Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 9

I’m impressed that as the Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu series has continued, our knowledge of the recurring cast has allowed for stories that move beyond delicious food to more subtle explorations of family and political motivations. Although the delicious food is still present, making my mouth water as I read. In volume 9, those stories include some humanizing moments for Gehrnot the tax collector. He almost has a reunion with his brother, the traveling actor, and he helps some warehouse owners […]

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Cowboy Bebop Comic Out Next Week

Ah, the hazards of licensed properties. Cowboy Bebop, an anime series launched in 1997, was incredibly popular. A live-action adaptation was finally made by Netflix last year, starring John Cho. The show debuted in November 2021. Less than a month later, the streamer announced a quick cancellation; there wouldn’t be any more past the first season of ten episodes. Pop culture has moved on already, new year, plenty more TV to anticipate or hate on. Next week, Titan Comics releases […]

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The Bug Club

Following in the mold of her earlier The Mushroom Fan Club, Elise Gravel has created a wonderful book about her fascination with bugs in The Bug Club. The hardcover feels like a glimpse inside a personal scrapbook, as though a knowledgeable and devoted friend is sharing their interest with the reader. Gravel’s enthusiasm is contagious. It’s a quick read, but packed with content and well worth rereading. Tons of bug facts are accompanied by friendly, cartoony images. The story is […]

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Paris

I’m excited to see Image Comics reissuing Paris by Andi Watson (writer) and Simon Gane (artist). Originally published in 2007, it’s the story of an American art student studying in Paris. She’s hired to paint the portrait of a protected English girl, and the two are instantly attracted to each other. Juliet has an annoying roommate, while Deborah is chaperoned by a very British aunt who only cares about dogs and hunting. I think the story is more likely to […]

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Cut to Baker Street

There are a ton of Sherlock Holmes film and TV projects briefly described in Cut to Baker Street. With the book’s inclusion of web series, video games, and other short pieces, any reader will discover something they weren’t previously aware of. However, the information given for any project is very brief. Most titles have mere plot descriptions, without much information about history, style, quality, or importance. Particularly with those items that weren’t commercial full-length films or TV shows, it’s frustrating […]

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Clifford the Big Red Dog

Paramount has made a semi-animated movie of Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the character created by Norman Bridwell. It’s the story of a girl, Emily (Darby Camp), who adopts a startlingly colored puppy. Since she loves it so much, it grows to humongous size. I was interested in watching it mostly because the male lead is played by Jack Whitehall. When I was in London, I saw him on Graham Norton talking about making the movie, which is […]

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Without Warning Emergency Preparedness Comic Series Continues

Dark Horse Comics has worked with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to create comics preparing readers to cope with various natural disasters. In 2014, it was Without Warning! Earthquake. In 2016, it was Without Warning! Tsunami. Now, it’s Without Warning! Wildfire. The artist is David Hahn, who’s drawn all of them so far. The writer has changed, as this issue is written by Paul Tobin, but it’s still full of excitement and good advice, about both fire prevention and […]

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Maker Comics: Build a Robot!

I was curious to see what kinds of projects we’d find in Maker Comics: Build a Robot!, as the subject is a bit more ambitious and unusual than the other comics in the line. Many people think they could, with a little guidance, plant a garden or bake cookies or draw a comic, but few people think about building their own robot. The projects in this book, though, seem very achievable and, as a bonus, serve as an excellent introduction […]

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