The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle

Now that the book club and its characters have solved the murder of one of their own (in the first book, The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco), it’s time to see if their abilities extend to another case. In The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle, the group is reading Murder on the Orient Express, a classic Agatha Christie mystery where everyone hates the villain. Similarly, Amy-Faye and her friends tackle a case where the dead man is widely hated. Only […]

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New Bone Graphic Novel Marks 25th Anniversary

25 years after the first Bone issue, and years after the book became a kids’ graphic novel classic, Cartoon Books has announced a new Bone book. The Bone cousins and their friend Bartleby the Baby Rat Creature take a “dangerous journey across the desert back to Boneville in their rickety cow cart” in a story written and drawn by original creator Jeff Smith. Bone: Coda will also include the text of The Bone Companion by Stephen Weiner, now illustrated, as […]

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Die Kitty Die! Makes Fun of Publisher

Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent, former Archie Comics artists, teamed up for a Kickstarter at the end of last year to put out Die Kitty Die!, a parody series about a large-breasted witch whose comic publisher is trying to kill her. (Dan Parent was the driving force behind the Kevin Keller introduction, giving Archie its first out gay character, but with the publisher’s revamp, the two haven’t been doing as much work for Archie. And after this series, I expect […]

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Founding Fathers Funnies

Peter Bagge returns to historical biography. I enjoyed his Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, but Founding Fathers Funnies takes a much different approach: short tales of 5-8 pages with little respect for the subjects. Instead of focusing on historical events, the well-known milestones take background to showing famous men arguing with or sniping at each other. Bagge’s loopy, snaky lines lend themselves well to caricature. His goal is to humanize these historical figures, to demonstrate how their “big personalities… […]

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So Cute It Hurts!! Volumes 5-6

I rarely remember what’s been going on with twins Megumu and Mitsuru between volumes of So Cute It Hurts!!, but it doesn’t matter, since author Go Ikeyamada does a great job of catching us up as the various characters talk about who’s been doing what and the various relationship permutations. As volume 5 opens, Megumu has returned from her first date with tough-guy Aoi. It’s adorable young love, and predictably proceeding slowly and comfortably (complicated by Aoi’s only-in-manga condition of […]

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Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #2

Now that I’ve gotten used to the somewhat stiff art style used for the miniseries by Brian Williamson (probably under constraints to keep the likenesses as on-point as possible), I can relax and enjoy the adventure, and boy, there’s plenty of that! Writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby waste no time in explaining the plot — a crazy old lady has a way to open windows to the past with the Lamp of Chronos — and characters — Professor James […]

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No Mercy #9

The psychological horror series by Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil concludes its second arc with the most powerful issue yet. It’s also a great starting point, if you’re curious, since it’s a flashback issue focusing on a single one of the doomed teens. (If you’re looking for a more chronological starting point, the first four issues of No Mercy have been collected at a discount price.) Back in issue #6, we saw how poorly siblings Chad and Charlene […]

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The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco

As soon as I heard the premise for this first in a cozy mystery series, I knew it was for me. The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco revolves around a mystery-reading book club organized by event planner Amy-Faye Johnson. She lives in a small Colorado town, where the other club members are her best friend, Brooke, a society wife; Lola, who runs a plant nursery and mothers her younger sister; the older Maud, a web designer, hunting guide, and conspiracy […]

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