New Comics Unlimited Column

My new column at Comics Unlimited (click on the “Graphic Novels Worth Owning” banner) this month concentrates on the letter S, demonstrating the variety of great reads out there:

Matt Madden’s 99 Ways to Tell a Story is a fascinating exploration of the interaction of format and content, and anyone interested in the comic medium should own a copy.

Scooter Girl, by Chynna Clugston, is populated with cool people who sometimes become klutzes around those they’re in love with, all done in a hip mod setting.

Superman: Secret Identity is a gorgeous Superman story for everyone by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen.

Amy Kim Ganter debuts in print with Sorcerers & Secretaries, a charming story of a young New Yorker whose dreams of fantasy conflict with her everyday life.

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4 Responses to “New Comics Unlimited Column”

  1. Sebastian Says:

    While “Sorcerers and Secretaries” may be her debut GN, she already published her “Reman Mythology” in Studio Ironcat’s “AmeriManga” anthology (series and publisher sadly both defunct by now). I liked her style then and she’s only gotten better. IMHO S&S is one of the best titles of TP’s OEL line and one of the best comics I’ve read this year so far, overall.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for the background!

  3. James Schee Says:

    I totally agree on Scooter Girl and Superman SI.(the best Superman story I’ve ever read)

    I’ve been curious about trying Sorcerers & Secretaries, but had wondered about it since the B&N store puts it in the younger audience manga section.

    I think Madden sort of previewed a little of his 99 Ways in one of his earlier GNs. I know I’ve read it somewhere before at least.

  4. Sebastian Says:

    Don’t know about what B&N considers a “younger audience”, but that doesn’t seem quite right to me. Normally, manga and OEL manga seem to keep their characters around the same age as the intended audience, and the characters of S&S are old enough to be living on their own, working part-time and studying at university (around 18, I guess?). It can be read by younger readers as well, as it’s a very sweet and innocent story so far, but I think it’s not a children’s book at heart, more like for age 14-15 and up (it’s not a mature book, either, though).

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