Lumberjanes #35

I wasn’t expecting to see such a well-done sporting explanation in this comic. There’s a great rundown of the basics of roller derby here, which I would have expected instead to see in Boom!’s title Slam! In the latest chapter of the series, written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh and illustrated by Carolyn Nowak, the campers have made a bet with a renegade group of sasquatches. The beasts have taken over the yetis’ tree house, and the only way […]

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Usagi Yojimbo #158-160

Stan Sakai’s samurai rabbit has been a part of comics for over 30 years, longer than a number of readers have been alive. It’s easy to take it for granted as a result, but every time I read an issue, I’m impressed by the clarity of the stories, the insight into the characters, and the accomplishment of the artistic storytelling. The most recent three issues, all stand-alone stories, cover a range of emotions, too, demonstrating the wide scope of what […]

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Riverdale #1 — Third Time’s the Charm?

At the time of this writing, we’re five episodes into the first season (13 episodes) of Riverdale, the creepy, dark take on the small town the Archie Comics characters live in. You’d expect a comic publisher to put out something to sell to customers interested by this kind of mass media exposure (although that hasn’t always worked out as planned), and Archie is working that angle on several fronts. There’s been a Road to Riverdale collection, reprinting the first issues […]

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Clothes Don’t Work That Way: When Alternative Covers Are Better

Aftershock Comics has a new title coming out April 5 called Eleanor & the Egret. It’s written (and lettered) by John Layman (Chew, Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen) and illustrated by Sam Kieth (The Maxx), and it’s about an art thief accompanied by a giant bird. Here’s the description: A slightly surreal tale of an art thief and her sidekick, a talking egret who gets just a bit bigger after each successful caper, as they embark on a escalating series of […]

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High Moon, First Zuda Contest Winner, Returns in Print

Zuda Comics is probably not remembered much these days, since it started a decade ago. It was DC Comics’ attempt at doing webcomics, launched in October 2007 and shut down in July 2010. It ran on a contest basis, where each month, a group of submissions was voted on and the winner would get paid for creating more content. The first contest winner was a horror western called High Moon by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. It featured cowboys, bounty […]

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Thom Zahler’s Next Project: Drunk Time Travel!

I’m a big fan of Thom Zahler’s work, because he’s one of the very few cartoonists creating comic book romantic comedies that work as both love stories and funny books. His best-known is Love and Capes, which follows a superhero romance with more emphasis on the characters than the heroing. I was also fond of Long Distance which, as the title suggests, explored a cute couple separated by distance who fell in love at an airport. He’s now announced his […]

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Spell on Wheels #5

The crime caper/road trip/family of witches story wraps up successfully. The three young women confront their burglar (who’s also a manipulative, jealous ex-boyfriend), but first, there’s time for a magical fashion change, because even when you’re fighting for justice, you should feel good about how you look. We find out who’s behind the plot to steal their artifacts. We knew the ex was trying to gain his own power — and how timely is a plot about a pouty white […]

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Don’t Split Hairs Over Industry-Specific Terminology

I was confused when I saw a press release from Titan Comics about continuing their Hard Case Crime comics line with three new titles. One of them was described as the following: Presenting a new vision of the worldwide bestselling Millennium novels by Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the first comic book adaptation of Lisbeth Salander’s harrowing story ever to appear in English. Wait a minute! DC Comics put out an official graphic novel adaptation in […]

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