Friday Barnes, Girl Detective

Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt is an amusing blend of boarding school antics and mystery-solving. Friday, as the overlooked daughter of supersmart academics having to find her own way, reminded me a bit of Meg, from A Wrinkle in Time. Only instead of science fiction, this series is based in detection, starring a pint-size Sherlock. Friday “largely raised herself” and “found it was best to go unnoticed as much as possible.” She reads widely, including detective fiction, and […]

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Diamond’s How to Draw Month Makes Books on Creating Comics Available

This month’s Diamond Previews catalog, used by comic shops and their customers to determine what to buy in the comic months, has the theme “How to Draw” to “pay tribute to the DIY spirit”. That means a number of publishers are reoffering books about making comics. Here are some I recommend you should be aware of, complete with this month’s ordering codes. The DC Comics Guides to Creating Comics — Writing (JAN16 1915), Pencilling (JAN16 1916), Inking (JAN16 1917), Coloring […]

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The Baker Street Peculiars: Exclusive Preview

Coming out in March is a new miniseries written by the talented Roger Langridge (Abigail and the Snowman) that takes on a particular interest of mine: the world of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated by Andy Hirsch (Adventure Time), The Baker Street Peculiars has the premise that Holmes is a sham. (So not for those humorless Sherlockians!) He’s been written all this time by Mrs. Hudson, using the pen name of John Watson (because, of course, male writers are treated better — […]

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Shuriken and Pleats Volume 1

The concept of Shuriken and Pleats — schoolgirl ninja — is short but interesting. Sadly, the execution is slow and obvious. Author Hino Matsuri is best known for the popular Vampire Knight series, which I don’t remember being this patchy in plotting. The young female ninja is Mikage, whose older master wants to adopt her and take her back to Japan with him. There, she plans to enroll in school, but she quickly finds herself protecting a younger man, part […]

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Congratulations, NBM, on 40 Years!

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, independent and Eurocomix publisher NBM has unveiled a new logo, shown here. They’ve changed their name from “NBM Publishing” to “NBM Graphic Novels”, reflecting their speciality, and dissolved their ComicsLit imprint, moving the titles to the main brand. The adult graphic novel imprint, Eurotica, will remain independent and separate. From the press release, in which NBM Publisher and founder Terry Nantier discusses the changes, “After many milestones over these decades helping to open up the […]

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Case Study of an Indy Comic: Mixtape Space Goat Reprints Cancelled

I’ve been covering Mixtape, the slice-of-life indy comic written by Brad Abraham with art by Gervasio and Jok, for four years now. The first issue came out in April 2012 from Ardden Entertainment. As I said then, It’s the story of a group of friends, about to be high school seniors, and the choices they make. … The title emphasizes how important music is to these kids. This is soap opera from the nostalgic perspective of the older and wiser, […]

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The Imitation Game Comes to Print from Abrams ComicArts

A year and a half ago, Jim Ottaviani’s newest graphic novel was published online at Tor.com. It’s The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded, illustrated by Leland Purvis, and now it’s coming to print from Abrams ComicArts. The “historically accurate graphic novel biography” covers Turing’s work on cryptography and artificial intelligence and the struggles of his personal life. The full-color hardcover will be available March 23, 2016, at $24.95. It can be ordered now from your local comic shop with Diamond […]

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You Are Not Owed Pre-Orders Because You’ve Been Around Before

Do most readers know who the Badger is? With help from Wikipedia and the GCD, I found out that the superhero was first published in 1983 by the short-lived Capital Comics company. Later, his series ran 66 issues from First Comics, ending in 1991, with revival attempts at Dark Horse (1994), Image (1997), and IDW (2007). This is a lot of publishers for a character I can tell you nothing about. According to the Wikipedia character bio, Norbert Sykes was […]

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