Monster Cats Volume 1

The author of Yokai Cats, featuring Japanese demons as felines, takes the concept to an area more familiar to American readers. Monster Cats, by Pandania, is an adorable set of short (four-panel) comic strips about a wide range of European monster types, if they were cats. The creatures include vampires, dragons, mummies, brownie spirits (a set of kittens), gargoyles, an invisible cat, and the giant white yeti. There are lots more, though. The gags are very soft and comfortable, playing […]

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The Ruthless Commander and His Reincarnated Warhorse

I would never have read The Ruthless Commander and His Reincarnated Warhorse if it weren’t for my local comic club. There’s a member who’s very knowledgeable about manga, especially BL, and her recommendations are often very entertaining. This one, story by Sakashima, art by Nomoto Narita, and published by KUMA (the BL imprint of Denpa), sounded wacky, so I gave it a try. Sadly, it wasn’t wacky enough. The first chapter sets out the premise. A young man reincarnated as […]

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Gillman’s Newest Foraging Comic Now Available

Mel Gillman has carved out a fascinating niche, creating lovely minicomics — I adore their use of colored pencils — about foraging topics. Their latest, Fungi Feast, covers mushrooms. I can’t wait to read it, as I’ve read too many English mystery novels to trust eating wild fungi. So I’ll enjoy them vicariously. The comic is available through a pay-what-you-want Ko-Fi shop. You can read for free, but work this informative and pretty deserves a few bucks. Gillman has previously […]

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I Love The Maze Agency — But I Can’t Support Its Return

There are so few mystery comics out there — not thrillers, not blood-soaked serial killer books — and one of the all-time best is The Maze Agency. I gave a brief history of the series back in 2006. The series was created and written by Mike W. Barr. The first artist was Alan Davis, for an ashcan, and once the series started (at the end of 1988), the first few issues were Adam Hughes’ first regular continuing work, inked by […]

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The Helix Titles That Live On; Time Breakers Crowdfunding

Seeing a note about Time Breakers having one day left in its crowdfunding campaign got me wondering — just how many of the Helix titles have been reborn? Helix was a DC imprint, back when they had lots of those, dedicated to science fiction (loosely applied, as they also had a vampire comic). Wikipedia says it ran 1996-1998, which sounds about right. It’s best remembered these days for launching Transmetropolitan, the future-painted Hunter S. Thompson comic by Warren Ellis that […]

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Tales of the Tendo Family Volume 1

I don’t read historical manga much any more, as I find not understanding the references off-putting. I gave this a try because a smart editor mentioned to me that it was by Ken Saito, author of The Name of the Flower, which I remembered enjoying when CMX put it out 15 years ago. I’m glad I did, because this setup is intriguing. Tales of the Tendo Family is out next week from One Peace Books. The characters are a bit […]

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Vincent Mallié Wins Doylean Honor for A Study in Scarlet

Magnetic Press not only puts out graphic novels, they also release art books, and one of them was right up my alley. I’ve mentioned their edition of A Study in Scarlet before, when it was on sale last Thanksgiving. However, I was recently reminded that I was remiss in congratulating the artist, Vincent Mallié, on receiving a Doylean Honor this past January. The honors are awarded yearly by the ACD Society, “a community dedicated to studying and enjoying the works […]

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Exclusive Preview: Usagi Yojimbo: The Crow #1

Out next week, on April 3, is Usagi Yojimbo: The Crow #1, the first issue of a five-part miniseries. Per the publisher, Dark Horse, in this story, Usagi and Yukichi rescue a merchant being attacked by bandits, only to discover that the person they rescued is a criminal with a huge reward. Which means the bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog and others are also after him! As always, the series is written and illustrated by Stan Sakai, with colors […]

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