Silver Spoon Volumes 1-2

The classic “fish out of water” story, where someone with preconceptions and stereotypes learns to appreciate another lifestyle, feels fresh in Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist). That’s because so few of us these days know what it takes to be modern farmers, and it’s fascinating to learn along with this high school student. Hachiken, with no background in farming, enrolls at an agricultural high school with plenty of hands-on training. He’d previously been geared for high academic achievement, […]

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Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 7

I was about ready to give up on Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. It wasn’t what I wanted it to be and seemed to have gotten bogged down in some gangster junk. Then I re-read the series before reading volume 7, and I realized that there were many more connections than I remembered, bringing new depth to the story. This is a series that rewards paying attention to detail as the story sprawls over three generations. The most important […]

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Lucifer Survives to a Fourth Season!

Lucifer, one of my favorite guilty pleasure watches, was the last DC comic-sourced TV show to get renewed this year. Everything else received the good news in May, but Lucifer‘s third season (DVD out August 28) was its last on Fox, so fans were reduced to a #SaveLucifer campaign and hope. It worked! With, as suits a show starring the devil, a catch. It’s no longer on a network — you’ll have to subscribe to Netflix to see the ten […]

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Takane & Hana Volume 3

I enjoyed the first volume and was disappointed by the second. Was Takane & Hana volume 3 more to my taste? No, but I think I have a better handle on the approach author Yuki Shiwasu is taking to extending this series. (I can’t believe it has 10 volumes out in Japan!) In this volume, the misunderstanding with Takane’s foreign playboy friend Luciano is resolved, and Takane helps Hana study after her grades drop. (Once again, she tells him to […]

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DC Ink and Zoom Launch Titles Show Changing Plans

Originally planned for this fall, the DC Zoom and DC Ink imprints have been delayed, with some titles moved around on the schedule. Now comes word that we have new release dates and slates. DC Zoom targets middle grade readers ages 8-12 and will tell stories focused on friends, family, and growing up. DC Ink will publish thought-provoking stories for young adults, readers ages 13+, that focus on everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs. The first four DC Zoom titles are […]

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Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales

Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales is the umbrella title for a series of anthologies edited by Kel McDonald. (And isn’t that a great title? So fun to say!) Each volume — there have been three so far — is themed after a particular region, so together, they cover folklore from around the world. What I like about them is the high quality of the content. The stories are substantial, which means they have plenty of space to develop (even if, […]

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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns is exactly what it says: an introduction to general-neutral pronouns in comic form. The short graphic novel by Archie Bongiovanni and co-writer Tristan Jimerson is out this week. It’s immediately approachable, with the two talking the reader through this introduction to what may be a new way to use language for some readers. The non-binary Archie uses they/them pronouns, while the cis Tristan uses he/him. They purposefully designed a guide that could […]

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Delicious in Dungeon Volume 5

Delicious in Dungeon volume 5 is something of a restart for the fantasy adventure/food manga series by Ryoko Kui. Volume 4 was all adventure, as the group finally found and fought the red dragon they’d been seeking, which meant little room for new monsters and meals in that multi-chapter story. Now, they need a new quest, and against their will, they’re given one, although it’s very similar to the previous. The lunatic magician that runs the dungeon takes Falin away […]

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