Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure

What a great book to read just after my most recent trip to New York City! Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure is a a wonderful romp through the big city, as Pablo, new to the area, gets lost during a school field trip to the Empire State Building. New friend Alicia tries to help the pair get back to their group. Along the way, we all learn more about the subway system and how it was built. The images […]

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Avengers Shill Razors in Digital Comic

If you want to read a new movie Avengers adventure before the film comes out in May, I’m not sure this will totally fulfill your needs, but it did answer a question I had. But I’m getting ahead of myself. To promote the Fusion ProGlide razor with FlexBall Technology, Gillette announced “four super-charged prototype razors inspired by Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor”. Here’s the video showing the “Avengers-inspired technology”: The Thor razor with micro-lightning can only be […]

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Nutmeg #1

Nutmeg, written by James F. Wright and illustrated by Jackie Crofts, ships this week from Action Lab Entertainment. I hope you’ll check it out. The publisher bills it as “Betty and Veronica” and Heathers meets Breaking Bad, while the creators describe it as a “culinary coming-of-age crime comic”. In a 1960s girls’ junior high, Cassia Caraway is new to class. She pairs up with Poppy Pepper to learn her way around, and they quickly fall foul of Saffron, the leader […]

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Watching Your Life on Stage: A Fun Home Coda

Alison Bechdel created the important and inspiring Fun Home as a look back at her father’s life and secrets. The graphic novel is now a Broadway musical (which would be amazing to see), described as featuring “Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family — her mother, brothers, and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father — that connect with her in surprising new ways. This intimate and emotional theatrical experience is performed entirely in the round… [it’s] about […]

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Shojo Manga Overtaken by Shonen?

Ed Chavez, Vertical Marketing Director, tells the truth on their Ask.fm channel when answering reader questions. One recent topic caught my eye, when someone asked Why do you think shoujo manga isn’t in demand? Isn’t Fruits Basket the best selling manga series in the US? Aren’t the majority of manga buyers female ? After acknowledging that shojo manga is popular, particularly for Viz Media, Chavez lists out some of the signs that the genre has faced a pullback: …while most […]

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Planetes Returns as Dark Horse Omnibus

Now that Vinland Saga is returning, it’s about time that Makoto Yukimura’s earlier series Planetes becomes available again. (It was previously published by Tokyopop, which no longer functionally exists in this country.) Dark Horse will be putting out Planetes Omnibus volume 1 in late December of this year. According to this interview with editor Brendan Wright, there will be a total of two volumes with “many more color pages than the Tokyopop editions.” Also, “they’re being relettered using the original […]

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An Unusual Convention Encounter Comic

Plenty of people have made comics about getting grumpy behind their convention table, due to the stress of attending a show and working in the industry, but Matthew Southworth’s piece at The Stranger has an unusual twist that winds up being a great reminder of why artists do it. We could all use a reminder of that young enthusiasm. Plus, I love the elegant way the coloring keeps the reader aware of the distinctions.

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