Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo draws and performs, and is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, working on place in Australian comic books.

Bernard Caleo reviews 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf and 'Underground' by Mirranda Burton

January–February 2022, no. 439 21 December 2021
Bernard Caleo reviews 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf and 'Underground' by Mirranda Burton
Editorial cartoonists gamble their all on a same-day art, their work created, read, and discarded on the day of publication. The makers of graphic novel journalism use the language of cartooning, too, but in their case it’s a marathon, not a sprint: they spend years arranging thousands of images and tens of thousands of words across hundreds of pages in order to create their books. Two new graph ... (read more)

Bernard Caleo reviews 'The Secret to Superhuman Strength' by Alison Bechdel, 'Seek You: A journey through American loneliness' by Kristen Radtke, and 'When One Person Dies the Whole World Is Over' by Mandy Ord

November 2021, no. 437 25 October 2021
What distinguishes graphic novels (aka ‘big fat comic books’) from other books is how completely the page registers movements of the maker’s hand. Before we begin the business of reading, we look, and what we see is not margin-to-margin Helvetica or Times New Roman: it’s the mark of the makers, be it Alison Bechdel or Kristen Radtke or Mandy Ord. We might even think of the making of comic ... (read more)