Good Books to Order for June 2016

The latest Diamond Previews catalog lists a lot of books worth checking out. Here are a few of them, along with others I had something to say about. You can order them now through your local comic shop for delivery in June or later. (The ones with May dates are relists of books that have already been published, so they’re available earlier.) Drug & Drop Dark Horse, $10.99, APR16 0187, May 18 It’s Manga Month! Which is just an excuse […]

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Honey So Sweet Volumes 1-2

As its title suggests, Honey So Sweet is a lightweight confection, an adorable bundle of teen romance between mismatched types that stands out because of the speed of its plot developments. Amu Meguro presents the story of Kogure, a shy girl just starting high school. She’s stunned when a delinquent, Onise, suddenly requests a conversation with her, gives her a bouquet, and asks that they date. She says yes out of fear, but as their story develops, we learn a […]

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Real Account Volume 1

I don’t know why I have a fondness for “we’re trapped in a video game and have to kill each other!” manga, but they can be surprisingly fun as escapism. Except, usually, I don’t really identify with hardcore video game players, and they tend to overdo the fan service. (I figure that the genre exists so that readers can dream of a world where being really good at video games counts for something.) Real Account, at least based on the […]

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The Final Tap

The Final Tap is a sequel to The Final Reveille, a murder mystery set at a living history museum, a reconstructed farm in Ohio, but it works perfectly well as a starting point if you haven’t read the previous. This time, instead of a Civil War reenactor getting killed, it’s a despicable, unliked expert on maple sugaring in this mystery by Amanda Flower. It’s spring at the farm, although the winter weather keeps hanging around. Kelsey, manager of the farm […]

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Comic-Con International to Launch Subscription TV Service This Summer

Following in Wizard World’s footsteps, Comic-Con International, owner of the San Diego Comic-Con, has partnered with Lionsgate to launch Comic-Con HQ, a subscription video-on-demand service debuting in June. Free beta access begins May 7, Free Comic Book Day. Beta users are promised to have free and unlimited access through July 25, to include week-long live coverage of San Diego Comic-Con. The channel aims to provide year-round access to the fan community and genre enthusiasts. Here’s their description: The ad-free streaming […]

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Vinland Saga 8 Announced for US

When Vinland Saga returned from hiatus last year, the plan was only for the 6th and 7th volumes. Future volumes were dependent on sales. Apparently, those were decent, since publisher Kodansha announced at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend that Book Eight, collecting the Japanese volumes 15 and 16, will be out in Fall of this year. This edition catches the English-language edition up to the Japanese releases. And it comes with some advice for fans: be sure to watch […]

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Do You Want to Be on a Boat With Walking Dead Fans?

Wizard World, the leading purveyor of pop culture cons featuring TV celebrities, has announced that they’re going to launch a Wizard World Cruise this December, with headlining guest Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead). Also trapped on a boat with fans will be Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), with more celebrities, artists, and cosplayers to be announced. The ship will sail from Miami on Nassau from December 2-5, with prices starting at $749/person. Cruises are […]

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Next Superhero TV Show to Feature Interracial Romance

Variety has the story: Freeform (which used to be ABC Family, making it another Disney company) has ordered a TV series version of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger concept and characters. Here’s the description: The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they […]

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