Current Issue
Vol. 5 No. 4 — October 2015
Special Focus: The Edge of Difference in Comics and Graphic Novels
Guest Editor: Tom Foster

Out from the Underground
   by Susan Simensky Bietila

Gender, Trauma, and Speculation
in Moto Hagio’s The Heart of Thomas
   by Regina Yung Lee

Fan Culture and Non-Compliance
   by Taylor Boulware

Grandmother Magma
Trying On Sex: Tits & Clits Comix
   by Roberta Gregory
Jennifer’s Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl, Vol. 1,
by Jennifer Cruté
   reviewed by S. Qiouyi Lu

Ava’s Demon, by Michelle Czajkowski
   reviewed by Jamie Kingston

Supreme: Blue Rose, by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay
   reviewed by Cynthia Ward

The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore
   reviewed by Karen Burnham

Ms. Marvel, Volumes 1/2/3,
created by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
   reviewed by Tili Solokov
Featured Artist
Carla Speed McNeil

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

A decade into the 21st century, the world of books, the world of the arts, the world of criticism have all been caught up in violent, unpredictable change. A large part of this change has been unleashed by a continual stream of technological innovations that impact our daily lives and even our personal as well as professional relationships. Technology is changing how we read and what we read, is challenging the very forms and genres in which we write, and is making criticism and reflection more valuable and necessary than it's ever been.

Despite the many and continual changes reshaping the world of books and the arts, one factor remains constant: work by women writers is always assigned a marginal status in critical venues (except, of course, in venues that focus exclusively on work by women writers).

The CSZ aims to treat work by women as vital and central rather than marginal. What we see, what we talk about, and how we talk about it matters. Seeing, recognizing, and understanding is what makes the world we live in. And the world we live in is, itself, a sort of subduction zone writ large.

“Since its launch in 2011 The Cascadia Subduction Zone has emerged as one of the best critical journals the field has to offer.”
  Jonathan McCalmont, February 18, 2013, Hugo Ballot Nomination


Finder; Third World, Carla Speed McNeil