Jem: The Misfits #2

I’m late talking about this — issue #3 of the Jem: The Misfits is already out — but I keep coming back to this issue and being struck by the honesty of the struggle it portrays. The Misfits, after various schemes and shenanigans, have been dropped by their record label, so the next best option open to them (and it isn’t good) is to film a reality show. The band is staying in Pizzazz’s beach house, surrounded by cameras. The […]

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Furari May Finally Appear in June

Fanfare/Ponent Mon puts out some great, unusual manga, from an exploration of the Japanese prison system (Doing Time) to the contemplative works of Jiro Taniguchi (The Walking Man, A Distant Neighborhood). It was their publishing the works of Taniguchi that made me realize how skilled something so simple could be. Not that that describes his art style — it’s insanely detailed, as you can see from the preview pages at the publisher’s website. No, that’s a statement about how quiet […]

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This Summer, Play With Scott Pilgrim

Some may have thought that the Scott Pilgrim juggernaut was over after the movie didn’t do as well as expected, but that hasn’t stopped the announcement of a new product I’m looking forward to. This summer, publisher Oni Press is teaming up with Renegade Game Studios to release a deck-building card game, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game. (A deck-building game is one where you acquire cards during the game which you can then use to play in different ways […]

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Calexit Possibly the Most Timely Comic Coming Out

In times of stress, people often turn to entertainment to escape but also to cope. There haven’t been a lot of comics, though, tackling the struggles that come with the current political environment. Black Mask wants to change that in May with the launch of Calexit, a science fiction comic about California becoming its own country after “a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States” and “California refused to be ruled”. What if that President lost California, the sixth […]

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Clueless Comes to Comics

There are four main ways to sell corporate comics these days: legacy superheroes zombies kids’ cartoon adaptations and licensed properties, often with nostalgia attached. The latest in the last category is this: Boom! has announced that they’ll be putting out a Clueless comic book. But hey! There’s a long history of following young women’s social lives in humor comics, from Betty and Veronica to Millie the Model. Why not do something more in that genre, starting with some well-known characters, […]

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User Returns: How 2001 Online Plays Today

Back in 2001, Vertigo published a three-oversized-issue miniseries called User. Written by Devin Grayson, it was the story of Megan, an unhappy young woman who found her true self through text-based role-playing as a male knight. Megan’s everyday world was illustrated by Sean Phillips, while John Bolton did the art visualizing the fantasy. Typical of the era, going online is represented by characters flying through lines of code. There’s some cool fantasy art to represent the battles, although all the […]

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Why Isn’t There a Lego Batman Comic? Can Funko Fill the Gap?

With the success of The Lego Batman Movie — perhaps the best Batman movie, combining adventure, heroics, comedy, satisfying use of a wide range of related characters, and a knowing awareness of the diversity of the character’s history — the question has obviously been asked: Why isn’t DC putting out a Lego Batman comic? Certainly, there would be some licensing deals to negotiate, but they’ve been navigated before, with a whole month of Lego character covers in November 2014. It […]

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Dark Horse to Collect Andi Watson’s Glister

I’ve been a huge fan of Andi Watson’s work for decades now, from his gorgeous slice-of-life stories — Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day — to his sojourns in action genres — Geisha, Love Fights — to his more recent fantastic fable, Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula. One of his best fantasies, though, hasn’t been easily available in the US for a while. Glister was a series of four short graphic novels about magical things happening to a young woman […]

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