Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

Jellaby: Monster in the City

It’s taken me almost two years to talk about Jellaby: Monster in the City, the followup to Jellaby: The Lost Monster, because I found it such a weird change of pace. When we left Portia, Jason, and the purple monster named Jellaby, they were heading to the big city to find out more about Jellaby’s origins. Those questions aren’t answered here, making for disappointment for readers who waited in the hopes of finding out more. Of course, there’s an argument […]

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Hipster! Comic-Strip Dispatches From Brooklyn, NY

Greg Farrell, author of On the Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC’s Strand Bookstore, is back with Hipster! Comic-Strip Dispatches From Brooklyn, NY. It’s a collection of autobio comics covering life as described by the title. I found it horrid. Not because of the style or author, but because of the subject matter. If you want to be convinced of why you should never live in New York City, or if you’ve left and want confirmation you […]

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Dark Beach #1

Dark Beach is a sci-fi noir. While it makes a couple of mistakes common to startup indy comics, it’s well-drawn enough for me to suggest you check out the preview pages (at the link above) if you’re curious. It’s the story of Gordo, a drug addict who takes crime scene photos to buy drugs, in a world where the only sun is artificial. He stumbles across a murder victim and gets her stuck in his head. When he sets out […]

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Secret Smithsonian Adventures: The Wrong Wrights

I fully support the idea of educational comics, but it takes a high level of skill to do them right. The instructional material can’t take over the enjoyment of reading, or they wind up dry, boring, and overly didactic. I feared that the new Smithsonian Books line of graphic novels risked falling into the latter trap, but I was pleasantly surprised at how entertained I was by some of the unusual choices they made in telling this story of the […]

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The Black Feather Falls

Ellen Lindner gives us a spunky adventuress, globe-trotting and clue-hunting, in The Black Feather Falls, a 1920s London-set mystery. Tina Swift has come to England from the States, and she’s working as a shopgirl. One morning, she sees the police discover a body, a man beaten to death on the streets. She finds a black feather that they refuse to consider as evidence, which sends her on her own quest to find out what happened. Tina starts by trying to […]

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Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers

Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers, edited by Hazel Newlevant, is dedicated to capturing the experiences of female gamers, whether engaged in video games or tabletop role-playing. As with any anthology, the quality here varies widely, but even as a non-gamer, I found a number of thought-provoking concepts presented, most revolving around the idea of using imagination to reinvent oneself, of fantasy as a valuable tool for change or discovery. Molly Ostertag’s opening piece perfectly captures this idea, in […]

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Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #1

When I first heard of Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises, I thought it wasn’t for me. I have no interest in kung fu movies or nostalgia for same. But they’re doing something with this series that so far, I like (and thanks to the Free Comic Book Day sampler for the chance to try it). That approach is waking a frozen Bruce Lee in today (well, 2012, for some reason), so he’s got a lot of culture clash to figure […]

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Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie

Although the most widely read English author in the world during her lifetime (and according to Doctor Who, “the most popular writer of all time”), it has been 40 years since Agatha Christie passed away, so her life and the stunning extent of her career may no longer be as well known to today’s mystery fans. Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, a graphic novel biography, should change that. Although I’ve read all of her novels and a good […]

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