Phoebe and Her Unicorn Original Graphic Novel Coming

My favorite comic strip, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, has been collected in a series of books. Now creator Dana Simpson has tweeted that there’s an original graphic novel coming in October called Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm. It'll be the first standalone graphic novel (as opposed to collections of strips). That's exciting for me! — Phoebe & Her Unicorn (@HevNostrils) February 7, 2017 Here’s the description: Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a winter storm that is […]

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Lumberjanes Expands to Young Adult Novels

The popular Boom! comic series Lumberjanes, about a mixed group of young women at a camp that tends to attract supernatural and mythological creatures, is going to be books! According to Publishers Weekly, Amulet Books, the children’s imprint of Abrams (they publish the super-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series), “will launch an original, illustrated middle-grade fiction Lumberjanes series based on the comics”. The first novel of four planned is due in October, and it will be written by Mariko […]

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Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark has a promising concept but executes it half-heartedly, turning a visit to the magic-using side of the DCU into just another superhero-style battle. As the movie opens, people start seeing demons. Defending themselves, the humans attack, but the demons are really other people. It’s a truly horrific idea, with fear based on the concept of what we could find ourselves doing if seeing hallucinations. Unfortunately, after a suspenseful introduction that was my favorite part of the movie, […]

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DC’s “True Fan” Reading List

I am leery of anyone who uses the phrase “true fan” unsarcastically, since judging whether or not anyone’s level of fandom is sufficient is a stupid thing to try to do, but I was interested in finding out what DC was promoting as key reading these days. Here’s the video from their DC All Access YouTube show, entitled “Top 10 DC Books Every True Fan Needs”, a list of “undisputed classics”. As expected, it’s superheroes, with the two best-known Vertigo […]

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Sarah Winifred Searle Tells the Truth

Sarah Winifred Searle has a simplified, comfortable art style that belies the honesty she’s willing to express in her work. You may have seen her art illustrating Ruined in the Fresh Romance anthology, and she has an original graphic novel coming from Iron Circus next year. In the meantime, though, she’s recently published two striking works online. At the Nib, “The Price of Acceptance” tackles the topics of struggling with dangerous ways to lose weight in order to feel accepted. […]

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Sabrina Down Under

This coming Tuesday, the forgettable TV movie Sabrina Down Under will be available on DVD. (Why? Probably trying to cash in on interest in live-action Archie properties now that Riverdale has launched.) This 1999 film was the second companion to the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, which ran for seven seasons from 1996-2003. Both of the TV movies aired on The Wonderful World of Disney. This one consists of Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) going to the beach and learning […]

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Mockingbird: I Can Explain

It’s rewarding to see how comic creators who didn’t grow up in the medium can take long-running characters (who often have been dragged in so many directions over the years that there’s no personality left, or they’re a mass of contradictions) and find fresh, modern new approaches to them that make them fascinating. That’s precisely what Chelsea Cain does with Bobbi Morse, Mockingbird, in this five-issue collection. Mockingbird: I Can Explain contrasts hugely with the cash-grab Mockingbird: Bobbi Morse, Agent […]

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The Double Life of Miranda Turner: If You Have Ghosts

The digital series The Double Life of Miranda Turner, which ran nine issues from October 2013 to April 2016 (at 14 pages or so an issue), is now available in a print collection. I’ve already talked about why I liked the series, so before everyone forgets about it entirely, I wanted to point out that it’s available in a more permanent form. Jamie S. Rich wrote and George Kambadais drew this story about a girl taking on her dead sister’s […]

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