Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 4

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma volume 4 resolves the danger nice country girl Megumi faced in the third volume. Bad boy protagonist Soma has challenged the judge/instructor who threatened to expel her to a cook-off. For some reason, the former graduate judge is stubbornly refusing to reward creativity or initiative until overruled by his boss and forced to participate in the contest. That raises the stakes, since if Soma can’t rescue Megumi, he’ll also be out of the prestigious school. […]

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Meteor Prince Volume 2

Meteor Prince volume 2 concludes the short series by Meca Tanaka. The alien prince, Io, has in this volume developed an only-in-manga tic — whenever he touches his crush, Hako, he’s struck by lightning. That’s in keeping with the goofy humor of this story, but it’s also a convenient plot twist to keep things from getting too physical too quickly. Hako is in love for the first time, and an inability to touch means the story says romantic, not salacious. […]

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Sleepless Knight

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost uses the characters from the Adventures in Cartooning series of kids’ books about making comics to tell a straightforward (if goofy) story. The only nod to the series’ history of instructional how-tos are a few endpapers showing how to draw the book’s four main characters: the Knight, Edward the horse, a rabbit, and a bear. The Knight and Edward are going camping. Although poor Edward is completely overloaded with unnecessary […]

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Meteor Prince Volume 1

As portrayed by Meca Tanaka, Meteor Prince is silly comedy, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Hako is the Queen of Bad Luck, known for having things fall on her. A naked guy falls out of the sky and says he’s an interstellar prince and she should be his queen. They’re made to mate with each other, soul mates according to his culture. She refuses, saying humans need to be in love first, so Io hangs around to learn what […]

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Pope Hats #4 Announced for June

AdHouse Books has announced that the next issue of Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats will be available in June. It’s a short story collection, which means we have to wait longer to find out what’s going on with Frances and Vickie, from the two previous issues, but it’s in full color. And honestly, anything Rilly draws, I’ll read. Issue #4 can currently be ordered with Diamond code APR15 0977, and there is a PDF preview available at that link.

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Eggvengers — Printable Avengers Costumes for Your Easter Eggs

Easter is a little over a week away, and if you’re looking for a new way to decorate eggs for the kids, here’s a clever set of downloads. HalloweenCostumes.com has posted a set of printable egg costumes titled “Eggvengers: Age of Yolktron“. (Warning: AVOID if you can’t stand egg puns.) (Picture makes me think dying most of the eggs pinkish first would be tricky. And the Hulk egg? That’s from an ostrich!) The post has, for each character, a printable […]

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Terms of Service Explains Big Data in Comic Form

Josh Neufeld has illustrated a lot of great graphic journalism (reportage in comic form), including The Influencing Machine (about the media), A Few Perfect Hours … and Other Stories from Southeast Asia and Central Europe (travelogue), and one of my favorites, Titans of Finance. His latest project, published last fall, is “Terms of Service: Understanding Our Role in the World of Big Data”. Co-written by reporter Michael Keller, this online graphic novella was published by Al Jazeera America and discusses […]

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