Even if you're not a fan of comics, it's hard to ignore them when someone describes them to you as "wandering into someone else's dream." Those are the words of Gabriel Winslow-Yost, assistant editor at The New York Review of Books magazine, and co-editor of the new New York Review Comics series, launching March 22nd.
The idea for the series all began in 2013, when Winslow-Yost bonded with a new NYRB intern named Lucas Adams over their shared love of comics. It was not long before the two began plotting to bring beloved, hard-to-find works back to life. Born in the spirit of NYRB Classics, an imprint of the magazine that reissues out-of-print books, NYRC will publish new editions and translations of graphic novels, and collections of single-panel comics.
The two co-editors, both Tintin fans as children (Winslow-Yost remembers Tintin and the Shooting Star as the first book he ever read), have a compelling devotion to the form. "I love that with comics, you can't waste words," Adams says. "You have to pack as much imagery and story as you can into small spaces... [These stories] can't be told with the same power anywhere else."
The editors' shared love of comics is also about how wonderfully weird they can be. "It's like you've flipped open the top of someone's head, and can see all the little gears and levers, and how they fit together—or don't," Winslow-Yost says. "It's the best kind of weird: the kind of weird that invites you in and shows you things you never would have thought of."
Now, with the release of the first book in the series today, we asked the editors to share some of their insight and wonderment in the world of comics. Read on to see some of their favorite pages from the three NYRC titles out this spring, and you just might be inspired to join them in cartoon superfandom.