Thermae Romae Returns as Omnibus

Yen Press plans to make the out-of-print manga Thermae Romae available again. Mari Yamazaki’s Thermae Romae: The Complete Omnibus is due out October 18. The original books were published at $35 each ($40 for the third and final), so $75 for the complete hardcover is a comparative deal. The manga is the story of a Roman architect who falls through time via a bathhouse. He’s been told his ideas aren’t modern enough. When he emerges in present-day Japan, he learns […]

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Mr Doyle’s Class Presents A Study in Scarlet

This charming graphic novel aims to present “the original Sherlock Holmes story reimagined for a modern audience,” and it succeeds wonderfully. Mr Doyle’s Class Presents A Study in Scarlet is adapted by Matthew Hardy, illustrated by Russell Mark Olson, and published by the Portsmouth City Council, who also maintains the Richard Lancelyn Green collection. The goal is to introduce the novel, originally written in Portsmouth, to readers of all ages. A group of present-day schoolchildren are learning about A Study […]

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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! Volume 3

Although the premise of Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! is ludicrous — if you’re a virgin when you turn thirty, you get telepathy by touch to make up for it — there’s a sweetness to the BL series by Yuu Toyota that I appreciate. There are plenty of familiar tropes; the second volume had the group vacation trip, while in this third volume, Adachi is sick and Kurosawa, who likes him, comes over to […]

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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part Two #4

I am more than thrilled to once again bring you an exclusive reveal of the cover art for the upcoming Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part Two issue #4. The fourth and final issue of the miniseries from Titan Comics will go on sale November 9 at 48 pages for $4.99. Based on the script by Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the comic is illustrated by Jay. Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) work to finally defeat […]

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Green Lantern: Beware My Power

I’ve delayed talking about Green Lantern: Beware My Power because I didn’t really want to watch it. I’m not the audience for these cartoon movies, as they seem to prioritize fights, violence, and the occasional profanity over superhero fun and excitement. (There’s an S-word within the first few minutes of dialogue. Justifies the PG-13 rating, I guess. Also shows us that our protagonist has PTSD.) What I am the audience for are the extras. But more on that later. This […]

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My San Diego Comic Con 2022

I survived San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2022! How’d I do it? By flying in Wednesday and flying out Friday. Which gave me one day to do panels, and even that was a lot. (Mark Evanier was complaining that people don’t call it Comic-Con International: San Diego, which is its proper name, and wondered why they still use the old name. For the same reason Batgirl is back again: traditional comic fans love nostalgia and hate change. And I include […]

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The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame Volume 1

I became familiar with the work of Gengoroh Tagame, as so many people did, through My Brother’s Husband. That’s a well-meaning, comfortable story about a man learning not to be afraid of gay people by meeting his dead twin’s husband. Many of the chapters are almost lessons, or even in the style of a very special sitcom episode, the kind that educates on social issues. The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame of course shares the art style, with glorious images of […]

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I Am a Cat Barista Volume 1

The premise of I Am a Cat Barista by Hiro Maijima is clear from the title, but on its own, that doesn’t capture the charm and comfort of this reassuring series. Every chapter is another story where someone discovers this unusual cat café, “a place only the weariest of souls can find.” The human-sized cat barista doesn’t offer a menu. Instead, he observes and gives them what they most need. An exhausted office worker with a jerk boss who’s too […]

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