Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story is exactly what it says, in comic strip form. It’s charming and insightful and adorable. Debbie Tung’s comics are deceptively simple, mostly one-pagers of standard panels, but her self-figure is so cute and relatable. She uses dot eyes and a few lines for features, but I both know what she’s feeling and want to hug and protect her. I like that she has friends and later, a perfect-sounding boyfriend she appreciates […]

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Astra Lost in Space Volume 1

I had hopes for Astra Lost in Space, based on the premise, about a class trip set in the future with space travel. When an accident occurs, the group of students has to figure out how to survive and get back home. It’s a classic setup with lots of promise for character development and exciting adventures. I anticipated something that fans of classic manga science fiction like They Were 11 or Twin Spica might enjoy. Unfortunately, what I got in […]

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Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

Larry Gonick’s latest book, due out next month, is Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them, written by psychology professor Tim Kasser. He studies people’s “materialistic values and goals for money, possessions, and status” and the relationship between them and well-being. These connections are explained through Gonick’s cartoons. Hypercapitalism doesn’t have the humor I’m used to from Gonick’s other books. The opening, which introduces Kasser and his studies, explains that there are two parts to come, […]

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Groovy: When Flower Power Bloomed in Pop Culture

The book Groovy: When Flower Power Bloomed in Pop Culture is quite the time capsule. Not just in its content, which is all about material from the 1960s and 70s, but that it exists at all. When I was a kid, I loved these kind of popular grab-bag histories, with weird little stories about things that happened in the relatively modern era but before I was born. This one rambles through music, notable TV shows (The Monkees and Laugh-In), movies […]

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WarGames to Return as Interactive Series

I adore the WarGames movie. It’s still one of the best-ever portraits of what hacking is really about (research, social engineering, and grunt work). I didn’t see the direct-to-video sequel WarGames: The Dead Code that came out ten years ago because why would I? (Did anyone? But everyone was trying to wring additional value out of intellectual property then.) Now I find out that they’re rebooting as an “interactive series” based on this trailer. The pictures of “hackers” look ridiculously […]

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DC Best Sellers Sale

Want to be up on the popular comics? DC is currently promoting a sale on digital collections that have been New York Times best-sellers. This strikes me as a good sampling of their well-known comics, but it’s also odd, since earlier this year the Times eliminated their lists of comic best-sellers. That means everything on sale — for $5.99 or $9.32 a pop, most of them — was released in 2016 or earlier. Much earlier, in the case of all […]

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Wahoo Morris Returns Via Kickstarter

More than ten years ago, Craig A. Taillefer created an intriguing comic about a struggling band and their new vocalist, who had some literal magic going on. Wahoo Morris (the band and the book) put out four issues, and just on a cliffhanger, stopped publishing as the print industry changed and the comic market exploded, making it hard for a charming little indy to get traction. It had amazing art, though, with some clever techniques to capture music on the […]

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Sabrina Show Moves From CW to Netflix

Ah, Netflix. What would we do without your apparently bottomless pile of cash to save TV shows and pilots? A couple of months ago, the CW was looking to make The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a horror-based take on the Sabrina the Teenage Witch concept from Archie Comics (source of the increasingly popular Riverdale TV adaptation). Now comes word that the CW has passed, but Netflix has so much faith in the concept that they have ordered two seasons of […]

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