My Love Story!! Volume 7

It can be difficult to keep a love story going once it gets more than a handful of volumes under its belt, particularly if you (correctly, in this case) don’t want to break up the main couple. Kazune Kawahara (writer) and Aruko (artist) in this volume of My Love Story!! are exploring another possibility, which provides a valuable contrast to the happiness of Takeo and Yamato. Takeo’s best friend Sunakawa is good-looking, so he gets plenty of attention from girls. […]

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Remember the Legion of Super-Heroes? DC All Access Does

I used to be a huge fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the future teen team that was first published in 1958. When I got back into comics in the 90s, I collected all the issues… which was a lot of fun, since they ran in different titles over the decades. Heck, eventually, I even collected the editor. (After meeting at a comic convention, reader, I married him 17 years ago.) When KC Carlson left the book after issue #100 […]

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Melanie Gillman Announces Upcoming YA Queer Western Romance

Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) is one of those cartoonists whose every project I will read, because they do such beautiful work in colored pencils with such eye-opening, inspiring topics. Gillman has just announced their next book, Stage Dreams, a “queer western romance YA graphic novel with Lerner/Graphic Universe”. As they describe it, it’s “all about queer gals going on adventures (and smoochin’)!” I'm really excited to be working on a new book that's all about queer gals going […]

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Marvel and Funko Team up for Three Cartoons

I shouldn’t like the Funko characters as much as I do. They’re almost scarily designed to be perfectly cute, with the giant blank eyes and oversized heads, appealing to all those protective impulses hardcoded in our subconscious. But they are adorable, and now there are three short cartoons with the Marvel characters in Funko style. The first, “Spellbound”, features Spider-Man and Iron Man fighting Loki — and each other, due to some mind control magic. The second, “Bait n Switch”, […]

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Liberty Belle in DC Super Hero Girls

In addition to the DC Super Hero Girls graphic novels I’ve reviewed previously, I have just discovered that they also put out a digital-first comic. DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High comes out every two weeks on Wednesday, with issue #5 just out. Issues are a dollar for 22 screens. The story is by writer Shea Fontana, the same as the graphic novels, making for nice consistency. GN artist Yancey Labat illustrates the first issue before […]

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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #3

I liked the first issue of Doctor Who: The Third Doctor for its effective nostalgia, but by this point in the five-issue miniseries, I’m honestly (and pleasantly) surprised at the turns in the story. The Doctor and Jo have been taken over by nanites, although since this story is set in the 70s, they’re called “micro machines” by writer Paul Cornell. For some reason, that means both characters are inside Jo’s mind, a crazy-colored landscape that the machines are trying […]

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Tales From the Crypt Comic Back From the Dead!

I’m tempted to make a zombie joke here, since Tales From the Crypt is best known as a 1950s E.C. horror comic, one of the key exhibits in the notorious Congressional hearings about how “comics are making kids into juvenile delinquents!” You may have also heard of it due to the 1990s HBO TV series with a puppet Crypt Keeper. Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint is now releasing an all-new bi-monthly comic book, inspired by the “spirit and style” of the […]

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Planetes in Real Life?

Planetes is an exceptionally good manga series, recently reprinted by Dark Horse, about garbage collectors in space. Today, I saw this NY Times article, “Space’s Trash Collector? A Japanese Entrepreneur Wants the Job”. Sadly, this plan doesn’t involve sending people to space as interstellar garbage collectors. Instead, he plans to use a satellite to map the debris up there and then launch a glue-covered drone to grab it and burn it up during re-entry. Astroscale’s slogan is “Space Sweepers”. The […]

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