An Akiko Flashback

Akiko, the charming SF adventure comic series by Mark Crilley, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the end of last year. I loved this comic! (I have a piece in issue #50 saying so.) It was published by Sirius Entertainment, which also put out Artesia, Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn, Poison Elves, and the Scary Godmother comics, but no longer appears to exist. Akiko was the story of a girl’s journey through space with an alien, a robot, a scuzzy rogue, and […]

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Comic Book Creator Running Pieces From Dead Magazines

The latest issue of Comic Book Creator, #10, has a couple of interesting announcements tucked in amongst editorial comments. Under the theory that good journalism doesn’t date, I assume, the TwoMorrows publication will be running several pieces planned for magazines no longer with us. The first comment comes in the opening editor’s note. Jon B. Cooke confirms that his 2015 new periodical launch, ACE, All Comics Evaluated, is defunct. As he puts it, it “suffered from low order numbers that […]

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Alec Longstreth Launches Isle of Elsi, All-Ages Fantasy Webcomic

Alec Longstreth has announced his new all-ages fantasy webcomic with a comic strip! Isle of Elsi will, apparently, involve palindromes as well as magic. A new page posts every Thursday. The comic goes on beyond what I’ve excerpted here, with a flashback and information on why it’s for kids and free. Longstreth will be supporting the comic with a Patreon. He promises, “People who pledge $2 or more per month get access to the Backer Blog, where they will be […]

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KC’s First Podcast: Beau Smith on Wynonna Earp

I edited my first podcast! While traveling from Virginia back to Wisconsin after the holidays, KC and I stopped off to have lunch with old buddy and comics maven Beau Smith. KC asked him some questions about his creation Wynonna Earp, soon to be a TV show, I recorded them, and the result became a 16-minute audio interview. Find out more at KC’s latest Westfield column, where you can listen to the two of them.

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How Times Have Changed: The Graphic Novels Amazon Is Promoting

It’s just past Christmas, so time to get people to spend those gift cards! Amazon sent out an email this morning promoting Graphic Novels, and I found their organizational system fascinating. There were six categories listed: Media Tie-In Graphic Novels Religion & Spirituality Graphic Novels Educational & Nonfiction Graphic Novels Contemporary Women Graphic Novels Romance Graphic Novels Literary Graphic Novels All the superhero, zombie, or science fiction stories lumped into only one “tie-in” category! And that fourth category is a […]

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Master Keaton Volume 1

Naoki Urasawa is a modern manga master, well-known here for his works Monster, 20th Century Boys, and Pluto. That reputation means we get the pleasure of seeing his earlier, more adventure-oriented stories in Master Keaton. Urasawa was the artist here, with story by Hokusei Katsushika and later, Takashi Nagasaki. Originally published beginning in 1988, this series is being released in deluxe, oversized volumes (matching the Monster re-release) with color pages. Viz is calling the series “post-Cold War detective suspense” — […]

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Yowamushi Pedal Volume 1

Yowamushi Pedal volume 1 seems like it might be a sports manga, with its focus on cycling, but it’s really about a loner guy learning how special he is. Sakamichi is a meek nerd. He regularly rides his “mommy bike” a long distance over hilly roads to get to Akiba, where he can buy limited-release DVDs and toys and other signs of fandom. (Thanks to the translation notes, I found out “Sakamichi” means “hilly roads”.) He doesn’t realize how hard […]

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Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor

Nathan Hale is extraordinary at not only bringing history to life, but also including well-researched bits of the story most people aren’t aware of. The latest entry in the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series is also outstanding in another way. The Underground Abductor is the first of the stories to star a woman, Harriet Tubman. Hale isn’t afraid to tackle difficult topics, either. The book starts with Nathan Hale’s captors — the spy, about to be hanged, has magically become […]

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