Idol Dreams Volume 3

In Idol Dreams volume 3, author Arina Tanemura spends more time with the adult Chikage, providing a nice balance to the previous volume. Chikage finally has the phone number of the guy she’s had a crush on since high school — thanks in part to her younger self. She even gets a date with him, but she’s so nervous she drags along Tokita, the guy who’s made her whole transformation possible. That’s him on the cover. Tokita, like the reader, […]

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Princess Princess Ever After Back to Print, Sold by Scholastic

Princess Princess Ever After is turning into quite the hit for Oni Press. It’s the story of two princesses (originally a webcomic) by Katie O’Neill. One is more traditional-looking, a blonde in a pretty dress. The other is dark-skinned and more adventurous, rescuing the first girl from a tower prison. Then they rescue a prince. Find out more at this Mary Sue writeup (with preview pages). It’s a fairy tale with a twist, since the two princesses fall for each […]

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Ten Count Volume 2

While Ten Count volume 1 established the characters and premise — OCD, germ-phobic guy meets a therapist who wants to help him — volume 2 remembers that it’s a yaoi manga and concludes with an explicit sex scene. Shirotani has quit coming to work, and his co-workers are concerned. Kurose, the counselor, told Shirotani that their work together is over, which sent Shirotani into a downward spiral. This volume opens with a dramatic re-meeting and some key revelations about how […]

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Amazon Continues Tweaking Review Policies to Reduce Number Allowed

A month ago, Amazon banned providing free review items (except for books). It didn’t work the way they intended. Now the same unscrupulous merchandisers trying to artificially inflate their product ratings are still giving away product, but they’re “requesting” that “reviewers” don’t include a disclaimer or disclosure that they got the item for free (which violates FTC guidelines, although the people who are shilling for free goods probably don’t care). Anyway, yesterday afternoon, Amazon top reviewers got an email that […]

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Rowan’s Ruin

You may have missed noticing this spooky little miniseries, which began in the fall of last year. Mike Carey wrote and Mike Perkins illustrated Rowan’s Ruin, the story of a house swap with deadly consequences. Katie trades her Florida apartment near her parents for a stay in Emily’s English cottage, “Rowan’s Rise”. Katie has a great time exploring the town until odd things start happening in the house. Emily’s room is locked up, which is understandable, but then power outages […]

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When Anxiety Attacks

It’s the perfect comic for our times. When Anxiety Attacks is Terian Koscik‘s autobiographical story of how and why she talks to a therapist about anxiety. This simple autobiography is straightforward and approachable, great at demystifying the condition. The thought bubble, considered an old-fashioned comic device, is perfect in this context, an elegant way to show Terian’s inner concerns while her figure is drawn engaging in everyday home activities. It really brings home how she feels, making it understandable to […]

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Small Favors to Return From Oni’s Limerence Press

I can’t think of a better pairing. Colleen Coover’s Small Favors, a lesbian porn comic about a magical shrinking fairy and the woman she befriends, will be coming back into print in April 2017 from Limerence Press, which aims to release female & LGBTQ-friendly, sex-positive erotica. They’re best-known for Oh Joy Sex Toy, which has a similarly light-hearted approach to sex as this series. Colleen Coover is better known these days for her work on the Eisner Award-winning Bandette and […]

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A Visual History of Batgirl’s Costumes

Batgirl Barbara Gordon was created 50 years ago this year, and to honor her history, here’s a rundown of not only Batgirl’s costumes, but the similar heroes Batwoman and Bat-Girl, provided by fun.com. I hadn’t realized just how many versions of her there were! Not bad for someone who exists because the 1966 TV show wanted more female characters. (For more costume histories, here are Wonder Woman, Batman, Spider-Man, The Flash, Captain America, Wolverine, and Superman.)

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