Reviews To Do

Wonder why I always feel guilty about how many good books there are out there to talk about that I haven’t had a chance to cover yet? Here’s my To Do lists:


  • Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl novel
  • Path of the Bold/Just story collections
  • Go Comi manga titles
  • Pinned!
  • Clumsy
  • Kings in Disguise
  • First Second titles
  • Girl Genius
  • Sketch
  • Cobbler’s Monster preview
  • Fragile Prophet
  • Suburban Folklore
  • Art Out of Time
  • American Way
  • American Virgin
  • Dorothy
  • Demi the Demoness
  • Wonderland
  • Wonder Woman 1
  • Alice in New York
  • Madeleine Smith
  • X-Isle
  • Mail Order Ninja
  • Tough Love

Graphic Novels

  • Age of Bronze
  • Age of Bronze: Sacrifice
  • Akiko
  • Beanworld
  • Billi 99
  • Blankets
  • Buck Godot
  • Complete Peanuts
  • Copybook Tales
  • Daydream Lullabies
  • Demo
  • A Distant Soil
  • Dork
  • Dork Tower
  • Dykes to Watch Out For
  • Eyebeam
  • From Hell
  • Finder
  • Gemma Bovery
  • Hicksville
  • Howard the Duck
  • It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken
  • Kane
  • Locas
  • Maus
  • Odds Off
  • Pulpatoon Pilgrimage
  • Rabbi’s Cat
  • Safe Area Gorazde
  • Scrooge McDuck
  • Scott Pilgrim 3
  • Shades of Gray
  • Sleaze Castle 0
  • Strugglers
  • Understanding Comics
  • Action Philosophers
  • Castle Waiting
  • Little White Mouse


  • Dramacon
  • Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga
  • Monster
  • Sensual Phrase 14
  • Nana 3
  • Skip Beat! 1
  • Aishiteruze Baby 2
  • Hana-Kimi 12

Please note, that’s not all of them, because there are three stacks I haven’t yet moved into the office. Ah, for two weeks with nothing to do but read comics…

Which are you most interested in hearing more about?

14 Responses to “Reviews To Do”

  1. Katherine F. Says:

    I’d love to hear about Rabbi’s Cat and Safe Area Gorazde.

    For your own enjoyment, I would recommend Gemma Bovery, and note that it has an unusal history, having been first serialised in the Guardian (at the rate of one or two pages a week) before being collected. Posy Simmonds’ current work, Tamara Drewe, is also being serialised in the Guardian. This strikes me as an interesting potential future path of development for graphic fiction. The Guardian has also published short graphic stories by Joe Sacco.

  2. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez Says:

    I’m looking forward to your opinions on these: First Second titles (specifically Deogratias and Lost Colony), American Way, and Demo.

  3. patrick maliksi Says:

    i like to read about CASTLE WAITING, WONDERLAND and X-ISLE….

  4. David Oakes Says:

    I seriously want to hear your opinions on “Demi” and “Godot”.

    I want to hear about “X-Isle” and AAoFB&GG just because I am too lazy to hunt them down for myself.

  5. Lyle Says:

    I’m curious about your reaction to Wonderland and Dorothy, since those are high on my own to do list, as well as Dramacon since it’s been on my to read list for some time.

  6. Kneon Transitt Says:

    Jamie Cosley’s “More Than Sparrows” from Blindwolf Studios is a *must read*.

    I blogged about it here:

  7. Craig Says:

    I’d love to read your thoughts on Wonder Woman, Billi 99 (an old favourite) and Castle Waiting.

  8. Aro Says:

    That’s quite the list! I imagine it must a little frustrating since I’m sure it grows faster than it shrinks, but on the other hand, you’ll always have something to write about.
    I’d particuarly like to know your thoughts on Scrooge McDuck, which is an old favorite of mine since I was a kid.

  9. James Schee Says:

    Hmm, some of these I’ve read your thoughts on before and know it is just a matter of you updating and bringing those over to here.

    Of those that I don’t think you’ve covered before, I’d most like to see your thoughts on:

    American Virgin – The premise of this series sounds interesting, and I’m guessing they must be close to a collection. So a review would be timely to know if I want to read it.

    Monster – I had a weird reaction to these two volumes, and I’m curious to see how you do with them.

    (a manga you don’t list, but I know you have to cover that I want to see you do so is Death Note too)

    I’d be curious to see your thoughts on

    Wonder Woman #1 – Heinberg really handled female characters well on Young Avengers, so this has me curious. (if good, it’ll hopefully last past the so far planned 6 issue run)

    Nana #3 – I just wonder if this volume focuses more on the cool, rocking Nana, than the wishy washy wimpy one.

  10. Johanna Says:

    Thanks, everyone, for your input! I’m reworking the lists to take your comments into consideration.

    Katherine, I’d read that about the serialization, and I wish more of Posy Simmonds’ work was available over here.

    David, I’m glad I have a Find feature — for a second, I was wondering why you thought I was planning to read Waiting for Godot. (Wouldn’t that make for one boring comic?)

    Kneon, given the length of that list, you think I’m looking to ADD to it? Sheesh!

    Craig, I’m so happy someone else has heard of Billi 99! It was a very nice surprise to come across it.

    Aro, yeah, I try to look on the bright side, although I hate disappointing people who do good work that I don’t talk about.

    James, glad to see someone interested in the manga!

  11. John Says:

    Regarding serializations in newspapers, Art Spiegelmans, “In the Shadow of No Towers” was serialized in the German newspaper, Die Zeit, and excerpts appeared in The Independent, and The Forward.

    Neither Safe Area Gorazde or Maus are light reading, but it’s possible they might make an interesting comparison. (I don’t know for sure, as I haven’t read the former yet. I have read Sacco’s Palestine, though.)

  12. Sean G Says:

    I do highly recommend Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, which I think is hysterical, and I do wonder what your thoughts are…

  13. James Schee Says:

    Johanna, I have to sort of wonder if part of the lack of “read the manga first!” commentary is because you listed mostly volumes of series that you’ve covered previously.

    While one like Skip Beat! I have never even heard of.

    I know that second part is why I didn’t list many of the GNs and submissions. Because those I’d heard of you’d covered before, and was usually how I heard of them. Or were thing I have no idea what they even are so I wouldn’t know whether to say “yes cover them!’ or not.

  14. Lyle Says:

    By the way, I’d second the request for Death Note, which I believed you mentioned was on your ‘to read’ list earlier.

    Having just remembered what Skip Beat! is (due to grabbing the wrong issue of Shojo Beat on my way to the doctors’ office yesterday and getting to reread the preview) I’d be curious to hear more about that one. My reaction to the preview was that it looks cute, but not compelling enough to add to my crowded reading list.




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