrall this week on SOLRAD Presents!

Masaaki Nakayama and the Nature of Creepiness by Bradathon Nu

Today on SOLRAD, Bradathon Nu returns with an essay exploring the nature of "creepiness" in the work of artist Masaaki Nakayama

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #26

Zeek-X has found something special in this week's The Locust Lodge from Derek Van Gieson and SOLRAD Presents!

COMICS GRIDLOCK 1/23: Afternoon Affair

Helen Chazen returns to SOLRAD with this months edition of COMICS GRIDLOCK which looks at a couple of manga releases connected by the slender thread of their category: LGBT manga. 

SOLRAD Presents: Lauren Barnett: Cat

Lauren Barnett makes her exciting return to SOLRAD Presents! But what does her cat have to say about that?

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #13

Beer is good, and snacks are considered in today's edition of Kitajima, Ian M's Japanese adventure on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Travel Diary #2

Come on a swirling kaleidoscopic journey with SOLRAD Presents as Scott Finch's Travel Diary kicks off in earnest!

A Case Against Autobio and Why I’ll Keep Doing It by Rachel Lindsay

Today on SOLRAD, cartoonist Rachel Lindsay makes a case against autobio comics and explains why she will keep making them.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: December 28 – January 1

Ending a three year run of diary comics, Karl C. Krumpholz reviews the year, looks around the bar, before Oola makes another escape attempt!

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #25

The Empress receives an exciting delivery as Derek Van Gieson's The Locust Lodge continues on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #12

A bus journey and a lonely meal by the sea as Ian M's Japanese exploration comic reaches a downbeat moment on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Travel Diary #1

Scott Finch returns to SOLRAD Presents with a kaleidoscopic Travel Diary, this departure from his previous work is filled with color and shape!

The Persistence of Identity: A Review of MEMORIES by Desmond Reed

Today on SOLRAD, Daniel Elkin reviews MEMORIES by Desmond Reed and, in doing so, considers the question of "identity".

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: December 21 – 27

Oola's resistance battle continues, Karl dreams of lighthouses, and a Christmas snow falls, in the penultimate Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #24

After a hiatus, Derek Van Gieson's The Locust Lodge returns to SOLRAD Presents for its strangest chapter yet!

Scene Report: Permanent Damage 4 – Los Angeles Edition

Today on SOLRAD, Tasha Lowe-Newsome is back with a Scene Report from last month's PERMANENT DAMAGE 4 show in Los Angeles.

Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities: Walking Tale #2

Wondering wanderings, wandering cities is a non-fictional, reportage type illustrated comic created by Tânia A. Cardoso as part of her PhD research’s artistic practice. She explores the complexities of different cities’ urban space through the practice of walking and in different illustrated experiences, mainly based on the comic format. By combining theory and praxis her...

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #11

Sudden danger cuts a lovely stroll through the park short in another edition of Ian M's Kitajima on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: December 14 – 20

Karl C. Krumpholz returns from the UK just in time to be filled with holiday cheer in The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

A Yearning Called Childhood: Discovering the Work of Taiyō Matsumoto by Leo Flemisch

Leo Flemisch makes his SOLRAD debut looking at the work of accomplished manga artist Taiyō Matsumoto and the theme of childhood and friendship running through his work.

Welcome to SOLRAD, 2023

On January 1, 2020, full of large plans, crackling energy, and a desire to create something good and useful for the community that we love, we launched SOLRAD into the world. Now, nearly 1,400 posts later, we begin our 4th year as the online literary magazine for comics, continuing to aspire to these goals. 

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #10

Dry your hair and do some people watching, it's Kitajima, Ian M's bilingual Japanese adventure on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: December 7 – 13

Karl and Kelly finish their UK trip with a week in London in another edition of The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #9

Ian visits the onsen and has regrets about his current accomodations, this week in KITAJIMA - enjoy!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: November 30 – December 6

Karl and Kelly head to Harrogate, Yorkshire for Thought Bubble, where they see some brilliant faces in Hales Bar and learn something new about their cat's name, all in The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

The Abyss Gazes Also: Rob Clough on NOW #6

Rob Clough is back on SOLRAD continuing his examination of the NOW anthology published by Fantagraphics.

The First Strike of Fate’s Hammer: Alex Hoffman Reviews GOLDEN BOY: BEETHOVEN’S YOUTH by Mikael Ross

Today on SOLRAD, our own Alex Hoffman returns to reviewing with a look at GOLDEN BOY: BEETHOVEN’S YOUTH by Mikael Ross

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #8

Hop on the shuttle bus and head to the spa! It's Kitajima, Ian M's bilingual travel comic on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: November 23 – 29

Heading to Edinburgh, Karl C. Krumpholz explores while deliriously tired in another week of The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #7

Come settle into your room in Ian M's Kitajima on SOLRAD Presents, it's got a futon and a TV with a coin slot!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: November 16 – 22

As the leaves change, Karl C. Krumpholz travels to Seattle in this week's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

Out With The Bang: Jason and The Art Of Silence

Today on SOLRAD, John McNamee explores the cartoonist Jason’s desire to create a body of work that explores the enigma of the unsaid.

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #6

Get a tasty meal and check into your room at the guest house, it's Kitajima from Ian M and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: November 9 – 15

Karl C. Krumpholz teaches us about lighthouses and mercury poisoning in this week's The Light in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

COMICS GRIDLOCK 11/22: BELATED HALLOWEEN

Today on SOLRAD, Helen Chazan is back with another COMICS GRIDLOCK column focused on horror manga because it's late November.

A Time of Giving

So wanna help SOLRAD thrive in 2023? Do you want to help us continue to get the word out about wonderful comics? There are a couple of options for you. Yep... it's one of those posts.

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #5

Is that Russia we can see in this week's Kitajima by Ian M on SOLRAD Presents? We not sure, and our Japanese isn't good enough to ask!

Noteworthy Questions: Kevin Brown reviews KEEPING TWO by Jordan Crane

Today on SOLRAD, Kevin Brown returns to review KEEPING TWO by Jordan Crane, published by Fantagraphics.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: November 2 – 8

This week in Karl C. Krumpholz's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents sees a man look in the wrong places for love, someone who can't give up on Halloween, and an awesome Komodo Dragon!

Scene Report: 2022 Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

Today on SOLRAD, Nhatt Nichols has a scene report from the 2022 SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival

The Brutal Endeavor — Tasha Lowe-Newsome Reviews Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics

Today on SOLRAD: The Brutal Endeavor — Tasha Lowe-Newsome Reviews Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #4

Continue our journey in rural Japan, learn about some animals, and meet a local, in Ian M's Kitajima on SOLRAD Presents!

Misinterpreting The Simplistic In Tatsuki Fujimoto’s JUST LISTEN TO THE SONG

Today, in his first piece for SOLRAD, Bradathon Nu reviews Tatsuki Fujimoto's one-shot, JUST LISTEN TO THE SONG

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: October 26 – November 1

Karl experiences saudade as he thinks about his grandfathers, meanwhile Oola prepares to kill on Halloween in this week's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

Dying is shared, death is singular: Keith Silva reviews A PROS AND CONS LIST FOR STRONG FEELINGS by Will Betke-Brunswick

Today on SOLRAD, Keith Silva returns with a review of the debut heartfelt, funny, and powerful memoir, A PROS AND CONS LIST FOR STRONG FEELINGS, by Will Betke-Brunswick, published by Tin House

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #3

Take a stroll through a rural Japanese town in the third installment of Ian M's Kitajima on SOLRAD Presents!

CXC 2022: Heathcliff is Having a Moment with Peter Gallagher

HEATHCLIFF WEEK continues on SOLRAD? Well... sort of. Andrew Neal interviewed Heathcliff's PETER GALLAGHER at this year's CXC and then they put it up on YouTube and we're sharing that here.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: October 19 – 25

Oola brings both existential grounding and sheer destruction, while Kelly teaches Karl about birds in another week of The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

A Refined Aesthetic: Rob Clough Reviews NOW #5

Rob Clough is back on SOLRAD continuing his examination of the NOW anthology published by Fantagraphics.

Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities: Walking Tale #1

Tânia A. Cardoso returns to SOLRAD Presents with another Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities, considering walking through an interesting part of Amsterdam.

We Are Cool: Yokoyama Yūichi’s PLAZA and the Other Side of Celebration

Hagai Palevsky returns to SOLRAD today with an examination of PLAZA by Yokoyama Yūichi through a Debord and Juvenal lens.

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #2

We arrive at our destination, and there's no McDonald's there, in the second edition of Ian M's Kitajima on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: October 12 – 18

Karl and Kelly head to Columbus for CXC, where they meet some interesting characters, in another week of The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

I, too, enjoy salted peanuts: Tom Shapira on Blacksad – They All Fall Down Part One

Today on SOLRAD, Tom Shapira is back taking a hard-nosed look at BLACKSAD - THEY ALL FALL DOWN

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #48

Our hero says what we all think about the recent pages of Matt MacFarland's Dark Pants on SOLRAD Presents!

This is not a review of Kate Beaton’s DUCKS

Today on SOLRAD, Kawai Shen examines what is missing in the dialogue surrounding Kate Beaton's DUCKS and the consequences of that absence.

SOLRAD Presents: Kitajima #1

In Kitajima, a new comic on SOLRAD Presents, Ian M takes us to rural Japan in a bilingual story about leaving your comfort zone.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: October 5 – 11

Karl C. Krumpholz recovers from the flu, while Kelly gets some green chilies, in another week of The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

Shades of Gray: Kevin Brown reviews THE CON ARTISTS by Luke Healy

Today on SOLRAD, Kevin Brown returns with a review of THE CON ARTISTS by Luke Healy, published by Drawn & Quarterly

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #47

Matt MacFarland's Dark Pants continues on SOLRAD Presents, as our hero can't handle the heat of the last few pages.

A Goalkeeper Scores: Kelcey Ervick Illuminates the Impact of Title IX in THE KEEPER

Today on SOLRAD, Nora Hickey and Amaris Ketcham review THE KEEPER. Kelcey Ervick's autobio graphic novel about the Impact of Title IX

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: September 28 – October 4

Karl C. Krumpholz contemplates his pace of work and gets a fever in another week of The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

Autumn As Kindness: Kori Handwerker reviews A FROG IN THE FALL by Linnea Sterte

Today on SOLRAD, Kori Handwerker returns with a review of the beautiful A FROG IN THE FALL by Linnea Sterte, published by PEOW Studios.

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #46

The snake-filled orgies continue to heat up this week in Matt MacFarland's Dark Pants fresh on SOLRAD Presents.

Channeling Childhood: Rob Kirby reviews IT’S SO MAGIC by Lynda Barry

Rob Kirby returns to SOLRAD today with a review of IT'S SO MAGIC by Lynda Barry

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: September 21 – 27

In The Lighthouse in the City, Karl C. Krumpholz heads to SPX to meet with his comics making family, including a special appearance from one of SOLRAD's own!

See What Sticks: Rob Clough on NOW #4 from Fantagraphics

Today on SOLRAD, Rob Clough continues his examination of the NOW anthology series from Fantagraphics by examining the departure from safer fare of issue number four.

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #45

The titular pants are coming off in today's steaming edition of Matt MacFarland's Dark Pants on SOLRAD Presents.

Still I Feel You Are Real: Hagai Palevsky reviews BABY ROSE MARIE SINGS “COME OUT, COME OUT” by Jenna Cha

Today on SOLRAD, Hagai Palevsky returns with a review of BABY ROSE MARIE SINGS "COME OUT, COME OUT" by Jenna Cha

Making Changes But Remaining The Same

Our Editor-In-Chief, Daniel Elkin, is taking over Publishing duties at SOLRAD? What madness is this?

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: September 14 – 20

Oola the cat prepares her manifesto for the French Resistance, meanwhile Karl C. Krumpholz takes a walk through his neighborhood, in the Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

COMICS GRIDLOCK 9/28: Comics Are When Two Girls Kiss

Today on SOLRAD, Helen Chazan is back with her capsule review column, COMICS GRIDLOCK.

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #44

And if you thought the snake blood thing wasn't bad enough, now's your chance to check out the latest page of DARK PANTS from Matt MacFarland!

A Dirge: Tom Shapira reviews THE LAST AMERICAN

Today on SOLRAD, Tom Shapira returns with a review of THE LAST AMERICAN written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, drawn by Mick McMahon.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: September 7 – 13

Life continues for Karl, Kelly, and Oola, despite a week marred by death, in Karl C. Krumpholz's Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #43

Come drink some snake blood with us in this week's Dark Pants from Matt MacFarland on SOLRAD Presents.

Our Latest Book: I Thought You Loved Me by MariNaomi — Now on Crowdfundr

Announcing our latest book, MariNaomi's I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME, which is now available for preorder on Crowdfundr!

Drawing What She Can’t Understand: Kevin Brown reviews PARENTHESIS by Élodie Durand

Today on SOLRAD, Kevin Brown reviews PARENTHESIS by Élodie Durand (translated by Edward Gauvin), published by Top Shelf in2021 (originally 2010 in French).

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: August 31 – September 6

Oola and reminiscing in this week's THE LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CITY from Karl C. Krumpholz, brought to you by SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #42

Things are about to get freaky in this week's page of DARK PANTS by Matt MacFarland...

Witnessing, Learning, Chronicling, and Drawing — Tynan Stewart reviews RADICAL: MY YEAR WITH A SOCIALIST SENATOR by Sofia Warren

Today on SOLRAD, Tynan Stewart reviews RADICAL: MY YEAR WITH A SOCIALIST SENATOR by Sofia Warren, published by Top Shelf in 2022

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: August 24 – 30

Karl C. Krumpholz shares some views of his neighborhood, Oola the cat helps out the French Resistance, and more in this week's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants #41

Put on your shadiest trousers, it's time for Matt MacFarland's Dark Pants to return to SOLRAD Presents after its brief hiatus!

Dealing with the Devil: Grendel Omnibus, Vol. 1

Today for your reading pleasure, Hagai Palevsky brings SOLRAD a review of the Grendel: Hunter Rose anthology, recently reprinted by Dark Horse.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: August 17 – 23

Karl shares his trip to Minneapolis for Autoptic Fest, in this week's collection of THE LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CITY - enjoy!

SOLRAD Presents: Dark Pants Recap

Ahead of its return with fresh pages, we thought a recap of the last few pages of Matt MacFarland's Dark Pants would be useful on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #28 – Not What I Signed Up For

In a bumper length ABRACADABRA, from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents, Presto's transportation trick turns out much more powerful than intended!

Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities: Bicycles

Take a rest from the city chaos as summer ends and get lazy with Tânia A. Cardoso and her meditations on cities, Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: August 10 – 16

Karl C. Krumpholz has been living in Denver for a while now, he reflects on the things he finds weird, and the things he likes about the city, and more in The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #103

Kricket the Cat's witchy friends help relieve some of his recent 'BLEH' feelings with some soup in today's strip from Reilly Hadden on SOLRAD Presents.

COMICS GRIDLOCK: Beyond the Valley of Comics

After a month away, we're excited to have Helen Chazan back at SOLRAD with her capsule review column, COMICS GRIDLOCK. Enjoy!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #102

Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat finds out what cool spooky stuff some old pals are up to on SOLRAD Presents today!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: August 3 – 9

In this week's collection of Karl C. Krumpholz's THE LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CITY, Oola is a wild beast, and Karl consider's Denver's black hole effect. Enjoy!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #101

BLEH! Are you as excited as Kricket for another Kricket the Cat by Reilly Hadden on SOLRAD Presents? BLEH!

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #27 – Cut Me in Half

Frown the Clown faces some of his biggest fears in Micheal Aushenker's ABRACADABRA on SOLRAD Presents this week.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #100

In the ONE HUNDREDTH edition of Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents, Kricket suffers yet more losses.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: July 27 – August 2

Karl and Kelly welcome a break in the high temperatures of summer, Oola fights for freedom, and more, in Karl C. Krumpholz's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

A Flawed Human Tries to Find Herself — Kevin Brown Reviews FLUNG OUT OF SPACE by Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer

SOLRAD regular Kevin Brown returns with a review of FLUNG OUT OF SPACE, a fictional portrait of Pat Highsmith, the renowned, complex, and controversial queer author.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #99

I'm starting to think this Bestiary photo contest might have been a scam in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

Unsettling, Alluring — Nicholas Burman Reviews George Wylesol’s 2120

Nicholas Burman takes a crack at George Wylesol's experimental choose-your-own-adventure comic 2120, published by Avery Hill in 2022.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #26 – HBO Max

At least Presto's mishaps are entertaining even without streaming services in Michael Aushenker's ABRACADABRA on SOLRAD Presents.

If Two Heads Are Better, Do Four Double the Quality? A Review of TWO HEADS by Uta Frith, Chris Frith, Alex Frith, and Daniel Locke

Kevin Brown returns to SOLRAD with a review of TWO HEADS: A GRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF HOW OUR BRAINS WORK WITH OTHER BRAINS by Uta Frith, Chris Frith, Alex Frith, and Daniel Locke. Published by Scribner.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: July 20 – 26

Karl C. Krumpholz seeks out landlocked Denver's small bodies of water as respite from the intense July heat in The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #98

Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat is all alone, will you join him on SOLRAD Presents and hear about his struggles?

Books in Bites 23: You Bring Your Own Sandwich To The Picnic

Daniel Elkin is back at SOLRAD with Books in Bites, his capsule review column. This week features books from Matthew Daley, Sas Milledge, and Suehiro Maruo.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #25 – What Song

The Magnificent Presto needs a musical education in this week's ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #97

Can you help Kricket with this whole 'rent' situation? Things get real in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities: Bicycles

In this month's Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities, Tânia A. Cardoso shows her growing appreciation of bikes now that she lives in The Netherlands.

Far And Wide: Rob Clough Reviews NOW #3

Rob Clough is working through every single edition of NOW, the latest anthology project edited and curated by Eric Reynolds. Here's #3!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: July 13 – 19

In this week's Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Present, Karl C. Krumpholz takes us on a dreamy, literary journey of seas, rivers, and lighthouses.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #96

Kricket the Cat's financial woes continue to catch up with him in this new edition of Reilly Hadden's strip on SOLRAD Presents!

Predation, Protection, Contracts, & Contact: Isabelle Ryan Reviews LET’S GO KARAOKE! by Yama Wayama

Isabelle Ryan returns to SOLRAD with a review of Yama Wayama's LET'S GO KARAOKE!, published by Yen Press in 2022.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #24 – Mandrake

Presto shares his absurdly lofty ambitions with Frown the Clown in today's ABRACADABARA strip from Micheal Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents.

Will I Thaw Out In The Spring? — Alex Hoffman Reviews THIS IS HOW I DISAPPEAR by Mirion Malle

Alex Hoffman takes a highly personal look at Mirion Malle's THIS IS HOW I DISAPPEAR, published in 2021 by D&Q. TW: depression, suicidal ideation.

Rebuilding Connections at the Montréal Comic Arts Festival

The convention scene is bouncing back this year, and SOLRAD correspondent Pietro Scarnera files this report of the Montréal Comic Art Festival, which was held at the end of May this year.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: July 6 – July 12

The Lighthouse in The City is a daily comic from Karl Christian Krumpholz (30 Miles of Crazy!, The City Was Never Going to Let Go, One Minute to Wonderland) that began at the start of 2020 to document his wife’s then-upcoming surgery and recovery. The comic continued as issues of social isolation in society became forefront in everyone’s minds. The title comes...

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #95

Another stumbling block for Kricket the Cat and his Stegahorsus photograph in today's strip from Reilly Hadden and SOLRAD Present!

Trails of Suffering: Kevin Brown Reviews THE WAITING by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Kevin Brown returns to SOLRAD with a review of Keum Suk Gendry-Kim's THE WAITING, published in 2021 by Drawn & Quarterly and translated by Janet Hong.

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 8

In the final part of #16 of Andrew Neal's Meeting Comics on SOLRAD Presents, our heroes are presented with some exciting opportunities!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #94

Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat finally delivers delicious payment to Old Man Catfish on SOLRAD Presents today!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in The City: June 29 – July 5

This week's set of LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CITY comics from Karl C. Krumpholz include Kelly's father's funeral, and those brief moments of solitude in the darkness.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #93

It's SANDWICH time for Kricket and Louise at the Bird-House in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #23 – See

Frown the Clown makes a preposterous suggestion to Presto in today's ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 7

Meeting Comics is a soap opera gag comic created by Andrew Neal. He posts three new comics online every week, and self-publishes a print issue every two months. A collection of the first six issues was published by AdHouse Books. The comics being posted on Solrad begin with issue 7, immediately following the book collection from...

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #92

Kricket finds a beautiful surprise in the Bird-Home in Kricket the Cat from Reilly Hadden and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse In The City – June 22 – 28

Karl C. Krumpholz heads explores Toronto while attending TCAF in this week's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #91

Inside the bird-house, Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat discovers what they came for, read on SOLRAD Presents now!

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 6

The truth comes out and the kids are getting up to things you won't believe in the alley in today's Meeting Comics from Andrew Neal & SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #90

Enter that bird's bird home and meet his bird family with Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities: Layers

Tânia A. Cardoso takes us through the layers of Amsterdam in the latest of her explorations of urban spaces in comics on SOLRAD Presents!

Books In Bites 22: The Return of Books In Bites

SOLRAD's EIC jumps back into the reviewing game with his old capsule review column, resurrected from his previous website YOUR CHICKEN ENEMY - welcome back to the Book Bites!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse In The City – June 15 – 21

Karl remembers his uncle and Oola finds a new game in this week's The Lighthouse in the City from Karl C. Krumpholz & SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #89

That bird's 'pweeps' begin to reveal some secrets to Kricket & Louise in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

Art Spiegelman’s MAUS: Canon, Appropriation, Transgressions, and the Red Room

In this wide-ranging essay, SOLRAD's publisher Alex Hoffman discusses the different aspects of Maus and comic's love-hate relationship with transgression (often for transgression's sake).

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #22 – Starved

Things are hard for a magician in this economy! Read about Presto's struggles in ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 5

Corporate shenanigans continue, and get sexy, in this week's Meeting Comics from Andrew Neal and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #88

What's that bird talking about? Kricket and Louise have no idea in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents!

COMICS GRIDLOCK 6/22/22: PUBLIC TRANSIT

Today we feature the fourth installment of COMICS GRIDLOCK - Helen Chazan's capsule review column at SOLRAD - this time it's reviews of manga paperbacks Helen has read while waiting for something.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse In The City – June 8 – 14

Another week passes for Karl C. Krumpholz including a daring escape from Oola the cat in The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #87

Louise has really been carrying Kricket recently in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

Bigger Than Any of These Words: Adam De Souza’s ISH and the Semiosis of Broken Vessels

Today on SOLRAD, Hagai Palevsky returns with a look at ISH by Adam De Souza, the limitations of language, and processing grief

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #21 – Quarter

Presto's magic tricks get him in trouble once again in ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 4

There's all kinds of corporate meddling going on in this week's edition of Andrew Neal's Meeting Comics on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #86

Kricket has a meltdown on the Forbidden Isle - hang in there bud, it's going to work out (probably?) in this week's KRICKET THE CAT!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse In The City – June 1 – 7

Karl and Oola have some quality time while Kelly is away in this week's The Lighthouse in the City from Karl C. Krumpholz and SOLRAD Presents!

Contours, Cartoons, and Other Abstractions (featuring Bhanu Pratap) by Tony Wei Ling

Today on SOLRAD, Tony Wei Ling returns with a masterful essay trying to understand the relationship between comics and the abstract.

Sneak Preview: GOOD PERSON TROUBLE by Noëlle Kröger

Fieldmouse Press is crowdfunding four new books, so today we offer you a sneak preview of one of them — Noëlle Kröger's Good Person Trouble, translated by Natalye Childress.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #85

Kricket reviews his options in today's KRICKET THE CAT from Reilly Hadden and SOLRAD Presents. Enjoy!

The Grotesque and The Absurd: Rob Clough Reviews NOW #2 from Fantagraphics

Today on SOLRAD, Rob Clough continues his recurring feature reviewing issues of Fantagraphics' anthology series NOW.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #20 – Overqualified

Sedona finds out that it's hard to find work, even when you're more than qualified in ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 3

This week in Andrew Neal's MEETING COMICS, we've got nudes and job offers during COVID lockdown - enjoy the latest set of pages from SOLRAD Presents!

Expanding Our Understanding: Nicholas Burman reviews ELEPHANT and PROJECTOR by Martin Vaughn-James

Today on SOLRAD, Nicholas Burman returns to review ELEPHANT and PROJECTOR by Martin Vaughn-James, recently published by New York Review Comics

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #84

Lost cameras, stolen hats, and a no-call no-show... how is Kricket ever going to get out of this mess? Check out the latest page from Reilly Hadden!

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #21

Gum on the trees and a walk in the dark, this week in Nicholas Breutzman's PILL HILL, brought to you by SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Danger Diver #90 – THE END

Today marks the end of Jef Harmatz's amazing run on DANGER DIVER. Enjoy THE END... but does it ever really end?

A Rising Star in Science Education: Rosemary Mosco talks with Patrick Kuklinski about BIRD AND MOON

Today on SOLRAD, Patrick Kuklinski talks to Rosemary Mosco about science education and her BIRD AND MOON comics

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse In The City – May 25 – 31

You know what's better than seeing the latest week of THE LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CITY? Having most of the week star Oola, the feline embodiment of chaos!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #83

The birds of Forbidden Isle really know how to ruin a perfect moment, don't they? Check out the latest page of Kricket the Cat from Reilly Hadden!

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #23

Is it me, or has Derek Van Gieson's THE LOCUST LODGE gotten a little meta? Enjoy the latest page, brought to you by SOLRAD Presents!

We’ve Launched Our Spring/Summer Season and We Need Your Help!

Fieldmouse Press has launched its latest publishing season on Crowdfundr. Alex Hoffman gives you the scoop today on SOLRAD! Help us make these books!!

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 2

Don does what he needs to do, and Dark Lord opens up Terry's marriage, it's Andrew Neal's Meeting Comics on SOLRAD Presents!

A Diversity of Voices: Kevin Brown reviews FINE: A COMIC ABOUT GENDER by Rhea Ewing

Today on SOLRAD, Kevin Brown reviews FINE: A COMIC ABOUT GENDER by Rhea Ewing, published in 2022 by Liveright Publishing.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #82

The Forbidden Isle's inhabitants get worn out in today's Kricket the Cat from Reilly Hadden and SOLRAD Presents.

Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities: The Ancestors – Part 2

Meet Athen's true urban wanderers, cats, in Tânia A. Cardoso's exploration of urban space, Wondering Wanderings, on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #20

Today's Pill Hill by Nicholas Breutzman on SOLRAD Profile comes with a reminder to show your teeth in your dating profile.

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in the City, May 18 – 24

Karl and Kelly's trip to Boston continues, before returning home to Oola the cat in The Lighthouse in the City from Karl C. Krumpholz and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #22

Who's talking about Eddie Money? Not anyone in The Locust Lodge from Derek Van Gieson and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #81

The Forbidden Isle reveals its inhabitants to Kricket and Louise in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #19 – Warmed Up

Half of the crowd gets nice and cozy for Presto in Michael Aushenker's ABRACADABRA on SOLRAD Presents today.

A Much Bigger Monkey On His Back: Keith Silva reviews TYRANNY OF THE MUSE by Eddie Wright and Dave Chisholm

Today on SOLRAD, Keith Silva returns to review TYRANNY OF THE MUSE by Eddie Wright and Dave Chisholm while quoting a former Long Island local.

SOLRAD Presents: Meeting Comics #16 – Part 1

Andrew Neal's Meeting Comics returns to SOLRAD Presents with concerns about COVID quarantine and more in #16!

The Vanguard Returns: Rob Clough on NOW 1 from Fantagraphics Books.

Today on SOLRAD, Rob Clough begins a recurring feature reviewing issues of Fantagraphics' anthology series NOW. He begins, of course, at the beginning.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #81

So that's why they call it the Forbidden Isle! It's another Kricket the Cat strip from Reilly Hadden and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #19

Experience the trials of modern dating as a single father, as a new chapter of Nicholas Breutzman's Pill Hill begins on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Danger Diver #87 – Scale

Jef Harmatz's Danger Diver teaches us about the Squid Scale and the origin of the famous phrase 'the keg is beefy squid of heaviness' on SOLRAD Presents today!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in the City, May 11 – 17

Karl and Kelly head to Boston, but will Oola be all right on her own? It's The Lighthouse in the City from Karl C. Krumpholz and SOLRAD Presents!

A Decade Later: Isabelle Ryan Reviews RANDOM TRIALS by Dean Beattie

Today on SOLRAD, Isabella Ryan returns with a look at Dean Beattie’s as-yet-unfinished comic book RANDOM TRIALS

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #80

Louise blushes as she makes a lovely new feathery friend in Reilly Hadden's Kricket The Cat on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #21

Publication arrangements are made and specialist cocktails are discussed in The Locust Lodge by Derek Van Gieson on SOLRAD Presents today!

Comics Gridlock 5/23/22: NORMAL, HEALTHY DESIRES

Today on SOLRAD, it's the third installment of COMICS GRIDLOCK - Helen Chazan's capsule review column at SOLRAD - this time it's a journey through various forms of what we might call pulp

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #18 – Run For Office

Michael Aushenker's ABRACADABRA gets political as the clown's career prospects are mapped out on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #79

Old Man Catfish drives a hard bargain for his "hard" work, this week in KRICKET THE CAT from Reilly Hadden!

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #18

Story ideas are not coming together despite a detailed spreadsheet in Nicholas Breutzman's Pill Hill.

SOLRAD Presents: Danger Diver #86 – Core

Come with Danger Diver into the depths and get to the core of all things fishy, from your friends Jef Harmatz and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in the City, May 4 – 10

Why can't Karl just like chillax, man? It's another week of Karl C. Krumpholz's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #78

Old Man Catfish is no help to Kricket and Louise on their quest in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #20

The Locust Lodge is a supernatural/horror/noir centered on the exploits of special agent Bert Arne, a character previously featured in Eel Mansions (Uncivilized Books).Derek Van Gieson’s comics can be found on his website, and on his Instagram account (@derek_vangieson). Eel Mansions can be purchased from its publisher, Uncivilized Books. SOLRAD is made possible by the...

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #17 – Still Talking Magic

Presto and Harry The Spectacular reunite for another magical edition of ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents!

Get In the Zone: Ed Haynes Reviews ENTER THE BLUE By Dave Chisholm

SOLRAD's Assistant Publisher Ed Haynes has a new review of Dave Chisholm's jazz comic ENTER THE BLUE, published by Z2 comics in 2021.

A Bit of Light Before the Dark: Kevin Brown Reviews Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto and Ann Xu

Kevin Brown has a new review for us this week, of Hiromi Goto and Ann Xu's SHADOW LIFE, published in 2021 by First Second.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #77

Are there any sandwich shops in the middle of the ocean? Our heroes face a dilemma in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

That Darn Cat: Patrick Kuklinski Explores The Warriors, from Tokyopop to Fanfiction

Patrick Kuklinski takes us back into the internet of fandom with an overview of The Warriors comics, both official and fan-made, in his latest essay. Enjoy!

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #17

A pensive chapter of Nicholas Brutzman's Pill Hill on SOLRAD Presents, as our hero recalls tragic events he's witnessed.

SOLRAD Presents: Danger Diver #85 – Perspectives

Our friend the Danger Diver shifts perspectives as he takes us through his undersea journey from Jef Harmatz and SOLRAD Presents

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in the City, April 27 – May

We join Karl C. Krumpholz for another week of reflective diary comics in The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #76

A very reasonable amount of sandwiches is requested in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

“A poem naturally wants to become a comic” — Nhatt Nichols Interviews Tomás Cisternas and Stefan Lorenzutti

Nhatt Nichols steps back to SOLRAD with a conversation between Tomás Cisternas, a celebrated Chilean comics poet, and Stefan Lorenzutti, the publisher of Bored Wolves, a comics poetry micropress in Poland.

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #19

A misleading casting reaches its tipping point in Derek Van Gieson's The Locust Lodge on SOLRAD Presents this week.

From the Publisher: A Fundraising Plea

Please help us continue to run SOLRAD by partnering with us financially! We need your help to keep going.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #16 – Sorry Boss

Michael Aushenker's magicians face off in a battle of assistants in a special full-color edition of ABRACADABRA on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #75

Old Man Catfish always seems to have the answers, let's see where they lead in Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents!

Towle’s Follies: The Life and Times of a Gentleman Cartoonist and Educator

Craig Fischer returns to SOLRAD with a life and career-spanning interview with cartoonist and teacher Ben Towle. Enjoy!

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #16

Nicholas Breutzman's Pill Hill confronts us with an impossible question: How do you write a detective story with no knowledge of crime? Will any answers be revealed? Find out on SOLRAD presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in the City, April 20 – 26

Karl C. Krumpholz reflects on memories and gratitude in this week's The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #74

Now twice weekly on SOLRAD Presents, Reilly Hadden's Kricket The Cat sees a bird taking some lovely photographs!

“Is that not Cool with Your God?” Amaris Ketcham & Nora Hickey Review RAVE by Jessica Campbell

New to SOLRAD, Amaris Ketcham & Nora Hickey bring us their first review, of RAVE by Jessica Campbell, published by Drawn & Quarterly.

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #18

At Burger Fortress, the burgers use all parts of the animal, even the eyes. Come try one in this week's The Locust Lodge from Derek Van Gieson and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #15 – Take This Outside

Welcome to ABRACADABRA!, a struggling magic club operated by The Great Presto — Join this down-and-out magician, his lovely assistant Sedona, his opening act Frown the Clown, his rabbit Sniffles and more for all kinds of assorted nonsense! A new workplace comedy from the cartoonist who brought you PELICAN BASTARDS! SOLRAD is made possible by...

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #73

At least the giant frog didn't eat the camera! It's Kricket the Cat by Reilly Hadden back on SOLRAD Presents!

Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities: The Ancestors – Part 1

Tânia A. Cardoso returns to Athens to walk through times lived in past and present in Wondering Wanderings, Wandering Cities on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #15

Nicholas Bruetzman's Pill Hill takes a melancholy turn on SOLRAD Presents this week as Henry misses his mother.

SOLRAD Presents: Danger Diver #84 – Pearls

Satisfy your oyster cravings and get a cute treat with our pal Danger Diver from Jef Harmatz and SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in the City, April 13 – 19

Karl C. Krumpholz takes a musical journey with thoughts on fame and the pressures of life in The Lighthouse in the City on SOLRAD Presents.

Being in Love is Expensive: Anneli Furmark’s WALK ME TO THE CORNER

Kevin Brown returns to SOLRAD with a review of Anneli Furmark's WALK ME TO THE CORNER, published in English by Drawn & Quarterly.

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #17

Do you think the coffee at Burger Fortress IV is any good? Maybe we will find out in Derek Van Gieson's The Locust Lodge on SOLRAD Presents!

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #14 – Feed

These costs really have to be thought about for a magician like Presto! It's ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #72

Hopefully Kricket got his shot before he got that shock! Read Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat on SOLRAD Presents.

Welcome to Celestia – An Interview with Manuele Fior

Today on SOLRAD, we welcome new contributor Pietro Scarnera who talks to Manuele Fior about his book Celestia, published by Fantagraphics.

SOLRAD Presents: Pill Hill #14

Nicholas Breutzman teaches us the risks of using a snake as a belt in this installment of Pill Hill on SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Danger Diver #83 – Eggs

As the ocean is overflows with eggs, our pal Danger Diver helps us makes sense of the varieties in a new page from Jef Harmatz and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: The Locust Lodge #16

A very important question gets rudely interrupted in Derek Van Gieson's The Locust Lodge on SOLRAD Presents.

Comics Gridlock 4/22: BELATED VISIBILITY

Welcome to the second installment of COMICS GRIDLOCK - Helen Chazan's capsule review column at SOLRAD - today's focus is on the work of a selection of Trans cartoonists

SOLRAD Presents: The Lighthouse in the City, April 6 – 12

It's a week of boosts as Karl and Kelly get their top-up vaccines, Karl discovers his local stardom, and Oola gets the zoomies in The Lighthouse in the City from Karl C Krumpholz and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: ABRACADABRA! #13 – Disappear

A very specific trick will get you a great discount! Learn how in ABRACADABRA from Michael Aushenker and SOLRAD Presents.

SOLRAD Presents: Kricket the Cat #71

Reilly Hadden's Kricket the Cat embarks on an adventure to capture photographs of the creatures of Moonrock! What has he discovered today? Find out on SOLRAD Presents!