Servant x Service Volume 1

Servant x Service is a 4-koma manga, a collection of four-panel comic strips. Possibly the best-known of this type in the US is Azumanga Daioh, featuring a group of girls in a school setting. Many of the genre we see published here are based around a similar premise. Servant x Service differs in that it’s a workplace comedy. The series by Karino Takatsu focuses on three new public service workers: Yamagami, whose parents gave her a ridiculous number of names […]

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Lost Property

Nobrow Press has a line they call 17×23, made up of short single-issue stories by promising UK creators. They’re beautifully designed, as is typical of Nobrow publications, giving them more heft and encouraging the readers to interact more deeply with them. A lovely package welcomes more time spent, and this one has French flaps and heavy white paper. The only one I’ve seen in person is Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi. The remembrance-based story particularly appealed to me, as did […]

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Wonder Woman Makeup Spotted at Walgreens

Wonder Woman is the basis for a new line of make-up available at Walgreens. The “exclusive Wonder Woman collection of beauty products and accessories [is] sure to bring out every woman’s inner glam goddess.” My take was that this seems (based on really bright and glittery color choices) to be aimed pretty young. Check out this nail polish display, for instance: While there’s playful appeal to the red (shown upper center), which has star-shaped glitter in it, I can’t imagine […]

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The Wicked + the Divine #19

The previous issue, The Wicked + the Divine #18, began a new storyline they’re calling “Rising Action”. It’s a more straightforward approach, where two groups of the reincarnated gods finally directly face off against each other. There’s a lot more action, and frankly, for someone not completely indoctrinated into the cult of the title, it’s a lot easier to follow. I feel horrible saying that, because I feel like it’s an indictment of my lack of willingness to participate actively […]

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A-Force #5

A superhero team book rises or falls for me on the mix of personalities (not powers), and I really like the blend put together here. The characters are well-known, but not big or central enough to handcuff the creators. (Plus, A-Force came out of an alternate universe crossover, so who cares about continuity?) She-Hulk, always a favorite, and Medusa, queen with the magic hair, battle it out for leadership. Captain Marvel is the muscle, Dazzler (of all people!) is the […]

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Space Battle Lunchtime #1

Space Battle Lunchtime is a new eight-issue miniseries from Oni that’s kind of a flagship, since it was the first project they acquired from their new open submissions process. Written and drawn by Natalie Riess, it’s the story of an Earth girl swept up into an intergalactic cooking competition. That’s a concept that will interest many readers, particularly those who love the wacky juxtaposition of everyday hipster life — Peony breaks the rules by baking her own recipe treats for […]

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Happy 30th Anniversary to Viz! Here’s a New Website

Viz Media has announced that it’s celebrating its 30th anniversary by launching a website redesign at viz.com. The actual anniversary is in July, since the company was founded in San Francisco in July 1986, so watch for more “exciting activities” promised for later this year. In the meantime, the refreshed “interactive web destination offers increased functionality, seamless interoperability and a host of easy-to-use new content features that are accessible across all platforms, including mobile devices and tablets.” Like many responsive […]

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Has a Comic Changed Your Behavior?

We’re supposed to drink a lot of water. I used to work on that by stocking my fridge with disposable water bottles, because it’s so easy to grab one. Then I read Maris Wicks’ Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean, which makes an excellent case for doing more to reuse and recycle. (Short version: our careless behavior causes climate change which is killing the coral reefs.) I stopped using those bottles and switched to a refillable plastic tumbler, […]

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