Raina Telgemeier’s Baby-Sitters Club Returns in Color

Out this week is a reissue of The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea, this time in full color. If you’re wondering why, a key clue is the top line of the book’s cover: “A graphic novel from the bestselling author of Smile, Raina Telgemeier”. The author of the original story, Ann M. Martin, has swapped places with her. Before, the idea was to move a beloved series of children’s novels to a new format; now, Raina is the hottest thing […]

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Drinking at the Movies Returns From Koyama Press

Julia Wertz’s Drinking at the Movies revitalized the graphic memoir genre for me when it came out in 2010 from Three Rivers Press, a paperback imprint of Random House. However, it’s now out of print from them, to be republished by Koyama Press, who put out Wertz’s followup, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories. The new edition of Drinking at the Movies will be out in November for $15. They’re promising “brand new material from Wertz” and, as you can […]

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Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season

Courtesy of Warner Archive comes Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season on Blu-ray. Two discs hold 26 episodes each for a total of 52, which make for almost 10 hours of fast-paced, colorful entertainment. Each episode, sans credits, is only a bit over ten minutes, which keeps things moving quickly. That suits well the daily life aspect of the show. As Warner describes the series, What happens after everyone’s favorite teenage super heroes have saved the planet from total […]

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Valiant Brings Back Tie-In Purchases, a Comic Code Concern, With Book of Death

Valiant has announced that their big summer push will be titled Book of Death, an “epic, four-part event revealing the future fates of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, and more in July”. Along with this miniseries, they’re offering the four-issue Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer — but only as a “retailer-incentive companion series”. That means you can only buy certain amounts, based on how many issues you’ve ordered of the main series. It’s an obvious incentive strategy that seems […]

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The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy

Depending on who’s behind them, non-fiction comics can be fascinating and educational, or didactic and boring. Thankfully, The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy falls firmly into the first category. I attribute that to the crediting of Kevin Cannon as both artist and co-writer. It’s clear that a visual presentation of the material has been kept in mind throughout. The other co-writer, Michael F. Patton, brings the subject matter, since he’s a philosophy professor. As demonstrated by the cover, the metaphor throughout […]

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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula

The unique conceits of Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson make a charming fairy tale for all ages, although I suspect adults will better identify with Decomposia’s struggles. Although a princess, she’s overworked. Her father stays in bed all day and has left all the work of running the kingdom to her, although he won’t recognize her contributions and effort. He’s also a hypochondriac and a food faddist, which means they can’t keep a chef. That’s important, because […]

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Nutmeg Volume 1: Early Fall: Taste Buddies

It’s not too late to preorder the first collection of Nutmeg by James F. Wright and Jackie Crofts. Early Fall: Taste Buddies collects the first three issues of the series for $11.99. It’ll be out at the end of June from Action Lab. Poppy and Cassia, who met and schemed in the first issue, continue with their plan in the remaining issues. Turns out, though, that a nutmeg overdose can have very different effects depending on the amount and person. […]

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