RaveThe Comics JournalColette is responsible for creating some iconic looks including the \'Claudine Collar\' worn by the protagonist of her first novel and Goetzinger seemed to relish rendering every last swatch of fabric ... Her soft watercolor paintings and delicate pencil lines have an art nouveau touch to them. Colette often looks like a decorative model from an Alphone Mucha painting yet Goetzinger managed to always convey the real woman beneath her Parisian counter-culture style ... Page and panel design are paramount and she makes sure each and every one looks perfect and stands on its own as a little vignette. Entire events are sometimes encapsulated into one panel ... It is very much an artist’s approach to storytelling, focusing on the iconic imagery and the stunning visuals and letting them literally tell the story with some word balloons added to give some narration ... The Provocative Colette is a mature conclusion to Annie Goetzinger’s career.
RaveTCJ(Kuper) collects 14 short stories adapted into comic form, some of which were previously collected in 1995’s Give it Up! ... Usually, when adapting literary prose, comic creators are too slavish to the source material, unsure of what to cut from the sacred original text, resulting in paragraphs of narration that overpower the art. Kuper’s greatest feat here is how heroically he edits Kafka down, using just the right amount of words as captions to accompany his visuals. In being so concise, he stays true to form as a cartoonist without losing anything vital from the source material and keeping Kafka’s \'voice\' intact ... For those who have little experience with the original stories Kuper creates an accessible gateway for Kafka amateurs and a varied sampling that may surprise you and possibly expand your own definition of what constitutes something as being Kafkaesque.