Billi 99 Returns in Color

Billi 99 by Sarah Byam and Tim Sale was originally published by Dark Horse back in the early days of the 2000s, over 20 years ago. It’s an unusual take on a superhero story — I liked it. (And with an unexpected take on inheritance, corruption, and social responsibility that feels modern.) Clover Press has just announced that they will be reprinting it in color (by José Villarrubia, as Tim Sale has passed away) via crowdfunding. The effort has already […]

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Yellow Cab

Yellow Cab is a fascinating look at New York City from the perspective of a filmmaker. It’s adapted by Chabouté from a book by Benoit Cohen and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. Almost ten years ago, Cohen finds himself exhausted. He doesn’t have stories to tell or energy to tell them. In order to try something different, and better understand the NYC culture he’s visiting, he decides to become a taxi driver as research for a movie character. […]

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The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu

The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu is a fascinating story of history most people won’t know. It’s written by Clément Xavier, illustrated by Lisa Lugrin, and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. It’s also surprisingly timely. Edith Garrud was a jujitsu instructor who wound up teaching suffragettes self-defense. (She was one of the first female martial arts instructors outside of Asia.) They were protesting the prime minister of the time ignoring his campaign promise to grant […]

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Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action and Create a World

There are over 40 new pages in Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action (Enhanced Edition), compared to the first edition, which means more lessons on how to design characters from James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. The knight and his horse Edward set out to reclaim the castle from crazy director Otto Airs, who has taken over the building to make a movie. They debate what the witch should look like and cope with a mad scientist and a […]

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The Dog Sitter Detective

If you know Antony Johnston’s name, it’s probably because he created the graphic novel that became Atomic Blonde. I know his work best from the excellent, forgotten science-fiction comic series The Fuse. But it turns out he also writes a wonderful cozy mystery novel! The Dog Sitter Detective was a fun read I really enjoyed. The middle-aged Gwinny gave up her acting career ten years ago to take care of her father. Now he’s passed… and there’s no money left, […]

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Watson and Holmes Returns With New Story

FairSquare Comics completes its reprinting of Watson and Holmes with the second volume. Watson and Holmes: A Scandal In Harlem reprints the previous second collection of stories with a new, short (seven pages) chapter added. The stories included are: A death in a case that involves a councilman running for re-election, with an unexpected involvement in sex trafficking, written by Brandon Easton, art by N. Steven Harris An investigation what appears to be suicides of veterans, manipulated by a mad […]

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Doctor Who: Doom’s Day

I had no expectations about Doctor Who: Doom’s Day coming in. I didn’t pay much attention to Time Lord Victorious, the previous cross-platform multimedia event back in 2020, because I find chasing content across different venues tiring. Doom’s Day is 24 hours in the life of Doom, a time-traveling assassin played by Sooz Kempner. She’s chasing down the Doctor in an attempt to prevent her own death at the end of the day. There are multiple parts ranging across books, […]

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The Dreaming Returns From IPI Comics

Queenie Chan’s The Dreaming was an early success in the category of global manga, or OEL manga (Original English Language manga). The three-volume series began serialization in 2005, with a single-volume collection released in 2010. It’s a spooky read that makes good use of the comic format, so I’m glad to see a Revised Edition coming back into print from IPI Comics. The revisions include “new covers, brand new pages, and updated art and minor rewrites that better reflect the […]

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