The Saviors: Advice for Anyone Publishing With Image

The Saviors collects the five-issue miniseries written by James Robinson and illustrated by J. Bone. It’s the story of a slacker who discovers and tries to stop an alien conspiracy to conquer the earth, or as Robinson puts it, “a pro-marijuana series, neatly wrapped in an alien invasion comic.” Tomas works at an auto garage in a small town where his friends all got out. He lives for simple days and getting high. Then he sees the sheriff talking to […]

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Anime and Sailor Moon Are Truly Mainstream

While flipping through the February 2017 issue of Glamour magazine (the one with the pantsless women of Girls on the cover), I was surprised to note the following one-page article: That’s right, a recommendation page of makeup products for those who love Sailor Moon. (Which apparently means things that sparkle, make eyes look big, or come in cute packages. And cost anywhere from $6-$240.) The intro also name-drops Miyazaki, Peach Girl, and Pokemon. It seems the manga and anime fans […]

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14

When all else fails, write what you know — which may be why this first of two issues of “Invasion of the Mindmorphs” features a writer/artist team of comic creators. Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14 will be out February 1. Writer Robbie Morrison and artist Rachael Stott present a story about a spatting pair of co-workers and roommates who make an action-packed comic about the Time Surgeon, his sonic scalpel, and his assistant Nurse Kara fighting cone-shaped […]

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Leave Me Alone!

Vera Brosgol, author of the fantastic graphic novel Anya’s Ghost, has released a picture book about finding your own space (as announced last summer). Leave Me Alone! is about a grandmother who just wants to get some knitting done. She’s got some tasks to complete before winter, but all the kids in her crowded house keep getting in the way. What’s amazing about this book, and what brought me back to it multiple times, were the superlative double-page spreads. When […]

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Adventures of Superhero Girl Comes Back to Print in Expanded Edition

Faith Erin Hicks’ The Adventures of Superhero Girl collects a bunch of funny, entertaining comics about a young woman trying to figure out how to be a superhero and an adult. It’s got terrific writing and cartooning as well as good amounts of heart and sympathy to the problems of getting yourself started in the world. It also won an Eisner Award. This summer, it’s coming back to print in an expanded edition. The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Expanded Edition) […]

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New York Times Eliminating Comic Bestseller Lists

Rumors are circulating that, as of February 5, the New York Times will no longer be publishing their graphic novel and manga bestseller lists. Graphic novels can no longer be @nytimes bestsellers as of February 5th. No explanation for change, I think we deserve one. Please RT! — Charlie Olsen (@ComicsisPeople) January 25, 2017 Some people get the lists in advance, and there are apparently many lists gone with a brief note that the section has been “revised”. @RaySonne @nytimes […]

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Jem and the Holograms Ends With Oversized Issue #26

After I just talked about how I liked issue #23 comes the news that the Jem and the Holograms comic series will be ending in April with issue #26. Issues #24-26, written by series writer Kelly Thompson and illustrated by Gisele Lagace, make up the “Truly Outrageous” arc. The final issue is planned to include 24 story pages plus “lots of extras”, making it an oversized 40 pages total. Thompson was promising that this wouldn’t be the end, though. She […]

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Spell on Wheels #4

As the witches’ road trip continues, this issue is great for fans of the “monster boyfriend” theme. The women’s next stopping point turns out to be an abandoned-looking house in the wilds of Maryland, where Megan Levens gets a chance to draw an attractive young beast man. Kate Leth’s story is fun and flirty, but there’s an undertone of ethical consideration, as Jolene enters someone else’s home and Andy’s tempted by stealing from a recipient of stolen goods. The monster, […]

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