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Oliver Sava

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Chicago, IL, United States

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  • Chicago Reader
  • VICE

Recent articles by Oliver:

The Contradictions hitchhikes toward self-discovery in early adulthood

In The Contradictions (Drawn & Quarterly), Sophie Yanow offers a fictionalized memoir recounting her experience hitchhiking with Zena, a shoplifting vegan anarchist she meets while studying abroad in Paris. → Read More

Hellboy faces off against The Seven Wives Club in this exclusive preview

This exclusive look at Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club comic finds writer Mike Mignola and artist Adam Hughes sending the big red guy to investigate a murder. → Read More

Exclusive: Alison Bechdel shares the cover for new memoir The Secret To Superhuman Strength

In her new memoir, Fun Home's Alison Bechdel digs into her fascination with fitness fads. → Read More

Earth has six days to survive in this exclusive preview of TKO’s The Pull

After a summer largely devoid of big-screen action blockbusters, there’s a hunger for stories that deliver large-scale spectacle with world-shattering stakes. Comic books are here to fill the void, and TKO Studios’ upcoming The Pull tells an exhilarating tale of a future Earth on the verge of annihilation and the superpowered soldiers who have six days to stop it. Written by Steve Orlando with… → Read More

Batman: Three Jokers is a jumbled mess that borders on parody

There are other ways to use the superhero genre and comic-book medium than grimdark brood-fests on a nine-panel grid. → Read More

Hulu's M.O.D.O.K. showrunners jump to comics in this Head Games exclusive

For decades, M.O.D.O.K. has been one of the biggest jokes in superhero comics, a supervillain whose ridiculous design makes it very hard to take him seriously. But M.O.D.O.K.’s giant head is floating into the spotlight in a big way, taking a central role in the new Marvel’s Avengers video game and headlining the upcoming Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Hulu animated series. The cartoon’s showrunners, Jordan… → Read More

TMNT: From The Ashes brings together a grieving family with tenderness and charm

Sophie Campbell's story brings the grieving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles together with tenderness and charm. → Read More

Comic review: A Map To The Sun is a stunning coming-of-age story

It's right there on the cover: You don’t even have to open this book to know that it’s something different—and special. → Read More

Empyre’s big spectacle can’t overcome a tired, regressive premise

There’s a long history of ethnic stereotypes in comics, and it’s disappointing to see Empyre’s back-to-basics storytelling tap into one of the worst aspects of classic superhero books. → Read More

920London explores young queer love in the ’00s emo scene

The graphic novel marks a significant step forward in Remy Boydell’s evolution as a visual storyteller. → Read More

This Dungeon Critters exclusive puts an adorable spin on dungeon crawling

With the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons over the last few years, comics has seen a rise in dungeon-crawling fantasy stories that offer fresh takes on the conventions of role-playing games. First Second has already seen huge success with its graphic novel adaptations of the RPG podcast, The Adventure Zone, and on September 29, the publisher releases Dungeon Critters, offering a kid-friendly… → Read More

Superman Smashes The Klan explores history through a superhero lens

Our comic writers dive into the new graphic novel to explore how superheroes can be used to illuminate the past for modern readers. → Read More

Lucy Knisley showcases Instagram's creative potential in comics

There's a growing group of cartoonists taking advantage of Instagram to distribute new content and build connections with readers. → Read More

How did mobile app Webtoon become a global comics juggernaut?

The app has over ten million daily users and 100 billion views annually, a juggernaut that’s somehow not the topic of every comic-industry conversation. → Read More

When Drag Race cuts out Sherry Pie, it’s omitting much more

Sherry Pie’s disqualification throws off the balance of season 12 by removing a crucial part of the narrative, and there’s always going to be some cognitive dissonance when Sherry Pie ends up in the top without any support from the editing. → Read More

The comics industry is in serious danger. What can save it?

As we near the end of the first month without new comics, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about how the industry is going to recover and what it will look like after this crisis ends. → Read More

Brubaker and Martín surprise-launch a new series in this Friday first look

Inspired by YA novels of the ’60s and ’70s, Friday explores what happens when teenage investigators start entering adulthood and leave behind their old lifestyle. → Read More

Batman: The Adventures Continue expands the mythos of the classic ’90s cartoon

Given that the comic isn’t restricted by children’s TV standards and practices, this series could be going to some very dark places. → Read More

7 new graphic novels to get you through the coronavirus crisis

From Marvel's Black Widow to a hard-hitting memoir, these noteworthy books spotlight different corners of the medium. → Read More

Food exposes a family’s past joy and present despair in Umma’s Table

Umma’s Table is a heavy read, but it’s also a valuable story for a time when people are stuck inside, showcasing the emotional nourishment that comes from home cooking. → Read More